Jan-Paul Fajta of Germany was robbed of all his belongings when he hitched a ride from Timaru to Oamaru.

Hitch-hiker's gear stolen video

9:51 AM  A hitch-hiker who had his gear stolen no longer believes New Zealand is a safe country.

Formula Ford found

Nigel Barclay's stolen Formula Ford has been found.

Nigel Barclay's stolen race car has been returned thanks to social media.

New flights proposed

The return of regular flights between the Mackenzie and Christchurch is proposed.

Pitching in for Connor Farrell video

Waimate cricketer Connor Farrell thought he needed a drink of water. He actually needed brain surgery.

Ginger and Garlic could close

Piper is only two days old and already responsible for closing a fine-dining restaurant.

Driver's deep relief

A motorist who crashed into the Timaru Herald office is grateful no-one died.

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News

Gearing up for netball season

The members of last year's two junior teams from the Athletics Netball Club.

The Athletics Netball Club, which had two junior teams for the first time last year, is gearing up for another season.

Reeling in a new projector

A change of film reels created an expensive dilemma for the Waimate Regent Theatre Trust.

RSA fundraiser a success

Health budget stressed

Sport

Paddons sit second in Sweden

Hayden Paddon sits second in WRC Rally Sweden in his high flying Hyundai i-20.

Kiwi Hayden Paddon is in second place Rally Sweden after rocketing up the leader board and sits behind world champion Sebastien Ogier.

Bromley to umpire at New Zealand's home of cricket

South Canterbury cricket umpire John Bromley is set to umpire an international fixture on February 28.

John Bromley will umpire an international women's match at the Basin Reserve.

Faye joins husband in hole in one club

Temuka golfer Faye Mulvey scored a hole in one on the 9th hole at the Temuka Golf Course.

Faye Mulvey now can match her husband's hole in one story

Bowlers in form but batsmen struggling

Supeshala Jayathilake in action for Timaru in the Twenty20 final. He has been performing well for them all season.

A form XI struggles to find many batsmen who qualify.

Paddon ready for Rally of Sweden

Hayden Paddon competes in WRC Rally Sweden for Hyundai in 2015.

Lack of ice delays start of Rally of Sweden.

Opinion

Confronting a winged tormentor

My nemesis is a black-billed gull like this one

OPINION: I've found myself contemplating violence several times in recent weeks.

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.

Life

Dey adjourns after decades of service

Kevin Dey is standing down as a judicial justice of the peace after 28 years' service in Timaru.

After 28 years of seeing South Canterbury's dark side, Kevin Dey is calling it quits.

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.

Video

Hitch-hiker's gear stolen

A German hitch-hiker who had his belongings stolen no longer believes New Zealand is a safe country.

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