Ellis twins take indoor title

Twins  Cameron and David Ellis proved impossible to beat at the New Zealand secondary school indoor bowls championships.

Timaru Boys' High School's Cameron and David Ellis are the best pair of secondary school indoor bowlers in the country.

More cars in Opihi River

Another car got stuck in the Opihi River after to trying to help this Subaru out.

Environment Canterbury says it is concerned about vehicles getting into strife in local rivers, adding harsh punishments can be handed out for serious incidents.

Divers take Opuha samples after chemical claims

Divers retrieve sediment samples last week from Lake Opuha near Fairlie in South Canterbury.

Divers have taken new samples from the South Canterbury lake at the centre of chemical dumping.

Wahine flag in Temuka video

John Walton says a survivor of the Wahine disaster gave him the ship's stern flag in 1968. Now he wants to find a new home for it.

John Walton says he has had the stern flag of the Wahine in his possession since 1968, and until now has only ever told a handful of people.

New hot pools for Tekapo

A couple enjoy a warm summers evening in the hot pool at Tekapo Springs.

Tekapo Springs has announced it will open three new hot pools in time for Christmas.

Looking for a home for Artwork

Kaye McMurray was a finalist at the IHC Art Awards in Wellington and sold her artwork for $850. She would like to find a way to display and sell more of her artwork.

Kaye McMurray just sold a painting for $850 at the IHC Art Awards in Wellington where she was a finalist.

School in running for outdoor makeover

St Joseph's Temuka's year 8 students from left, Loren Sugrue, Kelsey Sugrue, Mason Thew-Page, Grace Scarsbrook, Jamie Fitzgerald, and Phoebe Scarsbrook with their suggested plans for the school's outdoor area.

Temuka St Joseph's School is one of 11 finalists in the Treemendous outdoor makeover competition.

Actress helps dad's musical preparation

Timaru man Tony Bunting rehearses his role in the musical Evita, while daughter Laura prepares to play Mary Poppins.

Timaru guidance counsellor Tony Bunting turns to his daughter for professional acting tips.

History inspires Yulia

Russian singer Yulia is set to wow the crowds at the SC RSA at her concerts on Friday and Saturday.

Knowing her history, especially World War II history and the part people played in it,is vital to Russian singer Yulia.

Methamphetamine charges

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Police executed a search warrant on an Oamaru house at 8am on Saturday and located seven grams of methamphetamine, along with a quantity of cash.

No Jetstar for Timaru

Timaru is not on a list of new regional Jetstar routes.

Jetstar will not fly to Timaru any time soon.

Catching bird-eating predators

The gander has acted as "protector" to several mallard ducks and their youngsters.

Volunteers and members of Waimate's Rod & Gun Club, will protect game birds during their nesting season.

26th pollution day this year

Smoke billows from a power station during sunset in New Delhi, ten years ago.

Timaru experienced its 26th high air pollution day on Saturday.

Police notebook: August 31, 2015

A police car.

A drunk Timaru man could not find his way home on Sunday morning.

Wet start to working week

Rain forecast for South Canterbury

Rain and cloud are forecast for most areas of South Canterbury.

Vandals strike College Rd


Broken letterboxes and wing mirrors are among the debris left in Timaru's College Rd after a destructive Friday night.

A jazzy weekend in Timaru

High Country Salmon manager Jaco Swart and business manager Rae Coburn accept the Retail award.

Fairfax photographers captured some of the weekend's happenings in Timaru.

Fluke whale rib discovery for Geraldine High pupil

Dakota McMahon holds the humpback whale rib bone he found near Jacks Point.

When Dakota McMahon found a whale rib, he thought it was driftwood

Hubbard investors may be short-changed

Allan Hubbard

Investors in Hubbard Management Funds (HMF) had a nervous wait over the weekend to find out what they will ultimately receive from the statutory managers.

Council loses $10,000 on parking lease

The Central Mall car park lease cost ratepayers $10,000 last financial year, a council report suggests.

A two-thirds empty car park is losing Timaru District Council $10,000 a year, a council report suggests.

Heartland Design and Print tops business awards video

Employees from Heartland Design and Print, named supreme business at the South Canterbury Business Excellence Awards, and Heartland Ricoh, at the awards dinner on Friday.

Timaru-based firm Heartland Design and Print wins the South Canterbury Business Excellence Awards supreme award.

Drunken confessions secure conviction

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Four drunken confessions have been the downfall of a Wellington man who has been convicted on driving charges.

Well-known hairdresser dies

Well-known Timaru hairdresser Vivienne Smith, who passed away last week.

Vivienne Smith worked in hairdressing in Timaru for 51 years before her retirement last year.

Timaru waits for an ophthalmologist

There is still no permanent replacement for Timaru eye specialist Dr Michael Mair who retired in July.


Timaru patients rejected - not bad enough

Hundreds of people are being turned away by specialists each year as they are not considered bad enough to meet the criteria for an operation in South Canterbury.

More than 500 people referred to specialist in South Canterbury were told ailments were not considered severe enough for surgery in 2014.

Migrants to boost southern towns

Canterbury towns may look to bring in more migrant workers for an economic boost.

A new plan aims to rejuvenate South Island towns facing aging populations and economic decline.

Not many Meals on Wheels required from SCDHB

Meals on Wheels is no longer the only home food delivery service for the incapacitated or elderly in South Canterbury.

Meals on Wheels is in decline and the South Canterbury District Health Board chief executive hopes the change is due to choice not hardship.

Alps 2 Ocean boost announced

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The tracks of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail will be completed, with a $935,000 cash injection from the government confirmed.

Talbot Park standards improve

A recent audit of Talbot Park aged care hospital and dementia unit in Timaru had a positive outcome which contrasted markedly to a report in 2012.

A near perfect audit on Timaru's aged care hospital, Talbot Park, found only one area requiring improvement.

St Andrews band success

Members of the St Andrews School rock bands which competed  in the Bandquest competition in Dunedin, back row from left, Ben Wratt, Reggie Fleming, Sarah Duncan, Oscar Skilling, Nikita Goodger, and Connor Pritchard. Front row from left, Flynn Porter, George Duncan and Jemma Kiernan.

A St Andrews School rock band had success at the Otago regional section of the Bandquest competition.

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