Two arrested after crime spree

A crime spree that lasted through the late hours of Monday night and into the early hours of yesterday morning culminated in two arrests being made by Ashburton police outside the Devon Tavern. The two offenders, a 43-year-old-man and a 15-year-old youth, have been charged in relation to three of the four offences which took … Continued

Sallies’ education course closure leaves huge gap

An education and employment programme that has helped hundreds of students around the Ashburton District secure qualifications and find jobs is about to close. The Salvation Army is pulling out of the education and employment arm of its work and while it acknowledges the valuable role its programmes have played in the lives of thousands … Continued

Selwyn MP Amy Adams to retire

Amy Adams will retire from politics next year after a shock announcement in Parliament yesterday. The Selwyn MP described the decision as a bolt from the blue for everyone else, but for her it had been coming for quite some time and the decision was made a couple of months ago. National Party leader, Simon … Continued

The willow pattern

By Connor Lysaght We live in a highly globalised and connected world. Worldwide shipping and communication networks have intensified and become less costly over time, meaning that it is now normal for us to do something like purchase an item that was produced in another country while out shopping. Evidence of international and intercultural sharing … Continued

Health and safety for a cause

An alternative take on rewarding staff for good health and safety practices has seen charity CanTeen become $500 better off following a donation. Seales Winslow, based south of Ashburton, have taken a different approach to health and safety, rewarding their staff for passing requirements in categories such as injury prevention and near miss reporting. If … Continued

Combined choirs entertain 150

Mid Canterbury Choir members combined with their fellow vocalists from across the Rakaia River on Saturday afternoon. Presenting the concert Life & Love, the Mid Canterbury and Selwyn Community Choir members entertained a crowd of 150 at the Sinclair Centre. Spokeswoman Carol Gunn said the highlight was massed items of the two choirs singing together … Continued

Break-ins squashing club’s spirits

Frustrations are reaching a breaking point for the Collegiate Squash Club after their clubrooms were broken into over the weekend for the fourth time in two months. On Sunday night several glass doors were smashed and attempt was made to enter a bar area. No cash was on the premises. “A truck was also stolen … Continued

CBD work continues to progress

The Ashburton District Council’s work to revitalise the Ashburton central business district is continuing to progress, with the council set to discuss the future of the area around the East and Tancred street intersection on Thursday. Work on the streetscape revitalisation project has been ongoing for some time and the detailed design concepts have emerged … Continued

Rats move indoors

Rats are moving into Mid Canterbury homes at higher rates than last year as cold weather bites on the tail of mild conditions. Ashburton Pest Control operator AJ Kerr said numbers were above normal for this time of year and yesterday alone he had three houses in Ashburton and two in the countryside he had … Continued

Inaugural school dance champs planned

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