Farmer Geoff Wallace has been shocked by reactions to his frank advert seeking staff.

Reaction shocks frank farmer video

Geoff Wallace just wanted to hire decent staff. He didn't expect to make national headlines.

Lagoon swimmable video

Washdyke Lagoon photographed in 2012.

The Washdyke Lagoon is considered swimmable under new standards.

Truck rolls on farm

A person is seriously injured after a truck rolled on a South Canterbury farm.

Hydro report 'damning'

A "damning" heritage assessment may be another nail in the coffin for the Hydro Grand.

Speed, alcohol factors 

Man in intensive care after crash near Albury on Saturday night.

Charity collector misunderstanding

Teen at the centre of warnings over fake charity collectors was collecting for Relay for Life.

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The 'modern day treasure hunt'

Cooper Hamilton, 4, centre, Bellah Doyle-Geddis, 4, rear and Tristan Phipps, 3, look for a place to hide their painted rocks.

If you come across a painted rock hidden around Timaru, it's likely you've stumbled upon an international craze.

Latest charity bike ride raises $150,000

The 2017 Central South Island Charity Bike Ride saw about $150,000 raised.

Farmer's frank job ad

Founders join 50th celebration


Richards cracks 30 centre titles

Timaru Town and Country Club's champion of champion fours have done it before (from left) Mary Lemon, Shirley Whyte, Pat ...

With 70 years bowling experience between them the Town and Country Club's women's four are a formidable line-up.

Squash identity Graeme Bird passes away

Former New Zealand junior squash champion Graeme Bird passed away.

South Canterbury squash identity Graeme Lindsay Bird (Birdie) passed away in Wellington on February 11, aged 75.

Wheeler's big rig wins at Levels

Aucklander Troy Wheeler added a small buffer to his Super Truck championship lead at Levels over the weekend.

Auckland's Troy Wheeler didn't have things all his own way as big rigs impressed at Levels.

Nanayakkara strokes superb century

Timaru wicket keeper Sasindu Nanayakkaramade his first century in club cricket with 114 not out against Star, to help ...

Timaru wicketkeeper Sasindu Nanayakkara stroked his first century in senior cricket.

Rooney off target in India

Natalie Rooney was off target at her first major competition of the year.

New Zealand trap shooter Natalie Rooney missed a spot in the finals at the ISSF World Cup in India.


Joining the latter-day Resistance

Press photographers take pictures of a Madame Tussauds wax effigy of Sophie Scholl,  displayed at Ludwig Maximilian ...

I stumbled across two sobering accounts of wartime heroism that had somehow passed me by this week.

Nothing sweet in closure video

The entrance to the Cadbury factory in Dunedin. Columnist Derek Burrows considers how a brand set to close its Dunedin ...

OPINION: Closing Cadbury's Dunedin factory shows the company couldn't be further from its roots.

Scratching my head over 'pilot whale'

A volunteer waters down a pilot whale stranded on Farewell Spit.

Opinion: If ever there was a classic misnomer, surely it is "pilot whale".

Caught in the weirdness of a 'Ginge-go-round'

Ginge has quickly taken to one of the favoured sleeping spots enjoyed by Stella, who disappeared last year.

OPINION: Have you ever had an experience that seemed, somehow, other-worldly?

America first in first call to NZ

US President Donald Trump speaks by phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin last week. Columnist Derek Burrows ...

Derek Burrows imagines how the first phone call between US President Donald Trump and Kiwi PM Bill English panned out.

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Founders join 50th celebration

Geraldine youngsters Emma Weaver, 4, Ruby Oliver, 4, Will Weaver, 7,  and Henry Oliver, 8, play on a 1954 David Brown ...

A museum in Geraldine echoed to the sound of horsepower at the weekend, as it celebrated it's half-century.

Paddleboarders hit the waves

Regan Koster launches Lisa Dobson from the Board Silly team into the water.

Caroline Bay in Timaru was a riot of colour on Saturday as the Paddle for Life fundraiser was held.

Shed pays tribute to truck history

A 1952 Leyland Comet 90 truck, one of the vehicles on show at the opening of the vintage museum on Saturday.

A permanent home for a wide collection of classic trucks from across South Canterbury has opened its doors.

Sports challenge back for firms

Two teams playing volleyball at the Spring Workplace Challenge.

Which Timaru workplace will win the Washdyke Workplace Challenge?

Skatepark for Fairlie?

Standing at Fairlie's playground on Main St are, from left, Billie-Rose Heslip, Oliver Kirkbeck, Eli Taylor, Nathan ...

There's been talk of one before, but might Fairlie's skatepark plan finally come to fruition?


Farmer: 'I don't want roast beef'

Farmer Geoff Wallace knew he'd been frank in the job ad - but he had good reason not to want sloppy staff.

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