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Santa puts in an appearance at the Temuka Christmas Parade.
Timaru Herald newspaper advertising from the 60s.
FIT FOR AN EMPEROR: From the terrace in front of the palace, the view stretches from the Grand Cascade, down the Marine Canal and out to the Gulf of Finland.
OLD FAVOURITE: The 1972 BSA Lightning.
Staff wait for instructions after a chemical leak at Fonterra's Clandeboye plant.
GOING TO THE FLICKS: Queuing outside the State during its heyday.
FRIENDLY INVASION: Trying out a metal detector provided by the troops taking part in Southern Katipo is Jack Sutherland, 8, and Jack Jenkins, 8, with Carl Kavermann.
HUI: People meet at Arowhenua Marae for the Ngai Tahu Hui-a-Tau.
STRETCHED: A 1963 Buick Electra 225 is close to 6 metres (20 feet) long.
I SPY: Pupil Tiratahi Stevenson and Private Blair McLeod of Bravo Company 2nd/1sr Battalion from Burnham share a joke during a visit by Southern Katipo soldiers to Pleasant Point Primary School.
INSPIRED: Randall Froude starts his impressionist painting of Venice, having returned from a trip to the Mediterranean.
Geraldine High School Chalk Art
CHANGED WAYS: Former domestic violence perpetrator Eru Whare on the White Ribbon Ride which stopped in Timaru.
TO ARLINGTON: The funeral procession of President Kennedy goes into Arlington Cemetery in Washington.
FUN: Carter West, 7, in the water walker at the Geraldine Arts and Plants Festival.
READY, SET, GO: Competitors in the Temuka women's triathlon and duathlon ready to start.
2012 Can-Am Spyder RT
KEEPING WATCH: Private Jacob Ross manning a 308 machine gun at a sentry point in the Timaru Showgrounds for the Southern Katipo military exercise.
FLOATING AWAY: Peter and Annette King took Timaru friends for a balloon ride over South Canterbury at dawn.
ON PATROL: Tongan soldier Sanili O'Fangaue stops a car at a vehicle checkpoint as part of the Southern Katipo military exercise at Richard Pearse Airport.
SETTING UP: Soldiers and vehicles are unloaded from an Alaska C17 Globemaster at the Timaru Airport on Saturday afternoon as part of a military exercise in South Canterbury.
PURE JOY: Brothers Jack, 3, left, and Lachie Strachan, 1, have fun going down together on the waterslide at the CBay aqautic centre.
A LOOKER: Craig Domigan's 2012 Chevrolet Camaro.
Waimate's Keegan Lane smokes the tyres on his Holden R8 Clubsport prior to a run in the Main Street Thunder Sprint at the Waimate 50.
South Canterbury celebrate their win in the Lochore Cup final.
TOTALLED: A Forestry block at Rangitata was victim to high winds in September, though some of the hardy trees on the outside rim remain standing.
SOLID: The 1954 EIP Vauxhall Velox.
A 1930 Dodge at the Wheels Show Day at Timaru Girls High School.
MAKING A SPLASH: Roncalli College's deputy principal, Andrew Jones, gets dunked during the school's annual fair.
CHEEKY: Malcolm Stewart in his wife's MG which he snuck out during lunchtime.
Arborist Mark Roberts of Aoraki Tree Care surveys the damage to his Geraldine business.
Arborist Mark Roberts of Aoraki Tree Care surveys the damage to his Geraldine business.
DIGGING IN: Cyclists speed down Gays Pass Rd in the Cycling Timaru club championships.
Celtic supporters at the Hamersley rugby cup final held at Alpine Energy grounds on Saturday.
CUDDLES BEFORE SCHOOL: Shelley with some of the girls ready to catch the ambulance bus for school.
NIGHT RIDER: A beam from the AB699 lights up the night in Pleasant Point.
MODEL LAYOUT: Checking out the action at the model train expo at Roncalli College are, from left, Cameron, Brian, Debbie and Toni Doake.
NIGHT RIDER: A beam from the AB699 lights up the night in Pleasant Point.
The Mackenzie Winter Response Group practices avalanche victim recovery in a training exercise held on Sunday.
APPLYING HERSELF: Patricia Bohny concentrates on the canvas in front of her.
WIND DAMAGE: Headstones at Albury Cemetery have been damaged in the wild weather.
Offices to be consolidated at St Thomas' church administration area.
Roncalli College ball held at the Caroline Bay Hall, pictured; from left, Georgie Annear, Matthew Black, Michaela Black and CJ Millar arrived with extra passengers.
FINAL CHECKS: Contract engineers do some final maintenance work on the high-pressure feed pumps, as Fonterra's Clandeboye factory goes into shut-down over the next two months.
Guests arrive at Craighead Diocesan School before heading to Seven Oaks for the 2013 school ball.
WIND DAMAGE: Strong winds in the Mackenzie District brought a tree down on this car.
FULL HEAD OF STEAM: Steam train 768 with a full load, headed for Timaru.
LOOKING SHARP: Kim Martin and Lance Hayward, and Mike Twaddle and Pip Donehue, share a moment at the Idea Services Ball.
Leonardo Angelo sings Getsemani.
Nirvana Edgecombe (lead singer) with Hayden Lawrence (rhythm guitar) from Ashburton College band Titan.
ICE COLD: A canal cuts a path through the snow near Lake Tekapo.
GLAMMED UP: Timaru Girls' High School head girl Phillippa Small arrives at the Timaru Girls' High School ball with Reuben Hendrie.
SCENE CHANGE: This is normally a view of Mt Cook Village resident Coral Butler's flat driveway.
BEFORE: Snow falls on George Empson's deck chairs.
WAIST-DEEP: Mark Bascand and Aya Otani at Mt Cook Village have their house surrounded by 1.5m of snow.
WHITEOUT: Snow covers everything at Aoraki/Mt Cook Village.
GENERATIONS: John Steven, from left, his brother Jim, his father Hector and uncle Jack (Hector's brother) in 1953.
BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY: Mark Tomlinson, of Timaru, decides against going through the ford on Waihao Back Rd.
(L-R) Ethan Boyce and Rachel Thomas.
GOODBYE KISS: Gillian Collins, Riding For The Disabled volunteer, and Vern Batty get ready for the Bonanza Charity run to raise money for RDA.
(L-R) James Brown and Rebecca Gallagher.
WINTER SPORT: People in Tekapo have fun in the snow, which continued to fall throughout the afternoon.
MAMMOTH CHALLENGE: Jonathan Goslin has conquered the Sahara Marathon despite intense heat and risk of dehydration.
OFFICIAL OPENING: Prime Minister John Key opens Farmers Mill in Washdyke.
TOP TALKER: Prime Minister John Key talks to Roncalli College senior pupila in the school library.
Jasmine Ngatai head girl, Atarangi West, Lochie Basford and Cassie Kirkcaldie
RIDE WITH ME: Students take a ride with Senior Constable Brent Rissman, who was demonstrating stopping distances on the track while travelling at different speeds.
GOLDEN TRIO: Maddie the golden retriever, Kevin Manchester, and Renault 8 Gordini.
A number of Timaru people caught photos and footage of a dramatic fire at a Sanford coolstore at the Port of Timaru.
SMOKE ON THE WATER: Evidence of fire at a Sanford's cool store can be seen from Caroline Bay.
HOME COMFORTS: A Kyle hut being towed by a tractor was the perfect mode of transport for ball attendees Ethan Andrews, left, Tayla Westaway, Billy Foster, Hannah Vandergeest, Emma Sparks, Bradley Powdrell, Sam Roberts and Nick Carter.
RISING HIGH: Roncalli lock Adam Beck takes the lineout, despite the efforts of Timaru BHS lock Amato Fakatava to stop him.
CELEBRATIONS: Brothers Terry Eathorne, left, and Dave Eathorne, right, travelled from Australia to attend the Waimate Rugby Club's 50th Jubilee. They are pictured here with club president Red Cunningham.
RUN FOR GLORY: Jainash Chandi, of Auckland, competes in the 50m sprint at the New Zealand Independence Games in Timaru.
SOLEMN: Air Cadet Corp member Angus Gallagher stands to attention.
WAREHOUSE FIRE: Firefighters attended a blaze at Andar.
PILING UP: Work has started on the Kurow bridges replacement project.
COMING DOWN: Demolition of Waimate's former auction rooms has started. The building at 105 High St was constructed between 1910 and 1919, and closed in July. A danger notice was placed on the building and the veranda was removed after owner Geoff Wallace and the Waimate District Council identified safety concerns. Waimate District Council chief executive Tony Aldens said a section of road outside the building had been closed since the roof had been removed. A mild earthquake or strong wind would cause the building to fall outward, he said.
FEELING THE BEAT: Geraldine residents got the chance to dance on the streets yesterday thanks to a performance by a Sydney band that was in town. Australian Laurie Lowndes and Jennifer Graham of Peel Forest make the most of the music.
GHOST OF VEHICLES' PAST: John Camberlain's 1915 Rolls Royce gets a few adjustments. Pictured from left are John Chamberlain, and Andrew and Bruce McIlroy of Ashburton.
BEST IN SHOW: Caelyn Morrison, 4, takes a closer look at John Elm's entry in the poultry section at the Mackenzie Highland Show. The bird was judged best duck at the show.
2002: Mike Wass, of Montana, caught a 17kg (37.4lbs) rainbow trout.
IN THE NEWSROOM: Chief reporter Paul O'Rourke checks in with the Herald's Facebook page.
THEY'RE OFF: Cyclists push off from the start of the Geraldine Bike Challenge at the Orari Racecourse.
ROUGH AND TUMBLE: Luke Hopkinson pins down Jesse Hewitson in the 10 to 13 age group of the South Island Wrestling and Grappling Championships at Roncalli College. Both competitors are from Rangiora.
PEDAL POWER: Michael Broadhead, of Timaru, battles it out with Brisbane team members, from left, Nic Morrisrey and Rupert Goldsmith during the Bike Polo Champs at the Caroline Bay tennis courts.
GLEE: Kara Merriman takes a swing.
GREY SKIES: Plumes of smoke billow up from the a stubble burn-off at Seadown, as seen from the Port of Timaru.
DOING GOOD: Commonwealth Day is celebrated by the Royal Over-Seas League (Rosl) at a monthly lunch held at Seven Oaks, Timaru. From left, Nessie Home, director Lyn Milne, South Canterbury branch president Len Home, and Keith Milne. The league is a self-funded non-profit Commonwealth organisation that supports New Zealand and overseas artists in the onset of their careers through scholarships and performance opportunities. There are six branches nationally with 800 members.
HARD AND FAST: Teams from around the South Island took part in the final South Canterbury polo tournament for this season.
ROUND WE GO: The start of the 18-hour Relay For Life on Saturday.
THEY'RE Off: About 2000 entries line up at the start of the Hadlow to Harbour Fun Run/Walk.
WOW FACTOR: The Martini bar features an impressive lighting display.
MADDY WILLIS, 12: "No, because you still act like a kid and I don't think I'm ready for adult responsibilities yet. She said 15 was a better age to be considered an adult.
BEING COUNTED: Bryleigh Holland completes her census form over breakfast.
GOT IT ALL: Hat, parasol, gloves and fox fur - everything you need to go with a 1930s Studebaker.
SPLITTING WOOD: Adam Lowe, of Hokitika, competes in the 250 Standing event in the Aorangi Axemen's Club woodchopping competition.
NICE RIDE: Nicky Jackson, of Dunedin, arrives at the March Hare event on her Harley Davidson.
KEEP IN STEP: Judge Rod Miller marks competitors in the New Zealand and South Pacific Pipe Band Street as they march along Stafford St.
SPEED CONTROL: Portable speed humps are being used to slow traffic at road works south of Timaru.
KICKING UP DUST: A flock of 1800 ewes droved from the hills south of Tekapo down to the town's saleyards.
ROWING TRANSPORT: Timaru Herald chief photographer John Bisset didn't waste his energy running up and down the shoreline of the 2km-long lake course. Instead he took along his own transport and even condescended to give Herald reporter Jacob Page a lift.
STEADY HANDS: Boat handler Holly Newman takes a break on her post.
IDYLLIC CRUISE: Hawke’s Bay Rowing Club's Julia Trautvetter heads onto the water to train in the open singles.
ATTITUDE: Getting into the groove at the Timaru Girls' High School swimming sports are, from left, Grace Lusty, Harriet McLeay, Elizabeth Bell and Abbey Jones, dressed in style for the competition at CBay.
EARLY START: A couple of crews were up early as the sunrise hit Lake Ruataniwha on the second day of the New Zealand Rowing Championships at Lake Ruataniwha.
LINE UP: The odds are with anglers keen to catch a salmon near the new Southern Sockeye Salmon farm near Twizel. There have been plenty caught, with some anglers saying a large number of salmon have escaped into the canal.
PLENTY TO DO: Hawkes Bay's Hamish Boult returns the sculls after completing his race.
FUNDS RAISED: Phillipa handing over the US$8000 to Dr Pradhan, the founder of Sewa Kendra Leprosy Relief. The money was raised from a charity ride.
REDDY FOR LOVE: Caroline Bay Trust Aoraki staff dressed up for Valentines Day - including lifeguard Ray Hermens. Other decorations were put up as part of efforts to raise money for the heart Foundation and will remain until Sunday. Donations will be accepted for the Heart Foundation for Heart Week.
CHINESE NEW YEAR: Sophie Stuart, left, and Connor Warburton use chopsticks at Waimataitai Kindergarten which was holding a feast to celebrate Chinese New Year, teaching the children about different cultures and different customs.
FR BRIAN FENNESSY: "I was surprised. I think he has personal insight that he is unable to be as effective as he would want to be. I like Pope Benedict he was very pastoral and gentle though a very strong theologian."
Builder Steven Brooks had some little helpers as he built a shed at Glenview Free Kindergarten. Over several weekends Mr Brooks put up the shed at the early childhood centre. The shed was a donation and would be used to keep the centre's tools locked away, he said. The children were "pretty excited" to see it.
CAR CHASE: Pip Sutherland racing in her 1992 Shadetree Special is followed closely by Chris Read in his 1957 Minstral TR3A in the Vintage and Historics race at Levels raceway.
WAKE UP CALL: This photo was taken at 1.37am on Thursday after a car crashed through Fiona Hislop’s King St house in Waimate.
SKILLS: Ewan Duff, of Dunedin, makes pounamu pendants while Jackson and Robertson Stewart, of Maungati, watch.
ACCOMMODATION REVIEWS: Two websites, booking.com and tripadvisor.com, are helpful when searching for accommodation. Always check out the interior room photos and customer reviews on these sites before booking rooms.
TINY CHURCH: The small site will attract a large gathering when St Anne's Church turns 150.
POPULAR PIER: As the afternoon draws to a close and the evening sets in, Santa Monica Pier still exudes a busting energy.
A GREEK PARADISE: An enticing view of one of the many pools at the El Greco Resort from the hotel room meant Kallia and Alex were soon in the pool.
Spellbinding: A spectacular view of the Acropolis from the restaurant, Strofi. The magical evening view was matched by the exquisite Greek food and atmosphere.
MARBLE MAGNIFICENCE: Kallia and Alex in front of Florence's stunning marble church, the Duomo.
FLOATING CITY: The Grand Canal is Venice's main waterway with many different vessels using the route every day.
SAILING: The cruise ship, Seabourn Odyssey, arrives in Timaru.
MIRROR IMAGE: After many years of wanting to make the visit, Sally finally gets to enjoy the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles. The light from the windows on one side of the room reflects into the mirrors on the other side, making the room brighter.
HENRY'S HOME: Hampton Court Palace was originally built for Cardinal Wolsey early in the 16th century. It then passed to King Henry VIII, who extended the building.
CLASSIC CAMPER: Matt Gillespie's 1955 Chev campervan.
ROCKSLIDE: Images reveal the extend of a rockfall on Mt Dixon in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park on January 21.
ON GUARD: The fortress moat is in the foreground.
BLACK WATER: Absorbent material is placed in the water to clean the oil spill at Timaru Harbour.
MADE IT: Ashburton's Phoebe Roberts made it to her X Factor NZ pre-audition despite her car breaking down on the way to Timaru.
VICTORY ASSURED: Waitakere's Te Rina Keenan smiles as she crosses the line in the throwers quadrathon 50m dash which saw her win the overall event.
PLAY OF LIGHT: Lights create eerie shadows among the Postojna caves' stalactites and stalagmites.
CAT SEARCH: Volunteers search for Snowflake the cat.
Trains, big and little, were the centre of attention in the weekend, but there were plenty of other activities going on around South Canterbury to keep Timaru Herald photographer John Bisset busy.