Bluestone video places third

Bluestone School pupils Jacob Lyne and Amy Ellis were directors of the safety video the class submitted to the Air New Zealand safety video competition. Their video placed third overall.

The class is stoked with the outcome.

School project set back

Geraldine High School students from left, Daniel Stanton, Rowan McCoughan-Galvin and Jordan Ritchie with the vehicle they are doing up for the EVolocity competition which had the front panel stolen off it.

Part stolen off car students are turning into electric vehicle for competition.

Steering committee to consider club merger

The Timaru Town and Country Club, one of the clubs considering a merger.

Two local Timaru clubs with many joint members are considering the possibility of a merger to maintain financial viability.

Water shortage directions lifted for Opuha

Lake Opuha is starting to fill up after being almost dry after the recent drought.

The Opuha Dam no longer has any irrigation restrictions in place.

Solving rural internet issues

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The Timaru District Council is leading the way in addressing the rural broadband issues being faced across New Zealand.

Community Trust gives out $27,000

Community Trust of Mid & South Canterbury chief executive Liz Shea presents Major Murray Sanson of the Salvation Army's Timaru branch with a $7,000 cheque.

Community organisations benefiting South Cantabrians received over $27,000 in the Community Trust of Mid & South Canterbury's latest round of donations. 

Proposed $200 increase hard to take

Makikihi hotel owner Bruce Milne, front left, resident Tracy Johnson and Makikihi Garage partner Alan Wilkinson are fuming over proposed rates increases.

Makikihi residents say they now understand why their rates could increase, but are still finding the change hard to accept.

Uncertain future of Talbot Park raises some concern

With the future of Talbot Park up in the air, general practioners are concerned about whether or not there will be enough beds for psychogeriatric residents in Timaru.

Timaru camera shop to close

Timaru camera shop Photo Solutions will close on May 23.

Timaru camera and print shop Photo Solutions will close this month after "many, many years" in business.

Picasso Trio member dies

The Picasso Trio in 1960. Barry Richardson, left, John McMillan, rear, and Barrie Rhodes. Photo: Supplied.

 Musician and motoring reviewer remembered.

Cat 'killed by crossbow bolt'

Kent St resident Linda Bullard has a made a special memorial garden where her cat Monkey is buried.

Timaru woman who believes her beloved cat Monkey was shot with a crossbow bolt is appealing for information.

Legal highs restriction

Oamaru is set to clamp down on legal highs.

The Waitaki District Council is poised to limit the availability of legal highs.

Gloriavale 0800 number glowing red

A young Gloriavale community member in prayer.

Police receive several calls about secretive Gloriavale commune following abuse allegations.

Shanton's Timaru shop closing

Womenswear chain Shanton's Timaru outlet will close in weeks.

Shanton's owners will close its Timaru shop.

Man saved by good Samaritan

Alan Shaw, right, says Peter Burt's quick actions helped save his life.

Alan Shaw says he wouldn't be alive today without the help of former police officer Peter Burt.

Strong winds through Arthur's Pass

RAY DAY: Sunrise over the Waimakariri River in Arthur's Pass National Park.

Strong winds could make driving hazardous through the central South Island on Thursday.

Fine weather across South Canterbury

Fine weather across South Canterbury is likely today.

Fine weather forecast for South Canterbury today after heavy rain in the high country on Wednesday.

Is Timaru ready for pills at the tills?

The Pill.

Opening up access to a range of contraception is more important than getting the pill ready to purchase straight from a pharmacy.

Still no sign of missing hunter

Police, search and rescue volunteers and friends and family have been searching  missing Dunedin hunter Murray Edge over three farms 40 minutes inland from Timaru.

There are still no updates on the search for missing Dunedin hunter Murray Edge.

Delays for Lake Tekapo resort

A concept design of developer Anthony Tosswill's planned 100-bed Tekapo Sky Hotel.

Developer says it could be months before works starts on his planned Lake Tekapo hotel and resort.

Vehicles cranked up to raise funds


Old traction engines are being cranked up to raise funds for the Fairlie Heritage Museum.

May's Timaru cafes for sale

A mince pie

May's Bakery's Stafford St businesses are for sale and its southern shop could be remodelled if no buyer emerges.

Terminally ill Fijian allowed to stay

Positively enjoying life are Melaia Vakalala and daughter Asenaca Vakalala Kuruduadua.

A terminally ill Fijian overstayer has been granted a visitor visa.

Police notebook: May 6, 2015

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Police enforce a cordon on George St Timaru, following a chemical spill.

A man arrested on Timaru South School property was found to be in possession of cannabis and magic mushrooms.

Unusually high temperature for May


Temperatures reached a high of 22 degrees Celsius. The mean May maximum for Timaru is 14C.

Hermitage buys $30k SIREDH plate

Sir Edmund Hillary, 83, at a procession of Mount Everest Summiteers in Kathmandu in 2003.

The Hermitage Hotel will give $30,000 for Nepalese earthquake relief after buying a Sir Edmund Hillary personalised number plate.

Timaru has its second dirty air night

Smoke from house heating in Timaru has resulted in a second dirty air night.

Timaru has had its second dirty air night of the year

SCDHB wants out of Talbot Park

The future of the Talbot Park is uncertain after the South Canterbury District Health Board held a meeting with staff and family members on Wednesday informing them they no longer wanted to run the aged related residential care facility in Otipua Rd.

The future of Timaru's Talbot Park is under review with a meeting for staff and family members held on Wednesday.

Noone Plus scoops award in first year

The team from Noone Plus being presented with their Emerging Partner award by Xero chief executive Rod Drury, left.

Accounting software giant Xero has named a Timaru firm most likely to add value to its clients' businesses.

Duck dumping 'disgusting'

Some of the 50 dead ducks walker Alana Yerbury found near Jack's Point on Wednesday.

A Timaru woman was disgusted to find dozens of dumped ducks near Jack's Point.

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