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.

Chinese air service welcomed

030214 Business Photo:Dean Kozanic FairfaxNZ. A Boeing 787 Dreamliner made a first visit to Christchurch with the arrival of a  China Southern Airlines charter flight. Passengers were greeted with Maori song and dance.

 New China Southern Airlines service brings significant benefit to South Canterbury

The good ship Rangatira

The Rangatira.

The Rangatira has sailed its final voyage between Timaru and the Chatham Islands, and will now be sold. Fergus Blakiston pays tribute to 'the good old boat'.

Little car, big job

Tony Schischka's 1968 Fiat Bambina.

It was a big job for Tony Schischka restoring his Fiat Bambina even though it is a little car.

Visitors coming to town to shop

Hallensteins manager Jan Hogg has noticed out of towners coming to Timaru to do their shopping. PHOTO: John Bisset/FairfaxNZ.

Timaru is enjoying a retail boom with shoppers coming from Oamaru and Ashburton.

Near record return for Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury

The Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury trustees, back, from left, Rob Smith, Michele Keggenhoff, Raeleen De Joux, Michelle Brett, Karen Simpson, Maarten Dirkzwager. 
Front, chief executive  Liz Shea, Jan Hide, chair Peter O'Leary, Jenifer Strauss, Rex Whiting. PHOTO: Supplied

The Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury has returned a near record return of $7.248million.

No rest for the guest in the spare room bed

Slat attack

It was a hard day's night for Derek Burrows' guest, when the slat bed attacked.

Is a liking for puddings adding to the podge?

As the days get colder, there's nothing like a proper old-fashioned steamed pudding to warm you up.

The Old Chook confesses to a sweet tooth, but wonders whether puddings might contribute to excess podge.

Family history in focus

New Zealand Society of Genealogist Oamaru branch treasurer Judy Moffat, left, and convenor Beryl Miller help Noeline Wilson, right, research her family tree. Photo: Nicola Wolfe/Fairfax NZ

August is family history month and Oamaru's genealogists are on hand to help people dig into their past.

Unclaimed ashes at funeral homes

Jim and Shelley Wilson of Aoraki Funeral Services

South Canterbury resthomes are holding onto a large number of unclaimed ashes, with some dating back over 35 years.

Sports, Air Training Corp and Bollywood ball photos

Dancers are sillouhetted as they waltz together at the South Canterbury Hospice Bollywood fundraising ball on Saturday night at Caroline Bay hall.

Chief photographer John Bisset visited a number of venues over the weekend to capture the essence of South Canterbury activities.

Watching from the sideline not enough

From left Abby McIlroy, Laura Cockroft,
Tarina Crampton and Libby Davenport.

Tarina Crampton's introduction to rowing was from the sidelines, watching her brothers row.

Hunt is on for the cafe of the year

Katrina and Carl Black of Village Cafe.  The cafe is entered in Cafe of the Year.

South Canterbury has 17 entries in the New Zealand Cafe of the Year Award.

The pride of Russia

George Boorer is the proud owner of a 1991 Lada Saloon

He has heard all the jokes, but George Boorer is the proud owner of a 1991 Lada Saloon.

Spotlight on young sports stars

Madison Gillespie (left) and Tarina Crampton. PHOTO: Supplied.

This week in our series of young up and coming sports people from South Canterbury secondary schools we are featuring Madison Gillespie, 17, of Timaru Girls High School whose sport is rowing.

Bookarama has changed hands

Timaru North members, from left, Murray Purvis, Claire Haines and president Noel Crawford.

Like a good book, Bookarama has changed hands.

Residents receive rates rebate

Hundreds of Timaru District Council ratepayers have successfully applied for a low income rates rebate. John Bisset/Timaru Herald

So far close to 1870 households have successfully applied for a rate rebate from the Timaru District Council.

The apple of my eye, but russets weren't to everybody's taste


The Old Chook reflects on childhood tastes as she peels a pile of apples.

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