Competition gets Timaru twittering

timaru tweeters

Some excited people trundled into 2 Stags Cafe in Timaru yesterday to give or receive lessons in tweeting.

ECan investigating farm odour complaints


Farm-related activities are raising a stink in the Timaru District, with 34 complaints made to ECan this year.

October 22, 2014: Police Notebook

police notebook

If you've lost a ring and have been at Lake Opuha recently, you might be in luck.

100-room hotel plan for Tekapo

Tekapo hotel

A company behind a proposal for a four-star hotel in Tekapo plans to build another 100-room hotel.

Timaru, Tekapo on AA's must-do list

timaru trevor griffith rose garden

Timaru and Lake Tekapo activities feature on the AA's latest list of 101 Must Do's for summer.

Club fired up over old cookhouse wagon

timaru ian urquhart

A century-old Anderson Mill Hut is being restored by the South Canterbury Traction Engine Club.

Landowner wants to subdivide uneconomic farm

timaru brookfield road subdivision

Road safety and section size were two issues raised in a Timaru subdivision zoning hearing yesterday.

Paddleboard craze is a standout

Watersport craze washing up on Timaru shores


Roncalli College has purchased stand-up paddleboards for students and the community to use.

Job boost at wool plant on cards


Two major players in New Zealand's wool industry want to merge and expand operations in Timaru.

Solar panels light up the Cook Islands

$3.3m power plant turned on

timaru solar panels

A South Canterbury company's subsidiary has switched on a $3.3 million Cook Islands solar power plant.

Festival a celebration of Diwali

isi belly

More than 300 people attended Timaru's seventh Diwali festival at the Timaru Boys' High School hall in the weekend.

Safety focus for pupils

st john ambulance

St Joseph's Primary School Temuka pupils are putting safety first this school term.

Club restores buried historic hut

Club takes on mobile cookhouse restoration

historic hut

A century-old hut on wheels left mouldering in dirt under a tree is being restored with painstaking care.

Opportunity knocks at cafe door

darryl stead, dani stead

Family ties and the Mackenzie District's great outdoors inspired Fairlie's newest eatery owners to set up shop.

October 21, 2014: Police Notebook

police notebook

Police inquiries are continuing after they received a report of an assault on Sunday morning at a Stafford St bar.

Fight breaks out between rival Timaru gangs


A fight broke out between rival gang members in Timaru on Monday afternoon.

Second remand for alleged driver in fatal crash

The alleged driver of a car involved a fatal crash in South Canterbury last month has been further remanded without plea.

Site earmarked for early learning centre


Demand for child care looks set to test the Twizel Early Learning Centre's limits.

Family atmosphere at St Joseph's praised

An ERO report has highlighted the family atmosphere at St Joseph's School, pleasing its principal.

Passion for languages earns top honour

Craighead Diocesan School head of languages and French teacher Jenny Field

Jenny Field's combined passions for teaching and all things French have been recognised with a certificate of excellence.

Big turnout expected for scary fundraiser

Dash pits runners against the undead

Zombie strap

Dodging the dead will be all part of the fun for runners at next month's Zombie Run/Walk in Waimate.

Dairy NZ backs Aoraki with dairy programme

Dairy cows

Dairy NZ has backed Aoraki Polytechnic to be the hub for a South Island dairy programme.

Maths whiz-kids seek mosaic's secret code

timaru geraldine medieval mosaic

Two young Geraldine boys are on a mission to uncover the secrets within a 'medieval' mosaic.

Killer still poses an undue risk, says Parole Board

daniel ethan smith

A lot of "productive work" needs to be done with an Oamaru man serving a manslaughter sentence.

Widower queries outcome if he had not complained

timaru hospital

A Geraldine man wonders if changes would have been made at Timaru Hospital if he had not complained.

Damage to 4WD blamed on fowl play

Roaming birds 'unwelcome'

Stu Depree with his brand new Toyota Hilux

Ask Stu Depree, "Why did the chicken cross the road?" and you may not get a funny reply.

Boy seriously hurt after bank collapses

'We are just keen to get him home now'

St John's Ambulance

An arm and a leg were all Craig Miller could see when he arrived to find his son, Deon, buried in a dirt pile.

Timaru to get lessons in tweeting

Technophobes learn how to help the town win ultra-fast broadband at social media tutorial.

Record attempt as science website launches

wendy stenberg-tendys

What do balloons and kebab sticks have to do with a Guiness world record and a science website?

SCDHB changes falls policy after patient deaths


South Canterbury DHB has made changes to its falls policy since the death of two elderly patients.

Remembering a caring neighbour

john anthony stewart fitzgerald

A community-minded man who knew and loved God has died, aged 84.

Masters games smaller affair

South Island Masters Game

Entry numbers were down at the South Island Masters Games this year but it was still deemed a success by organisers.

Council makes progress on identifying significant areas

timaru district council

To date, 579 Significant Natural Areas (SNA) have been agreed on by property owners.

Lack of speed worries octogenarian racer

john cottier

A lack of speed foiled New Zealand's oldest circuit racer at Timaru International Motor Raceway yesterday.

Dodgy knee can't stop athlete, 72

ross stanton

Running was out, but keen athlete Ross Stanton still found 11 events he could compete in at the Masters Games.

Hatchery lifts odds for anglers

mckinnons creek

Hard work by the McKinnon Creek hatchery should gift South Canterbury anglers a good salmon season.

Fishing banned from wharf

Shutting down of iconic spot saddens

Damon Odey fishing

Timaru residents have taken to social media to vent over the closure of a popular spot for fishing.

Pile of dirt buries 12-year-old boy

St John's Ambulance

12-year-old dug out by his father after bank collapsed into hole he was digging.

Crash survivor wants action

Family day nearly takes tragic turn

Cath Moore and family members were hit by a Korean driver hours after he had landed in New Zealand.

A family day out for Cath Moore nearly ended in tragedy when a fatigued Korean driver rounded the bend on the wrong side of the road.

Oh dear, what can the matter be...

erika lam

A trip to the toilet for a Timaru woman on Thursday afternoon resulted in a rescue by five firefighters.

Leadership trophy brings new challenges

timaru saraya davies

It may have been a man's world on the New Zealand Defence Force's advanced leadership course but Saraya Davies came out on top.

Motorists failing to pull over irk police


Six separate vehicle pursuits this week have left Timaru police "more than disappointed".

Board ready should Ebola present itself

timaru hospital

The SCDHB is preparing for a potential case of Ebola, although the risk of the virus reaching New Zealand remains low.

Meat restructuring 'not imminent'

pareora freezing works

The top bosses of South Canterbury's co-operative freezing works say the industry is unlikely to restructure in the short term.

Council praised for Caroline Bay restoration

The Timaru District Council has won a national award for its restoration of native plant life at Caroline Bay.

Ooh la la, Connie's off to New Caledonia

French student wins trip

connie brown

It's "au revoir, Timaru" and "bonjour, New Caledonia" for Connie Brown.

Firefighters rescue Timaru woman from toilet

stuck in the loo

Here's an embarrassing wee problem. Woman needs help of five firefighters after getting stuck in toilet.

Six pursuits disappoint Timaru police


Six separate vehicle pursuits this week have left Timaru police "more than disappointed".

October 17, 2014: Police Notebook

police notebook

Rubbish was dumped into a culvert on Opihi School Rd near Pleasant Point at 5pm on Thursday.

Driver targets police car


A man deliberately drove into a Timaru police car after drinking on Wednesday night, police say.
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