Mackie gave his all to boxing

Gordon (Smillie) Mackie died on May 18, aged 65, after a long illness.

The final bell has rung on Timaru boxing identity Gordon Mackie.

Home away from home

Oamaru family Mark and Kim Kennedy with Cooper 7, and Bennette, 5, said there's no prejudice at Ronald McDonald House - everyone is there for the same reason.

When Mark and Kim Kennedy stayed at Ronald McDonald House with their children last year, one thing caught their attention.

Compulsory languages for Waitaki?

Year 11 St Kevin's College pupil Diane Vidallon studies Chinese via correspondence at the school.

Waitaki principals back choice when it comes to offering children a second language.

Riding the trail

The Otago rail trail combines the best of an all-abilities cycling experience with the scenery and gold-rush history of Central Otago.

I am perched on a fence post above the Otago rail trail, my bike strewn to the side and my heart beating fast as the cows meander their way by, unwittingly terrorising me.

Facing up to the reality of miracle creams

Face creams might not be the miracle you're hoping for.

The Old Chook is yet to be convinced about the effectiveness of miracle creams.

Dog rescued by fire service

The newest addition to the Waimate Fire Brigade, a 2008 model fire engine.

A golden retriever was rescued by a Waimate fire crew when it became stuck down a ravine.

Ignorance a headache for migraine sufferers

Migraines aren't just a bad headache.

OPINION: Warning: This column has some graphic content, so if you're eating, you may want to finish before reading it.

An unexpected holiday

Geoff McCrostie is back from his travels in Nepal.

Timaru man Geoff McCrostie went to Nepal to experience history - he did not expect to be part of it.

Stage show set to enchant

St Kevin's College pupil's Georgia Sillibourne and Reuben Mihaere are excited to be playing the much loved roles of Belle and the Beast in the college's production of Beauty and the Beast.

Oamaru's St Kevin's College is set to enchant its guests this week when Beauty and the Beast opens on Thursday.

Love at first serve

Val and Frank Clarke celebrated 60 years' of marriage yesterday.

Oamaru couple Val and Frank Clarke are celebrating sixty years of marriage this week.

Quartet to perform at Steampunk

True to form, this years' Steampunk festival promises to be as bright, quirky and entertaining as previous years.

An Australian ensemble will be in Oamaru later this month to perform their Scott-inspired production especially for the Steampunk Festival.

Weekend pics: May 17 gallery

17052015  News John Bisset/FairfaxNZ.  Careers Expo at Aorangi Stadium pictured are Julie Simpson and Gisela Craig from the Timaru Electoral Office with their jar of guess how many  Jelly beans

Herald chief photographer John Bisset captured moments at some of the events around South Canterbury in the weekend.

Seeing the sunny side of a gap year

Attitude travel blogger Portia King having fun with her Australian friends Ella and Jess while on a gap year teaching in Poland.

OPINION: Attitude travel blogger Portia King continues to have a good time in Poland and travelling around Europe.

What's on this weekend

Farmers Market

There's plenty on this weekend - from art exhibitions and theatre, to markets and a careers expo.

Mike Shaw lives the American dream

The 1974 Cadillac Coupe de Ville.

Mike Shaw is a self-proclaimed lover of cars, and the piece de resistance of his car repertoire is his Cadillac Coupe de Ville.

Family celebrates great grandpa

Clark's Mill owner and great grandson of James Gemmell, Dave Clark; Gemmell's granddaugter, Lorainne Borrie; Ann Sutherland, manager of Clark's Mill and Totara estate for Heritage NZ, and Gemmell's great grandson, Allan Thompson in front the hay fork designed by James Gemmell.

A reunion of an historic Oamaru family is to take place this weekend.

Edith still exercising at 90

Oamaru resident Edith Wicks,90,believes exercising regularly is the best way to get what you want out of life.

If there's one thing Edith Wicks is certain of, it's that regular exercise is the key to life.

Mystery of murdered hens

Noel Hawkey with his dead hen. He has lost his entire brood of six over the past month.

For 20 years he has kept hens; however, in the last month Noel Hawkey's clutch of chickens have mysteriously died.

New way of hearing Kiwi music

Former Timaru woman and NZ on Air assistant music manager Sarah Crowe.

New Zealand music can now be found in one spot, thanks to a former Timaru woman.

Students to defend car-building title

The winners of the Evolocity electric car building competition from Geraldine High School show off their winning car to students from Timaru Boys' High School who might take part in future competitions.

Geraldine High School students are gearing up to defend their title in EVolocity, but they might have some other local competition to contend with.

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