Mayor worried at lack of volunteers for ambulance

'I am concerned from a mayoral point of view'

claire barlow

The lack of ambulance volunteers in Fairlie could put the Mackenzie District population at risk, mayor Claire Barlow believes.

New wells 'significant'

timaru bruce washington

Three new wells discovered on farms in the Rosewill/Levels area could be a game-changer.

Coach banned after assault


Hockey South Canterbury board member Craig Stevenson has been suspended for eight months.

Timaru cut from food price tracking


Timaru will no longer have a Food Price Index on which to judge how prices are tracking.

Photos sought in heritage project

timaru waimate quinn's arcade

Waimate's Edwardian architectural history is being explored as part of a competition being run by a local community group.

New Year's Eve fireworks still on


The annual New Year's Eve fireworks will still go ahead on Caroline Bay.

Upsurge of daytime burglaries in S Canty


South Canterbury has suffered an upsurge of daytime burglaries in semi-rural areas.

Boys own up to Geraldine car thefts

Credit cards

Trade Me has helped Geraldine police solve a spate of thefts from cars in the rural town.

More farmers obey poo rules


Enviro Canterbury says more dairy farmers are following rules for disposing of their cows' waste.

Originality a shoe-in at this contest

 Emma Wynn

Bizarre and beautiful shoes are arriving daily at Frock Stars organiser Lu Taylor's house.

Weather stays calm, carries on

clear sky, clear skies

Timaru can expect this week's calm weather to continue today, MetService reports indicate.

August 27, 2014: Police Notebook

police notebook

Police seized firearms from a rural South Canterbury property after a PSO was served to a man, 40.

Police asked to look into crash 111 call


Police have been asked to investigate an unanswered 111 call made at the scene of a fatal crash last year.

Big welcome for big workshop

Aoraki Polytechnic

Aoraki Polytechnic rolled out the green-grass carpet for the opening of the new Big Machinery Workshop.

Complex box project now complete

waihao box

The Waihao Box Reserve is set to open this weekend after extensive repair work.

Fairlie St John volunteers quit

fairlie st john ambulance volunteer

Concerns are growing for the ambulance service in Fairlie after the resignation of three St John volunteers.

Dementia support improving

ngaire whytock health board

The number of South Canterbury people with dementia being sent out of town due to bed shortage in the region is the lowest since January.

Fun approach to fire safety

jared pyke

Hanan Kindergarten children gave Timaru firefighters the thumbs-up yesterday after seeing the fire engine and squirting the hose.

Aoraki trust thinks big in boxing fundraiser

timaru rickie shore

Boxing with big gloves is back as the Aoraki Sports Persons Charitable Trust runs its second charity fight night.

Dog owner seeks leads to park pit bull

Pit Bull

A lucky escape for a dog has its Timaru owner urging the public to come forward and help.

White Horse bike track under way


The redevelopment of a Waimate mountainbike track damaged by galeforce winds is taking shape.

End of the Queen's era

Timaru's oldest pub closes its doors

Queen’s Hotel.

Timaru's oldest pub, the Queen's Hotel, is closing its doors after 139 years.

Crane will lift port's capacity


A new $6 million dollar crane for Timaru's port will increase productivity.

Another dry day forecast


Timaru should enjoy a high of up to 11 degrees Celsius today, expected at 2pm, MetService.

'Tamarillo sausage' a wildcard entry

Temuka Primary School teacher Jane Fuller

New Zealand's next top sausage could hail from Temuka.

Tolley puzzled by gang activity

black power gang patch

Claims of increased activity by gangs in South Canterbury have surprised Police and Corrections Minister Anne Tolley.

Waimate Library is the place to be


Waimate residents are visiting their local library in record numbers.

Ministers take on Waimate prayer

waimate district council

Waimate District Council's prayers are being answered, or at least read, by members of the Waimate Minister's Association.

Board supports new-loo idea

public toilets

Temuka could be treated to a new public toilet.

New promoter joins the ranks

timaru geraldine go geraldine co-ordinator janene adams

The organisation charged with promoting Geraldine has a new face on the team.

Illegal heli-hunting inquiry ongoing

A heli-hunter tracks a deer in Fiordland.

DOC is yet to complete its investigations into two alleged illegal heli-hunting incidents.

Ex-Timaru woman's efforts see Trade Me ban trade in ivory

imaru elephant ivory birginia woolf fiona gordon john banks

Former Timaru resident Virginia Woolf is the driving force behind online auction company Trade Me announcing a ban on almost all ivory trade.

Countdown to day of reckoning

election 2014

South Cantabrians have 14 candidates contesting the electorate vote in the region's three electorates.

Driving 'em daffy for a cure

Doing it all for dad

The Heywood family, from left, Matt, Gareth and Judy

Timaru's Gareth and Matt Heywood know too well the heartache of losing a loved one to cancer.

Timaru's kitchen 'cuties' whisk up a fan base

Timaru woman Ricki-Mae Paisley, left, is competing in the New Zealand series of My Kitchen Rules, with friend Jessie Smulders

Ricki-Mae Paisley and Jessie Smulders have gone from being McDonald's workmates to MKR team-mates.

Mild end forecast for winter

One last frost on Wednesday?

southern alps

The worst of winter's weather appears to be easing this week, MetService forecasts suggest.

Tolley visits Timaru

Anne Tolley

It is Timaru's turn for a visit from Police and Corrections Minister, Anne Tolley.

Harry Potter casts charm on ball

timaru boys high school ball

The scene was set for a magical night when TBHS ball-goers turned up for their Harry Potter-themed evening.

August 25, 2014: Police Notebook

police notebook

A Fairlie woman, 31, will appear in court in relation to drink driving and careless driving.

Call for more security on junction boxes

Stuart Spurr

A Timaru man is worried unsecured telephone junction boxes could be used to cause more damage.

New girls in the pink centre-stage

New talent stepping into the spotlight

The Pink Ladies

It's a case of new girls on the block in the South Canterbury Drama League's production of Grease.

A trial like no other

south canterbury finance

As the media throng dissipated it became clear these three were not the courthouse's regular clientele.

Warrant out for arrest for Charles Sanders

charles score sanders

Timaru police would like information on the whereabouts of Charles Score Sanders, who is wanted in relation to several violence-related offences.

Fire crew journey to fundraise for cancer

Bluff to Cape Reinga ride

Phil Candy and Richard Sullivan

A higher risk of getting cancer has inspired firefighters to get on their motorbikes to fundraise for the cause.

Cat at centre of Timaru police callout

Timaru’s Jayne Brady

A small grey cat was at the centre of a heated dispute which took half-a-dozen police and two police dogs to defuse.

Chimney smoke cause for calls

Smoke from chimney

Smoke from household chimneys and pollution in streams is causing concern among South Cantabrians.

Businesses must step up to lure cruise ships

World cruise ship

South Canterbury organisations and businesseshave to take responsibility if they want to get cruise ship-ready.

Dry air can give unexpected buzz

chris brandolino

Dry weather can literally shock you - as many Timaru people are experiencing.

Apiarists ready to battle moth


South Canterbury beekeepers are wary of a honeycomb moth they fear could eat out their hives.

Solution to flaming problem at clocktower

timaru light of remembrance

The eternal flame burns again atop the Timaru District Council clocktower building.
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