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Spate of car fires

South Canterbury firefighters attended a number of car fires on Saturday.

South Canterbury firefighters have been busy battling several car fires over the weekend.

'Silly decision' to trust scammer

Elizabeth Clarkson and her husband Stewart were scammed out of a significant amount of money by someone claiming to be ...

The elderly couple were sceptical about the cold call but when they saw the Spark logo, they thought it was legitimate.

Freedom camping solution in budget

Freedom campers beside Lake Pukaki.

Enforcement for freedom camping bylaws may receive help from Government's budget, but it won't take guns in holsters.

Waimate celebrates volunteers

Waimate District Mayor Craig Rowley, left, congratulates the Waimate Civic Awards recipients Waimate Volunteer Fire ...

When a fire sparks in the Waimate District, a volunteer team with more than 500 years collective service comes to people's aid.

Taxi company goes postal

Anyone with a car, GPS and a licence is able to become a franchisee, Murray Bell says.

Drivers were twiddling their thumbs overnight, so they started playing postman.

Easter trading still unclear

Geraldine shop owner Michelle Baker supports a new Easter Sunday Trade policy for the district.

Whether businesses in South Canterbury can open on Easter Sunday doesn't appear to be an open or shut case.

Police roles may be cut

Superintendent Steve Greally says 26 Vehicle Safety Officer roles could go.

A proposal to take police Vehicle Road Safety officers off South Canterbury's highways has been branded as "goddamn ridiculous".

Caution ahead of virus release

European rabbit spotted in North Canterbury.

The rising expense of controlling rabbits means one Mackenzie farmer is desperate for a new variant of rabbit haemorrhagic disease to be released.

Guns, ammo seized

Police executed a search warrant on a Temuka property.

Guns and ammo were seized from a Temuka house during a search warrant on Friday afternoon.

Yellow-eyed penguin visits Timaru

The yellow-eyed penguin at Caroline Bay on Monday night and Smithfield Beach on Wednesday night.

 A juvenile yellow-eyed penguin has been spotted twice this week in Timaru.

People might lose support in SC

E Tu delegate Dinah Dolamore says South Canterbury communities may find it difficult to fill the contracts held by IDEA ...

South Cantabrians with learning disabilities may struggle to access support when IDEA Services cuts several support programmes.

Mackenzie's own Disney Princess?

Mackenzie College student Peggie Barnes, 17, hopes to audition for the role of a Disney Princess later this year.

Seventeen-year-old Mackenzie College student Peggie Barnes is Hollywood bound with dreams of becoming Disney's next princess.

Planning ahead

South Cantabrians are being urged to plan ahead.

A South Canterbury health professional is encouraging people in the region to plan for the last phase of their lives.

Train wagons derail in Timaru

Four wagons derailed while being shunted off the main line near Timaru early on Friday morning blocking the track for ...

Four wagons carrying empty containers derailed at a Timaru rail yard near the town's port early on Friday morning.

Five car crash near Kurow

Police are attending a five-car crash near Kurow.

Police are at the scene of a five car crash near Kurow.

Complaints spell end of religious teaching

Concerns were raised following a perceived conflict of interest at Fenwick Primary School.

Reverend at Oamaru school steps down over use of the word "infiltrate" to promote religious practice.

Council aware of building issues

A sign outside the Sophia St car park building warning people the building was deemed an "earthquake-prone" building and ...

The Timaru District Council was aware of issues with one of its buildings, later found to not meet new building standards, more than three weeks ago.

Landline woes in South Island video

Ashwick Flat farm owner Greg Anderson is sick of sporadic landline coverage, which he says poses a health and safety ...

Rural Canterbury families losing landline service for up to a week at a time - and that could leave them hanging in an emergency.

Support staff 'shell-shocked and unprepared'

E tu advocate Alistair Duncan said the cuts are a major and significant event for IDEA Services.

 The future of about 20 per cent of IDEA Services clients is uncertain as the national disability service provider prepares to cut services.

Call for joint approach to campers

Pay toilets at Lake Tekapo when they were being installed in December 2016.

Tourists with inappropriate toileting habits are the target of a proposed collaborative approach to be discussed by an upper waitaki group on Friday.

Educators back campaign

West End Kindergarten children holding fliers for the Every Child is Worth It campaign are, back row Liam McCarthy-Dey ...

South Canterbury kindergartens have good child to teacher ratios, but support a campaign to improve them nationwide.

Hunger for colour boosts food bank stock

Jacob and Emma Howan, of Timaru Salvation Army, and Laura Steer, of Resene ColourShops Timaru, are excited by the number ...

 A new rock craze may have helped boost Timaru Salvation Army's food bank stocks before the winter surge.

New driveway for Aero Club

Students at the South Canterbury Aero Club can access the club's allocated parking spaces through the main car park entrance.

A new driveway will be installed after SC Aero Club members raised concerns new barriers could put off potential new flying students.

Council turns down church request

Coptic Church member Hesham Mikhail asked the council to help look after the church grounds after the church committee ...

A church committee will not be deterred after the Timaru District Council turned down a request to mow their lawns.

Fines issued to meat processing plants

Environment Canterbury southern zones manager Michael Hide says there's been a reduction in complaints about odours from ...

Breaches at processing plants have hit their owners in the pocket

Disability support provider to cut services

E tu advocate Alistair Duncan said the cuts are a major and significant event for IDEA Services.

A national disability support provider plans to ditch a host of services making uncertain the future care of more than 1000 people.

Gallery, car park below standards

Art gallery manager Cara Fitzgerald in the gallery's temperature-controlled storage unit at Aigantighe Art Gallery.

 Critical weaknesses have been identified at Timaru's 109-year-old art gallery building and a council owned car park.

'Change in culture' needed

The results of a recent staff survey have thrown up a number of areas of concern for the DHB.

A survey of staff shows bullying appears to be an issue at the South Canterbury District Health Board.

Asbestos removed from mall

Shoppers could not use the front part of Northtown Mall on Monday as it was sealed for asbestos removal.

A small amount of asbestos has been removed from Northtown Mall. The building owner says it has been done safely and there was no risk to shoppers.

Rabbit virus date set

A wild rabbit on alert in the Mackenzie country. Canterbury and Otago regional councils hope to start releasing a new ...

Group confirms targeted release date for rabbit haemorrhagic disease.

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