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Reserve development questioned

Aerial view showing 3.5 hectares of proposed reserve development in Twizel.

Concerns have been raised about $20,000 worth of Mackenzie District Council funding to develop 3.5 hectares of reserve in Twizel.

Science students chosen for camp

Year 12 students Jessica Marshall, 16, left, and Taylor Gallagher, 17, will get to explore their passion for science ...

South Canterbury Year 12 science students Taylor Gallagher and Jessica Marshall have been selected for two advanced science camps.

Pool bill error a real sinker

The Timaru District Council is describing overcharging people for the use of the CBay aquatic centre as a "technical error".

Timaru man was momentarily drowning in debt when his monthly bill for the Caroline Bay Trust Aoraki Centre arrived in the mail.

Teens target peers' spirits boost with email list

Alex Howden, 15, of Ashburton, left, and Stacey Ramsay, 15, of Timaru, got the top award in their age group for an ...

Setting up an email list to send positive reinforcements out to those battling depression has seen two 15-year-olds win an inaugural technology award.

'I didn't put a needle in the strawberry'

Timaru woman Jaydean Temperley was charged with making a false complaint on Wednesday.

Woman charged with putting needle in strawberry was Timaru faces a second charge for causing loss by deception.

Pupils milk recycling idea

Guy Holmes, left, and Amethyst Wano, both 9, finish the igloo.

Woodbury School pupils have milked the ultimate recycling project, using 600 plastic bottles to build an igloo at the school.

Peaks conquered for mental health

Eight South Canterbury climbers have conquered five peaks in five days.

New Zealand's mental health services will get a more than $9000 boost after eight South Cantabrians conquered five peaks in five days.

Concert brings joy to the world

Neil Dickson can't wait to get his voice ready for Carols by Candlelight

Timaru's Theatre Royal will be buzzing with more than 400 carol singers when an annual Christmas concert hits its 51st year.

Boom times for basketball

There were 100 primary school teams playing in South Canterbury in 2018.

Basketball player numbers are on a full court charge in South Canterbury.

What's on this weekend?

Mother-daughter duo Imogen, 10, and Jess Young are ready to become Merlin and Teddy for Aidan Theatre's Christmas ...

Waimate's Christmas parade, a lily show and Carols By Candlelight will keep people busy in South Canterbury this weekend.

Bionic hand 'my pot of gold'

Mike Duke with his new bionic hand.

Mike Duke is looking forward to playing badminton with his children again after being fitted with a bionic hand.

Arrest following complaint

A photo supplied to Stuff by the Timaru woman of a needle in the bottom of a strawberry bought from a Timaru supermarket.

Timaru woman charged with making false complaint over needle found in supermarket strawberry.

Footage reviewed after penguin death

Forest and Bird launched a petition on Sunday to have the speed limit on Marine Pde reduced after the death of a little ...

Authorities review CCTV footage as they try to piece together events leading to death of little blue penguin.

Ratepayers not given a fair go, MP says

Rangitata MP Andrew Falloon says Timaru District Holdings Ltd's proposal to sell its shares in Alpine Energy should be ...

Rangitata MP Andrew Falloon urges Timaru District Council to abandon TDHL proposal to sell Alpine Energy shares.

Facelift for Hydro Grand site

Volunteers hard at work in the beautification of the site where the Hydro Grand Hotel once stood.

A Timaru working group on a mission to spark the beautification of the town centre has the vacant Hydro Grand Hotel spot firmly in its sights and is calling on volunteers to pitch in.

Frank releases limestone book

Hermann Frank has released South Canterbury Limestone - Landscape of Dreams Nature's Treasure Chest.

Researcher, photographer and naturalist Hermann Frank has a deep fascination with South Canterbury's limestone landscapes.

Water supply will hold says council

According to the Mackenzie District Council's 2018-28 Long Term Plan, the Twizel water supply has the greatest demand of ...

Upgrades to Twizel's water supply will not be complete by Christmas.

Lilies showing in December

Secretary of the South Canterbury Lily Society John Jackson with a variety of lilies, many which will be on display at ...

South Canterbury Lily Society have given lilies a new show to bloom in this weekend.

Route changes please Chamber

Nigel Gilkison, Timaru CBD group chairman, is pleased the council has whittled down the number of strategic routes. (File)

Safe passageway plan for Timaru in the event of an earthquake altered after concerns about tenants leaving CBD.

O Come, All Ye Faithful to Waimate

Co-organiser Paul Kuriger holds up the trophy for the Santa 50 wheel race, just one of the attractions at Waimate ...

Waimate preparing to deck the halls as a traditional Christmas event draws closer.

Diversity and drug concerns raised

Angel Siaosi, left, with Aliana Siaosi and Marie Siaosi, says she has found support through family and the family's ...

The damage of drugs, and race-based and social issues in Timaru have all been highlighted as areas of concern by residents surveyed as a part of a national report into the state of the nation.

What is Alpine Energy worth?

Mackenzie District Mayor Graham Smith has confirmed the council will not sell its shares in lines company Alpine Energy.

An almost $200 million difference in the valuation of lines company Alpine Energy has left shareholders questioning the true value of their asset

Jilly James heads for the stars video

For Jilly James, 17, acting is not just her passion, it is what she "needs to do".

Timaru actress Jilly James is the first New Zealander to win a globally contested acting scholarship in Hollywood.

Another needle in a strawberry

A needle in the bottom of a strawberry bought from a Timaru supermarket.

Second supermarket forced to pull strawberries from the shelves after the discovery of a needle.

Alpine Fault quake unlikely to trigger tsunami

The Alpine Fault poses very little tsunami threat to the Timaru coastline, AF8 chief scientist, Dr Caroline Orchiston says

A quake on the Alpine Fault is unlikely to cause a tsunami threat for Timaru but the town is not off the hook for quakes off the Pacific Ocean coast.

SC's less fortunate get boost

The Salvation Army's Emma Howan with donated toys. More than 100 of South Canterbury's struggling families will be ...

Giving toys to struggling families to help them bring Christmas cheer to their children is just one way the South Canterbury community is helping those less fortunate this holiday season.

Teacher shortage issue growing

The latest South Canterbury teaching graduates are, back row, from left, Aimee Hart-Belworthy, Rebecca Brookland, Char ...

South Canterbury has a new group of graduate teachers, but teacher shortage remains an ongoing issue.

Irrigation testing reaches South Canterbury

Federated Farmers South Canterbury branch president Jason Grant is fully behind the irrigation project.

Irrigation NZ has shifted an irrigation efficiency testing programme into South Canterbury in an effort to help farmers improve their irrigation management.

New Heartland coach named

A delighted Nigel Walsh says it's a dream come to be put in charge of the South Canterbury team he played for on more ...

A former front rower has been appointed the South Canterbury Heartland rugby head coach.

Smoke alarm 'worth its weight in gold'

A smoke alarm going off in a house in Timaru was heard by a passerby. (File photo)

The value of working smoking alarms has been highlighted in a fire callout in Timaru.

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