A jazzy weekend in Timaru

High Country Salmon manager Jaco Swart and business manager Rae Coburn accept the Retail award.

Fairfax photographer's captured some of the weekend's happenings in Timaru.

Hubbard investors may be short-changed

Allan Hubbard

Investors in Hubbard Management Funds (HMF) had a nervous wait over the weekend to find out what they will ultimately receive from the statutory managers.

Council loses $10,000 on parking lease

The Central Mall car park lease cost ratepayers $10,000 last financial year, a council report suggests.

A two-thirds empty car park is losing Timaru District Council $10,000 a year, a council report suggests.

Heartland Design and Print tops business awards

Employees from Heartland Design and Print, named supreme business at the South Canterbury Business Excellence Awards, and Heartland Ricoh, at the awards dinner on Friday.

Timaru-based firm Heartland Design and Print won the South Canterbury Business Excellence Awards supreme award on Friday.

Drunken confessions secure conviction

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Four drunken confessions have been the downfall of a Wellington man who has been convicted on driving charges.

Well-known hairdresser dies

Well-known Timaru hairdresser Vivienne Smith, who passed away last week.

Vivienne Smith worked in hairdressing in Timaru for 51 years before her retirement last year.

Timaru waits for an ophthalmologist

There is still no permanent replacement for Timaru eye specialist Dr Michael Mair who retired in July.


Timaru patients rejected - not bad enough

Hundreds of people are being turned away by specialists each year as they are not considered bad enough to meet the criteria for an operation in South Canterbury.

More than 500 people referred to specialist in South Canterbury were told ailments were not considered severe enough for surgery in 2014.

Migrants to boost southern towns

Canterbury towns may look to bring in more migrant workers for an economic boost.

A new plan aims to rejuvenate South Island towns facing aging populations and economic decline.

Not many Meals on Wheels required from SCDHB

Meals on Wheels is no longer the only home food delivery service for the incapacitated or elderly in South Canterbury.

Meals on Wheels is in decline and the South Canterbury District Health Board chief executive hopes the change is due to choice not hardship.

Alps 2 Ocean boost announced

28082015 News. John Bisset/Fairfax NZ.  Prime Minister John Key visit to Oamaru where he visited Scotts Brewing. Announced an $  935.000 funding for the Alps to Ocean cycle trail. He also visited Gillies foundry and engineering,  and opened a new Oamaru business Park. Pictured

The tracks of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail will be completed, with a $935,000 cash injection from the government confirmed.

Talbot Park standards improve

A recent audit of Talbot Park aged care hospital and dementia unit in Timaru had a positive outcome which contrasted markedly to a report in 2012.

A near perfect audit on Timaru's aged care hospital, Talbot Park, found only one area requiring improvement.

St Andrews band success

Members of the St Andrews School rock bands which competed  in the Bandquest competition in Dunedin, back row from left, Ben Wratt, Reggie Fleming, Sarah Duncan, Oscar Skilling, Nikita Goodger, and Connor Pritchard. Front row from left, Flynn Porter, George Duncan and Jemma Kiernan.

A St Andrews School rock band had success at the Otago regional section of the Bandquest competition.

House-trailer collision inquest ends

A fatal car and house-trailer collision near Hinds is the subject of a coronial inquest.

A Fairlie woman killed when her car hit a house-trailer pulled left moments before impact, a coronial inquest has heard.

Final Chathams voyage for Rangatira

Owner Kelvin Leslie with the Rangatira, which has made its last voyage to the Chatham Islands.

After plying the Timaru-Chatham Islands run for more than 15 years, the coastal freighter Rangatira has made its final Chathams voyage.

Chinese air service welcomed

030214 Business Photo:Dean Kozanic FairfaxNZ. A Boeing 787 Dreamliner made a first visit to Christchurch with the arrival of a  China Southern Airlines charter flight. Passengers were greeted with Maori song and dance.

 New China Southern Airlines service brings significant benefit to South Canterbury

Dead mechanic named

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The mechanic killed at a truck repair yard on Thursday afternoon has been named as 58-year-old Robert George Wallace.

Gang bust-up in Ashburton park

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Mayor adamant Ashburton has no gang problem despite Mongrel Mob and Black Power clash with baseball bats, an axe and sticks.

Poisoning investigation launched

Police suspect Tracey Pene's puppy, pictured, was poisoned.

Police are trying to track down the person responsible for the apparent deliberate poisoning of a dog in Waimate.

House crash death probed

The fatal car and house-trailer collision near Hinds is the subject of a coronial inquest.

After missing a signal to stop, Patricia Robertson ploughed straight into a house. Just how did this happen?

Oamaru police notebook: August 28, 2015

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A 31-year-old Oamaru man was arrested on Thursday for theft. He will appear in Oamaru District Court on September 9.

PrimePort Timaru profits jump

PrimePort Timaru has announced a $3.9 million profit.

New partnerships, new staff, more ships and containers contributed to PrimePort Timaru's best financial result since 1989, the company says.

Drizzle to dampen the day

Rain forecast for South Canterbury

Spots of rain bring a dampener to the start of the weekend in South Canterbury.

Final practice before taking to stage

Bluestone school rock band Unsolved members from left, Kate Sorenson, Abbey Meynell, Jessica Dellow, Courtney McRobie, Laura Heron, Renee Kerr and Briana Grace have their final practice in front of an audience before the Bandquest competition in Christchurch.

Bluestone School pupils are getting tuned up to rock out at the Bandquest competition in Christchurch.

Crash victim 'gorgeous girl'

Rebecca Townshend was killed in a car accident in Mt Cook.

Young woman killed in a car crash near Mt Cook had "just started her life", sister says.

Man killed in Oamaru industrial accident

A mechanic is dead after a workplace accident involving a truck in Oamaru.

A 58-year-old Oamaru mechanic dies after truck deck came down on him.

Sudden death in Timaru

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Police responded to a sudden death in Timaru on Thursday afternoon.

Maori oven discovered


Ngai Tahu archaeologists are headed to Makikihi after farmers found what appears to be a Maori oven.

Drug charges against Timaru man dismissed

Timaru District Court

A Timaru man charged with possession and cultivation of cannabis had both charges dismissed in court on Thursday.

Full house at lip sync comp

Timaru Girls' High School student Kate Weith puts her all in her performance at the annual combined Girls' and Boys' High lip sync competition held on Wednesday night.

Students from Timaru Girls' and Boys' High Schools wowed a packed house with their lip sync performances.

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