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Larger than life mayor pops up

Larger than life cutout for Long Term Plan

A lifesize cardboard cutout of Timaru's mayor had a short outing on the council building balcony on Friday as rain threatened to make it soggy.

Eye patients sent to Christchurch

First of South Canterbury's ophthalmology patients have been sent to Christchurch.

Plenty of children getting early start

Timaru is above the national target for participation in early childhood education (ECE).

Church owner wants public's support

A Church is a sound building but needs community support to remain a Timaru icon.

Pizza's wrong topping no joke

A Timaru woman wasn't laughing after a bad-taste joke was handwritten on the inside of her takeaway pizza box.

Mackenzie dirty dairying claim upsets farmers

Farmers are alarmed at allegations of "dirty dairying" in the Mackenzie Country.

South Canterbury bridges strengthened for trucks

Strengthening work to allow heavier vehicles on South Canterbury bridges is under way.

Judge orders new trial for Timaru man on sex, assault charges

A new trial has been ordered for a Timaru man facing 25 historical sex and assault charges.

Father's alert sparks AOS callout in Timaru

A concerned father sparked an armed offenders callout in Le Cren St this morning.

Nasa launches super pressure balloon at Wanaka

Mission boss 'optimistic' about flight

Nasa's super pressure balloon is up, up and away after its launch from Wanaka Airport.

South Canterbury skies to end week on bright note

South Canterbury may bathe in sunshine - eventually - on Friday.

Dairying is fouling our rivers - retiring Fish and Game officer

Nutrient leaching into the Waitaki rivers from Mackenzie dairying is imminent, according to expert.

Faithful four heading to cricket final

The celebrations have already started

For Timaru's Cricket World Cup final ticketholders the celebrations have already begun.

Infill housing going ahead in Timaru

A desire for smaller sections and cost savings are driving an increase in infill housing, planning manager says.

Cremations on the increase in South Canty

Funeral director says three quarter of his funerals are cremations.

Rise in girls opting for HPV vaccination

Ministry of Health figures show more girls are having the HPV vaccine in South Canterbury.

Beware of shifting buoys

ECan is asking boaties to take care while it carries out repair and maintenance work.

Health Board faces $45 million budget hole

Canterbury's health authority says it will record a $45 million blowout in the next 10 years without Government help.

Weekend rain on horizon for South Canterbury

South Canterbury could be in line for a wet weekend.

Ducati ride for fun and funding

John Stockwell is riding his Ducati around New Zealand raising awareness and money for Parkinson's.

Another ute stolen and torched

Second ute stolen from South Canterbury address, set on fire and dumped.

Cheaper bitumen lets council complete more road repairs

South Canterbury district councils have been able to expand their road resealing programmes, thanks to low bitumen prices.

'Weekend warriors' in control

The last thing they want is a fight

They describe themselves as "weekend warriors", but fighting is the last thing on their minds.

Pollution rate on the table

ECan considering special rate for residents in the "polluted air zones" of Geraldine, Timaru and Waimate.

New staff training for cheese factory

The $73m expansion of Fonterra's mozzarella factory in South Canterbury should go on line in August.

New preschool given a spruce-up

The old Marchwiel School manual training building is getting a makeover.

Old fellas get back to the outdoors

Age no reason to slow down

They are intent on proving they are not dog tucker just yet, so with an average age of 80, they hit the hills annually for an adventure.

Timaru man denies rape and assault charges

A Timaru man has pleaded not guilty to 25 historic charges, including raping his wife and assaulting his child.

Warm wind keeps South Canterbury comfortable

South Canterbury can expect a warm day today, MetService says.

Opuha Water Scheme delivers in time of need

South Canterbury's Opuha Water scheme has not failed, despite the tap being turned off to irrigators in February according to a company director.

Treasured shearing gear lost

'I'm brassed off and they need to be caught'

For Geraldine man Maurice O'Neill, shearing sheep is not only a passion but a great way to keep fit.

Low scrap prices fuel car piles

A Timaru scrapyard has stockpiled 1000 car bodies as growth keeps scrap-metal prices low.

Rural roads face huge funding gap

The TDC believes it has a plan to address major challenges in the next 10 years.

Young voices to be heard by council

Students will have their say on what happens in their community, thanks to a new council project.

Workshop on suicide 'first aid'

Suicide is a "community health problem" that needs attention in South Canterbury.

State house selloff fails to 'serve people'

The Government's state housing selloff is designed "to look good rather than serve the people".

Student is a one-person ensemble

International student Satoko Ishikawa is making the most of her stay in New Zealand.

Nathan Guy stands by rainfall statistics

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy stands by using a rainfall statistic to support irrigation schemes.

Funding change through merino

Tekapo woman Penny Wilson is turning merino wear in the Mackenzie Country into a fundraising initiative.

Clouds to clear for warm day

Morning cloud will give way to fine weather in Timaru today, making it a great day for outside jobs.

Annual hunt bags 1352 wallabies

More than 1300 animals were shot at an annual South Canterbury wallaby hunt.

Ping gets link to friends, family back

A young woman new to Timaru has been reunited with her phone thanks to the help of a local.

Rain well short of drought-breaking

Weekend rain boosted river flows in South Canterbury, but not enough to help irrigators supplied from the Opuha Dam.

Teenager plunges 10m in CBD

A teenager plunged 10 metres after climbing onto a wall in Timaru's CBD.

Survey plan to find how many use trail

Tourism Waitaki is considering surveying cyclist numbers on the Alps2Ocean trail.

Track rift exposes a free-for-all

Rivalry between path users

Conflicts between users of a picturesque Geraldine river track have led to "personal attacks".

Fonterra premium pleases organic milk suppliers

Organic dairy farmers received a welcome boost last week from Fonterra.

Councillor rushes to fallen worker

A Timaru District councillor may have saved the life of a contractor when he collapsed on Sunday.

Active lifestyle key to happy life

'Fiercely independent' and happy to be alive

Sprightly 90-year-old Walter Averis attributes his longevity to keeping active.

Police back security for victims

Some simple home security measures could make a big difference to the lives of domestic violence victims.
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