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Spectre of business closures looms

A Mid Canterbury contract milker fears that a continuing minimum wage increase will lead to the closure (more)

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Scottish eyes turning to Burns Night

Haggis, highland dancers and a pipe band, for one night only on (more)

Pipe band set for annual festival

The Ashburton Pipe Band (above) attracted the crowds at last (more)

Thunder on the lake

  Racers will take to their noisy V8s in Mid Canterbury (more)

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Motivation not an issue for Mid Canterbury

  The Mid Canterbury Cricket side heading to Timaru this weekend to tackle North Otago in another round of the Hawke Cup won’t (more)

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Focus on the future for Razor

  Sometimes all you need is a distraction and in the case of Scott Robertson, the Crusaders have been that perfect occupier for the (more)

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Dallas a home-grown star

When the Crusaders run out on the Ashburton A&P Showgrounds this afternoon for their pre-season match against the Hurricanes, their (more)

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Harvesters kick into gear

Sunshine and no strong winds are what Methven cropping farmer Darryl Hydes has requested for the next few weeks of harvest. The Federated (more)

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Warning after 6th rural death

WorkSafe is urging farmers to make health and safety part of their everyday thinking, rather than just a compliance issue, following six rural (more)

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Locals encouraged to open their gates

Mid Canterbury farmers are being encouraged to open their gates to the public as part of a nationwide Open Farm Day on Sunday, March 1. The (more)

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NCEA results out

Months of waiting finally come to an end yesterday for the 638 students from Mount Hutt College and Ashburton College who were entered for (more)

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I lifetime of teaching

  Ashburton’s Judy Jemmett is retiring after a working life dedicated to education. She catches up with Guardian reporter Sue (more)

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Mark Gleason – 49 years, one school

  When Mark Gleason arrived in Ashburton back in 1971 he intended to stay one year and then head back to Christchurch; 49 years (more)

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The times (and the newspaper) are a-changing

You might notice something a little bit different with this year’s first edition of YOU. It’s probably not quite what you’re used (more)

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Hit the road, Mac

It is now a full week back in the saddle at work and the holiday festive season seems like a distant glimmer in the rear view mirror. For (more)

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Why not a music festival in Ashburton?

Baydreams, Laneway, Soundsplash and Rhythm and Vines are all pretty fun sounding names of music festivals that are scattered all over the (more)