Josie Bamber likes ballet and cupcakes, so she wrote about them, scooping the Ursula Moray Williams Creative Writing Competition Year 1 to 3 prize.
Mike Small has been motor racing since 1977 but his latest venture sees him behind the wheel of a classic he's taking a bit slower.
Not a lot is known about the now defunct Timaru Harmonica Band.
Omarama's newly-opened community centre is getting plenty of use, despite only being open for just over a month.
Heats in the third Pleasant Point's Got Talent start on January 5.
This week's profile is on singer-song writer Jaz Paterson of Geraldine. Jaz will be performing at the Waimate Strawberry Fare on December 14.
Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher is taking the Gigatown competition very seriously and plans to do as much as he can to lead Oamaru to victory.
Strawberry Fare will be sharing its big day this year with the Waimate Rodeo which has been moved forward by two weeks.
The Stroke Foundation and Life Education Trust are both better off thanks to the Midland District Masonic Mens' Choir.
Some Timaru consumers are not put off soft drinks despite research showing the effects of sugar sweetened drink could lead to Alzheimer's disease or cancer.
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A pop up fashion show has been added to Timaru's calendar of events in the lead-up to Christmas.
Oamaru Police are investigating a string of thefts after complaints from several residents about items going missing from their homes.
Christchurch school friends Moorhouse were unknown 12 months ago but thanks to X Factor, they are now familiar faces in many a Timaru household.
More than 30 entries were displayed at the first Timaru Schools Hat and Hair competition held at Craighead last week.
The New Zealand Defence Force's Southern Katipo 2013 exercise has wrapped up, with Waitaki playing a vital part in the biggest exercise of its kind ever seen in New Zealand.
Filipino Pastor Jonan Castillon is still hoping to raise more money for the Philippines through the Hopevale Trust which is able to get help more directly to the affected.
East Otago's Shag River has been named the recipient of a Grand Award at the inaugural 2013 New Zealand River Awards.
With a by-election looming, people in the Lake Tekapo and Fairlie area are urged to take action now to enrol to vote or check that their enrolment details are correct.
A second hand clothing shop in Waimate has donated $3090 to local schools since it opened in April.
Timaru BRONZ is due to run its 27th Annual Toy Run Appeal and is calling on all motorcyclists and the public to help put a smile on some needy local children this Christmas.
The Pleasant Point Rugby Football Club is holding its 125th Jubilee next Easter.
Kakanui resident Bruce Thacker reckons he's got a bit of a soft spot when it comes to vintage machinery, which he isn't afraid to admit even though he occasionally gets ridiculed about his favourite motorcycle.
Half a century ago, travellers on the road through to Aoraki/Mt Cook or Omarama had a couple of places to stop off at when they reached Lake Pukaki.
This week we profile Richard Brown of Petite Wine & Dine who is one of the drivers of the Movember movement in Timaru.
The Waitaki Lakes and Rivers Committee are gearing up to celebrate 50 years of operation next year.
The Barton Rural Jump Jam team's rise to the top of the national Jump Jam scene saw them placed sixth at the National Jump Jam competition in Auckland.
OPINION: If there's anything that's been learned on the All Blacks' recently completed end-of-year tour, it's that first-five Dan Carter's career is on borrowed time.
A Mt Somers cancer survivor has just completed a 356.5 kilometre cycle ride to raise money for the Pinc and Steel Cancer Rehabilitation Trust.
Auckland's Brando Yelavich obviously likes a good walk, given how far he's trekked on his fundraising mission so far.
Sticking to a budget over Christmas is not always easy but it's vital for a happy new year.