Mid Canterbury Selwyn

Four injured in fence smash

St John's Ambulance

Two taken to hospital after car left road and smashed through fence near Kirwee.

Conveyor belt snags woman's hair

Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Young woman seriously injured after getting her hair tangled at vegetable processing plant.

House 'ruined' while owner overseas

Fire Service firefighters generic

Investigators at a loss to explain what started "suspicious" fire that destroyed Ashburton home.

Highway reopens after truck crash

timaru logs

Man flown to hospital with broken rib after truck rolls and spills logs across SH 72 this morning.

Attempted abductor 'a sick animal'

Police

Ashburton residents use social media to try and find man who attempted to lure 9-year-old boy into car.

Teen accused of theft spree

Justice

Ashburton teen remanded on bail after being charged with break-ins, arson and burgling hunting knives.

Family 'reeling' over death

John-Paul Nelson

Northern Irish community in ''shock'' after young expat was killed in crash just kilometres from his Mid-Canterbury home.

Man killed in crash named

Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Northern Irishman dies after his ute collides with a truck on State Highway 1 in Mid Canterbury.

Machinery spark behind blaze

Fire Service firefighters generic

Spark believed to have set off large fire inside Ashburton animal feed factory yesterday.

Armed raid on alleged dealers

Police

Four bailed on drugs charges after police execute series of searches in Ashburton.

Silence to mark player deaths

George Ellis

A minute's silence before tonight's Ranfurly Shield clash will mark the deaths of two young players.

Driver fights for life

Police

A woman injured in a head-on crash has surgery and remains in a life-threatening condition.

Bar incident: man sought

Arcadia nightclub patron

Police are keen to speak to a man seen in an Ashburton nightclub after a mystery incident.

Tributes to 'granddad'

Beloved school caretaker dies suddenly

Ashley Smeith

Pupils at Selwyn's Ladbrooks School mourn the death of beloved caretaker and cleaner Ashley Smeith.

Family injured in truck-car crash

St John's Ambulance

A 5-year-old is among three injured after a car and truck collided south-west of Ashburton.

Town hits its third pollution high

Air pollution

Ashburton has hit its third high pollution day this winter.

Boom puts squeeze on Selwyn

pothole

An increasing number of potholes aren't being repaired due to lack of funding.

Selwyn land findings due next year

Poison, poisonous, toxic

Selwyn residents will likely find out next year whether their properties are earmarked as potentially contaminated.

Fresh eyes on cold case

Kirsty Bentley

The detective who cracked the ‘Black Widow' case has been handed the file for the murder of Kirsty Bentley.

Person cut from vehicle

Police

One person has serious injuries following a head-on collision near Burnham this morning.

Truck yard blaze 'suspicious'

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An early morning fire at a West Melton truck yard is being treated as suspicious, fire service say.

Racism 'rife' in Ashburton

Generic for rent sign

New migrants say it's hard to rent a home or go about their daily lives due to racism in Mid Canterbury.

Man arrested after fire in family home

Police

A man has been arrested for arson after allegedly setting fire to a house while his children were inside.

Rolleston needs boutique shops

Anna Stringer

Two-thirds of Selwyn's $415m a year spend leaves the district with Hornby Pak n Save the main benefactor.

Lyttelton home to 'heathens'

Ashburton church

Ashburton is the most Christian place in Canterbury, while Lyttelton is one of the least religious.

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.

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