Vanuatu fundraiser a huge success

Vanuatuans who live in Timaru at the Van Aid fundraiser which raised more than $24,000 for their families back home. Families are rebuilding after Cyclone Pam hit earlier this year.

More than $24,000 was raised for Vanuatu at the Van Aid fundraiser on Friday evening.

$500 power bill inspires switch to solar

Garry Robinson's solar panels are unlikely to pay for themselves but at least he will not be getting $500 power bills any more.

As their electricity bills became exorbitant a Timaru couple switched to solar power.

Car fire in Glenavy video

The fire damaged interior of Fabian Magura's Subaru station wagon

A car burst into flames after crashing on a gravel road in Glenavy this afternoon.

Curtain raises on Timaru's first burlesque show

Burlesque performer Ruby Ruin, centre, and her students, from left, Jade Stirling, Kim Blakemore and Jana Dingle have been preparing to bring the first Burlesque show to Timaru.

Timaru audiences are in for a treat with Timaru's first burlesque show.

No tobacco sales during CPO

British MPs have voted to ban branding on cigarette packets.

A tobacco controlled purchase operation (CPO) in Timaru and Waimate recently resulted in no sales to underages.

North St overbridge proposed

Timaru District Council district services manager Ashley Harper shows where a proposed overbridge could link Timaru's North St with its port.

Port chief executive says proposal "almost a necessary evil"

Veteran remembers 100 years on

World War II veteran Don Johns stands among the commemorative crosses made for Waimate's Poppy Parade.

Don Johns was in no doubt what had brought him to Waimate's Victoria Park on Friday.

Greens and Transition double up in Timaru

AT SEA - MARCH 20:  In this handout image provided by the Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 5 to Itajai onboard Team SCA. Albatrosses are keeping Team SCA company on and off during the day. The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 is the 12th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain on October 04, 2014, the route, spanning some 39,379 nautical miles, visits 11 ports in eleven countries (Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France, The Netherlands and Sweden) over nine months. The Volvo Ocean Race is the world's premier ocean yacht race for professional racing crews. (Photo by Anna-Lena Elled/Team SCA/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images)

A clash of events in Timaru on Monday will mean fewer attending both.

Armed police involved in arrest

Police searching a property on Flinders St in Timaru on Friday morning.

Armed police arrested a 29-year-old Timaru man for breach of bail on Friday.

Third rescue for national park

The Sealey Tarnes steps, which are on the Mueller Hut route, where two of the three rescues have occured this week.

An Australian teenager on a class trip was injured when a rock thrown by a classmate rebounded off ice and hit him.

Swells delay ship's entry

Rough seas off Timaru stopped a container ship similar to the one pictured entering Timaru's port on Thursday

The biggest swells PrimePort staff can remember stopped the Patricia Schulte berthing on Thursday.

Open for business

Park Night n' Day owner Mark Sandri inside the store which is re-opening its doors on Monday after a fire in February.

Park Night n' Day is back open for business as of Monday.

Older smoke alarms at risk in winter

Older smoke alarm batteries struggle in cold, says fire service.

Low temperatures threaten smoke alarm battery effectiveness at this time of year.

Scrap metal yards consolidate

Mick Perry operates machinery at Graeme Sargent Metals. Perry worked for Washdyke Metal Recyclers before Graeme Sargent Metals took it over on March 31.

The owner of a closed Timaru scrap metal yard says the scrap market is flat.

Higher lake level kick-starts irrigation

The picture shows low lake levels in the Opuha Lake in late February but now they have risen enough to allow affiliated consent holders to irrigate.

A rise in the level of the Opuha Dam means below-dam consent-holders are back in business.

Four-laning could come earlier

Transport Minister Simon Bridges.

Work on four-laning the route between Washdyke and Timaru's port could start before 2018, transport minister says.

Sunny day to give way to rain


Despite the sunny start to Friday morning, Timaru can expect rain, MetService says.

Drought hits winter feed crops

Fodderbeet, seen in a paddock near Raincliff, is a popular winter crop

The drought's impact on winter feed crops is concerning South Canterbury farmers.

The commercialisation of Anzac Day

The RSA has received requests to use the poppy three or four times a day for the last four weeks, more than any other year in recent memory.

RSA needs to be wary of marketers hijacking Anzac Day for commercial gain, experts warn.

French multinational buys Barker's

Barker's of Geraldine director Michael Barker says French group Andros' acquisition of more than half the company secures its future.

French multinational jam maker Andros has bought chutney maker Barker's but it will be "business as usual" at the Geraldine factory.

Some claims yet to be settled

EQC customer and claims general manager Gail Kettle.

More than 40 South Canterbury properties with building claims arising from the Canterbury earthquakes are yet to be settled.

Police notebook: April 16, 2015

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Timaru man fined for crashing into a vehicle while turning into a driveway on Church St.

Rare owl put down due to broken wing

"Hooters" - the morepork owl discovered on Otaio River Rd on Tuesday.

A Timaru hunter clipping the wing of a morepork may have stumbled on the first sighting of that animal in the region for 30 or 40 years.

Geraldine man gets home detention for assault

Timaru District Court

A 21 year-old Geraldine man has been sentenced to home detention for assault to "teach him a lesson".

Cars targeted


Three cars were entered overnight on Wednesday in Timaru.

Concern society may not attract members

Six of 10 Waimate Historical Society committee members are looking to leave the group.

Chair "concerned" about hunt for new committee members, as six look to move on.

Poppies help pay respects

Strathallen Life Care Village residents, back row from left, Donalda Richards, Jenny Anderson, Kirsty Bell and Lesley Blakemore. Front row from left, Janet Smith, Doris Irving, Betty Austin, Hazel Trent and Jean Bootherstone with the cross covered with knitted poppies they made.

250 handmade poppies cover special Anzac cross.

Hibernian a challenge for new owners

Duke Henry, 2, left, with Hibernian hotel owners Glenn Henry and Soni-Jean Ahu.

Old pub a challenge for business newcomers

Mackenzie Council adopts new tourism rates structure

Cyclists enjoy the completed section of the Alps2Ocean cycle trail.

The Mackenzie District Council has adopted several proposed changes to its tourism rates structure.

Water restrictions off from Saturday

The Timaru District Council will remove all water restrictions from Saturday

Council thanks residents for their water-saving efforts.

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