The South Canterbury District Health Board will close Talbot Park aged care facility.

Closure 'disappointing'

5:08 PM  South Canterbury's only top level dementia facility will close, health board confirms.

Poppies damaged

10022016 News Photo: SUPPLIED. The three poppies sitting alongside the flagpole in Temuka RSA before they were vandalised.

5:17 PM  "Young mischief makers" have been blamed for vandalising three wooden poppies in Temuka.

Parole postponed

4:40 PM  A man who killed an Oamaru woman with an axe has had his parole postponed.

'Bloody lucky'

4:49 PM  Trio of tourists on child-sized raft blown across Lake Tekapo by strong winds.

Driver 'hammered'

9 min ago  Timaru man receives eighth drink-driving conviction after police chase.

Tractor engulfed

4:23 PM  A tractor thought to be towing explosive urea is on fire near Omarama.

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Chinese firm buys Campbell 'castle'

A Chinese company has bought Campbell Park Estate in the Waitaki Valley.

15 min ago  An affiliate company of NZHouseChina has purchased Campbell Park Estate, located in the Waitaki Valley near Oamaru.

Wilson St renewed

The resealing of Timaru's Wilson should finish on Thursday evening, Timaru District Council says.

Home-based kids play for first time

'They left it tidy - tidy crooks'

Sport

Australian trip great experience for talented basketballers

Milly Ford and Jack Crossan have recently returned from a tournament in Australia with the New Zealand Kea and Koru under-16 sides.

Milly Ford and Jack Crossan look set for an exciting future on the basketball court.

Hawke Cup season a pass despite no challenge

Stanley Mair was outstanding with the ball for South Canterbury this season.

South Canterbury player-coach Nick Horsley feels the season has been a success despite mixed results on the field.

Legends back for two days

Tokarahi Golf Club Pro-Am organiser Barry Matthews outside the 9-hole course near Duntroon.

A tiny North Otago golf club is a legend in thinking big.

Bruce McLaren's widow dies

Wally Willmott (left) with Bruce McLaren and Patty McLaren in the early days.

NZ motor-racing great Bruce McLaren's widow Patty McLaren-Brickett has passed away.

Fowler cruises to Legends Tour win

Peter Fowler was happy with his form after winning the Pro-Am tournament at Gleniti.

Australian Peter Fowler birdied all the par fives on his way to victory at the Legends Pro-Am at Gleniti.

Opinion

A bit rich coming from Key

06022016 Feature Photo: Jason Dorday/ Fairfax NZ Prime Minister John Key talks to media about Waitangi Day celebrations before heading out to the Nines

It might be time for one of John Key's confidantes to ask him an important question.

Are our Aussie neighbours tougher?

A tough little Aussie blue penguin swims into Timaru.

OPINION: Are Aussies just harder than Kiwis? Please, don't shout.

Vivid visions of the war horrors

Visitors to the Gallipoli, The Scale of our War Exhibition at Te Papa place poppies on an exhibit.

OPINION: Derek Burrows was moved by a war exhibition that hinted at the horrors his grandfather faced a century ago.

Free education 'social investment'

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EDITORIAL: Encouraging more people into more study will improve the chances New Zealand can further diversify its economy.

The 'new normal' of a rare condition video

Stella on the corner of the carport roof, where she loves to sit to survey the world

OPINION: It's amazing how quickly something completely unexpected becomes an accepted part of daily life.

Life

Our Australian penguins

A little blue penguin at the Oamaru colony.

The truth is out. Oamaru's little blue penguins are Australian.

Bride-to-be flour bombed

South Canterbury Toyota service adviser Danielle Steele undergoes a pre-wedding work tradition.

Grabbed, tied to a chair and flour bombed on the street corner - welcome to workplace traditions.

Geraldine retailer gets creative

Country Scenario co-owner Dave Lapthorne stands behind a 1900s metal saw bench while holding an old wind up telephone and talks about the 'ugly' pineapple vase on display behind his left ear.

Dealing in second-hand goods has provided its fair share of brow-raising moments, but trying to on-sell 16 urinal jugs has been one of the more entertaining for one Geraldine shop owner.

What's on this long weekend?

Enjoy a Hangi meal at Opihi on Waitangi Day.

With a music festival, sports and cultural activities, South Canterbury has the long weekend covered.

Oamaru retirement village begins

Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher hands over the consent for the Oamaru retirement village to Observatory Village Trust chairman Ken Scott.

Building of the Observatory Retirement Village in Oamaru begins on Monday.

Video

Thrilling Timaru event gets rave reviews

The week-long razzmatazz of Timaru's first world championship sporting event reached a fitting crescendo.

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