Mid Canterbury Selwyn

Double murder trial in May

Russell John Tully to stand trial on May 11 for murder of two Work and Income staff in Ashburton.

Principal denies bullying rife

Ashburton College's principal denies the school has a bullying culture despite claims on social media.

Man flung into gorse

Rescuers took minutes to find a seriously-injured man flung into thick scrub after a car rolled multiple times.

'Gentle, wee dog' killed at park

Timaru woman devastated after her chihuahua was savaged at a dog park.

$4K in cigarettes stolen

A grate was used to smash into a service station in Tai Tapu yesterday morning. 

Toxic algae in Ashburton River

People and animals, particularly dogs, should avoid river and surrounding areas until further notice.

Spate of burglaries in Selwyn

A rise in burglaries is nothing out of the ordinary for this time of year, but police say vigilance remains vital.

Row after hit-and-run on cyclist

Opinions split over whether funding new cycleways or improving quality of roads in Selwyn district is more important.

Cycleways or better roads?

Selwyn councillors are at odds over how to improve commuting in the district.

Cyclist left wounded after hit and run

A dazed and bloodied Marina Taylor lay by her broken bike, attempting to flag down passing cars.

Rolleston crash kills driver

Rolleston fatal crash scene

A driver has been killed in a crash near Rolleston, south of Christchurch.

Arsenic contamination risk 'low'

Council and ECan to roll out soil testing programme after arsenic was found in several properties.

What to do with poo?

Toilet doors

A subdivision that could double the size of Darfield is creating a sewage conundrum for planners.

$40m complex for Ashburton

Eastfield precinct

A precinct containing 77 apartments, shops and offices is planned for central Ashburton.

Car rolls on Darfield's main street

Rolled car in Darfield

Drivers urged to take care after car crashes and rolls on Darfield's main street.

Boost to ambulances in Selwyn

St John's Ambulance

St John is doubling its ambulance capacity in Selwyn to cope with population growth.

Bike link to killings shocks its owner

John Tully

Owner never imagined his stolen bike would be linked to double killing in Ashburton.

Pool shuts for a third time

Selwyn Aquatic Centre

Selwyn Aquatic Centre will close, for the third time since it opened last year, during the school holidays for retiling work.

Four deny manslaughter

Arran James Gairns

Four people have denied charges relating to an Ashburton man found dead in a drain.

Ashburton victim farewelled

Peggy Noble, Leigh Cleveland

Thousands stop to remember Ashburton shooting victims while friends and family gather to farewell Peggy Noble.

Farewell for 'special Nana Peg'

Peg Noble

The second victim of the Ashburton shootings will be farewelled today at a private funeral. l Two-minute silence for victims

Police visit 'threats'

Michael Cruickshank

Man who battled ACC claims he was focus of police investigation after WINZ shootings. l Victim mourned

Vigil organised for shooting victims

Peg Noble

Ashburton residents plan candlelight service and minute of silence for two Work and Income staff.

Frantic office escape

Susan Leigh Cleveland

Lindy Curtis dived under desk to flee gunman, but he shot her before reloading and killing her colleague.

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'


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


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


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


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


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


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

Truck yard blaze 'suspicious'

Fire Service firefighters generic

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


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


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

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