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More school clusters given green light

Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced two new communities of learning would be established in Timaru.

Thousands of South Canterbury students are set to benefit from new Communities of Learning approved for South Canterbury.

Council to investigate funding process

Waimate District Council councillor Tom O'Connor

Waimate District councillors decided not to approve retrospective payments of more than $70,000 for the Waimate Event Centre, pending an investigation.

$226m water scheme proposed

Water may be taken from Lake Tekapo and piped to central South Canterbury for dry lowland farms.

A $226 million irrigation scheme to funnel water from Lake Tekapo has been proposed to help water-starved farms in central South Canterbury.

Council celebrates volunteer's service

David Holmes, left, Mayor Craig Rowley and Bobbie Laurie celebrate the hard work and dedication put in by the Waimate ...

When Bobbie Laurie first started the Waimate Information Centre, she would run after tourist buses to get them to stay.

Man injuries leg on Tasman Glacier

A man has injured his leg while walking on the Tasman Glacier in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.

A US man has injured his leg on a guided trip in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.

Council building tagged overnight

The Timaru District Council clocktower was tagged overnight on Monday

Removing graffiti from the heritage-listed council chambers presents 'significant challenges', council manager says.

'Cavalier' attitude towards drink driving

Regan Laughton walks into court ahead of his sentencing on Monday.

The family of Jarrad Blackler accuse members of community of lying about the crash that claimed their son's life.

Hive the hub of artist movement

Timaru artist Josh Cowan is looking for a new space for himself and others to create art from.

A Timaru artist wants to help get those with artistic talent noticed in the town.

More Tekapo land sold

One of the sets of new Tekapo toilets being loaded onto a truck in preparation for the trip to its new home.

Another block of land on Tekapo's lakefront has been sold as work on the big ticket town development heads into another summer.

Dryer catches fire at YMCA

Two fire engines from Timaru Fire Station attended a clothes dryer fire at the YMCA.

Timaru fire service attended a dryer fire at the YMCA building on Latter St at about 9.30am. 

'A discredit to NZ'

Aquanorts owner-operator Ricky John Hartnett leaves the Timaru District Court after being sentenced on Monday.

Two men dead, two families ripped apart and finally more than a year on, Ricky Hartnett is punished.

Truck club shows off garage video

Bruce Anderson climbs aboard a truck identical to one he drove years ago at the clubs recently finished garage.

A museum showing the visual history of South Canterbury will be unveiled to the public next year.

Summer climbing season begins

Two people have been rescued from Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park this month.

The mountain climbing season is off to a rocky start with two rescues and one fatality in Canterbury.

Downer must improve after complaints

Downer has come under scrutiny by Waitaki ratepayers since taking on a Waitaki District Council contract.

After 12 complaints from the public, Downer has been given two weeks to improve by the Waitaki District Council.

Local MPs 'shocked'

Prime Minister John Key is interviewed by Timaru Herald reporter Daisy Hudson in Temuka in July. He announced his ...

Surprise the catchall as politicians react to Prime Minister's resignation.

Rescued from Mt Tasman rockfall

A mountain guide has been flown to Christchurch Hospital with moderate injuries following a rescue on Aoraki/Mt Cook ...

Mountain guide broke her arm and set off personal locator beacon in the middle of the night.

Stowaway cat found

Melanie Harrison is thrilled her cat Oscar who went missing from Timaru three weeks ago has been found safe and well in ...

The Timaru cat which stowed away on a truck to Wanaka three weeks ago has been found.

Recovery plan needed to meet obligations

South Canterbury District Health Board Director clinical services and chief medical officer Dr Steve Earnshaw.

Recovery plan pitched to help South Canterbury District Health Board meet Ministry of Health expectations.

Challenges ahead for those at the chalkface

New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) new associate member Barbara Curran and NZEI president Louise Green celebrate ...

New teachers will need to navigate a vastly different world to the one union leader Louise Green started teaching in.

Crashes keep responders busy

Emergency services assist a driver, who ran off the Hakataramea Highway and about 20 metres down a bank.

A person had to be cut from their vehicle after it crashed off the Hakataramea Highway on Saturday.

Cleverley starts fourth term

South Canterbury District Health Board chairman of almost 12 years said he was in it for the long haul and meant it on ...

From pastry chef to chairing two health boards - that's Murray Cleverley.

Tight competition in Waimate Rodeo

Annabelle Wiggins, from Ashburton, competes in the time trials at the Waimate Rodeo.

The Waimate Rodeo had an international flavour this year, with tourists from all over the world watching the competition.

Christmas rush begins in Timaru

Tuesday shop owners Brooke Gardiner and Tim Black say the business has been picking up as more Christmas shoppers take ...

The first week of summer may also signal the start of the Christmas shopping rush.

Tourism funding call backed

More than two million people visited the Mackenzie District this year.

Calls for the Government to dig deeper into its pockets to fund tourism infrastructure have received the backing of the Mackenzie District mayor.

Dreams come true for Kaylee

Waimate singer-songwriter Kaylee Bell

Waimate singer-songwriter shares a duet with her idol, and country music superstar, Keith Urban.

Hundreds celebrate Christmas in Geraldine

The Winchester Rural School's float spreads the festive cheer at the Geraldine Christmas Parade.

Maybe Santa traded in his reindeer and sleigh for a ute? He certainly did at the annual Geraldine Christmas Parade!

Praise for mountain rescue team

A man has been taken to Christchurch hospital following a search and rescue operation at Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.

The head of the Mountain Safety Council New Zealand has praised the rescue team who rescued a man off Aoraki/Mt Cook.

Tick of approval for Timaru

The Timaru District Council has been given the tick of approval, pleasing council staff and elected members.

The Timaru District Council has been given the tick of approval by Audit New Zealand.

CBD spokesperson appointed

Nigel Bowen will be juggling his role as a Timaru hospitality leader and new spokesperson for the CBD stakeholder group.

A Timaru businessman has been appointed as a new spokesperson for a group of Timaru business stakeholders.

First steps in a modelling career

Liam McDonald has made a quick start to his modelling career.

A Timaru teenager has achieved what many potential models only dream about - being offered a contract by a modelling agency.

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