Community

Red socks for cancer

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Ashgrove School pupils - and their principal - donned red socks on Friday in support of the Sir Peter Blake Trust and KidsCan

Road danger reduced

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A significant increase in traffic volumes on State Highway 1 makes a renewed goodwill agreement between Woodend School, Transwaste Canterbury Limited and Canterbury Waste Services (CWS) even more important, school's principal says.

48 Hours win no joke for Kaipaoi girls

For those in the know, winning the Incredibly Strange Best Bad Film category at the Rialto 48Hours Film Festival Christchurch finals on Sunday was actually very good.

No home for pet lovers

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Naomi Vaux is battling to find a home for herself and her two children because they don't want to part with their pets.

Not too old to volunteer

At 85 years old, Betty Campbell is still an enthusiastic volunteer at the Rangiora Salvation Army family shop.

Jock hands over the keys

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Rea Rewiri-White couldn't believe her luck when she won a new car in a Starship Children's Hospital fundraiser.

Former transport workers reunite

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Hundreds of former staff of Transport North Canterbury (TNC) and their partners recently attended a reunion of the general carrier company, which went out of existence about 30 years ago.

New Life pupils pan for gold

There's gold to be found in Rangiora - or there was earlier this week, when four Rangiora New Life primary-aged classes conducted a gold-panning activity in the school stream.

A love of food to share

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An Israeli chef, now based in New Zealand with his Kiwi wife, is bringing his national cuisine to Rangiora in a series of master-classes.

Creative juices feed academic success

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Kaiapoi Borough School students took time to celebrate their artistic achievements and wrap up the first term at an art show and busking evening.

Safe place for addicts

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Nurse Kate Brandram-Adams is seeing the strength for change among drug and alcohol addicts in the local community.

Rainy day coins help kiwi youth

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A member of the Rangiora Lions Club is really in the money - 60 kilograms of coins of the realm, together with foreign money, collected as part of the Lions' nationwide Heads up for Kids project.

Budding actors on stage

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Students from the Dale Hartley School of Speech and Drama took to the stage to compete in Theatresports.

Community Watch down on numbers

A group known as the "extra eyes and ears of the police" is looking for recruits.

Taste for life

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After being fed through a tube all her life, Rangiora's Inara Herdson is eating like any other little girl for the first time in her life.

Older people favour jab

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While North Canterbury medical practices are reporting a strong uptake of this year's flu vaccine, many residents remain reluctant to get the jab.

Old Truck’s three lives immortalised

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Old Truck is the second children's book by Oxford author Jennifer Somervell commemorating life on the farm as a child.

Bargains galore at market

The Rangiora Market is back - as long as the community supports it sufficiently to keep it a regular fixture.

Group forges connected community feel

Neighbourliness is alive and well in Rangiora's Walker Pl, thanks to the efforts of Barbara and Peter Erwood.

Irish dancers do jig around town

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Kaiapoi's Cashman School of Irish Dancing brought the St Patrick's Day spirit to ABC Rangiora on Friday.

Town to town always popular

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Grab your running shoes and galvanise the family into action for tomorrow's Rangiora-Kaiapoi Fun Run.

Balancing act

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Pupils at Clarkville School were treated to a dazzling display of acrobatics when two Chinese performance groups visited the North Canterbury school on Thursday.

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Party safe show on school tour

Graduates from the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts (NASDA) are touring Canterbury with a show for teenagers about how to stay safe while partying.

Mentors change lives

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The Rangiora branch of Big Brother, Big Sister has taken on more help, in the form of new mentoring co-ordinator, Natasha Graham.

Top dollar, top colt

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An Ohoka yearling attracted the second highest price at the New Zealand Premiere Yearling Sale at Agriculture Park.

Sending art up the pole back for 2013

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The Woodend Pole Art Competition is on again, with residents being urged to get creative ahead of next month's launch.

Artist hot on crafting glass

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Glass artist Eiko Kawaguchi recently exhibited her work at the WAI Exhibition 2013. She talks to the Northern Outlook.

Rowers poo powered appeal

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Rangiora High School's rowing teams have been shovelling pig poo to raise funds for their next challenge.

Trio mark next milestone

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Rangiora triplets Faith, Toby and Tayla Gutsell have marked another milestone together - starting school.

Dance group wows judges

North Canterbury dancers from the Adair Botting School of Dance, established in Kaiapoi in 1965, impressed examiners from New Zealand and overseas in their recent grading rounds in musical theatre, jazz and ballet.

Many ways to tackle new trail

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Some biked it, some walked it and some ran it, but all enjoyed the opening of the St James Cycle trail extension.

Uniforms bite into budget

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The till was running hot at Postie Plus Rangiora on Monday, as parents forked out for uniforms for the new school year.

Quarry day out

A glorious sunny Sunday brought people out in their hundreds to enjoy the annual Iron Ridge Quarry open day.

Top cop plans to retire in the district

Rangiora's new senior sergeant has fallen in love with his new beat and plans to stay after leaving the force.

Field day offers goat showcase

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The Canterbury Dairy Goat Field Day is a fun chance for people who don't usually show their goats to give it a go.

UNICEF needs youth

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The time is right for Canterbury teens to step up and take action against child poverty with UNICEF's youth ambassador programme.

Quarry turns art

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A local sculptor has turned Iron Ridge Quarry into an artistic hotspot well worth a visit.

Canterbury tourism wins

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Canterbury is celebrating a year of tourism wins in 2012 with kudos from Lonely Planet, AA Travel Must-Do, and Cuisine.

Funding cuts threaten service

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Difficulty securing resources threaten a much-needed stress-relief programme.

Events diary

What's on in North Canterbury over the next few weeks?

Gamble's gone to Sydney

Fabulous support from the local community has seen rising sports star Charlie Gamble on his way to Sydney.

Colour on High St

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A new initiative from the Rangiora Community Board is glamming up the gravel on the town's High St.

Students rewarded

Four North Canterbury students have been recognised for their hard work this year with some generous scholarship awards.

The show must go on!

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Rangiora's young stars have not let the town's lack of performing spaces deter them from taking their talents to the stage.

How the mini-bus works

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Confused about the North Canterbury Mini Bus Trust service? The trust has released a clear programme and set of guidelines to clear it all up.

Recovery leader steps back

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Kaiapoi business recovery co- ordinator Pete Vink has wrapped up his role and returned to the Ministry of Social Development.

Crowds flock to Rangiora Santa Parade

Crowds flocked to Rangiora's Santa Parade on Sunday.

Playgroup wraps up year with park trip

The Kaiapoi Community Playgroup wrapped up their term with a trip to Spencer Park.

Cantabs love pink

Forget and black - when it comes to biscuits, Cantabrians are all about pink.