Hundreds celebrate Christmas in Geraldine

The Winchester Rural School's float spreads the festive cheer at the Geraldine Christmas Parade.

Maybe Santa traded in his reindeer and sleigh for a ute? He certainly did at the annual Geraldine Christmas Parade!

Praise for mountain rescue team

A man has been taken to Christchurch hospital following a search and rescue operation at Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.

The head of the Mountain Safety Council New Zealand has praised the rescue team who rescued a man off Aoraki/Mt Cook.

Tick of approval for Timaru

The Timaru District Council has been given the tick of approval, pleasing council staff and elected members.

The Timaru District Council has been given the tick of approval by Audit New Zealand.

CBD spokesperson appointed

Nigel Bowen will be juggling his role as a Timaru hospitality leader and new spokesperson for the CBD stakeholder group.

A Timaru businessman has been appointed as a new spokesperson for a group of Timaru business stakeholders.

First steps in a modelling career

Liam McDonald has made a quick start to his modelling career.

A Timaru teenager has achieved what many potential models only dream about - being offered a contract by a modelling agency.

Skills shortage 'a tough issue'

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler discussed the local economy during a visit to South Canterbury on Friday.

A shortage of skilled workers is putting constraints on the ability for South Canterbury's economy to grow, but things are looking brighter for the region's dairy industry.

'Quality stock makes a good rodeo'

Maddo Taylor competes in the second division bareback competition at the 60th Waimate Rodeo last year.

Big crowds are anticipated this rodeo season, despite calls for a ban from animal rights activists.

Grebes given new raft nests

Southern crested grebes are listed as nationally vulnerable in New Zealand.

Grebes on Lake Middleton have been given some more assistance following multiple setbacks trying to start a family.

Medical event at library

Emergency services arrive at the Timaru Library.

A small section of Sophia St has been blocked off by emergency services following what is believed to be a medical event at the Timaru Library.

Small kitchen fire on Craigie Ave

Fire service extinguishes kitchen fire in Parkside, Timaru.

Two fire crews attended a house fire on Craigie Avenue in Timaru about 6.55pm on Thursday.

Rooms used 'to calm, not seclude'

Education Minister Hekia Parata

South Canterbury principals say the proposal to ban seclusion in school may force them to call the police in extreme cases.

Crate Day 'sickening'- GP

Liquorland Timaru Duty Manager Hayley Veldstra with one of the store's Cruiser Crates.

Crate Day slammed as "sickening" by GP as Timaru store puts new twist on the controversial promotion.

Outlook turns dry for summer video

Warmer, drier weather is forecast for December and the rest of summer in Timaru.

Timaru residents may have thought it, and MetService can confirm it - November was a wet month.

Goat tasered by police

A goat with large horns, not the one pictured, was tasered by Oamaru police after running wild around busy highway.

Cops taser rampaging goat, which a small dog cornered in an Oamaru garage.

House prices rise

House prices continue to climb in South Canterbury.

House prices in the Mackenzie District are continuing to soar on the back of a heated property marker further south.

McLarens check out Mackenzie

32 McLaren cars, worth $45 million, rolled into the Mackenzie District on Thursday morning.

A fleet of McLaren super cars worth $45 million turned heads as they passed through the Mackenzie District.

Church to re-open five years after earthquake

St Joseph's Catholic Church in Temuka, closed after its spire was smashed in the Canterbury earthquakes five years ago, ...

A Temuka church, closed since the Canterbury earthquake five years ago, is due to re-open.

Govt departments to SC?

Timaru mayor Damon Odey says Timaru could "100 per cent" host government departments.

Timaru's mayor is lobbying to have more government departments working from South Canterbury.

Man on kidnapping charges

A Timaru man has appeared in court on kidnapping, firearm, and breach of protection charges.

A Timaru man has appeared in court on kidnapping, firearm, and breach of protection charges.

Theatresports team impresses judges

Members of Geraldine High School's theatresports team, from left, Bella Kircher, Jamie Roberts and Taylor Scott.

Geraldine High's theatresports team secures spot to contest Canterbury finals.

Reaching out to learn about Fiji

Craighead Kindergarten head teacher Lauren Rosanowski shows some of the children items she brought back from a recent ...

 The children of a Timaru kindergarten have been learning about Fiji thanks to the efforts of their head teacher.

Waitaki votes on precinct changes

The Victorian precinct at Oamaru as seen from Graves Track.

A controversial proposal to restrict traffic in Oamaru's historic Victorian Precinct has slowed pending further development.

Missing Timaru woman found

Nicole Brown was last seen in the vicinity of Ayr St.

The Timaru woman who was allegedly kidnapped on Wednesday has been found safe.

Picnic at the Polo sells out

Picnic at the Polo will be held at Winchester Polo Grounds on Saturday, December 17.

A new South Canterbury polo event, running for the first time, has sold out with more than two weeks to go.

Electric vehicles spark interest in SC

Horst Elsen 'fuels up' his Nissan Leaf at a fast electric car charging station in Timaru.

Charge Net NZ have plans to open up the Mackenzie and State Highway 1 between Christchurch and Dunedin.

Man's phone 'spoofed'

Richard Morris received hundreds of phone calls from confused callers on Tuesday night.

A Timaru man received hundreds of calls in the middle of the night after his cellphone number was "spoofed"

Placenta, ashes not returned

Some of the placenta capsules advertised by Timaru business Baby Tree Placenta Services.

Police have been contacted over claims a Timaru business has failed to return placenta, umbilical cords, and human ashes that were supposed to be turned into precious keepsakes.

Marine sanctuaries 'too small'

An aerial view showing the coastline south of Timaru and Pareora. The first proposed site will sit between Normanby and ...

The area covered by proposed lower South Island marine sanctuaries is far too small, a local Forest and Bird member says.

Scheme to prevent overcrowding

Geraldine Primary School principal Andrew Leverton says enrolment schemes are beneficial for pupils and teachers.

Creating school enrolment zones keeps class sizes down and lowers teacher's work load, a South Canterbury principal says.

Kerr Trust journalism award announced

Timaru Herald journalist Daisy Hudson wins The EG & DM Kerr Trust, presented by Tim Austin, left, with Elizabeth Austin ...

The inaugural award rewards excellence in journalism and recognises the more-than-130 year connection with the Kerr family.

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