Music festival's last hurrah

Guitarists Paul Lawrence, Andrew Cooper and Rob Beasley are mixing their music styles at the Waihi Bush Music Festival this weekend.

It is the last hurrah for the Waihi Bush Music Festival after 20 years of bringing music to Geraldine.

Man caught drink-driving

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Police car.

Police processed a Waimate man, 21, for drink-driving.

'Their stirrings will fade'

The new Meridian Energy office building in Twizel is still under construction.

Meridian blames vexatious complaints for its struggles to finish its new Twizel building on budget.

Marae upgrades planned

Te Runanga o Arowhenua chairman John Henry looks forward to renovations planned for the marae.

Two South Canterbury runanga have plans for major work on their facilities this year.

Figurines support flag

Orari woman Noeline Dobbs is keen to retain the New Zealand flag

Statues at a highly-photographed South Canterbury hedge are supporting the New Zealand flag as their owner tries to prevent change.

La Catalina to close

La Catalina Latin Cafe & Kitchen on Church St in Timaru.

Timaru's La Catalina Latin Cafe & Kitchen is set to close after three years in business.

Crash victim's family meet driver

Waleed Abu Nahleh and Mohammad Abu Nahleh have recovered their dead brother's personal items but will leave New Zealand without the court judgement they came to hear.

Brothers of Jordanian crash victim bear no ill will toward driver charged with causing his death.

Lasting benefits to champs

Shelley Smith from Special Delivery puts Luca Semeraro (back) from the Call Me Daddy team into the wall at the World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships at Aorangi Park.

Timaru tills are ringing to the tune of about $200,000 extra this week as a result of the World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships.

'The next time it could be a little toddler'

A South Canterbury man received a wound to his leg after he was attacked by a dog near Patiti Point on Tuesday.

Owner "flippant" after failing to stop when her dog attacked a man in Timaru.

'It's tough on the staff'

Mid South Island Women's Refuge and Family Safety Services manager Dawn Rangi-Smith says funding for the service is "tough".

Women's Refuge may have to consider its staffing levels as concerns are raised over funding for anti-violence programmes.

Mayor's funding concerns backed

Visitors to the clay cliffs outside Omarama.

Waitaki mayor Gary Kircher is sympathetic to calls for central government to shoulder infrastructure costs in towns welcoming tourists.

Timaru reaches for mosquito balm

Highfield Village Unichem pharmacy technician Kayleigh Hurst said the combination of rain and heat in January were ideal conditions for mosquitos.

Mosquito-gnawed Timaru residents are rushing to chemists for bite balm.

Bumper school roll

Temuka Primary School's new pupils are all smiles.

The Temuka Primary School has kicked off the first term with 19 new students, the highest number they have had to date.

Waitaki coastal fireban lifted

Waitaki District Council has lifted the Total Urban Fire Ban to a Restricted Fire Season for the coastal zone of the region.

Until further notice, Waitaki District Council, (WDC), has lifted the Total Urban Fire Ban to a Restricted Fire Season for coastal areas.

Men remain in hospital after crash

Emergency service crews work at the scene of a serious car crash south of Timaru on Wednesday night.

A serious crash south of Timaru occurred near the place where an 80-year-old woman died last year.

Abandoned Waimate pups ready to adopt

Energetic and lovely natured pups abandoned just after Christmas are now up for adoption.

Nine puppies found dumped in a cardboard box, near Kelceys Bush at Waimate, just after Christmas, are ready to be rehomed.

Truckie on trial for fatal crash

Iyad Abu Nahleh died following a crash south of Rangitata in March 2015.

The judge in a trial over a fatal crash has questioned an investigator’s approach to witness statements.

Polytech ends with final march video

Students and staff take to Stafford St for the final Aoraki Polytechnic graduation parade.

The final graduation parade for Aoraki Polytechnic signals the end of an era in Timaru.

No parole for Blakie murderer

Lisa Blakie

The man convicted of killing Lisa Blakie has been denied parole.

'They're stealing New Zealand'

Georgie van Gent and Tane Dunphy, 2, head other Timaru TPPA protesters, from left, Christopher Hathaway, Karen Meehan, Gareth James, and Hazel TeKoeti, on a march down Stafford St.

A handful of anti-TPPA protesters took to the streets of Timaru on Thursday.

SCDHB wants fifth general surgeon

More endoscopies will be performed at Timaru Hospital once a fifth general surgeon is employed.

A new general surgeon will help provide more endoscopies after Timaru Hospital failed to meet its target.

Sharing crash photos 'inappropriate'

A drone was spotted flying over this crash scene, just south of Timaru, on Wednesday night.

Bystanders could be breaching someone's privacy by sharing crash photos on social media.

Key aware of Mackenzie concerns

The Church of the Good Shepherd is one of Mackenzie's biggest tourist attractions. Mackenzie mayor Claire Barlow says the district's stretched tourism infrastructure needs taxpayer funding.

John Key says infrastructure struggles can be reduced by encouraging shoulder-season tourism.

Gear stolen from Herbert forest

Equipment and fuel was taken from machinery at a 30ha block of pine trees owned by the Waitaki District Council, south of Herbert.

Machinery being used to harvest a pine forest has been broken into and equipment stolen twice in a week.

Car and campervan collide

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A woman was taken to Oamaru Hospital with minor injuries after her car collided with a campervan in North Otago.

Penguins from Australia

The little blues in Caroline Bay, Timaru.

The little blue penguins found in Caroline Bay, Timaru originate from Australia, a three year long study has found.

'Hazardous' animal feed cloud

A cloud of palm kernel extract (PKE) blows off the Yangtze Pioneer during unloading at Primeport Timaru in mid-November.

Port workers had to wear breathing masks, but a plume of palm kernel extract blew off the ship and into town.

Bike rider follows woman

Timaru Botanic Gardens

A young man on a bike allegedly followed a woman through the Timaru Botanic Gardens.

'Bit of a bugger'

Morven School has applied for voluntary closure.

Morven School is likely to formally close within the coming weeks, but its assets could be put to good use within the community.

Drone spotted over crash video

Emergency services at the scene of a high-speed crash south of Timaru

Unclear who owned a drone spotted hovering over the scene of a serious crash near Timaru.

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