Our hidden shame

People who work with abused children in South Canterbury say the public would be shocked by the level of violence they are seeing.

"He was going to cut mum with an axe. He said, "I'm going to gut you".

Searchers attempt to reach climber

A missing climber on Mt Cook has a personal locator beacon that has not been activated.

'We still have hopes of being able to bring him off the mountain,' police say.

Fewer wandering wallabies

260412 Suppled/Sam ShannonUnder control: A new substance for controlling wallaby populations, called Wallaby Feratox, is now available to landowners.
Photo: Supplied (Brent Glentworth, Environment Canterbury)

Wallaby numbers reported outside the containment area have declined in 2015.

Arrested after car crash

Timaru police station.

A Timaru man, 19, was arrested on a warrant to arrest in relation to a motor vehicle accident on Earl Rd at 9.05pm on Thursday.

Venison decision pending - SFF

Venison prices have been pegged back by the pesky euro.

Speculation about the future of Silver Fern Farms' venison processing in the Central South Island is premature, the co-operative says.

Giraffe wows Timaru crowd video

Shira the giraffe, moments after touching down in Timaru on her way to Orana Wildlife Park in Christchurch.

The hundred hardy souls who had waited hours in the cold to see Shira the giraffe got a treat.

Mother devastated by son's drug use video

Leanne van Royen has spoken out about her son's synthetic drug use.

Leanne van Royen is in the public eye because of the "devastating" effects of her son's synthetic drug use.

Mt Cook rescue unlikely today

A climber is missing on Mt Cook after failing to reach the Empress Hut.

An experienced climber missing on Mt Cook is unlikely to be rescued on Friday, after he failed to reach his destination on Thursday evening.

Alcohol an excuse for violence

Alcohol is an excuse for family violence, rather than the cause, it has been claimed.

Alcohol is an excuse for family violence, rather than the cause, it has been claimed.

Principals criticise review timing

The timing of a wide ranging review of the education system has been criticised by Timaru principals.

'Worst possible time' for a review of the education system, South Canterbury principals say.

Wine-makers sour over licence denial

Straight 8 Estate owners James Shand and Mary Jamieson are having issues with special liquor licensing with the Timaru and Selwyn district councils.

A vineyard owner has accused Timaru's district licensing committee of "nasty" behaviour for declining an application which missed its deadline.

Kiwi pilot's body found

Former Timaru man Kelly Leslie, who lived in Cork, Ireland.

Irish police have confirmed a body found is that of missing New Zealander Kelly Leslie.

Climate activists plan march

The new findings push back scientists' understanding of when life on Earth was widespread.

A Timaru climate activist believes locals must march to make world leaders increase greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.

Overlooked writers self-publish

Geraldine Writers' Club members, from left, Edna Huber, Bernadette Joyce,Faye McGunnigle and Judith Farley have either self published their stories or are about to.

Self-publishing is the only option for some writers, but one successful author says it's the best option.

Report proposes airport parking fee

Air New Zealand's Q300 aeroplanes are expected to increase weekly passenger capacity to Timaru by up to 50 per cent.

Parking charges could begin at Timaru's Richard Pearse airport next year, a council report suggests.

Skyline walkway temporarily diverted

The red line shows a temporary route for the Skyline walking track, in Oamaru, where the existing link off Eden Street will be diverted to cross Stoke Street during the construction of the Observatory Hill Retirement Village.

 An Oamaru walking track, known as the Skyline Walk, will be temporarily realigned while a retirement village is being constructed.

Toll charge for Mt John road

The view from the top of the Mt John road is spectacular, but it will cost $5 to go up from Monday.

The private road to the Mt John Observatory at Lake Tekapo will cost $5 to travel up from Monday.

Charged with procuring meth

timaru herald police notebook

A Timaru man was charged with procuring methamphetamine on Wednesday.

Where to see Shira the giraffe

Shira the giraffe happily eating carrots on its journey to Timaru.

Want to see the giraffe being transported through Timaru this afternoon? Stand here.

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

Lindis Pass

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

More eye Timaru property

Overall, Canterbury-based viewers remained the most interested in Timaru property.

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.

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