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South Canterbury firefighters battle scrub fire

Fire

LATEST: Five tankers have been sent to the scene of a major scrub fire in South Canterbury.

Sexually harassed worker paid $20K

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Timaru businessman sexually harassed and wrongfully dismissed a former staffer.

Gigatown contest heats up

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With the end in sight of the year-long Gigatown competition, players in Timaru's campaign are changing strategy.

Lotus 7 dream comes true

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It took almost 50 years, but Andrew Lush is finally the proud owner of his dream car.

Boy saves up to thank heroes

'We're so grateful to St John'

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Max Taylor has saved his money to help the people who saved his life.

Oamaru man faces historic abuse charges

Court

A 55-year-old Oamaru man is facing 48 historic sexual abuse and assault charges.

Revamp, expansion for Camerons

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An expansion and move is planned for established Timaru clothing business Camerons.

Food service review ongoing

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South Canterbury District Health Board chairman Murray Cleverley said the outcome of a business case reviewing the streamlining of food services in hospitals won't be known until September.

Pair on Nepal aid mission

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Two South Canterbury women will travel to an isolated area in Nepal to help local villagers improve their health, education and basic living conditions.

Timaru man charged with rape

Court

A Timaru woman, 18, was allegedly raped and suffered injuries early on Sunday.

City applauds shot put hero

Tom Walsh

Tom Walsh didn't get gold for his shot put efforts, but his community was still behind him.

$15,000 push for charity

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The rebuild of the St Vincent de Paul Society charity shop and food bank has received a $15,000 boost from the Timaru District Council.

Dairy farmers hit in pocket

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Fonterra's drop in its latest payout forecast yesterday equates to a potential $114 million blow to South Canterbury dairy farmers' pockets.

Early childhood education numbers rising in region

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South Canterbury may be bucking the trend of decreasing numbers in public sector early childhood education.

Mr Whippy given soft serve

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Mr Whippy will have to move, while other food vendors at Aorangi Park will be allowed to stay.

Dogs finally get a park to caper

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South Canterbury dogs will soon be able to run free at a park in Redruth.

Driver of ute killed in freight truck collision

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A Northern Irishman died after crashing head-on into a Timaru-based freight truck carrying offal on Monday.

Glitch no hitch for new traffic lights

Traffic light

A software glitch aside, it has been smooth running at the Otipua Rd-Church St intersection where traffic lights have been installed.

Community service for firearm possession

Court

Possession of a firearm, because he thought it was "cool", landed Jamie Lee Mackay with 40 hours of community work.

'Twins' have never met

Man often confused for Sir Anthony Hopkins

Brian Hopping

A man's resemblance to Sir Anthony Hopkins inspired him to buy a Timaru Herald photograph of the actor.

Bright new future for worship

Timaru Presbyterian Church

St Stephen's Church is in for a new look after the congregation approved concept plans.

Oamaru man charged over abuse

Court

A 55-year-old Oamaru man has been charged after an investigation into historic sexual offending involving a number of girls aged between 11 and 17. 

July 29, 2014: Police Notebook

Police

An unlicensed Timaru woman, 32, blew 1335mcg when she was breathtested at 12.20am on Kauri St.

'No single fix for sewage overflows'

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No single remedy exists for preventing overflow from the Pleasant Point sewer system into the Opihi River, according to a Timaru District Council report.

Geraldine resident chalks up 100 years

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Born on July 29, 1914, Doris Peck turns 100 today.

From dust to dust

Crowd watches demolition of historic church

St Paul’s Church

St Paul's Church on Seddon St was pulled down after earthquake-related damage deemed it unsafe and strengthening work was costed at $400,000 to $800,000.

Archbold's parents elated by win

Shane Archbold

Shane Archbold's golden moment at the Commonwealth Games was a low-key affair for his parents.

Civic trust gets new lease of life

rosie carruthers

New life will be breathed into the Timaru Civic Trust with a fresh group of people, and approach.

Factory project boost for town

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Temuka accommodation is experiencing the flow-on effects from the expansion of the Fonterra mozzarella factory at Clandeboye.

Carran keen to get cracking

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Incoming Waimate District Council chief executive Bede Carran is looking forward to arriving in the town and getting down to business.

Break-in likely done by children

Police

Young people could be responsible for the latest burglary at Waimate Golf Club.

Ban on ivory trade a step closer

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A former Timaru resident's petition for a ban on ivory trade has led to a NZ commitment to ban the trading of ivory.

Selfies part of breastfeeding event

Cherie Crooks

Breastfeeding mothers can now jump on the "selfie" bandwagon and are being encouraged to post photos of themselves breastfeeding.

Taste of gold returns to Timaru

Shane Archbold

Shane Archbold's gold medal at the Comm Games is the first one to come back to Timaru for 40 years.

'Remorseful' accountant imprisoned for theft

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Keeping his family in the lifestyle they were accustomed to has landed a Twizel man in prison.

Fraud trial calls final witness

SCF, South Canterbury Finance

The final witness has given evidence in the long-running South Canterbury Finance trial.

July 28, 2014: Police Notebook

police notebook

Police intervened when a Timaru man started breaking bottles on Marston Rd at 3.50pm.

Temuka man admits illegal salmon sales

Court

Temuka man pleads guilty to breaching Fisheries Act and selling salmon from High Country hydro canals.

Signs of change in Kiwi drinking culture

Views on getting plastered are changing

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As society's views on alcohol show signs of shifting, police are also adapting the way they deal with drunken behaviour.

Concert a winter warmer

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The high ceilings of Timaru's Trinity Church were vibrating with the sounds of music in the Winter Harmony Concert on Saturday.

Jensen Burke climbs K2

Christine Jensen Burke

Timaru-born mountaneer Christine Jensen Burke has successfully climbed K2.

Club unites Irish expats

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Two Irish women living in Timaru have started a social club for other Irish expats.

Pilots take aim in sortie

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Thirty-five pilots dropped flour bombs on targets at the Richard Pearse Airport during the annual dawn raid competition yesterday.

Crews' claims move to court

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A $17 million wage claim lodged against the owners of three foreign charter fishing vessels that sail out of Timaru is heading to the Employment Court.

Talented cast thrill with show hits

Abigail Austin, left, Alex Gourdie and Kallia McCoid

REVIEW: The South Canterbury Drama League hit the jackpot, playing to a packed Theatre Royal on Saturday evening.

Sixth cup win was for Jimmy

Convincing sixth Hamersley Cup win

SMILES ALL ROUND: The Celtic senior team are rapt to take out the Hamersley Cup for the sixth year in a row, beating Harlequins 25-15 in the final at Alpine Energy Stadium.

Celtic's convincing sixth Hamersley Cup win in a row on Saturday was dedicated to a team-mate who died during the season.

Gym to stay open for another year

timaru district council

The Timaru District Council-owned Fitness Studio is falling below estimated budget income but it seems likely to continue operating for another year.

Teen tourist dies after hotel balcony fall

James Teague

A 19-year-old who plunged 10m from Queenstown hotel balcony has died in hospital.

NZ moutaineer conquers K2

First Australasian woman to reach summit

Christine Jensen Burke

Timaru-born mountaineer Christine Jensen Burke has become the first Australasian woman to conquer K2.

Family recalls 'inseparable' MH17 couple

Central figures in closely-knit family

mary menke, gerry menke

The family of ex-pat New Zealander Mary Menke, who died on flight MH17, has spoken of their loss.
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