South African "fat chef" Albert Buitenhuis just after he arrived in Christchurch in 2007 claims his weight has gone against him getting New Zealand residency. He is now working in Geraldine, has lost weight and is waiting to hear about his latest application.

'Fat chef' to hear visa fate

Albert Buitenhuis battled his weight and immigration for years, now it could all be over.

Girl followed over 1km

Timaru police investigating after school girl reported a man followed for over a kilometre while walking home.

Timaru police investigating after school girl reported a man followed for over a kilometre while walking home.

Woman hit by vehicle sale scam

Police urge caution after Timaru woman selling a car online was scammed out of $2000.

Police notebook

A Timaru man was given a pre-charge warning after punching a bouncer.

Blood moon of doom?

A religious group is preparing for an apocalyptic event they believe will happen this month.

Chopped trees shock Point woman

The destruction of cabbage trees outside her home has outraged a Pleasant Point woman.

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Temuka bacon wins big

Temuka's Eastside Butchery staff, from left, Aaron Dale, Diane Scannell, Stephen Scannell and Sandy Twaddle with their now award-winning bacon.

Temuka's Eastside Butchery won the gold dry cured middle bacon award at the 100% New Zealand Bacon and Ham Competition.

'He took our life's savings'

A couple who were tricked out of their life's savings by a conman want to stop others from being fooled.

Hospital radio back home

Cannabis located on man

Sport

Wanganui thrash North Otago

West Coast's flying French halfback Hugo Torres scores against South Canterbury in the Heartland Championship. Torres' try was not enough with South Canterbury winning 40-24 to retain the Coalpit Trophy in Timaru.

Wanganui sounded a warning to Heartland Championships hopefuls with an eight try drubbing of the previously unbeaten North Otago in Oamaru.

Hearts and Point to meet in cup final

Northern Hearts and Pleasant Point will face off in the South Canterbury Cup final after victories over Timaru City and Temuka.

Hearts beat Timaru City 2-1 thanks to a Nigel Clemett winner with just four minutes left in extra time.

Must win for South Canterbury

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Craighead basketballers make top eight

Craighead basketballer Phoebe Trolove has starred in Dunedin.

Craighead made the top eight of the South Island secondary schools' basketball tournament in Dunedin.

McKinnon's salmon hatchery a winner

Mark Webb releases adult Chinook into the Rangitata South spawning raceway to seed the $1m-plus enhancement project.

 I can't recall when Central South Island anglers and hunters last exhibited such enthusiasm to play a direct role in the direction and management of the fishing and hunting resources of this region.

Opinion

William had a way of finding the words that fit the bill

William Shakespeare

Grant Shimmin discovers Shakespeare had more influence on the language we use today than he'd realised.

Letters to the editor: September 1

Well what a mess Serco has made of the running of Mt Eden Remand Prison.

Digging deep into donkey's years of detritus

An Uzbek pottery version of Donkey, of Shrek fame, pulling a cart.

Derek Burrows embarks on a decluttering spree, discovering the dangers of living in the same house for 20 years.

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.

Life

Culture shock for pharmacy students

Otago Pharmacy students from Timaru Rosie Keys, far left, and Mitchell Trezise, centre, at the 61st International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation (IPSF) World Congress in Hyderabad, India.

Two Otago Pharmacy students from Timaru had the "chance of a lifetime" to travel to India.

What's on this weekend?

Models prepare for the 11th annual toilet paper wedding dress contest at Kleinfled's Bridal Boutique in New York June 17, 2015. The contestants competed in the annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest, showing off their dress-making skills using only Charmin toilet paper, glue, tape, Needle and thread, for the $10,000 cash prize. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The South Island's best gymnasts put their talents on display in South Canterbury this weekend.

Skiing since he was two

Taane, left, and Nikau Whetu at Mt Hutt Speed Camp.

This week in our series of young up and coming sports people from South Canterbury secondary schools we are featuring Nikau Whetu, 14, of Twizel Area School whose sport is skiing.

Age no barrier

Evita cast members, from left, Lynn Wingfield, Diane Grant-Ussher and Judith Lindqvist are enjoying rehearsals for the upcoming production.

Age has been no barrier for three senior members of the Evita cast ensemble, who are treading the boards for the upcoming musical.

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.

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