Mayor on medication

Mackenzie District mayor Claire Barlow speaks out about her depression in the hope of helping others.

When Claire Barlow first stood for the Mackenzie District mayoralty in 2010 she was faced with an opponent using her mental health against her. Now at the end of her second term she wants to leave a legacy of understanding and acceptance of those suffering from depression.

Disorder and destruction

A prank scared residents at a Timaru property when balaclva clad teenagers sat on their roof in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Deliberatley damaging a golf green and 

Recitals put pipe organs on show

At the South Island Organ Company open day Daniel Cooper of Christchurch performed for members of the public on the Blitz pipe organ created from parts of organs damaged in World War II.

Organ damaged in Canterbury earthquake and restored almost from scratch sounds again.

Curtains rise on revamped theatre

Jessica Diamond and her mum Sharleyne dress up for the open day and official opening of the Playhouse on Church Street. The theatre has undergone a $700,000-plus upgrade and now boasts a new costume hire area within the complex, two rehearsal rooms as well as a better stage and foyer.

Timaru's refurbished Playhouse theatre opened to the public in dramatic style on Saturday.

Car topples power pole

Fire crews attended a car crash which toppled a power pole  on the Fairlie to Geraldine Highway on Saturday evening.

A car ran off the road and took out a power pole in South Canterbury on Saturday night. 

Children perform with Flava video

Stefan Curtis from Active Learners Timaru gives his all during the centre's performance at the Korohi o te Pepi Flava Festival 2015 held at the Caroline Bay hall on Friday morning.

Young children performed their hearts out at the Korohi o te Pepi Flava Festival 2015

Chemical lake fears spark meeting

South Canterbury rvier campaigners fear Lake Opuha's sediment contains harmful chemicals.

Senior ECan members have met South Canterbury river campaigners about their claims of chemical contamination in Lake Opuha.

Inland port means more Timaru freight

Timaru District mayor Damon Odey, left, and PrimePort chief executive Phil Melhopt attend the opening of Port of Tauranga's MetroPort at Rolleston on Friday.

A new $20 million inland port in Rolleston means more rail-freighted containers for Timaru's port, PrimePort Timaru's chief executive says.

Flu at epidemic level

The influenza outbreak has reached epidemic levels and Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Alistair Humphrey says there is no sign of it slowing.

Flu rates have reached epidemic levels across New Zealand.

Building's fate up in the air

The owners of the old BNZ bank building on the corner of Stafford and George Streets might knock the building over and construct a new one.

Colliers International say it is too early to speculate whether Timaru's former BNZ building will be demolished.

Man dragged, kicked and punched partner

List and sentencing at the Timaru District Court today.

Dragging, kicking, and punching the victim and then telling her to lie about it has resulted in a Timauru man being sent to prison.

Fundraiser upsets Timaru high school parents

Psychic Barry Newman was invited to perform at a Timaru school fundraiser on Thursday but not everyone was happy about it.

It seems an odd choice using a psychic to fundraise for a Mountainview High School student trip, says some parents.

South Canterbury breast friendly

Five-month-old Eloise latches on to her mum Claire Morgan as part of the Timaru Big Latch On event held at the Women's Wellness Centre on Friday.

South Canterbury is 'breastfeeding friendly' according to those who do and help with breastfeeding.

No charges over poaching

Hakataramea Valley.

Police have followed up with the driver of a vehicle, but a lack of evidence means no further action will be taken.

Talbot Park needs new provider

The South Canterbury District Health Board will go ahead with exiting its provision of services to Talbot Park aged care facility as long as certain conditions are met.

Talbot park will no longer be in public hands after the South Canterbury District Health Board voted to exit providing services for the residential aged car facility, at a meeting on Friday.

Robber's remand in custody continues

Timaru district courthouse court building law judge building guilty justice prosecute, AD 1877. local

A Timaru man remains in custody for the aggravated robbery of a Timaru PostShop and a Fairlie service station.

Rich-lister snaps up more land

Forbes Elworthy

A company associated with a South Canterbury rich-lister has bought more Canterbury farmland.

Medal finish for Aoraki students

Aoraki Polytechnic hospitality students, from left, Kayleigh Jukes and Tyler McCarrontackle during the live cook off in Auckland on Thursday, as they battle against competitors from around the country for the coveted Nestle Toque d'Or award.

Aoraki Polytechnic hospitality students took home silver and bronze medals from the Toque d'Or competition.

New calves keeping students engaged video

Mountainview High School student Bradley Mundava gets up close and personal with one of the college's new calves.

Three new calves have students at Mountainview High School intrigued.

Last round at The Creek

Timaru pub  The Creek Hotel is to close.

Timaru's Creek Hotel is closing its doors on November 8.

Youth acting suspiciously


A youth acting suspiciously near a rugby clubrooms had cannabis on him.

Another fine winter's day

It'll be another fine winter's day in Timaru on Friday.

Despite another chilly start, Timaru will start the weekend with highs up to 14C.

New info casts doubts over Blakie murder

Murdered Timaru woman Lisa Blakie.

New information has cast doubt over how the 2000 murder of Lisa Blakie really unfolded, the father of the dead woman says.

South Cantabrians on rich list

Van Leeuwen Dairy Group owners Wilma and Aad van Leeuwen

Two high tech South Canterbury dairy farm owners are among New Zealand's wealthiest people.

Prison for pickled puncher

List and sentencing at the Timaru District Court today.

Punching a woman repeatedly on the face, and threatening to use knives on police officers when they intervened, has landed a Temuka man in prison.

RSA calls special meeting

Members will decide the fate of South Canterbury's RSA, the organisation's national president says.

South Canterbury Returned and Services Association members have closed ranks before a special meeting.

Prison for hoodie robber

Timaru District Court

Refusing to give up his hoodie when asked earned a vulnerable 16 year-old youth a punch in the face.

Hand by hand demolition

Richie and Niki Jacomb are pulling down the old St Paul's church hall and using the materials to build their own straw house.

A Timaru couple have bought an old church hall and are recycling the materials to build a straw house.

US writer stands by police criticism

Janis Powers.

Janis Powers stands by her article comparing being breathalysed to an incident which culminated in a woman dying.

Rural Woman celebrates 90 years

A special afternoon tea for a special occasion. From left, Isabel Campbell, Marg O'Neill, Amy Jones, Marion Dent and Nora Faulks-Beck celebrate the 90th anniversary of Rural Women New Zealand.

High tea was in order for 40 women to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Rural Women New Zealand.

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