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Microlight crash cause still unknown

It could be a case of finding a needle in a haystack to figure out the cause of Friday night's fatal microlight crash just outside of Timaru.

Good weather boosts paua offences

Gatherers of undersized paua are being hit in the pocket as calmer sea conditions increase pressure on accessible paua reefs around Timaru.

Fibre rollout boosts southern jobs

Telecommunication services is South Canterbury's biggest growth industry for employment.

No plans yet for port overbridge

Constructing an overbridge at the seaward end of Timaru's North St remains on the backburner.

Cafe owner seeks help to return lost locket

Cafe owner has few clues to go on

A partially faded name and an Australian address in italics are the only identifying details engraved on a locket found recently at the Stables Cafe and Bar near Timaru.

Alpine-storage idea really holds water

OPINION: Spare a thought for farmers whose very livelihood, across every type of farming, relies on adding water to soil to grow crops, and feed and water animals.

Army may alter training to attract new territorials

The territorial army needs you.

Bluestone zoning on target

The introduction of zoning at Bluestone School in Timaru has led to healthier class sizes in the new school year.

Weather: Another scorcher for Timaru

South Canterbury is in for another hot day with MetService predicting the region will reach 30 degrees Celsius.

'Water skater' inventor's latest

An apprentice mechanic has tested his hand-made wake skate for the first time.

Steam train sparks 21 fires on old route

Firefighters to monitor hot spots today after vintage steam train sparks major blaze in North Otago.

Kitchen goes up in smoke

A fire that started in the kitchen of a York St house in Timaru on Saturday morning caused substantial damage.

The one that got away snags sea legs

The last time an elderly Timaru angler saw his quad bike, it was being washed into the sea.

Training succeeds for music campers

Music students and tutors enjoyed their five-day camp so much at Craighead last week that they hope to return.

Timaru perfect spot for rugby clash

'Bring them back every year'

The verdict was unanimous from a healthy red and blue crowd at Alpine Energy Stadium - bring these two teams back every year.

Grief follows microlight crash

The aviation and police communities are in mourning following the deaths of two respected colleagues in a microlight crash.

12km long fire started by steam train in Oamaru

An excursion steam train is believed to be among the causes of a blaze beside railway tracks between Dunedin and Oamaru.

Microlight crash kills distinguished aviator, policeman

Deaths of a distinguished aviator and a police officer in a microlight crash rock the Timaru community.

House fire in Timaru

Multiple emergency calls were made alerting the Timaru fire service of a house fire on York St this morning.

South Canterbury's economy a winner

South Canterbury is above the national average in five out of seven key performance indicators, a new report shows.

Gulls found at Rangitata irrigation pond, but no fish

Fish and Game officers have "drawn a blank" after reports of gulls feasting on game fish in a Rangitata irrigation pond.

Timaru sees big decline in beneficiaries

The number of beneficiaries in the Timaru District declined 8.6 per cent.

Tigger goes back to his loving owner

'He cuddled right into my neck'

One of 10 runaway cats from a Geraldine cattery has been found after a month on the run.

'Fiscally stupid' not to pay organ donors

"So many more people could save lives," says organ receipient.

Two die in microlight crash

Two people have been killed in a microlight crash in South Canterbury.

Jogger mugged of $700 in Ashburton

Man knocked to the ground, kicked in the ribs and has $700 stolen from his wallet.

Geraldine car crash leaves one trapped

Emergency services are at the scene of a car crash on Connolly St, Geraldine where one person is trapped.

Drivers in lucky escape

Two drivers had a lucky escape after a crash on State Highway 1, about 15 minutes south of Timaru.

Big dry sparks South Canterbury fire ban

A total fire ban comes into force at midnight tonight for rural South Canterbury as the region's drought-like conditions continue.

Fine outlook for the weekend

Sunshine is expected across the region this weekend with temps in some areas reaching 25 degrees.

Farmers want to tap Tekapo

Taking water from Lake Tekapo merits discussion, despite a negative economic report, Federated Farmers' national president says.

Drop in child-abuse cases welcomed

The number of children being abused in Timaru is down on the previous year.

Regular walks include caring for environment

'We like to help keep it tidy'

Getting married in a national park was the start of a marriage filled with caring for the environment.

Youth centre debate open to community

A youth group is starting the conversation on whether Timaru needs a youth centre.

Craighead camp lessons tune up young musicians

Young musicians from across New Zealand have spent the week in Timaru perfecting their techniques at the Suzuki South Island Summer Music Camp.

Farmers coping well, say FF

An official drought declaration would make little difference to South Canterbury farmers, Federated Farmers says.

Child sex abuse imagery 'disturbing'

Timaru man jailed for possessing and distributing thousands of "disturbing and offensive" child-sex images.

Fine weather on the way

A fine day is expected for most of the region, with highs reaching up to 21 degrees.

Picture-perfect ending as lost treasure found

A chance walk on the beach ended up with a lost camera returned to its owners.

Drive2Beer Lazychair offers comfy way home from the pub

Give the Drive2Beer Lazychair a try

Up for auction on TradeMe - a unique way of getting home after a night on the town.

Couple face fines for huge flounder catch

A man and woman will face court action for allegedly exceeding daily recreational flounder limit.

South Canterbury's employment outlook rosy - report

South Canterbury is the place to come for a job, if a new report on occupations is anything to go by.

Victoria Trust builds 3 new flats to meet urgent need

The Victoria Trust will build three new flats in Timaru, bringing it into line with its target of managing 25 properties.

Timaru beginning mountain bikers get ideal start

Beginner mountainbikers now have a new section of track thanks to a group of hardworking volunteers.

Car collides with power pole

Fire brigade attend Winchester call-out after a car crashes into power pole in early hours.

Morning showers to clear by afternoon

This morning's showers are expected to clear with fine spells coming in the afternoon.

Likely rise in water restrictions

There is every likelihood the water restriction level will increase, according to Timaru District Council.

Eco home takes up residence

Jason Cleverley knows how to make an entrance to the neighbourhood.

Call to review bylaws for outdoor burning

Environment Canterbury and the Timaru District Council's outdoor burning bylaws are contradictory and need addressing says the fire service.

Meatworks busy as stock shed

South Canterbury's meatworkers are being kept busy by farmers shedding stock in ongoing dry weather.
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