Catering to the audience

Dancing professionally is all about catering to your audience, and in Ashburton that was an exciting career highlight for Kelly Reid. The Otago University student was in his home town as Rhythms of Ireland staged in front of a sell-out crowd at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre on Thursday night. Reid and his fellow cast … Continued

Infected farms set to surge

Mid Canterbury farmers are worried they will bear the brunt of a big spike in farm numbers suspected of being infected with mycoplasma bovis as a result of increased surveillance. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) expects 250 farmers will receive notices of direction restricting animal movement and 10-12 per cent of them will result … Continued

Fifty years of loving good cars

Today more than 360 people from across three countries will take part in the National South Island Easter Rally here in Mid Canterbury. Motoring correspondent Bernard Egan looks at the history behind the event and what’s in store today. This is a big year for the Ashburton Branch of the Vintage Car Club. It’s turning … Continued

Trust returns $160,000 to community

More than 3000 children around the Ashburton District will receive a visit from Harold and his team of Life Education educators this year thanks to a $28,890 grant. In the latest round of grants from the Ashburon Trust Lion Foundation, Life Education was granted money that will enable the long-running programme to spread its net … Continued