Mike Skelton with the 48 kilogram skate he caught at the Hook Beach fishing contest on Sunday.

Big skate hooked at Hook

A skate as wide as a ute deck surprised a South Canterbury fisherman on Sunday.

MP's grief for climber

Sovann and Stephen Dowall are a month from their 26th wedding anniversary.

Former Labour leader says climber missing on glacier "one of the good ones".

Rental linked to crash

Horror crash reportedly followed rental car crossing double yellow lines.

Police hunt fraudsters

Police want help identifying men allegedly using stolen Visa payWave cards in Timaru.

Lights ripped apart by grinches

A Christmas-loving Timaru woman's lights have been ripped to pieces by grinches.

Temuka man punches policeman

A Temuka man allegedly punched a police officer after he was pepper sprayed.

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Water use project to cost $636,000

The Opihi River is in the catchment zone for a publicly-funded water resources model.

The Irrigation Acceleration fund and Environment Canterbury (ECan) are spending $636,000 on a water use model for South Canterbury.

Arrest after manhunt

Timaru man arrested after fleeing police and sparking manhunt near Temuka.

Whitebaiters rewarded with big catches

South Canterbury MPs' rankings slide


Aorangi side to focus on the basics

Aorangi men's golf team captain Dan Perham

Straight drives and a precise short game are the keys for the Aorangi men's golf team this week.

Mair produces second innings magic

Stanley Mair has recently moved to Timaru and made a successful Hawke Cup debut last weekend.

Stanley Mair will remember the first and second spells of his South Canterbury Hawke Cup debut in contrasting fashion.

Showjumpers have success in Waimate

Georgia Urquhart competes in the South Island showjumping event in Waimate at the weekend.

Athletes to compete against best

Anna Hayward will be hoping to reclaim her title she won last year in the junior girls' 400m.

The biggest stage for a number of Timaru's most promising athletes is approaching quickly.

Horsley credits cricket comeback

South Canterbury's Jack Harper looks to set off for a run after dabbing one into the leg side.

South Canterbury player-coach Nick Horsley was full of praises for his team after their come-from-behind victory over Mid Canterbury in their opening Southern Zone Hawke Cup match in Timaru.


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.


Life experience gained before mission

Former Mountainview High School dux Dallin McLaughlin is going on a two year mission to the Philippines through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

The former dux of Mountainview High School is going on a mission to the Philippines.

Reverend eyes retirement

Waiareka Weston and Enfield Presbyterian Church reverend Nancy Parker, who retires at the end of the year, in front of the Weston community church where she has worked for 15 years.

Reverend Nancy Parker is retiring, but won't be giving up her ministry completely.

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.


Climate of change as NZ marches

Thirty five rallies nationwide demand the Government do more to prevent catastrophic climate change.

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