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Rock Art tour for Waitangi Day

Wes Home, left, and Ryan Morgan take out Waitangi Day hangi at the Opihi Vineyard Cafe.

Many South Canterbury residents and visitors were guided through the Opihi Caves for Waitangi Day

Oversleeping excuse for breaching bail

Deliberate car backfiring saw a Timaru man issued with an infringement notice, after three formal complaints were made.

Oversleeping on a couch was the excuse a man gave police when they arrested him for breaking bail

Street silent after smashed stereo

23012016 News Photo: Marion van Dijk/Fairfax NZ

Police car.

A Timaru man, 28, smashed his stereo after police and a council noise officer entered his house early on Monday.

'Vandals are forcing the carnival prices up'

Caroline Bay Association vice-president David Woolstencroft is tired of vandals damaging the carnival's equipment.

The vandalism at the Caroline Bay carnival has been "disappointing, but not unexpected".

Council could receive a wetland

An aerial view showing the Otipua Wetlands at Redruth near Saltwater Creek, which could have a change of ownership soon.

The Otipua Wetland could be gifted to the Timaru District Council.

Fault finally fixed after long wait

Sally Houston and her daughters Pieta, 10, and Nadia, 12, are upset their internet service provider Spark hasn't fixed their internet for six weeks.

"I had to drive my children into Geraldine and park outside a phone box so they could do their homework."

School lowers class sizes

New Waimate Centennial School teacher Melissa Robins and her year 2/3 class are excited to start the new school year.

Waimate Centennial School has dropped class sizes by nearly a third to aid student achievement this year.

Experienced glider pilot killed

The Canterbury Gliding Club's flagship glider, a Janus C, flying along the Craigieburn Range.

New Zealand gliding community in mourning after death of "experienced" pilot in North Otago.

Golf tournament raises charity funds

Community members pitched in to play golf at St Andrews Golf Club, Timaru and fundraise for two local charities looking after women affected by cancer.

Two local charities supporting women will benefit from funds raised at a charity golf tournament in Timaru.

Bee prepared for more hives

Geraldine woman Rebecca Lees has been keeping her own beehives since March last year.

Hobby beekeepers are keeping the bee industry buzzing.

Not too young for Waitangi understanding

Ti Kouka Kindergarten children learn about the Te Tiriti o Waitangi article on conservation and  the importance of protecting native tuatara, on Friday

 Mia Sutherland, 4, and Caspian Hunt, 4, take, Wally, a toy tuatara to the habitat they have created for him.

 Tamariki/children at Ti Kouka/cabbage tree Kindergarten learn about an aspect of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi through an eldery tuatara, on Friday.

Weekend Pics: February 6-7, 2016 gallery

Rob Wakefield plays the fiddle and Neil Copeland plays an English concertina for the Morris Dancers at the Waihi Bush music festival.

It has been a busy couple of days for photographer Mytchall Bransgrove, who covered a range Waitangi weekend activities.

Chinese couple's keys confiscated

There have been 30 complaints to *555 about poor driving through the Mackenzie District since Friday.

Police deemed a Chinese couple too inept to continue driving in New Zealand.

Parks could go smokefree

Timaru District Council's draft Smokefree Public Outdoor Areas Policy will be approved on Tuesday, but more smokefree spaces could still be added to it.

Smokefree zones in Timaru could extend to parks, reserves, bus stops, council carparks and the botanic gardens.

Thrilling Timaru event gets rave reviews video

South Canterbury athletics coach Don Garland said the crowd at Saturday's World Hardcourt Bike Polo finals reminded him of when South Canterbury had the Ranfurly Shield in 1974.

The week-long razzmatazz of Timaru's first world championship sporting event reached a fitting crescendo.

Man arrested for fighting

23012016 News Photo: Marion van Dijk/Fairfax NZ

Police car.

A Temuka man was arrested for fighting on Sophia St about 1.45am on Sunday.

Music festival's last hurrah

Guitarists Paul Lawrence, Andrew Cooper and Rob Beasley are mixing their music styles at the Waihi Bush Music Festival this weekend.

It is the last hurrah for the Waihi Bush Music Festival after 20 years of bringing music to Geraldine.

'Their stirrings will fade'

The new Meridian Energy office building in Twizel is still under construction.

Meridian blames vexatious complaints for its struggles to finish its new Twizel building on budget.

Marae upgrades planned

Te Runanga o Arowhenua chairman John Henry looks forward to renovations planned for the marae.

Two South Canterbury runanga have plans for major work on their facilities this year.

Figurines support flag

Orari woman Noeline Dobbs is keen to retain the New Zealand flag

Statues at a highly-photographed South Canterbury hedge are supporting the New Zealand flag as their owner tries to prevent change.

La Catalina to close

La Catalina Latin Cafe & Kitchen on Church St in Timaru.

Timaru's La Catalina Latin Cafe & Kitchen is set to close after three years in business.

Crash victim's family meet driver

Waleed Abu Nahleh and Mohammad Abu Nahleh have recovered their dead brother's personal items but will leave New Zealand without the court judgement they came to hear.

Brothers of Jordanian crash victim bear no ill will toward driver charged with causing his death.

Temuka St John building opens

Work is almost complete on the new St John building at Temuka. It will officially open on Valentines Day.

Nine months after the demolition of Temuka's former St John building, a fully operational, new building is ready to be opened.

Lasting benefits to champs

Shelley Smith from Special Delivery puts Luca Semeraro (back) from the Call Me Daddy team into the wall at the World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships at Aorangi Park.

Timaru tills are ringing to the tune of about $200,000 extra this week as a result of the World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships.

Vintage cars converge on Waimate

A 1925 Ford model T bought by Hadlee and Brunton to replicate the original one owned by the company when it was called Hadlee and Clough.

For a range of vintage vehicles, enthusiasts will not want to miss the Waimate Vintage Car Club's 35th Wallaby Rally.

'The next time it could be a little toddler'

A South Canterbury man received a wound to his leg after he was attacked by a dog near Patiti Point on Tuesday.

Owner "flippant" after failing to stop when her dog attacked a man in Timaru.

'It's tough on the staff'

Mid South Island Women's Refuge and Family Safety Services manager Dawn Rangi-Smith says funding for the service is "tough".

Women's Refuge may have to consider its staffing levels as concerns are raised over funding for anti-violence programmes.

Mayor's funding concerns backed

Visitors to the clay cliffs outside Omarama.

Waitaki mayor Gary Kircher is sympathetic to calls for central government to shoulder infrastructure costs in towns welcoming tourists.

Timaru reaches for mosquito balm

Highfield Village Unichem pharmacy technician Kayleigh Hurst said the combination of rain and heat in January were ideal conditions for mosquitos.

Mosquito-gnawed Timaru residents are rushing to chemists for bite balm.

Bumper school roll

Temuka Primary School's new pupils are all smiles.

The Temuka Primary School has kicked off the first term with 19 new students, the highest number they have had to date.

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