Singer's life 'surreal'


Rising country star Jody Direen has just returned from the United States after playing the Global Artist Showcase in Nashville - and she did not come back empty-handed.

Rescue job in chilly diversion

A team of North Canterbury Fish and Game staff and volunteers undertook a fish salvage on behalf of Trustpower.

Afghani-Kiwi proud to serve new nation


Even as Afghani refugee Gul Agha Alizadah flew into Auckland at the tender age of 8, he "knew" he had a future and a hope.

Photographer looks back on long career


Gladys Goodall's photographs are regarded as an important visual record of the province across 30 years from 1950.

Film-makers tell lake's story

Budding film-makers have a chance to learn from some of New Zealand's best.

Smiles despite gloomy news


A Christchurch school that understands loss brought some much-needed cheer to Greenpark School on Thursday.

Music club marking first anniversary

A Rolleston music club is celebrating one year of fostering young and old music talent on Friday.

Young singer off to world champs in Los Angeles


Thousands of performers have chased fame in Los Angeles but a teen from Whitecliffs might have a better shot than most.

Simply child's play

Two Selwyn early childhood centres and a primary school have had their design talents recognised.

Free car seat workshop

Questions about child restraints will be answered at a free information evening at Rolleston Community Centre.

Heifer hijinks on highway


An idea to promote the inland road from just north of the Rakaia River through to Springston as the Mad Cow highway is growing in momentum.

Scholarship provides more incentive

Lincoln University student Thomas Blackmore has picked up a major scholarship with New Zealand's leading rural insurer.

Goldilocks gladly chopped


Three young Rolleston sisters will lose their flowing blond locks to raise money and help cancer sufferers.

Darfield steps up to race


Darfield's John Lovelady is widely regarded as the best speedway chassis designer and builder in New Zealand.

Parents stand by schools


Predictions parents would remove their children from schools with uncertain futures appear to be off the mark in Selwyn.

Merger impacts rolls


The government's school merger plan is doing Yaldhurst Model School's roll no favours at all.

UNICEF needs youth


The time is right for Canterbury teens to step up and take action against child poverty with UNICEF's youth ambassador programme.

Big year for top achiever

New Lincoln University student Rachel Cottam may need a breather after 2012

Plant burn time studied


A Lincoln University scientist is using a special plant barbecue to help rural fire research.

Flying high above Central Canterbury


Ninety contestants from around the country launched their model aircraft into the Selwyn skies for the national championship at Kirwee.

Spud woes left far below


Hororata farmer Michael Oakley has found a different way to get things on the up again.

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Prizes for jam


Jan Mackenzie's jam was quite something at the Fruit and Berry Fest on Saturday where she took top honours.

Farewell to storyteller

Ron Hamilton wrote meticulously in his diary every day from 1943 enabling him to share tales of growing up and living in Tai Tapu.

Quad bike safety key

Seven quad bike fatalities in 2012 have safety educators preparing to once again warn people of the dangers.

Youth Centre


A small book of brain-teasers may have a big impact on the youth of the district.

Gamely taking on art world


Springfield's Vicki Peacock will be brushing up on her skills to take on some of the world's best in Croatia next year, but not on the sports field - in painting.

Animal antics at pet day


It was the youngsters' turn to take to the show ring last week at the Canterbury Agricultural Park.

Second win for winery

West Melton boutique winery has been named the South Island Best Wine Tourism Restaurant for the second year in a row.

Life-ready graduates complete course

Seventy-four graduates of a programme designed to help unemployed youngsters were marching from the Burnham Military Camp parade ground recently.

Busker loves the heckles

The World Buskers Festival kicks off in Christchurch today, celebrating 20 years of laughter and streetside performance. Abbie Napier caught up with one of Christchurch’s newest assets, El Jaguar.

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Racers escorted out

Street racers from New Brighton and Kaiapoi were given a police escort out of the Selwyn district in the early hours over the weekend in two pre-emptive strikes.