Five workplace deaths

Taranaki man Christopher Corlett, 34, was spreading fertiliser and lost control in wet conditions off Port Levy Rd, near Purau in Banks Peninsula.

Canterbury's workplace fatality rate is the highest in the country, with five deaths in 2015.

Man arrested for possession of morphine

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Trying to conceal a bottle of morphine from police led to a man being arrested in Timaru on Thursday night.

Argument, assault ends in conviction

An argument about synthetic cannabis use ended in a Waimate man being convicted on threatening and assault charges in the Timaru District Court.

A Waimate man has been found guilty of threatening to kill his mother after an argument about his synthetic cannabis use.

Crash on Lindis Pass

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A car caught fire after crashing on Lindis Pass on Thursday morning.

More Otago, Auckland people interested in Timaru property

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Otago and Auckland property watchers are looking at Timaru housing in increasing numbers.

Voyages from Chathams double

Chatham Islands Shipping's Martie Gregory-Hunt, left, Deean Whaitiri, Leon Prendeville, Ian Maxwell say they are committed to Timaru for the long-term.

Rumours Chatham Islands Shipping Ltd is pulling out of Timaru are false - in fact it is expanding its operations.

False alarm at restaurant

Fire crews were called to a false alarm at Koji Teppanyaki and Grill on Thursday.

Cooking food led to a visit from the fire service at a Timaru restaurant.

Superheroes don't take sick days

A recent survey revealed New Zealand doctors and dentists often felt obliged to work despite being ill themselves.

While many senior doctors and dentists routinely go to work when they are sick, it's only an occasional problem in South Canterbury.

Geraldine to Timaru hold-ups

Auckland motorcyclist Raymond Armstrong thought there were more roadworks from Picton to Orari than the entire North Island on his trip down to the Burt Munro Challenge in Gore on Wednesday. He stopped in Orari for a little sustenance as he headed south.

Geraldine people working in Timaru are allowing extra travel time for roadworks delays.

Concert for charity

Singer Sarah Leslie is organising a Christmas concert for charity including Street Cats South Canterbury.

Cuddly kittens will benefit from a Christmas charity concert.

Grateful for community support

Fijian Melaia Vakalala is grateful she is still able to live in New Zealand.

Fijian woman Melaia Vakalala says life is still good, six months after being granted a visitor visa on humanitarian grounds.

Hot, dry wind not welcomed by all

Geraldine Swimming Pool life guards Sam Bower and Stuart Houston enjoy the sun as they keep an eye out on swimmers on Wednesday, the third hot day this week.

Timaru boasted the highest temperature in the country when the mercury hit 29.2 degrees Celsius, but not everyone is looking forward to more sun.

'Gutting' for house tenants

A house on Lochaber Rd in Fairlie was completely destroyed by fire on Tuesday afternoon.

A couple has lost almost everything after fire ripped through their two-bedroom home near Fairlie on Tuesday afternoon, the owner of the dwelling says.

'Too tall for the tunnel'

Auckland Zoo giraffe Shira will arrive by ship in Timaru about 2pm on Friday before being transported by road to Orana Wildlife Park.

Shira the giraffe's new home is Christchurch, but she's going via Timaru because she's too tall to fit through Lyttelton tunnel.

HomeStart grants near $400,000

The Government has approved 97 HomeStart grant applications in Timaru District.

A Timaru couple say they are delighted to have received a $3000 government grant to buy a house.

Call to save water

Michael Hopkinson, left, shows how his sprinkler system targets specific areas, to IrrigationNZ project manager Steve Breneger, and water services reticulation engineer Gerard Cody.

South Canterbury is heading into what is likely to be a dry summer and a campaign has been launched to help residents conserve water.

Peta Mathias headed for Timaru

New Zealand TV personality Peta Mathias is bringing her one-woman show to Timaru on Friday as part of the Festival of Roses.

Kiwi TV personality Peta Mathias will perform in Timaru on Friday night.

High temps on the cards

The warm weather brought people to Caroline Bay on Tuesday afternoon.

South Cantabrians better hold on to their hats as northwesterlies rise to gale force.

Repeat partner-beater jailed

Judge Strettell said the beating amounted to "a sustained period of assault" which showed a "serious anger management problem".

A Timaru man who beat his pregnant partner then choked her while on bail has been sent to prison.

Forklift fire at port

Smoke lingers over Caroline Bay after a fire at the Timaru port on Wednesday evening.

The Fire Service rushed to a fire at Timaru's port on Wednesday evening.

Bouncers onto drugged patrons

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South Canterbury bouncers have spoken of their experiences dealing with drugged patrons.

Sky becomes classroom for a day

Timaru Boys' High School year 9 students spent Wednesday afternoon at the South Canterbury Aero Club getting scenic flights over Timaru.

Timaru Boys' High School students rewarded for good behaviour with scenic flights around Timaru.

Healthy food at a glance

New World Highfield owner/operator Caroline Hall compares cereals from the same company with the new health star ratings. Crunchy nut is a 2-star, while All-Bran is a 5-star. Some cereal makers have changed their ingredients to improve their ratings.

Health star ratings labels are becoming more common on food products, offering customers choices at a glance.

Kiwi boy outsmarts 6 million other kids

Twizel's Joshua Toon, 8, was the top year 3 pupil in the world in the World Education Games.

Twizel's Joshua Toon can make a claim to being the smartest 8-year-old in the world.

Taking a stand against violence

The White Ribbon Riders make their way down Stafford St on Wednesday to show their support for the anti-violence campaign.

Members of the public came together in Timaru on Wednesday to mark White Ribbon Day.

Gang members stopped in Timaru

Police stopped about 40 patched riders as they headed through Timaru on Wednesday afternoon.

Numerous police officers intercepted up to 40 gang members as they made their way through Timaru on Wednesday.

Principal 'sad to leave'

Opihi College school principal Mike Wright is leaving after four years at the school. He will take up a new role as principal of South Otago High School, in Balclutha.

After four years of stamping his mark on Opihi College, principal Mike Wright is moving on to South Otago High School.

Students design own furniture

Cannington School pupils, from left, Will Heap, Jake Heap, Hunter Henderson, Mackai Bain and Chevy Williams with their design of a comfy curved chair with a desk attached, they have called Z-bomb. They will be building their designs for their classroom after the school received the 2015 Caltex Fuel Your School Grant.

Cannington School recently won $5000 worth of materials from the 2015 Caltex Fuel Your School grant.

Second four-figure breath test result in Timaru 'very concerning'

A Timaru driver blew 1049mcg after being pulled over in the early hours of Wednesday.

Two Timaru drink drivers have blown over 1000mcg in the last six days, prompting police to label the behaviour "very concerning".

Suspicious fire at Marchwiel Park

Firefighters attend a fire at Marchwiel Park on Wednesday morning.

A suspicious vegetation fire in Timaru on Wednesday morning is being investigated by police.

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