Timaru is footing it with North Island centres when it comes to low petrol and diesel prices, which are at their lowest level in four years.
South Canterbury residents are being encouraged to call Healthline and the Healthline Symptom Checker these holidays.
Kelvin St resident Racheal Gates is one of many people living day-to-day and struggling to make ends meet.
Timaru tradies will be counting down the hours until they can toast the arrival of summer with a beer.
A 67-year-old hunter has been airlifted to hospital from the area around Lake Tarawera in the Bay of Plenty this afternoon.
The US has today issued an extraordinary global travel alert to its citizens, citing the Sydney lone-wolf attack.