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Two drivers caught drink driving

Timaru police station

Two men were caught drink driving in Timaru overnight on Friday.

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.

Oamaru retirement village begins

Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher hands over the consent for the Oamaru retirement village to Observatory Village Trust chairman Ken Scott.

Building of the Observatory Retirement Village in Oamaru begins on Monday.

What's on this weekend?

Mountainbikers will be hard at pedal in the Mackenzie Country in the weekend.

Mountainbikers are well catered for in South Canterbury on Saturday and Sunday.

Waimate celebrates poet's life

Dougall McLachlan, of Waimate, who will sing The Star of Robbie Burns at this year's Waimate Scottish Society concert, celebrating the life of Robbie Burns.

The Waimate Scottish Society celebrates the life of Robert Burns this Saturday night.

5 things to do in Timaru

Pleasant Point's 85-tonne locomotive Ab699 is over 90 years old.

Find out why they call this South Canterbury town the "Riviera of the South".

'I knew I was in deep trouble'

Daphne George shows the damage caused to her car hit in a crash in Oamaru on January 11.

She saw a car hurtling towards her and braced for the impact, but was spared.

What's on this weekend

Timaru hosted the NZ Superbikes Championship Round 2 at Timaru International (Levels) Raceway in January 2015.

Get set for Timaru's raceway to start buzzing with the sound of superbikes cranking up.

Biosecurity inspection eliminates risk

The Nona Bulker at the Port of Timaru was of  interest to biosecurity officers at the weekend.

During a routine biosecurity inspection of a ship in Timaru Port over the weekend insect larvae was found, a Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) spokesman confirms.

Dexterity the key to teapot racing

Splendid Teapot racing is all about dexterity when using the remote control in the Steampunk inspired event.

It's never too soon to get in training for the Splendid Teapot Racing, a New Zealand teapot racing director says.

Salmon, wine and rowing gallery

Motorhome Association members were camping near the high Country Salmon farm looking to catch a salmon over the weekend. Murray Varcoe, of Timaru, tests his luck.

Photographer John Bisset spent some time in the Mackenzie Country capturing events over the weekend.

Winds no match for Model T cars

Model T Ford and Vintage car club members return from the three day rally on Saturday. Tom and Jenny Stephens of Rolleston lead the convoy.

Age was no barrier to the old cars entered in a three-day rally to Twizel.

Plenty of pretty blooms

Leonie Christey, of Christchurch, grew this perfect Robina lily and took out the premier category winning title at the South Cantebury 19th annual Lily Show at West End Hall at the weekend.

Three-hundred stunning blooming entries, including a large novice section, filled the West End hall for the South Cantebury 19th annual Lily Show over the weekend.

'No requests for more' - council

The liberty swing at Caroline Bay playground enables the wheelchair bound to enjoy the thrill of swinging.

Only one Timaru District playground has a disability-friendly swing, but the council has had no requests for more.

Seminar looks at low cost funerals

Sustainable Skills Summer School tutor, Phil Tomlinson, who is presenting a seminar in Oamaru to help people arrange low-cost, home-based funerals.

A seminar designed to help people arrange low-cost, home-based funerals is being held in Oamaru.

What's on this weekend

The crowd listens to the afternoon entertainment at the Twizel Salmon & Wine Festival.

Twizel is set to shine as it showcases salmon and wine at its annual festival on Saturday.

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