Shira is lifted off the Shansi ship by the Timaru Container Terminal's new $6 million Liebherr 550 crane.

Giraffe wows Timaru crowd video

The hardy souls who waited hours in the cold to see Shira the giraffe got a treat.

Climber missingĀ 

A climber is missing on Mt Cook after failing to reach the Empress Hut.

An experienced climber missing on Mt Cook has not set off a locator beacon.

Overlooked writers self-publish

Self-publishing is the only option for some writers, but a successful author says it's the best.

Muddy fun set up to raise funds

Competitors in Timaru's first big mud run can expect a real challenge.

Principals criticise review timing

'Worst possible time' for a review of the education system, Sth Canty principals say.

Licence denial irks winemakers

A vineyard owner has accused Timaru's district licensing committee of "nasty" behaviour for declining an application.

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Fewer wandering wallabies

260412 Suppled/Sam ShannonUnder control: A new substance for controlling wallaby populations, called Wallaby Feratox, is now available to landowners.
Photo: Supplied (Brent Glentworth, Environment Canterbury)

Wallaby numbers reported outside the containment area have declined in 2015.

Arrested after car crash

A Timaru man, 19, was arrested on a warrant to arrest in relation to a motor vehicle accident on Earl Rd at 9.05pm on Thursday.

Venison decision pending - SFF

Mother devastated by son's drug use video


Fifita loss a blow for South Canty

South Canterbury's Paula Fifita is out of the South Island sevens tournament with an injury.

An ankle injury to Paula Fifita has robbed South Canterbury of one of their most influential sevens players.

Shearer looking to chip in with wins

Jessica Shearer.

Roncalli College pupil Jessica Shearer has just been picked for her biggest golf assignment yet.

Lill hoping to fill hole

Phill Lill

Temuka top-order batsman Phill Lill is looking forward to donning the whites for his first appearance for South Canterbury at Hawke Cup level.

Dorgan continues to impress on the court

Roncalli's Laura Dorgan has been named in the 16-strong Mainland Netball National League Squad for 2016.

Roncalli College netballer Laura Dorgan is one step away from mixing it with the best netballers in the country.

Rugby is a way of life in Waimate

Hard workers Gordon Scott (left) and Tony Stevenson have been made life members of the Waimate Rugby Club,

Two of the hardest workers at the Waimate Rugby Club have been honoured with life memberships.


Time to tell Trump he's fired

Donald Trump preaching to the choir. There's no place for his bigotry in decisions affecting our children's future.

OPINION: A few days ago, a friend and former colleague put a message on Facebook to his American friends.

Jonah's words to Joost prompt a new sadness

All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu died on Wednesday, aged 40.

OPINION: It was one of the first things I thought of when I heard the news.

Lomu remains larger than life

Jonah Lomu is mourned around the world by fans, fellow sporting greats, and media.

OPINION: Stories of Lomu's selflessness show us what we've lost.

Hateful posts compound grief

OPINION: There is nothing more aggravating than reading comments on social media sites from ignorant, rude people.

Restricting myself to 800 words

Melina Vidler, Erik Thomson and Benson Jack Anthony play the Turner family in 800 Words.

OPINION: This is not so much a homage, or a review, as an exercise.


What's on this weekend?

Roses on the Bay Market Day.

It's all roses around South Canterbury at the moment.

Love of roses blooms

Oamaru rose judge and steward Alison Ludemann helps set up for the Alpine Energy National Spring Rose Show and Convention.

After 25 years, Oamaru's Alison Ludemann is still enamoured with roses.

Young shepherds take to the hills

Sarah Scott of the Upper Waitaki young farmers' club.

The number of young people choosing to take up a career as a shepherd in the Waitaki District is increasing.

Second volunteer trip for Laura

Former Craighead Diocesan School student Laura Robinson in Uganda while on her first volunteer trip. She loved it so much she is going again.

Timaru teenager Laura Robinson loved her first volunteer trip to Uganda so much, she's going again.

Fifty years fighting fires

Fairlie chief fire officer Jim Irving is hanging up his hat at the end of the month, 50 years after he started at the station.

The sound of the Fairlie Fire Station bell means one thing to Jim Irving. That someone needs his help.


Giraffe wows Timaru crowd

The hundred hardy souls who had waited hours in the cold to see Shira the giraffe got a treat.

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