Taser announcement baffles

Jay Lovely.

A Timaru lawyer, who represented a man illegally Tasered, says more money for police to carry the weapons "makes no sense".

'Let's get it built'

Orange cones were set out showing the "footprint" of the new complex.

Waimate's new stadium is "for the future" the town's mayor says.

Aoraki student rises to top

Aoraki Polytechnic student Joelle Snook, front, won junior chef of the year at the National Commis Chef competition. Aoraki Polytechnic Toque d'Or team, back row from left, Tyler McCarron, Gareth Kershaw and Kayleigh Jukes also had success at the recent cooking and service competition.

A pudding souffle helped Joelle Snook rise to the top at the National Commis Chef of the Year competition in Auckland.

Forty years since the big wind hit South Canterbury

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South Canterbury residents living in the region in 1975 will remember well the "big wind" of 1975.

Rivers suitable for contact recreation

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Most of the South Canterbury region's lake and river bathing sites are suitable for contact recreation in spite of a drop in recreational water quality.

Hokonui Fashion Show prizes for mother and daughter

Christeena MacDonald-Paea won the open recycled section at the Hokonui Fashion Awards with her dress made out of CD pieces.

Creative mother and daughter duo Chirsteena MacDonald-Paea and Naomi Faifai celebrated their recent fashion success with a frozen cheesecake and pizza.

Knitted dress gains award

Timaru artist Maree McMullan modelling the knitted outfit she entered into the Hokonui Fashion Awards where she won an overall merit award and highly commended in the wool section.

A knitting addiction help Maree McMullan win awards at the Hokonui Fashion Awards.

Community trust of Mid and South Canterbury grants announced

One South Canterbury organisation received a grant for a basketball shooting machine.

South Canterbury organisations received the lion's share of grants in the Community Trust of Mid & South Canterbury's latest funding round.

Council reviews representation

Feeding out in the Mackenzie Country.

The Mackenzie District Council (MDC) has reviewed its representation arrangements for the 2016 elections.

Car dragged by train

A Hampden man had a lucky escape after  the car he was in was dragged by a train.

A North Otago man had a lucky escape after the car he was in was dragged by a train.

Pivot and KPMG to merge

Builders work on an office block on Timaru's The Terrace. KPMG's Timaru branch will move to the new building following a merger with Pivot Accounting.

KPMG's Timaru office and South Canterbury firm Pivot Accounting have announced they will merge.

Weekend snow possible

A cold front on Friday is expected to bring snow and freezing conditions to Canterbury.

Snow could fall to low levels in Canterbury at the weekend, according to early weather forecasts.

Driver caught at 171km/h

A driver had his licence suspended after being caught driving at 171km/h on SH1.

A driver had his licence suspended after being caught driving at 171km/h on SH1.

Glitz and glamour gallery

One of the first glamour couples to arrive for the Geraldine High School ball was Rose Gilmour and Harrison Kemp driven by chaffeur Brian Gilmour in a Landrover.

Geraldine High School students got glammed up for the annual school ball on Saturday night.

Sport keeps us busy gallery

A Mexican (Allan Judd) helps celebrate the open day and official opening of the refurbished Playhouse on Church Street.

Sports of both the athletic and theatrical type kept South Cantabrians busy over the weekend.

Mayor on medication

Mackenzie District mayor Claire Barlow speaks out about her depression in the hope of helping others.

Mayor Claire Barlow she wants to leave a legacy of understanding and acceptance of those suffering from depression.

Disorder and destruction

A prank scared residents at a Timaru property when balaclva clad teenagers sat on their roof in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Deliberatley damaging a golf green and 

Recitals put pipe organs on show

At the South Island Organ Company open day Daniel Cooper of Christchurch performed for members of the public on the Blitz pipe organ created from parts of organs damaged in World War II.

Organ damaged in Canterbury earthquake and restored almost from scratch sounds again.

Curtains rise on revamped theatre

Jessica Diamond and her mum Sharleyne dress up for the open day and official opening of the Playhouse on Church Street. The theatre has undergone a $700,000-plus upgrade and now boasts a new costume hire area within the complex, two rehearsal rooms as well as a better stage and foyer.

Timaru's refurbished Playhouse theatre opened to the public in dramatic style on Saturday.

Car topples power pole

Fire crews attended a car crash which toppled a power pole  on the Fairlie to Geraldine Highway on Saturday evening.

A car ran off the road and took out a power pole in South Canterbury on Saturday night. 

Children perform with Flava video

Stefan Curtis from Active Learners Timaru gives his all during the centre's performance at the Korohi o te Pepi Flava Festival 2015 held at the Caroline Bay hall on Friday morning.

Young children performed their hearts out at the Korohi o te Pepi Flava Festival 2015

Chemical lake fears spark meeting

South Canterbury rvier campaigners fear Lake Opuha's sediment contains harmful chemicals.

Senior ECan members have met South Canterbury river campaigners about their claims of chemical contamination in Lake Opuha.

Inland port means more Timaru freight

Timaru District mayor Damon Odey, left, and PrimePort chief executive Phil Melhopt attend the opening of Port of Tauranga's MetroPort at Rolleston on Friday.

A new $20 million inland port in Rolleston means more rail-freighted containers for Timaru's port, PrimePort Timaru's chief executive says.

Flu at epidemic level

The influenza outbreak has reached epidemic levels and Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Alistair Humphrey says there is no sign of it slowing.

Flu rates have reached epidemic levels across New Zealand.

Building's fate up in the air

The owners of the old BNZ bank building on the corner of Stafford and George Streets might knock the building over and construct a new one.

Colliers International say it is too early to speculate whether Timaru's former BNZ building will be demolished.

Man dragged, kicked and punched partner

List and sentencing at the Timaru District Court today.

Dragging, kicking, and punching the victim and then telling her to lie about it has resulted in a Timauru man being sent to prison.

Fundraiser upsets Timaru high school parents

Psychic Barry Newman was invited to perform at a Timaru school fundraiser on Thursday but not everyone was happy about it.

It seems an odd choice using a psychic to fundraise for a Mountainview High School student trip, says some parents.

South Canterbury breast friendly

Five-month-old Eloise latches on to her mum Claire Morgan as part of the Timaru Big Latch On event held at the Women's Wellness Centre on Friday.

South Canterbury is 'breastfeeding friendly' according to those who do and help with breastfeeding.

No charges over poaching

Hakataramea Valley.

Police have followed up with the driver of a vehicle, but a lack of evidence means no further action will be taken.

Talbot Park needs new provider

The South Canterbury District Health Board will go ahead with exiting its provision of services to Talbot Park aged care facility as long as certain conditions are met.

Talbot park will no longer be in public hands after the South Canterbury District Health Board voted to exit providing services for the residential aged car facility, at a meeting on Friday.

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