Mid Canterbury Selwyn

Police hunt for cigarette thief

Police

A smash-and-grab burglar has gone on a cigarette and Creme Egg-stealing spree in Canterbury.

Crash victim was lying in road

Police

A Rakaia teen killed after being hit by a car was lying on the road at the time of impact, police say.

Workmates distraught over teen

Police

The death of Danny Hendriks from Rakaia, who was struck by a car has left his workmates distraught.

Kids' assault course muddy good fun

Tough Kid assault course

Hundreds of primary school students have tested their mettle on Selwyn's inaugural Tough Kid urban assault course.

Funding loss 'puts NZ at risk'

Lincoln University

A Lincoln-based research group says missing out on $20m Govt grant will create biosecurity threats.

$60 levy to cover Selwyn roads

NZ money, cash

Selwyn ratepayers will be asked to pay a one-off $60 fee to help keep the fast-growing district's roads in good order.

Industry professionals to teach?

Lincoln University

Law and engineering lecturers may be replaced by professionals in Lincoln University's job-cutting plan.

Full of Blonde Ambition

Leeston teacher makes Miss Pinup finals

Nancy Howe

A Leeston teacher and mother-of-two has been selected as a top 10 finalist for Miss Pinup New Zealand.

Motorbike crash breaks man's ribs

Westpac Rescue Helicopter

A man is in hospital with several broken ribs after crashing his motorbike into a fence.

Fans mob star outside court

Chris Pine

Hollywood star Chris Pine has pleaded guilty to drink-driving and made an undisclosed donation to charity.

150th milestone for Arthur's Pass

Arthur's Pass

Hundreds crowded the tiny South Island village of Arthur's Pass for its 150th anniversary.

Log smashes into cab

Coalgate logging accident

A worker has been flown to hospital after a log smashed through his cab into his leg.

Chris Pine 'will front up' to charge

Chris Pine

Chris Pine will return from Sydney to face a drink-driving charge, says a Christchurch acquaintance.

Man trapped when train hit car

Police

A man cut from his car after it collided with a train near Rakaia is in hospital with moderate injuries.

Star charged in Canty

Chris Pine

Hollywood actor Chris Pine is facing a charge for allegedly drink-driving after a wrap party in Methven.

Companies charged with illegal dumping

illegal dumping

Two Christchurch-based companies are being taken to court charged with illegal dumping.

Ashburton driver killed on Mt Hutt

Barry Whitcombe

Barry Whitcombe 'died how he was meant to' when his vehicle plunged off the Mt Hutt access road, wife says.

'Seatbelt wouldn't have saved him'

St John's Ambulance

A contractor who died on the way to Mt Hutt skifield this morning was 'very familiar' with the access road.

Farm fire origin a mystery

Le Bretons Rd fire

The cause of a fire that torched farm machinery and thousands of hay bales near Ashburton will never be known.

'Suspicious' fire claims farm equipment

Le Bretons Rd fire

Seven fire crews remain at the scene of a large blaze near Ashburton that destroyed farm machinery overnight.

Selwyn records healthy surplus

Izone business park

The Selwyn District Council will record a healthy surplus thanks to hefty investment in the area.

Fugitive arrested after assault claims

Christopher Allan Esmy Quinton

An Ashburton man alleged to have assaulted three children has been arrested after 10 days on the run.

Farmers warned about 'firebug'

Fire

Mid-Canterbury farmers told to secure hay bales after four arsons near Ashburton this weekend.

Blaze near Rolleston

Helicopter fights flames

Firefighters are using a helicopter and monsoon buckets to battle a big scrub fire near Rolleston.

Toxic algae in Selwyn River

Poison, poisonous, toxic

Authorities are warning swimmers and animals to steer clear after toxic algae is found in Canterbury.

Three injured in Dunsandel car crash

St John's Ambulance

Three people have suffered minor injuries after a head-on car crash in Dunsandel.

Farewelling Castle Hill

Fernyhough found farming, whisky and love

Christine Fernyhough

Christine Fernyhough is bidding farewell to Castle Hill Station after nearly a decade.

Wheelchair user caught walking

wheelchair

A man who pretended to need a wheelchair while claiming ACC has been spotted walking unaided.

Police seek evasive Ashburton man

Christopher Allan Esmy Quinton

Police are seeking an Ashburton man with a history of domestic violence, who is evading arrest.

Lucky escape from gas explosion

Fire

A "very fortunate" man received only minor injuries in an explosion on a jet boat in Rakaia Gorge.

Brackenridge CEO quits after audit

Brackenridge Estate

Brackenridge chief executive Peter Campbell has quit the beleaguered facility after investigations.

Asthmatic choked by dust

Rebecca Hamilton Barclay,

An EQC hold-up on replacing Rebecca Hamilton Barclay's carpet is a threat to her life.

Pumping new life into town

Ashburton College Year 9 pupils

Ashburton has experienced a significant increase in the number of Tagalog, Tongan and Samoan speakers in the past seven years.

Dying shuttle driver's last battle

michael sheahan

A dying driver fought to get off the road to protect others after suffering a massive heart attack at the wheel.

Man dead after fiery car crash

car crash dunsandel

A man is dead after his car flipped and rolled, then burst into flames in a crash near Dunsandel.

Ashburton rates set to jump again

mortgage rates

Ashburton ratepayers face another significant rates increase this year, while other Canterbury councils have yet to confirm their plans.

Izone business park exceeds expectations

Izone business park

More than 40 companies call the Izone Southern Business Hub home. GLENN CONWAY visited the industrial park that has quietly become a Selwyn success story.

Damage closes Selwyn pool

Swimming child

Selwyn's biggest public swimming pool was forced to close for the last week of the school holidays.

From the red zone to Dunsandel

Jen Haywood

When David Haywood first shifted out to Dunsandel, he'd walk outside and expect to hear the Avon River.

Ashburton second bridge battle

ashburton district council

Plans to build a second urban bridge in Ashburton, set to cost up to $35m, are causing fury.

Damaging digger joyride in Rolleston

Digger

Vandals jump-start and take digger for joyride, but kindly park it where they found it.

Crash puts three people in hospital

Serious crash near Burnham

Three people are in hospital after a head-on smash between two rental cars near Burnham about 1.30pm.

Pub dispute in West Melton

Richard and Carol Hansen

Well-known demolition man Alan Edge is allegedly pressuring a West Melton tavern out of business.

Book characters ease quake fears

Books

A Tai Tapu woman has teamed up with a long-time friend to release a book they believe will help the earthquake-affected children of the region.

2000 birds culled to protect planes and farms

Canada geese

About 2000 Canada geese have been killed to prevent birdstrike to planes and damage to farm land.

Putting time in prison to good use

Rolleston prison

Rolleston prisoners have finished refurbishing an earthquake-damaged red zone house, which will now be returned to Housing New Zealand.

4.2 quake in Chch

Seismograph, earthquake

Hundreds felt 4.2 magnitude quake, described as feeling like 'riding over a judder bar on a bike with a loose tyre.'

Milk tanker collides with two cars

St John's Ambulance

Two people have minor injuries after a crash between a milk tanker and two cars near Hinds.

Fire at Rolleston factory

Fire at CRT

A Rolleston seed factory had to be evacuated after a hopper bin caught on fire.

Snow dump blankets Mt Hutt

Katie Bieber and Lauren Anderson

An estimated 6-7cm of snow falls on skifield, with close to 10cm at the top of the mountain.

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