Love of roses blooms

Oamaru rose judge and steward Alison Ludemann helps set up for the Alpine Energy National Spring Rose Show and Convention.

After 25 years, Oamaru's Alison Ludemann is still enamoured with roses.

Young shepherds take to the hills

Sarah Scott of the Upper Waitaki young farmers' club.

The number of young people choosing to take up a career as a shepherd in the Waitaki District is increasing.

Second volunteer trip for Laura

Former Craighead Diocesan School student Laura Robinson in Uganda while on her first volunteer trip. She loved it so much she is going again.

Timaru teenager Laura Robinson loved her first volunteer trip to Uganda so much, she's going again.

Fifty years fighting fires

Fairlie chief fire officer Jim Irving is hanging up his hat at the end of the month, 50 years after he started at the station.

The sound of the Fairlie Fire Station bell means one thing to Jim Irving. That someone needs his help.

Steampunk shakes up Wellington

Paula Lester-Garcia of Wellington's Steampunk Emporium

Why does steampunk attract more haters than your average nerdy niche subculture?

'Mockers' man to play in Timaru

1980s Kiwi band The Mockers.

Veteran Kiwi rocker Andrew Fagan brings pub classics to Timaru as part of a South Island three-concert mini tour. 

What's on this weekend?

Bevan Johnson is excited to be part of the 2015 Alpine Energy's National Spring Rose Show and Convention.

Rose fans are in for a treat with Timaru hosting the national rose show this year.

Rainbow Run popular all round

The run is all about colour, fun and friendship. Brylee Milmine,12, carries her neighbour Paige Black,11, through the last station.

Young and old travelled from far and wide to take part in the 5km Rainbow Run in Oamaru on Saturday.

Gigantic bonfire, fireworks in Waimate

Fireworks shoot into the night sky at the Bushtown Bonfire Family Night in Waimate on Saturday.

A gigantic bonfire and fireworks lit up the night sky in Waimate on Saturday, as the annual Bushtown get together returned for 2015.

No unfeeling bits and bytes

An old fashioned tin of golden syrup.

Talking of sweet syrupy stuff reminds me that there can be merit in certain new packaging or containers.

Community supports values

Timaru Boys' High School students with the prizes they won as a reward for their positive behaviour.

Positive behaviour at Timaru Boys' High School has been rewarded with electronic prizes.

Exploring female archetypes

Cast of Ladies Muck, from left, Matt Deavoll, Kate Esler, director Catherine Smith, Hannah Burgess and Cam Sutcliffe.

A comedy about womanhood, sisterhood and finding yourself is set to light up the Timaru stage in December.

Old Chook celebrates a milestone

For some oldies, birthdays are a chance to celebrate a second childhood.

Remember the eager anticipation and countdown of sleeps before your birthday?

What's on this weekend?

Enjoy a visit to the Pleasant Point Railway and Museum in the long weekend.

Labour Weekend has plenty to keep people busy in South Canterbury.

Range Rover becomes a ute video

Nene Powell and Mike Farrow of Melbourne relax beside their 1981 Range Rover that he converted to a ute.

Mike Farrow cut down his Range Rover into a ute.

Learning stage skills

This trio is just one of the groups of performers to appear at the Geraldine High School Music by Candlelight students' concert on Wednesday evening October 28.

From left, Matthew Hornsby, 15, violin; BJ Lorimer, 15, piano; and Danielle Sewell, 16, flute.

The best way for students to learn stage skills is to perform at the Music By Candlelight concert, says a head music teacher.

Team similar to 2001 champs

The 2001 South Canterbury Rugby team.

Fourteen years ago the South Canterbury rugby team did what this year's team hopes to do.

Timaru contributes to gift boxes

Timaru mother Emma Skelton has packaged more than 20 Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child gift boxes which will be distributed to children in need in seven Pacific or Asian countries.

A Timaru mother has been busy buying and packaging Christmas presents for other people's children - whom she will never meet.

Mark your calendar

The crowd waits in anticipation of some great entertainment at last year's Geraldine Arts & Plants Festival. This year's is expected to be even better from November 12 to November 15.

Counting down to the 29th annual Geraldine Arts & Plants Festival we take a peek into some of what will be happening.

Mountainview takes on Madrid

Mountainview High School students enjoying the view of the Montserrat near Barcelona.

Timaru students from Mountainview High School had a trip to Spain packed with more than just learning the language.

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