30072015  News; John Bisset/FairfaxNZ. Richie and Niki Jacomb are pulling down the old St Pauls church hall down and using the materials to build a straw house

Old hall used to build dream home

A Timaru couple is demolishing a church hall by hand and using the materials to build a house.

Locals make rich list

18062015  News John Bisset/FairfaxNZ.  Wilma and Aad van Leeuwen's massive dairy shed inland from Makikihi

Two high tech South Canterbury dairy farm owners are among New Zealand's wealthiest people.

Prison for punching woman in face

Punching a woman repeatedly on the face has landed a Temuka man in prison.

Another fine winter's day

Despite another chilly start, Timaru will start the weekend with highs up to 14C.

RSA calls special meeting

South Canterbury RSA members have closed ranks before a special meeting.

Prison for hoodie robber

Refusing to give up his hoodie when asked earned a 16 year-old youth a punch in the face.

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Medal finish for Aoraki students

Aoraki Polytechnic hospitality students, from left, Kayleigh Jukes and Tyler McCarrontackle during the live cook off in Auckland on Thursday, as they battle against competitors from around the country for the coveted Nestle Toque d'Or award.

11:12 AM  Aoraki Polytechnic hospitality students took home silver and bronze medals from the Toque d'Or competition.

New calves keeping students engaged video

10:44 AM  Three new calves have students at Mountainview High School intrigued.

Last round at The Creek

Youth acting suspiciously

Sport

Big dry means fight for fishing waters

The carcass of a Chinook salmon on a river bank in Oregon. Toxic blue-green algae, which thrives in warm water, is causing problems for wildlife this year on drought-striken US west coast rivers.

OPINION: Some may tell me that commercial use is most important but I see little damage done to the resource by fishers.

Walsh to coach NZ Marist colts

Cetic's Hamersley Cup winning coach Nigel Walsh has landed another job.

Hayden Paddon sits 11th after the first stage of Rally Finland.

Hayden Paddon 11th in Finland

Kiwi rally driver says super special stages "aren't really my thing" after middling start to WRC Rally Finland.

Opinion

Support for silver fern as debate rages on

The flag debate has been pub talk for months now and The Timaru Herald has received many letters on the subject.

Time we starting taking an interest in cyber hacking affairs

Cyber hacking threatens more than revealing who's been cheating, Derek Burrows writes.

Still a smoking hot issue

Environment Canterbury's smoky chimney issue is still being debated in and around South Canterbury. Here is what some of our readers think.

Life

Students bring culture to school

New international students at Mountainview High School, back row from left, Anna-Lena Dorm, Lennard Fitschen, Welainny Viana, Sabrina Ramos De Oliveria, Panuwat Subsongsang, Fuki Eguchi. Front row from left, Brenda Monteiro, Thaysa Goncalves Silva, Jose Da Silva, Tiago De Lima, Vivia Da Costa Silva, Ryu Shimamura.

10:12 AM  The cultural diversity at Mountainview High School is growing, thanks to the addition of 14 new international students.

'Big Latch On' encourages mums

When Oamaru mum-of-two Brit Barroga travelled overseas with her husband and two boys she was surprised to see how uncommon breastfeeding really was.

Nachiko Schollum's figurines feature in the Fire and Clay Exhibition at the Aigantighe Gallery.

What's on this weekend

Concerts, car racing and markets all feature on the South Canterbury calendar this weekend.

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