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$500k clean-up bill gallery video

Ashbury Mowers & Heating business in Washdyke had to get rid of chainsaws and line trimmers that had water damage. ...

Cleaning up the Timaru District in the aftermath of the wild weekend storm will come with a half a million dollar price tag.

'Lake' consumes farm

Farmer Geoff Wallace on his Hook Swamp Rd property, which is still inundated with water.

Rapidly rising water in a flood-prone area meant a South Canterbury farmer ended up with a trailer load of dead calves.

Event opposing 'detrimental' funding model

The Tertiary Education Union is staging an 'event' at Ara's Timaru campus to give people a chance to voice their ...

Union organising event to voice concerns over 'detrimental' Government funding.

Weather, printing hiccups delay campaigns

Election campaign signs, such as the one pictured supporting Andrew Falloon, started popping up around the region over ...

Weather delays some election campaigning in the Rangitata electorate

Chainsawing his way to freedom

Ricky Hunter had no way out of his Bouverie St property other than on foot, after a tree fell down onto the driveway ...

In a bid for freedom, Ricky Hunter used a chainsaw to cut a hole big enough for his car to get through after a tree blocked his driveway during the weekend's wild weather.

Practices merge

Staff at the Timaru Medical Centre test out the gear in their new Heaton St premises, from left, Trudy Garrett, Michelle ...

Staff from Timaru's Hassall St Centre and Timaru Medical Centre had their first day as one practice in the multi-million dollar Heaton St complex on Monday.

Douglas St property safe, owner says

House on Douglas St, Timaru that had its retaining wall collapse after rainfall and heavy winds on Friday.

The owner of a property in Timaru that had its retaining wall collapse after heavy rain on Friday says her house and land is safe.

Assault accused changes plea

A Timaru man admitted a charge of violence on the same day he was due to answer the charge at a judge alone trial.

Timaru man convicted after repeatedly punching former partner and putting his hands around her neck.

Windy day on fresh powder gallery

A photo from Mt Hutt ski area's Facebook page shows groomers working in fresh snow.

The weekend's storm dumped huge amounts of snow on Canterbury ski fields, but wind is disrupting skiers in some areas.

Bid to boost literacy

Altrusa members working on the booster bags for boys, from left, Sally Marsh, Donna McColl, Jenny Bevan, and president ...

In a bid to increase literacy for boys in Timaru, a new service is being launched.

Guilty plea in chase case

A Temuka man who hit speeds of 170kmh during a police chase has pleaded guilty to a number of driving offences.

A man facing numerous driving charges changed his plea on the day he was due to stand trial for the offences.

Farmer saved from floodwaters

Flooding caused several vehicles to be stranded with one man stranded on the roof of his car at night on Friday, not ...

Stranded on his car roof in rising waters, a North Otago farmer was "incredibly lucky" two people happened to pass by.

Fundraising group for theatre proposed

Timaru District Council hopeful Murray Cleverley wants to fundraise for the refurbishment of the Theatre Royal.

A community group should be established to help bankroll a multi-million dollar upgrade of the Theatre Royal, but funding a whole arts precinct may be too ambitious, a Timaru District Council candidate says.

Response effort praised gallery video

A car stuck in the middle of Evans St with two occupants. Two police officers pushed the car off the road.

Timaru's mayor has praised the response to the weekend's storm, as the weather eases and attention turns to the clean up effort.

A metre of snow in one day gallery

Staff clear snow from the base building at Mt Dobson on Sunday.

South Canterbury's ski fields will be primed for the rest of the season after huge snow dumps.

Working in the wild weather video

Lance Corporal Gerald Hart, Third Combat Support Services Battalion member, left, and Staff Sergeant Jason Segal look at ...

Hundreds of people worked tirelessly across South Canterbury in the worst flooding in years.

NZ's biggest burger - demolished video

Randy Santel attempting the Gotham burger challenge at the Central Cafe in Geraldine.

American Randy Santel saw our 2kg Gotham Burger, and decided he could take that.

Storm fells more than 100 trees video

Timaru man Dave Esler among some of the swampy gum trees which came down in Friday's severe weather, and the remains of ...

Dave Esler says it was "crazy" as 300mm of rain and high winds rip through the trees on his Timaru property.

Chickens lost in flood video

The Tin Shed owner Lesley Limbe at her property in Rangitata, which was hit by extensive flooding.

A shop owner who lost animals in rapidly rising floodwaters questions why her property was inundated.

Weather eases across South Canterbury

A fine and sunny Sunday morning was a welcome sight for the residents of a water-logged Timaru.

South Canterbury starts to dry out as rain stops and sun comes out.

State of emergency lifted gallery video

Gus, left, and Tom Cameron check out the damage to Stanton Rd, at Kimbell near Fairlie, after it was washed out overnight.

The state of emergency has been lifted for Timaru as attention turns to clean up.

Crews tackle cuts

A firefighter, from the Washdyke station, and a Netcon worker tackle a burning power pole on the Pleasant Point Highway ...

All major power cuts addressed after storm batters network.

Horses scramble to safety

A large tree swept past as the horses huddled for safety.

Five horses and a pony clung together to dodge an enormous tree and other debris sweeping towards them in raging floodwaters.

Mackenzie blanketed by snow

Heavy snow is falling in Tekapo.

Snow is still falling in the Mackenzie after a dumping overnight.

Farmers combat deluge

Federated Farmers branch chairman Mark Adams said farmers always prepared for bad weather and made sure they had extra ...

Reports of farmers stranded after storm damages culverts, creeks and fences.

Seven minute trip, two and half hour wait video

Alistair Bradley, Caitlin, 16, Nicole, 8, Alysha, 12, and Sheryl Higgs were stuck in their car for two and a half hours, ...

Getting home after being stuck in traffic near floodwaters for two and a half hours, Nicole Bradley, 9, was so relieved she kissed the floor.

Slip hits house in Oamaru

Julie Everson's property suffered damage from a cliff collapsing.

Julie Everson was sitting in her living room as fierce rain belted her home when she heard an "almighty crash".

Evacuations in record falls video

Water rushes under the Leith Footbridge, in Dunedin, about 11pm on Friday.

More than 200 homes evacuated in the early hours as river levels continue to rise "significantly" amid states of emergency.

Oamaru in state of emergency gallery video

BP on Evans St, Timaru, has flooded.

A state of emergency has been declared in Oamaru in response to deteriorating conditions.

State of emergency for Otago

An aerial view of an Oamaru street that has surface flooding in what was Oamaru's wettest day in July on record.

A state of emergency was declared in the Waitaki District on Friday night after flooding conditions continued to worsen in North Otago.

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