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Drink-driver nabbed after graveside session

A man caught drink-driving for the sixth time was marking the anniversary of his wife's death.

Water limits stay despite rain

The rain which hit over the weekend has had no impact on the district's water restrictions.

New PrimePort chief happy at return to his roots

PrimePort's new CEO is relishing the opportunity to work for a company that has been through the wringer.

Fishing spot just made whole lot better

Concrete was poured last week as part of a $10,000 upgrade to a Timaru fishing spot.

$3.8m revamp for Waimate Stadium

Waimate Stadium may take on a new modern look if recently released concept plans are anything to go by.

Advice given on cats as gifts

Cats and kittens are for life and not just for Christmas, says the programme director of Street Cats SC.

Lost your wallet? Police may have it

If you were out in Timaru at the weekend, it could be a good idea to check if you still have your wallet on you.

Striking it lucky in boat lottery . . . again

Second time lucky for Paul Knipe

Christmas has come early for Paul Knipe, who has won his second Coastguard lottery in three years, again taking home a speedboat.

Fine day forecast for Christmas

With the big day only three days away Timaru-ites can expect to wake up to a fine Christmas morning.

Less-gassy cows could soon be on farms

Gassy cows could soon be far more pleasant to be around - especially for the environment.

New drink-drive limits catch dozens of drivers

Dozens of drivers fall foul of lower drink-driving limit - some on way to work next morning.

White Christmas for Timaru corporal

Timaru man stationed at Scott Base for summer

It may be the summer season, but Lance Corporal Ben Armstrong will definitely be having a snowy Christmas.

Timaru teen masters art of the unicycle

Though its componentry looks simpler than a bicycle, a unicycle is much harder to ride, says a Timaru teenager.

Water ruled safe for swimming

South Canterbury rivers and lakes have been deemed safe for swimming by Environment Canterbury.

US woman loves, leaves and returns for 47 years

American retiree Rosemary Hassemer first visited Timaru in 1967 and she has returned almost every year since.

Concert celebrates Christmas

Thousands turn out for Christmas festival

The largest crowd ever at a Christmas on the Bay concert enjoyed an "awesome" line up of local and national talent, on Saturday.

Take a virtual walk around CBay, museum

It is now possible to go to the gym in Timaru without getting off the couch.

Veteran aviator crashes in trees

A pilot suffered serious leg injuries after crashing into trees and landing on top of a live electric fence.

Editorial: Arming police needs careful consideration

OPINION: It seems that almost every day now, a story emanates from the United States about a fatal shooting.

Efforts to get more male teachers failing

The number of male teachers in NZ continues to decline despite attempts to fix the imbalance.

Microlight crashes into trees in Papakaio

Pilot in hospital with serious injuries after his microlight smashed into trees in North Otago, landing on a live electric fence.

Driver dies after Timaru crash

Police have named the 26-year-old who died after his car crashed in Timaru yesterday.

Homeless pets looking for new family at Christmas

SPCA has pets needing new homes for Christmas

Normally around Christmas the South Canterbury SPCA is inundated with homeless animals but not this year, says manager Barry Fairbrother.

Man critical after being cut from car in crash

Driver in serious condition after losing control of his vehicle and crashing into parked car in Timaru.

Mt Cook: Does reaching summit outweigh risks?

Despite claiming its 234th life this week, reaching the summit, for some, outweighs the risks.

December 20, 2014: Police Notebook

Police are investigating an alleged assault between a male and female in Victoria St at 12pm on Thursday.

Criticism for ECan on water zone elections

Elections for water management zone committees might not achieve balanced results, says OOP chairman says.

Lower fuel prices a windfall for holidays

Timaru is footing it with North Island centres when it comes to low petrol and diesel prices, which are at their lowest level in four years.

Keen crowd expected for Bay Christmas concert

Extra security will be on hand to keep excited fans under control at Christmas on the Bay tonight.

Council defers park sale

maryburn park

Fight to save Timaru's Maryburn Park continues, with council agreeing to put plans for controversial land sale on hold.

Online shopping expansion reflected in couriers' work

It seems more Christmas shopping may be happening online in South Canterbury.

Struggling to make ends meet

Kelvin St resident Racheal Gates is one of many people living day-to-day and struggling to make ends meet.

Hundreds expected to call Healthline

South Canterbury residents are being encouraged to call Healthline and the Healthline Symptom Checker these holidays.

Toast the arrival of Timaru's summer

Timaru tradies will be counting down the hours until they can toast the arrival of summer with a beer.

Ticketholders left in the dark over show

It was supposed to be a Gatsby party to end all Gatsby parties but for two Geraldine women it was far from a good night out.

Mother denies charge of supplying drug to son

A woman alleged to have supplied Ritalin to her son says she wouldn't part with a drug she was addicted to.

Spending dips in South Canterbury

South Canterbury stockings might be lighter this year due to a decrease in spending.

Police urge businesses to be responsible hosts

Police are urging businesses and bosses who are putting on shouts for their staff today and tonight to plan how everyone will get home safely.

Fiery public meeting over ED services

A proposed change to Waimate's after-hours medical services found little support at an often fiery public meeting last night.

Night sky attracts visitors

Tekapo's visitor numbers could be set to increase because of international recognition of its famous night sky.

Celebrating food from around the world

It might have been a first, but yesterday's International Migrants' Day celebrations in Timaru attracted more than 100 people.

Timaru stores pass cigarette sting operation

All 20 Timaru retailers tested in an official sting refused to sell cigarettes to a 15-year-old.

Birthday boy, 6, gifts away his old bike

Birthday boy gives his old bike away for Christmas

Young Cody-Joshua Klimeck is getting into the Christmas spirit of giving, and will gift his bike to someone less fortunate.

Plan for polytech seen as 'thin edge of the wedge'

Concern has been expressed about Aoraki Polytechnic joining with CPIT in a new entity.

Three arrests after Christchurch attack

Three Timaru men believed to be Mongrel Mob members, have been charged after a man was seriously injured two weeks ago.

Wandering deer delays plane landing

red stag deer in the roar

A commercial flight was forced to delay landing at Timaru Airport this morning when a deer was seen in airport land.

Aoraki Polytech eyes merger with CPIT

Aoraki Polytech considers merger with CPIT for financial sustainability.

Mixed forecast in store for South Canterbury

South Canterbury is in for a mixed-bag of weather from today until Christmas Day.

Many South Canterbury farms 'severely dry'

South Canterbury dry land dairy farmers are prepared for a difficult season figures suggest the region has dried out.

Robotic milkers not answer to 'fatigue'

Robotic milkers will not solve the dairy industry's labour problems, a retiring academic says.
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