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Countdown doubles up in Ashburton

General Distributors Ltd has confirmed a second store is to be built in mid Canterbury.

Countdown is to open second supermarket in mid Canterbury.

Ashburton marks tragic anniversary video

Ministry of Social Development chief executive Brendan Boyle, Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew and Ashburton mayor Angus McKay at the wreath laying to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the fatal shootings at Work and Income.

Ashburton marks a year to the day since two women were killed in the Work and Income shootings.

Teen avoids $50K bill for crash

Two petrol pumps were wiped out by boy racers in Kirwee on June 6.

Teenage drink-driver crashes into petrol station pumps, drives off, abandons car, hides in bushes - and avoids the $50K bill.

'Foolish' dad let 10-year-old son drive - twice

29072015 news Photo: Marion van Dijk/Fairfax NZ

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A boy, 10, asked his father if he could drive. His "extremely foolish" dad said yes.

Migrants to boost southern towns

Canterbury towns may look to bring in more migrant workers for an economic boost.

A new plan aims to rejuvenate South Island towns facing aging populations and economic decline.

Threats at Ashburton Work and Income

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Police called to Ashburton Work and Income office after threats made.

Rural schools 'forgotten' gallery video

Rural schools like Southbridge often hire inexperienced teachers, who need mentoring.

Support for rural schools is picking up to help principals who felt like a "forgotten group".

Home of two days destroyed

Woodend Volunteer Fire Brigade firefighters conduct a house burn at 25 Woodend Road for training.

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A dairy working couple are homeless after fire tore through their home near the Rakaia River.

Road signs rammed

Ashburton District Councillor Stuart Wilson in front of one of the several road sigsn dotted around Hinds that has been rammed at.

Vandals have been ramming road signs in Hinds, causing about $8000 in damage in the last month.

Watters Cup victors kicking back again

The Ashburton Technical Old Boys Rugby Football Club team of 1973 are having a reunion this weekend to coincide with the Hanan Shield match between Mid Canterbury and South Canterbury on Saturday.

A 1973 rugby team is getting together to compare hair and watch rugby on Saturday.

Pregnant cows hit by car

Two motorists have crashed into a herd of pregnant cows in rural Canterbury.

Motorists lucky to escape serious injury after they crashed into a herd of heavily pregnant cows in Canterbury.

Police hunting black Range Rover

Canterbury Police are looking for a black Range Rover, which they believe was part of a burglary in Selwyn on Thursday night.

A black Range Rover is at the centre of an investigation into a burglary in Canterbury.

On the road to Darfield

Darfield doesn't have the obvious glitz of a tourist town or retirement mecca. Nor is it exploding in size because it is a satellite settlement to Christchurch. But it is growing because it has an economy and a community.

Many people will have travelled through Darfield without ever stopping. So, what makes a small country town tick?

Payout drop hits sharemilkers

Culverden dairy farmer James Bourke, with Cate, 8, and wife, Ceri,  and Charlotte, 5, face a tough time with dropping milk prices.

Farmers hope for no further reduction in milk price

Ashburton rallies for Waimate

Ashburton Beds R Us owner Chris Redmond, whose business was one several to donate goods to the Nepalese sisters who lost their parents and younger brother in a fire.

Ashburton's recent tragedy driver to help Waimate fire survivors.

Caregiver stole from man with dementia

Chris Smith's father, Victor Smith, had more than $3500 stolen from him by his caregiver, Yvonne Beck.

A Nurse Maude caregiver has been found guilty of stealing more than $3500 from an elderly man with dementia.

Nine accidents at factory this year

Hisham Almansi has a brain injury and suffered several broken bones after being crushed by a hydraulic door at ANZCO's Ashburton meat processing plant.

A factory where an employee was crushed by a hydraulic door has had three further "serious" incidents this year.

Community effort: Ka pai

Children from Leeston's Active Learners displaying their art work for Supervalue's Maori language week celebrations. From left, Alexis Aspen ,4, Lauchlan Christian, 5, Jake West, 4, Rosaline Brown, from the Te Taumutu Runanga, and Lucas Stredwick,4.

This week at Leeston Supervalue you can buy kapeti, tiakarete te waiu or tīhi.

Forklift crush victim paralysed

Ashburton woman Te Atatu Hemi, 42, was working at Talley's Frozen Foods in Ashburton when several bins, stacked on top of a forklift, fell on top of her leaving her a paraplegic. She is pictured at Burwood's Spinal Unit earlier this month after a visit from the All Blacks.

A Canterbury woman may never walk again after a workplace incident involving bins toppling off a forklift.

Crushed worker's struggle

Hisham Almansi has a brain injury and suffered several broken bones after being crushed by a hydraulic door at ANZCO's Ashburton meat processing plant in Mid Canterbury.

Hisham Almansi's plans to study medicine are in tatters as he recovers from being crushed by a door at work.

Hut owners keen to stay put video

Kaituna hut.

Allegations of "illegal squatter huts" in a Canterbury settlement are wrong, hut owner says.

Ashburton man farewelled

Over 350 people attended the funeral for Ashburton man Anthony Newton was held on Tuesday afternoon. Photo: Supplied obituary

More than 350 people have gathered to remember Ashburton car crash victim Anthony Newton.

Centreline cross crash death

Two male tourists have been attacked in Christchurch.

Ashburton man Anthony Newton died after driving across the centreline and crashing into two vehicles south of Christchurch.

Fatal crash closes state highway

Emergency services are at the scene of a serious crash in Porirua.

State Highway 1 has been closed after a serious crash south of Christchurch.

'It's heartbreaking' video

11072015 News Photo:Dean Kozanic/FairfaxNZ. The second funeral service for the Ashburton mother and three children who died from accidental asphyxiation was held in Ashburton today.Up to 500 people are expected to attend the service, two weeks after the last reported sighting of Cindy George, 31, daughter Pio Raukete, 5, and sons Teuruaa George, 3, and Teiyzshwaun George, 2.

Ashburton mum Cindy George, who died tragically with her three children, was "one of a kind", her family says.

Chairlift outage causes delays

Frustrated skiers took to Mt Hutt's Facebook page to complain of long queues after the ski area's high-speed six seater lift stopped working on Friday.

Skiers and snowboarders have expressed frustration at long delays at Mt Hutt ski area after one of its chairlifts stopped working. 

Two funerals for Ashburton family gallery

Pio Raukete, 5, Teuruaa George, 3, and Teiyzshwaun George, 2, died in an accidental gassing.

Cindy George and her three children will be farewelled a week after they were found dead in an Ashburton home.

'It's broken the family'

Cindy George and her children, Teuruaa, Teiyzshwaun and Pio.

Cindy George was a good mother and her three children were bubbly and beautiful, family say.

Fire destroys Ashburton house

Fire has ripped through a house on McDonald St, Netherby, Ashburton.

An Ashburton family have "lost everything" after fire ripped through their home overnight.

Kirsty Bentley's dad dies professing innocence

Sid Bentley died after a battle with cancer, was a suspect in his daughter's 1998 disappearance and murder, along with Kirsty's older brother, John.

Father of murdered Ashburton teen died still denying involvement in her death.

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