Timaru Herald top 6: February 17, 2014

02:25, Feb 17 2014
timaru raft
PLANS FOUNDER: The youths on the makeshift raft, complete with a barbecue and deck chairs, are rescued after a wind change had them heading towards the Benvenue Cliffs.

A rescue mission on Caroline Bay involving a makeshift raft and a barbecue was the most viewed online last week.

Six young men were towed to shore after their raft - complete with screwed down barbecue - started drifting towards the Benvenue Cliffs.

Employment stories also featured high on our list of most viewed stories.

jenny carryer
Jenny Carryer

1. Barbecue raft gets into hot water


A group of youths having a birthday barbecue on a makeshift raft quickly became a rescue mission in Caroline Bay on Saturday.


2. Truckie shortage to get worse


A shortage of truck drivers in South Canterbury continues, with immigration changes set to take more off the road this month.

3. $600,000 lost to scammers


Timaru police are urging caution after two local people lost a total of nearly $600,000 in life savings to international scammers.

4. Six more polytech jobs gone


A further six fulltime positions at Aoraki Polytechnic have been axed, it was announced yesterday.

5. GPs will be replaced by nurses, sector told


Nurse practitioners will probably largely replace GPs in South Canterbury in time.

6. Job seeker claims age knock-back


A Timaru man one year off receiving superannuation is taking Alpine Energy to the Human Rights Review Tribunal for age discrimination after he was not given a job.

The Timaru Herald