Thunder, rain and snow

Snow in Otautau, Southland, on Tuesday morning.

Canterbury and North Island next to get freezing snowy weather

Heating at a cost

Going without food is the only way some Timaru residents can afford to pay their power bills.

Some Timaru residents are going without food and petrol in order to afford to heat their homes.

Marine biology taster

Boudine Brown, 15, and Josh Abel, 15, both received the Rangatahi O Te Moana scholarship for gifted and talented Maori students to do marine biology research with Otago University.

Two Timaru students will get a five-day taster of what it's like to be a marine biologist.

Timaru fare deal

Timaru's Richard Pearse Airport

Cheaper airfares from Timaru to Wellington are not a long-term proposition, Air New Zealand says.

Extra care advised


Snow is expected in the Canterbury high country on Wednesday and Thursday.

Making good neighbours

South Canterbury Neighbourhood Support co-ordinator Denise Langrish is retiring after more than 20 years helping police in different roles

Everyone needs good neighbours, says South Canterbury's outgoing neighbourhood support co-ordinator.

Parties split on SC foreign investment

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce.

Courting foreign investment would benefit South Canterbury, the Government says.


The sophisticated NASA flying telescope SOFIA is based in Christchurch for a month as it studies Pluto from the southern skies.

Was it a plane, a train, or an earthquake? That's the question being asked by South Cantabrians baffled by a loud rumbling noise on Monday night.

Company fumes at changes video

Jackson's Cranes and Heavy Haulage are finding the new traffic island at Winchester troublesome when moving houses.

A Timaru transport company is crying foul over road changes, but council says it consulted the industry.

Good news for Catholic churches

St Joseph's Church in Temuka has been closed due to earthquake damage.

Two Catholic churches which sustained significant earthquake damage are on the road to being fixed.

Prison sentence for assault

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Punching a woman on the nose has resulted in imprisonment for a Timaru man. 

Indecent assault teacher to be sentenced

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A former Awamoa School teacher will be sentenced on Wednesday on two charges of indecently assaulting a male pupil in 1982.

Ashburton victim 'happy little girl'

Cindy George and her children, Teuruaa, Telyzshaun and Pio.

An Ashburton school tried in vain to contact Cindy George when her daughter Pio didn't turn up to school.

Moving targets

Waimate High School principal Janette Packman, pictured with the school's 2015 prefects

An influx of overseas workers can transform the task for the local school.

Oamaru police notebook: July 7, 2015

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A courier van crashed just north of Hampden on Monday morning.

Polar blast hits the south gallery

Frozen snow on the road on the main street of Riversdale, Southland.

Snow, sleet and hail are about to blast their way north up the South Island, with more winter chaos expected.

Testing Timaru's dizzying heights

Ross and David Brunton of Hadlee & Brunton test out the heights rescue capability of their new 36m HIAB truck mounted crane on Greg Adams grain silos behind Smiths City on Thursday.

It was a case of going up and up and up, past 11 storeys, as a Timaru company tested its new truck-mounted crane.

Police stop erratic driver


A woman driving erratically on Claremont Rd, Timaru was stopped by police and found to have an EBA level of 996mcgs.

Beware of dairy sheds' compliance certificates, council says

A milking shed

Timaru District Council is warning dairy shed owners to check their sheds have compliance certificates. 

Govt receives 'hundreds' of SC rules submissions

MP for Waitaki, National's Jacqui Dean.

Hundreds of South Cantabrians have expressed their frustration about property rules, a local MP says.

Matt Bell of Temuka takes out Young Farmer title


After a nail-biting finish, Matt Bell of Temuka won the 2015 Young Farmer Contest in Taupo on Saturday.

Flight centre staff off to Las Vegas

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Profitability has earned seven Timaru travel agents a trip to Las Vegas.

Unmanned car takes out fence

A runaway vehicle smashed through a fence on Sefton St on Monday.

Handbrake failure has been identified as the possible cause of an incident in Timaru on Monday.

Cautions placed on roads

Lindis Pass.

Cautions have been placed on South Canterbury roads, as collisions keep police busy.

Suspected poaching 'extremely serious'

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Police to beef up night operations in the Hakatarmea area to combat illegal hunting.

Campfire singalong on main street

Temuka Girl Guides from left, Natasha Pannett, 12, Sophia Marshall, 11, Emily Wells, 10, leader Adele Kooman, honourary member for the day Ollie Wells, 7, Ashleigh Griffiths, 11, and leader Toni Wells out busking to raise money for the jamboree by singing around a homemade campfire on the main street of Temuka.

A group of Temuka Girl Guides found a novel way of busking and raising money.

Natural heritage conserved in Mackenzie

Areas like the Mackenzie Basin will be easier to access, according to Department of Conservation, as tenure reviews take place in the South Island.

South Canty success at Agrikids

Geraldine High School students, from left, Amelia Houston, Jordan Rae and Patrick Foley-Smith in action competing at the AgriKids competition, where they placed second.

Hard work paid off for a team of Geraldine High School students who brought home some silveware from the Agrikids National Final.

Weekend gets public moving

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John Bisset and Mytchall Bransgrove capture some of the events and activities around South Canterbury over the weekend.

Water quality focus

Waitaki River, South Canterbury, North Otago

Restoring the Wainono Lagoon, and maintaining high water quality in the Waitaki River will be the focus of the Lower Waitaki - South Coastal Canterbury zone committee.

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