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Fire crews fight for volunteers, water gallery video

The Oban volunteer fire brigade was still young when it the local Ferndale Guest House caught fire. At the time the ...

As remote Stewart Island's fire brigade celebrates its 50th, it is one of many volunteer crews that faces battles.

RSA worker signs off for the last time

Heather Bailey is leaving the South Canterbury RSA as duty manager after 37 years.

Heather Bailey has spent the last 37 years pouring beers for war veterans.

Pareora man jailed for meth dealing

A Pareroa man was convicted of supplying methamphetamine in the Timaru District Court on Friday.

Intercepted text messages tip police off to Pareroa man's meth dealing.

'A little bit unfair'

Prime Minister John Key addresses criticism of a new tourism fund during a visit to South Canterbury.

The Prime Minister has acknowledged that criteria for a new tourism fund may be "unfair".

Children chant safety messages video

Lucas Hammond, 7, left, and Blake Hollamby, 7, join in the Chipmunks OSCAR after school and holiday programme grand parade.

South Canterbury children chanted slogans such as 'kids need to have fun to grow'.

John Key visits Sth Canty

Prime Minister John Key showed off his musical talents during a visit to the South Island Organ Company in Washdyke on ...

Prime Minister John Key has made a whirlwind visit to South Canterbury.

Teacher jailed for sex abuse

Paul Roger Herrick, pictured at his 2015 sentencing for indecently assaulting a boy at Awamoa School, groomed multiple ...

 "Your crimes have ripped through time... It fills us with disgrace and hatred for you."

Trout numbers up in lake video

Pictured is Jayde Couper of Fish and Games with a brown trout

Rainbow and brown trout populations are up in Lake Alexandrina.

Waimate workshop struggles for numbers

Waimate Resource Trust and Heartlands services coordinator Jakki Guilford.

A Waimate mental health workshop was identified as an important community issue, but it is struggling for numbers.

Car parking problem spills over

Elizabeth St resident Keith Eden is annoyed by the increased number of cars parking outside his flat.

One resident near Timaru's new retail site, The Landings, says parking on Elizabeth St is now "a catastrophe".

Life-saving rally victors video

Bruce and Harry at a stop on their epic Peking to Paris rally journey.

When Bruce and Harry Washington arrived at the car crash, they could see the man was dead.

Regional issues raised

MP for Rangitata Jo Goodhew.

Rangitata's MP says she doesn't know if Timaru is doing enough to capitalise on the tourism boom.

No winter blues for tourists

Efforts to get tourists to visit year round are paying off with more than ever coming in winter.

Winter weather isn't deterring tourists, who continued to arrive in record numbers in June.

South Korean students fly in

A large group of South Korean students have arrived in New Zealand and will live and study here for eight weeks.

South Canterbury families will host South Korean students as part of an agreement signed between the two countries.

Person freed after crash

A vehicle is loaded on the back of a tow truck after a crash involving a car and a truck at the junction of McNamara Rd ...

The jaws of life were used to free a person trapped after a crash between a car and a truck in South Canterbury.

Committee happy with water plan changes

Aerial view showing road and railway bridges crossing the Waitaki river.

It's been ten years in the making but members of the Lower Waitaki-South Coastal Canterbury Zone Committee are pleased. 

Free ICT course for Timaru

Ara computing tutor John Davey, who teaches the New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4) ...

A free ICT course could turn South Cantabrians into tech whizzes.

Sky lanterns are grounded

Participants at the 2013 Relay For Life launch a sky lantern. A new council rule means sky lanterns must be tethered.

Sky lanterns are now to be tethered in council-administered parks due to new policy passed by the Timaru District Council.

Council heading back to court

The Mackenzie Basin.

The Mackenzie District Council is heading back to court over the contentions Plan Change 13.

Tourist loo fund too late video

Councils say it will be a push for them to meet a  six month deadline to build toilets and other tourist facilities.

South Island towns flooded by tourists are worried they won't get new toilets built in time for summer.

Pageant 'made me more empathetic'

Erin Phillips, 20, gets her hair styled by Kelsey Howard, senior stylist at Headworkz Hair and Beauty, ahead of her trip ...

Timaru's Miss Universe NZ candidate says the competition given her "a lot of confidence".

Keeping the streets safe

Community Patrol volunteers Jillian Mallett and Les O'Donnell.

Volunteers have spent more than 500 hours keeping South Canterbury streets safe this year.

'Fireball' old space junk? video

The meteor over Blenheim on Tuesday night.

First it was a meteor, then it was space station debris. Now astronomers think Tuesday night's "fireball" was a dead satellite or old rocket.

Calls for term limit

Timaru deputy mayor Richard Lyon.

There have been calls to limit the number of terms people can sit on local councils.

Happy swim coach

Timaru swimming coach, Kevin Hessell, pictured at his own pool

The Timaru District Council has agreed to allow private swim coaches to use lanes at the CBay Aquatic Centre.

What's space junk and why's it in NZ? video

What was initially thought to be a meteor is believed to be space debris, burning after passing through the Earth's ...

Should we panic when spaceship fragments hurtle over NZ? Here are the answers.

Dumpers found and fined

Zero Waste advisor Phil Burridge searching through the pile of rubbish left in the Scenic reserve on July 5 or 6.

Two people from Timaru - including a business owner - have each been issued fines of $400 for illegal rubbish dumping

Ritchie's bus services rated

Timaru bus driver Allan Frewan and passenger Nicole Ferguson have a laugh on the bus.

Ritchies bus services in Timaru are leading the way in customer service, South Canterbury Area Manager David Gale says.

Choosing heating ahead of food

Salvation Army Major Murray Sanson anticipates a busy winter for the Sallies food bank.

Salvation Army officer Alan Johnson says "not enough is being done" to keep New Zealanders warm during winter.

Hi-tech beacons make driving safer

The roadside beacons bluetooth messages to passing vehicles and use solar power.

NZTA improves the Christchurch-Queenstown commute with flash new gadgetry.

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