Mid Canterbury Selwyn

OIO watches meat company video

Silver Fern Farms Finegand meat processing plant, near Balclutha in South Otago.

Silver Fern Farms said its deal with a Chinese firm would benefit NZ. So far, the opposite has happened.

Waihora secures final playoff spot

Methven's Faaitu Tuamoheloa charges at the Southbridge defence.

The defending champions snuck into the Luisetti Seeds Combined Country Cup playoffs for a rematch with Southbridge.

Snow-making under way

Snow making is in full swing at Mt Hutt Ski Area.

Mt Hutt snow guns are pumping up to five tonnes of snow every minute ahead of next month's opening.

Brothers sidelined no more video

Brothers Tulaniu Sikaleti, 11, and Sikaleti Sikaleti, 13, could not play club rugby this season - but that changed overnight.

The story of the Sikaleti boys touched hearts across New Zealand – and has helped many other children get support.

Cyclist injured in Lincoln crash

Emergency services have been called to a crash in Lincoln (file photo).

The cyclist received moderate injuries and was taken to Christchurch Hospital after the crash.

Leeston man found

Rhys Hunter Williams has been found safe and well.

A Canterbury man who was missing for a week has been found.

Angst in Ashburton as jobs on line video

Hundreds of workers at Silver Fern Farms' Fairton plant near Ashburton are expected to lose their jobs.

"You've been there years and years and then bang, all of a sudden you've got to go," a surprised Silver Fern Farms worker says.

Rhys Williams missing

Rhys Hunter Williams, 42, was last seen on May 10.

Concern for 42-year-old Canterbury man missing for a week.

Bust subdivision on track again

An aerial view of Rolleston, about 20 kilometres southwest of Christchurch.

Deposits for sections in a disputed Rolleston subdivision are safe as new owner takes over.

Fairton plant on chopping block

Three hundreds workers at Silver Fern Farms meat processing plant at Fairton, near Ashburton, have been called to a ...

While the price of Silver Ferns Farms plummets, the company is almost certainly closing its Ashburton plant, the Meat Workers' Union says.

Saracens and Waihora to battle for final playoff berth

Southbridge's Luke Palmer is tackled against Southern in round 8 of the Luisetti Seeds Combined Country Cup.

The top eight is all but settled for the Luisetti Seeds Combined Country Cup.

Fire recovery outline released

The Selwyn District Council has released an outline of its plan for recovery following the Port Hills fire.

The Selwyn council document focuses on supporting families affected by the Port Hills fire.

Animal welfare law 'feeble'

Some of the horses on David Marshall's Selwyn farm, photographed on Thursday.

NZ's animal welfare law toothless with just 17 inspectors in charge of millions of animals, experts say.

'Kea-proof' recycling planned

New recycling stations - featuring kea-proof flaps - will be installed in Castle Hill and Arthur's Pass.

Recycling stations funded for alpine villages

Alleged robber in custody

The Z spokesman said the man was armed with a screwdriver.

A 23-year-old Canterbury man will be held in custody after he allegedly used a large screwdriver to rob a Christchurch service station.

'Sky demons' in Ashburton

Entrants jumped in teams, working with coaches to perfect their technique.

Free falling towards earth at 300kmh is where adrenaline junkie Shane Turner feels comfortable.

Flights resume at Chch Airport

The fog hung thick over Christchurch, disrupting flights in and out of the airport on Wednesday morning.

Travellers jetting out of fog-stricken Christchurch are slowly departing the city after several flights were delayed or cancelled.

Lake Forsyth warning lifted

Green algae in Lake Forsyth on Banks Peninsula last year.

Levels of potentially toxic blue-green algae have decreased and are below the levels "of concern to public health".

Playoff picture yet to frame up

Rodrigo Sciarra goes in for Hampstead's first try.

Only two teams are locked in to contest the playoffs of the Luisetti Seeds Combined Country Cup.

Banned for eight weeks for abuse

A Methven rugby player has been banned for eight weeks for referee abuse.

A Canterbury rugby player has been suspended from the game for eight weeks for abusing a referee in a club match.

Home detention for indecent act

The Timaru District Court sentenced Ashburton man Stephen Alexander Hirst to three months' home detention for committing ...

An Ashburton man has been sentenced to three months' home detention for an indecent act on a 17-year-old.

Dreary day in the Mainland

Umbrellas are a must for most southern centres on Tuesday as rain is forecast to dampen the Mainland.

Scattered showers forecast for most of the South Island are set to linger until the weekend.

Emotional win at NZ dairy awards

New Zealand Farm Manager of the Year Hayley Hoogendyk.

When the father of winners collapsed at the award dinner, Fed Farmers president came to the rescue.

Fine weather for most of south

Fine weather should cover most of the South Island – except Greymouth – on Monday. (File photo)

Most South Islanders will have to make the most of Monday's fine weather before wet conditions set in.

Pair may have just arrived video

Two people died in a crash on State Highway 1 on Thursday.

It's not just up to rental vehicle companies to ensure drivers are rested enough, head of NZ's Rental Vehicle Association says.

Just in NZ, soon dead

The driver of a rented van lost control, crashing into a ute in Canterbury, police say.

The pair had just arrived in New Zealand. They rented a campervan and not long afterwards they were dead.

Mushrooms causing a stink

Meadow Mushrooms' Hornby and Prebbleton facilities are causing a stink for nearby residents. Pictured: white mushrooms ...

Meadow Mushrooms' farms are emitting a foul smell, according to Christchurch residents.

Craig's on a Highland high

Craig Manson (right) with Jacko Gill at the Waipu Highland Games earlier this year.

At 105kg and 177cm, Craig Manson is considered small in the sport he hopes will take him to the top of the world.

Port Hills fire review progresses video

The terms of reference have been confirmed for the independent review into fire operations during the Port Hills fires.

Review into how fire authorities handled Christchurch's Port Hills fire will seek to improve how they respond to future disasters.

Abuse allegation mars club rugby match

Gideon Lambrechts attempts to break through the Rolleston defence during Southern's 45-7 win on Saturday.

 An incident in Kaiapoi has overshadowed the sixth round of the Luisetti Seeds Combined Country Cup.

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