John Walton says a survivor of the Wahine disaster gave him the ship's stern flag in 1968. Now he wants to find a new home for it.

Wahine flag in Temuka video

John Walton says he has secretly had the stern flag of the Wahine in his possession since 1968.

Cop punched youth

Ashburton Courthouse.

9:24 PM  A police officer repeatedly punched a handcuffed youth who spat in his face, a court has heard.

Timaru garage 'well ablaze'

8:08 PM  Firefighters attended a garage fire early Tuesday morning at Mahoneys Hill Rd.

Divers take samples

Divers take new samples from  South Canterbury lake at centre of chemical dumping.

St Mary's Music Festival back

A church closed for three years after the Canterbury earthquakes will come alive with the south of its music festival.

Crash on Waimate Highway

Car crashes into power pole in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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Police investigate synthetic drug dealing

Legal highs.

8:18 PM  Waimate's mayor has questioned whether legislation regulating synthetic cannabis has made a difference, as police launch an investigation into use and dealing.

Final four flag designs gallery video

Prime Minister John Key has picked his favourites of the final four flag designs.

Water supply tampered with

RSA unimpressed with new flag designs

Sport

TBHS, Craighead struggle at top tier tournaments

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Timaru Boys' High School First XI hockey side are findingthe going tough at the top tier tournamant in Auckland.

Roncalli nail crucial win at death

Roncalli College's Sonnie Katene is fed a ball into the shooting circle under pressure from Otago Girls' High School defender Maddy Campbell.

 A stunning final quarter performance against Villa Maria has given Roncalli College a good chance of making national tournament.

O'Brien wrestles trophy off more fancied opponent

Timaru wrestler Ben O'Brien won his 65kg senior weight class and the overall best performance trophy at the New Zealand Olympic Wrestling championships.

Returning Timaru wrestler Ben O'Brien is a New Zealand champion again after tipping up the favourite to win.

Powerful Park wins again

Sprinting at the finish of the Cycling Timaru's B grade race are (from left) Gary Burtenshaw, Amy Hollamby, Ryan Aynsley and winner Shane Brookland.

Reon Park contimued his dominance of the Cycling Timaru season with another impressive win.

TGHS make perfect start

Timaru Girls' High School's Emily Bell looks for support against Avonside Girls High.

Timaru Girls' High School made a perfect start to the Audrey Timlin Memorial hockey tournament  in Invercargill recording two wins on the opening day.

Opinion

I like to think I'm pun-ching above my weight

Peter Sellers

Grant Shimmin stands shoulder-to-shoulder with other dads, continuing a fine tradition that likely began in prehistoric times.

Missing the boat this cruise season

Tourist operators up and down the country will be rubbing their hands with glee, but Timaru appears to have missed the boat.

No rest for the guest in the spare room bed

Slat attack

It was a hard day's night for Derek Burrows' guest, when the slat bed attacked.

Is a liking for puddings adding to the podge?

As the days get colder, there's nothing like a proper old-fashioned steamed pudding to warm you up.

The Old Chook confesses to a sweet tooth, but wonders whether puddings might contribute to excess podge.

When is a taxi not a taxi?

071211 NEWS Photo:Jason Oxenham/FAIRFAX MEDIA. Andrew Auld, a taxi driver who is working on Christmas Day.

OPINION: It's one of the most bizarre scenarios to have played out in South Canterbury in recent memory.

Life

Young vicar takes over St John's

St John's Anglican Church's new vicar Josh Taylor, 27 and his wife Jo and two-and-a-half year old Phoebe.

Church is more important than ever says Timaru's newest vicar who is keen to get young people back into the christian community.

Chinese air service welcomed

030214 Business Photo:Dean Kozanic FairfaxNZ. A Boeing 787 Dreamliner made a first visit to Christchurch with the arrival of a  China Southern Airlines charter flight. Passengers were greeted with Maori song and dance.

 New China Southern Airlines service brings significant benefit to South Canterbury

The good ship Rangatira

The Rangatira.

The Rangatira has sailed its final voyage between Timaru and the Chatham Islands, and will now be sold. Fergus Blakiston pays tribute to 'the good old boat'.

Visitors coming to town to shop

Hallensteins manager Jan Hogg has noticed out of towners coming to Timaru to do their shopping. PHOTO: John Bisset/FairfaxNZ.

Timaru is enjoying a retail boom with shoppers coming from Oamaru and Ashburton.

Near record return for Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury

The Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury trustees, back, from left, Rob Smith, Michele Keggenhoff, Raeleen De Joux, Michelle Brett, Karen Simpson, Maarten Dirkzwager. 
Front, chief executive  Liz Shea, Jan Hide, chair Peter O'Leary, Jenifer Strauss, Rex Whiting. PHOTO: Supplied

The Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury has returned a near record return of $7.248million.

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