Celtic, Rakaia victorious

Night rugby returned to the Ashburton District on Thursday night to kickstart the long weekend, with three local side in action under the lights. Celtic took on West Melton on home turf while, under the mountains, country bedfellows Methven and Rakaia locked horns in another instalment of their long-standing rivalry. Mid Canterbury’s two other sides; … Continued

Villain role new territory

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Easter walk attracts a crowd

A large number of Methven locals took to the streets in the annual Walk of the Witness event around the streets yesterday morning. An annual event, held on Good Friday each year in Methven, the Walk of the Witness sees members of the Methven Combined Churches walk their way around the town’s churches carrying a … Continued

Brea makes squad for worlds

  The 2018 Youth Olympic Games must now seem a long time ago for Methven 16-year-old Brea Roderick. Since returning from South America with a silver medal proudly dangling from her neck in October, the youth triathlete has enjoyed a hectic summer of competition, and now a busy past few months has been topped off … Continued

Dunedin cannabis festival shut down

Council and police officers today closed down a planned cannabis festival near Outram, but organisers have vowed the show will go on at a different site. Dunedin City Council community services general manager Simon Pickford turned up with police about 1.30pm and issued trespass notices to organisers and some of the few attendees who had … Continued

Methven eyes social media platforms

Wanted – Bloggers, vloggers and hashtag heroes with a fondness for Methven. This is who Methven Community Board members decided it would be good to have on their side at their meeting this week. Members were listening to Jess Wilson from the Igniting Change Project strategic planning exercise initiated by board members aiming to revitalise … Continued

Ashburton on radar of national companies

Ashburton’s strong economy, its affordable land and its proximity to transport hubs means it is on the radar of large national companies wanting to establish a presence in the South Island. And when the district’s new economic development manager is appointed the council will be in a strong position to capitalise on those opportunities, says … Continued

Challenger for Boulevard Day

Boulevard Day might have a long, proud history as Ashburton’s spring retail festival, but this year it’s facing a challenger. Bob McDonald and Sue Cooper have run the Ashburton retailers’ event for a number of years and as they have done every year, applied to the Ashburton District Council for a temporary closure of East … Continued

Library becomes Easter egg factory

Easter arrived with a bang at the Ashburton Library on Wednesday when 90 children turned up to make their own Easter eggs. Children’s librarian Jonathan Nixon and staff were run off their feet as they scrambled to find sufficient pens, paper, sticky tape and most of all, fresh eggs. Making sure everyone was supplied with … Continued

Long wait for burglary victims

If your residential or commercial property is burgled, it may take police up to 48 hours to attend the scene. That is at least what Ashburton’s top cop Matt Emery had to say when the Ashburton Guardian took concerns from a local business owner about delays he had experienced after his shop had been burgled. … Continued