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Staffroom to be new classroom

Gleniti Primary School pupils Doyoon Kim, 6, left, Heath Robinson, 5, Addison Dickson, 5, Xavier Weaver, 5, Autumn ...

Increasing student numbers has encouraged a South Canterbury school to consider alternative classrooms to cater for the growth.

Zelie Allan contesting Waitaki

Oamaru woman Zelie Allan is the Labour Party's candidate for the Waitaki electorate seat.

A breast cancer survivor says health is a key issue ahead of the 2017 election.

Staff concerned about property ties

IHC New Zealand communications general manager Gina Rogers says no funds from IDEA Services went into Accessible ...

Support staff are concerned a national disability support service is cutting services as its subsidiary property company booms.

Arrests connected to crime spree

The burnt out remains of a car, allegedly stolen near Culverden, in a riverbed near Waimate.

A string of offences have been committed across Canterbury during a week-long crime spree.

Tradies, suppliers lend helping hand

Tetraplegic man Jamie Wilson is getting a new ceiling and insulation in his Pleasant Point house thanks to the ...

Partially paralysed after botched surgery, Jamie Wilson is getting a helping hand.

'Silly decision' to trust scammer

Elizabeth Clarkson and her husband Stewart were scammed out of a significant amount of money by someone claiming to be ...

The elderly couple were sceptical about the cold call but when they saw the Spark logo, they thought it was legitimate.

Views, parking a concern

Tekapo Lakeside Drive plans. Supplied by the Mackenzie District Council.

Concerns about the impact on the views of Lake Tekapo's landscape and a shortage or car parking are the biggest bugbears for submitters on a proposed five star hotel on the lake's shore.

Cultural celebration a success

Jade Hamilton and Elvisa Cragg show off some traditional Filipino dancing.

An event celebrating South Canterbury's diverse culture has been branded a success after selling out.

Raising awareness

Paul Johnson of Geraldine and Julian Maze from Timaru set out to walk the banks of the Orari River.

Two filmmakers are on a "grassroots pilgrimage" around Canterbury rivers in a bid to raise awareness about clean waterways.

Spate of car fires

South Canterbury firefighters attended a number of car fires on Saturday.

South Canterbury firefighters have been busy battling several car fires over the weekend.

Freedom camping solution in budget

Freedom campers beside Lake Pukaki.

Enforcement for freedom camping bylaws may receive help from Government's budget, but it won't take guns in holsters.

Oceania Dairy injects $400m in factory

Oceania Dairy has undertaken a major expansion including a new UHT plant, infant formula canning line, blending ...

South Canterbury based Oceania Dairy has completed stage two of its $600 million Glenavy site.

Waimate celebrates volunteers

Waimate District Mayor Craig Rowley, left, congratulates the Waimate Civic Awards recipients Waimate Volunteer Fire ...

When a fire sparks in the Waimate District, a volunteer team with more than 500 years collective service comes to people's aid.

Taxi company goes postal

Anyone with a car, GPS and a licence is able to become a franchisee, Murray Bell says.

Drivers were twiddling their thumbs overnight, so they started playing postman.

Easter trading still unclear

Geraldine shop owner Michelle Baker supports a new Easter Sunday Trade policy for the district.

Whether businesses in South Canterbury can open on Easter Sunday doesn't appear to be an open or shut case.

Police roles may be cut

Superintendent Steve Greally says 26 Vehicle Safety Officer roles could go.

A proposal to take police Vehicle Road Safety officers off South Canterbury's highways has been branded as "goddamn ridiculous".

Caution ahead of virus release

European rabbit spotted in North Canterbury.

The rising expense of controlling rabbits means one Mackenzie farmer is desperate for a new variant of rabbit haemorrhagic disease to be released.

Guns, ammo seized

Police executed a search warrant on a Temuka property.

Guns and ammo were seized from a Temuka house during a search warrant on Friday afternoon.

Yellow-eyed penguin visits Timaru

The yellow-eyed penguin at Caroline Bay on Monday night and Smithfield Beach on Wednesday night.

 A juvenile yellow-eyed penguin has been spotted twice this week in Timaru.

People might lose support in SC

E Tu delegate Dinah Dolamore says South Canterbury communities may find it difficult to fill the contracts held by IDEA ...

South Cantabrians with learning disabilities may struggle to access support when IDEA Services cuts several support programmes.

Mackenzie's own Disney Princess?

Mackenzie College student Peggie Barnes, 17, hopes to audition for the role of a Disney Princess later this year.

Seventeen-year-old Mackenzie College student Peggie Barnes is Hollywood bound with dreams of becoming Disney's next princess.

Planning ahead

South Cantabrians are being urged to plan ahead.

A South Canterbury health professional is encouraging people in the region to plan for the last phase of their lives.

Train wagons derail in Timaru

Four wagons derailed while being shunted off the main line near Timaru early on Friday morning blocking the track for ...

Four wagons carrying empty containers derailed at a Timaru rail yard near the town's port early on Friday morning.

Five car crash near Kurow

Police are attending a five-car crash near Kurow.

Police are at the scene of a five car crash near Kurow.

Complaints spell end of religious teaching

Concerns were raised following a perceived conflict of interest at Fenwick Primary School.

Reverend at Oamaru school steps down over use of the word "infiltrate" to promote religious practice.

Council aware of building issues

A sign outside the Sophia St car park building warning people the building was deemed an "earthquake-prone" building and ...

The Timaru District Council was aware of issues with one of its buildings, later found to not meet new building standards, more than three weeks ago.

Landline woes in South Island video

Ashwick Flat farm owner Greg Anderson is sick of sporadic landline coverage, which he says poses a health and safety ...

Rural Canterbury families losing landline service for up to a week at a time - and that could leave them hanging in an emergency.

Support staff 'shell-shocked and unprepared'

E tu advocate Alistair Duncan said the cuts are a major and significant event for IDEA Services.

 The future of about 20 per cent of IDEA Services clients is uncertain as the national disability service provider prepares to cut services.

Call for joint approach to campers

Pay toilets at Lake Tekapo when they were being installed in December 2016.

Tourists with inappropriate toileting habits are the target of a proposed collaborative approach to be discussed by an upper waitaki group on Friday.

Educators back campaign

West End Kindergarten children holding fliers for the Every Child is Worth It campaign are, back row Liam McCarthy-Dey ...

South Canterbury kindergartens have good child to teacher ratios, but support a campaign to improve them nationwide.

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