Amped up internet transforms city

Timaru finds inspiration in Chattanooga

gigatown timaru

Sam Callander travelled to Chattanooga to learn how it used the world's fastest internet speed to transform itself into Gig City - and to see what we could do with it here.

Fonterra expansion may pose hiring challenge

Studholme chimney

Fonterra's proposed new Studholme expansion could provide a challenge to recruit for 250 positions.

Penguin supporters get their spring coats

Supporters to educate viewers

Penguin wardens

Fluorescent vests sewn by penguin fans are designed to help keep the creatures safe on Timaru's coastline.

Heed provinces, Labour leader candidates told

Labour Party leadership contenders should pay heed to provincial members, according to secretary of the party's Temuka branch.

Man climbed fence to reach plane in Timaru

Timaru plane

Airport staff stopped a man approaching a passenger flight as its engines started at Timaru's airport in September.

Fire station open day to support cancer ride

There will be an open day at the Timaru Fire Station tomorrow, from 1pm to 4pm, to raise money for the Firefighters Ride for Cancer.

Sole duck entry all part of pet day fun

Waddles the duck

Lambs, dogs and a duck that thinks it's a dog were all present at pet day.

New mural brings colour to Albury School

School unveils mural created with local artist

Albury School mural

Albury School pupils unveiled a mural depicting local landmarks created with local artist Karen Lanchester after months of work.

DOC hatches success with kaki egg strategy

Collecting kaki eggs from the wild to raise is proving successful for the Department of Conservation.

Big plans for refurbished Wilson St church

A century ago, Wilson St Baptist Church was the hub of the community - and will be again, its pastor says.

Fired up for charity open day

Phil Candy

There will be an open day at the Timaru Fire Station on Sunday from 1 to 4pm to raise money for the Firefighters' Ride for Cancer.

October 24, 2014: Police Notebook

police notebook

A Kent St resident returned home to find three youths in his house on Thursday.

Trapped boy recovering at home

deon miller

Twelve-year-old boy was playing on a pile of topsoil when it collapsed on him.

Threat shut Timaru Work and Income

work and income logo

Timaru's Work and Income office closed for 30 minutes yesterday after a man phoned to threaten staff.

Timaru police out in force at courthouse

Fears gang activity is increasing in Timaru

black power

Timaru police put on a show of force at the Timaru Courthouse yesterday as tensions between two gangs appear to be rising.

Enterprise up their sleeves

timaru slopes NZ hoodies

It may not be hoodie season but a team of enterprising Timaru Boys' High School students is ready to sell their product.

Selling socks for a noble cause

timaru roncalli prostate cancer socks

A group of Roncalli College students have created a nifty fashion item to get people talking.

Restorative justice recommended after gang fight

mongrel mob

Mongrel Mob and Black Power gang members have been recommended to meet for a restorative justice meeting after fighting in Timaru.

Police target speedsters

dave gaskin

South Canterbury police will be out in force at Labour Weekend, targeting speeding drivers.

Man jailed for road rage attack on elderly driver


A man has been jailed after punching a 70-year-old man because of "road rage".

Project puts polio virus 'so close' to extinction


It has been almost 30 years since Rotary began helping with the eradication of polio.

Charities benefit from fee on bags

Campaign raises $3700 for local charities

plastic bags

Charging 10 cents a plastic bag at The Warehouse has added up to more than $3700 in funds for community groups in Timaru.

Sex attack, raids linked to Mongrel Mob gang


The Mongrel Mob is believed to be behind an alleged sexual attack and two aggravated burglaries in South Canterbury.

Fonterra dryers could bring 250 jobs


New milk powder dryers at Fonterra's Studholme site will generate hundreds of jobs for South Canterbury.

Driver seriously hurt in campervan crash

campervan crash timaru

A 21-year-old man is in a serious condition in hospital after he crashed into a parked campervan.

Six kids inside when dad set fire to porch

Dad sent threats to ex-partner before setting fire to her house with six children inside.

Early-gestation calves huge boost to dairy industry

hereford calves

Profitable boost forecast after a breakthrough in breeding calves in South Canterbury with a shorter gestation period.

Dairy farming in the sky

South Canterbury farmer Alvin Reid with a pasture-scanning drone.

South Canterbury dairy farm among NZ's most technologically intensive farms.

Comedian gets behind Gigatown bid

josh thomson

Comedian Josh Thomson puts life back into the Gigatown campaign with some old-fashioned sledging.

Moving moggy to help stilts

lake tekapo

A cat prop designed to save black stilts from predators might get a helping hand from an environmental firm.

Three free kindies pass their exams

glenview kindy

Three South Canterbury free kindergartens are "well placed", according to their latest ERO reports.

Meetings discuss effective technology

Figuring out how to effectively use technology is a key point in a series of meetings in South Canterbury.

Marking time by the Sun

waimate geddes memorial sundial

Sundials measure the daily passage of the Sun but they have captured the spare time of Timaru's Reid Cowan.

ECan probes complaints of farming effluent odour

An effluent irrigator.

Farm-related activities are causing a stink in the Timaru District.

Residents fear zone change ripple

Southland Times photo

"Once rural land is lost to urbanisation, it will not be recovered."

Thousands expected for street races

"It is pretty special''

 Rob Aikman

The Waimate 50 will welcome the return of street racing this weekend.

Wool merger should be simpler

Wool scouring

A second go at merging the country's biggest wool scourers should be simpler without a receiver involved, an advocate for the deal says.

Van ablaze on State Highway 1

Fire Service firefighters generic

Firefighters and police working to extinguish a vehicle fire on State Highway 1 in South Canterbury.

Rescued climbers back on Mt Tasman

mt tasman

Climbers rescued from Mt Tasman in Aoraki/Mt Cook today return to mountain to retrieve their gear.

Knitted prosthetic breasts earn approval

Silicon substitutes a good alternative

knitted knocker

When her prosthetic breast split for the third time, Timaru woman Sally Betts found a crafty solution.

Competition gets Timaru twittering

timaru tweeters

Some excited people trundled into 2 Stags Cafe in Timaru yesterday to give or receive lessons in tweeting.

ECan investigating farm odour complaints


Farm-related activities are raising a stink in the Timaru District, with 34 complaints made to ECan this year.

October 22, 2014: Police Notebook

police notebook

If you've lost a ring and have been at Lake Opuha recently, you might be in luck.

100-room hotel plan for Tekapo

Tekapo hotel

A company behind a proposal for a four-star hotel in Tekapo plans to build another 100-room hotel.

Timaru, Tekapo on AA's must-do list

timaru trevor griffith rose garden

Timaru and Lake Tekapo activities feature on the AA's latest list of 101 Must Do's for summer.

Club fired up over old cookhouse wagon

timaru ian urquhart

A century-old Anderson Mill Hut is being restored by the South Canterbury Traction Engine Club.

Landowner wants to subdivide uneconomic farm

timaru brookfield road subdivision

Road safety and section size were two issues raised in a Timaru subdivision zoning hearing yesterday.

Paddleboard craze is a standout

Watersport craze washing up on Timaru shores


Roncalli College has purchased stand-up paddleboards for students and the community to use.

Job boost at wool plant on cards


Two major players in New Zealand's wool industry want to merge and expand operations in Timaru.

Solar panels light up the Cook Islands

$3.3m power plant turned on

timaru solar panels

A South Canterbury company's subsidiary has switched on a $3.3 million Cook Islands solar power plant.
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