GP finds colleague dead at crash

Steve Skinner, 45, died in a car crash near Lake Pukaki.

A rural GP who turned up to a crash found his colleague dead at the scene.

Group of boys 'harassed' seal, pup

An elephant seal pup shelters itself from wind-blown sand on Timaru's Caroline Bay on Tuesday.

A group of about 40 "growling" boys have been seen harassing Timaru's elephant seal and her pup.

Motorist drove through crash scene

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Police Highway Patrol car. Generic

A motorist speeding through the scene of a crash at 90kmh in North Otago took police by surprise.

No-one understood her

Robyn Read has learnt to laugh again even though she battles with severe anxiety.

Anxiety took over Robyn Read's life to such an extent she would not even buy the groceries and felt suicidal.

Timaru garden wins award

Timaru woman Lynn Hammond sits in her award-winning garden.

A garden judged South Canterbury's best took 20 years work.

Trial continues in closed court

Timaru District Court.

The trial for a 57-year-old Central Otago man facing historical sex and abuse charges continued in closed court on Tuesday.

Suicides rates up

More people are committing suicide and South Canterbury experts blame tougher economic times and a continued lack of willingness to talk about it.

More people are committing suicide in South Canterbury.

Owner doubts Countdown sale effects

A supermarket aisle.

The sale of one of Timaru's Countdown supermarkets is unlikely to affect it, its new owner says.

Waitaki Boys' rector resigns

Waitaki Boys' High School rector Paul Jackson will leave at the end of the year.

Waitaki Boys' High school rector Paul Jackson will leave the school at the end of this year.

Fire challenge is important prep

The annual firefighters challenge will be important this year because of the bone-dry El Nino conditions predicted in Canterbury this summer, event organiser Rob Hands says.

The heat is about to be turned up at Raincliff as more than 100 fire fighters from around Canterbury arrive.

Hell Pizza confirms Timaru joint

A Hell Pizza restaurant sign

Hell Pizza has confirmed it will open a Timaru Restaurant about March 2016. Hell is expected to be a tenant in The LandingĀ 

Amount of seasonal work could drop

Automated primal sheep carcass cutters are on their way to Alliance's Smithfield freezing works as part of a $100 million investment in company robotics.

Seasonal jobs at Smithfield could be affected by Alliance's $100m robotics investment, meat workers' union says.

Man with knife arrested

All I need: A notebook and a pen.

A Timaru man, 28, was arrested for possessing a knife on North St, Timaru about 8.30pm.

One dead in Lake Pukaki crash

St John Ambulance

One man has died and a woman and child have been flown to hospital after a car rolled "several times" in Canterbury.

Historical allegations denied

Timaru District Court.

A 57-year-old Central Otago man facing historical sex and assault allegations has pleaded not guilty to all 25 charges on Monday.

Chooks just about lay the same eggs twice

Ian Hayman of Tasman Downs Station in Pukaki points to his father's old wind gauge which recorded the wind at 200kmh on Sunday.

A Weston woman thought it was tumbleweed flying past her window on Sunday afternoon but it turned out to be her pet chook caught in the wind.

Church title remains undivided

Timaru's Chalmers Church.

Chalmers Church remains in a single title despite its owner's efforts to have it divided into three.

More northwest gales possible in South Canterbury

South Canterbury Rugby Union chief executive surveys damage to Alpine Energy Stadium's eastern stand.

Severe gales could affect South Canterbury on Monday night, MetService says.

Finalist made career on own terms

Women of Influence awards finalist Keri Johnston.

South Canterbury's Women of Influence awards finalist says she had to make her career happen on her own terms.

Elephant seal to fend for self

The elephant seals on Caroline Bay are still there but the mother will soon leave her pup to fend for itself.

The seal pup born on Caroline Bay will be left by its mother in a matter of days.

'We can't have a funeral without Daniel'

A photo of Daniel Hollnsteiner, fourth from left, and James Murphy, second from right, posted to Facebook two days after they died.

Families of two men who died kayaking Lake Tekapo frustrated by delays getting their bodies home.

Morven tree fire

A fire engine

Burning rubbish started a 100-metre long fire near Morven in South Canterbury on Monday.

Woman complains after surgery pain

Waimate's Marie McKay is using a borrowed wheelchair because the pain in her legs from an operation three weeks ago is still too strong to walk.

Waimate woman Marie McKay fears she may never walk properly again.

Lambing going well despite cooler spring

South Canterbury sheep farmers have few complaints about lambing despite a long winter.

Sheep farmers in South Canterbury are happy with how lambing has progressed this spring, on the back of an unseasonably long, cold winter.

Kiwi classics European winners

Former Temuka chef and cafe owner Kirsten Gilmour with her award.

A former Temuka chef and her Kiwi style cafe in Scotland have proved they are the cream of the crop.

Double trouble for Christchurch man stopped at Pareora

Timaru's police station.

A Christchurch man stopped on State Highway 1 near Pareora about 11.40am on Sunday was found to be breaching his bail conditions.

Council turnover strong

The Waitaki District Council's draft annual report indicates a strong operating surplus.

The Waitaki District Council is in a strong position for the next financial year following the results of its draft annual report.

Residents still without power

Nikki Adams said Twizel experienced the "most amazing winds and dust storm" on Sunday. The wind died off in the afternoon and was replaced by a "loud as" thunderstorm.

Areas in Waimate and Mackenzie Districts still had no power following the strong wind storm over the weekend.

Pot on stove could have killed

News photo 20151002: One person died in a house fire on Brown St, Ponsonby, in the early hours of October 2.

Firefighters say they could have been pulling a body from a smoke-logged Timaru house.

Stars come out to play in Twizel

The Aurora Australis puts on a display over Tekapo earlier in the year.Mackenzie's International Dark Sky Reserve is about to be celebrated at a festival in Twizel.

The stars are about to arrive in Twizel and the town is buzzing, the organiser says.

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