Readers far and wide enjoy online Herald

SAHIBAN KANWAL
Last updated 05:00 13/06/2014
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ALASTAIR GRAY

GREAT CATCH: Timaru expat Alastair Gray, currently living in Queensland, is 'house-proud' on his boat Timaru, named after his birthplace.

alastair gray
GREAT CATCH: Timaru expat Alastair Gray, currently living in Queensland, is 'house-proud' on his boat Timaru, named after his birthplace.

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Australia, Singapore, Texas - people are reading The Timaru Herald everywhere.

While we know the newspaper version of The Herald is read by 29,000 people each day, thousands more get their news online every day - in all parts of the world. Many are expatriates.

Some read the paper daily as part of their breakfast reading, some read it once a week and one person very aptly said, "the beauty of the internet is that we are no longer tied to our communities merely by physical connections".

Born, bred and raised in Timaru, Alastair Gray left New Zealand in 1987, but still reads the paper daily from his home in Queensland, Australia.

"Reading The Timaru Herald online is a daily happening.

"Over the years some events that have made me very proud of South Canterbury via your publication are such as the Timaru Thistle Pipe Band hosting and winning the NZ grand champion. What amazing talent!" Gray said.

He recalls events the paper covered when he was a child.

"Many is the time when I attended the Fairlie Show, as a child with my grandparents. Your reporting and photos of this have revived those pleasant memories, inclusive of the highland [sword] dancing with bagpipes."

He even named his fishing boat Timaru.

Olwyn Whitehouse, currently in Texas, wanted to say 'thank you' to the paper for making it possible to keep up to date with the news in Timaru.

Robert Carter recalls his late brother's time at The Timaru Herald as a reporter, and his own time as a copyholder.

"Although I live in Sydney, Australia, there is seldom a week that I do not look at the news from Timaru online via the now 150-year-old Timaru Herald. My late brother, Terry Carter, worked as a reporter there around 1965.

His colleagues were Doug Drake, Frank Sherry and John Gunn. In 1967 I started working there as a copyholder in the proofreading room. My colleagues were Tom Bradley, Jack Mahoney, Mick Vance, Sue Hannam, Elizabeth Scott and David Kelly. Have a great 150th birthday bash."

Tom Fleming, who lived in Timaru for 17 years, reads the paper online, all the way from Cyprus.

To see more of our 150th coverage check out stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald.

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