Man slumped over in drive thru

Being found slumped over in his car in a McDonald's drive thru has landed a man with a drink driving conviction.

Police had to be called when drink-driver passed out in his car at McDonald's, blocking the drive thru for 20 minutes.

181kmh to get to appointment


Student tells the court he drove that speed because his girlfriend had an audition.

Three motorbikes crash near Omarama

Two people have been airlifted to Dunedin Hospital with moderate injuries after three motorcycles crashed near Omarama.

Two people have been flown to Dunedin Hospital following a crash involving three motorcycles near Omarama.

Demand for CBD accommodation

An August 2016 concept photo of the proposed development on the Hydro Grand site.

Apartment interest signals suggests demand for inner city living.

'Foul' stench permeates Timaru

Timaru resident Diana Manuera said she smelt a particularly "foul" stench about 9.30 pm on Saturday, from her Beverley ...

A "foul" odour smelt across Timaru has been put down to a mishandling of chemicals.

MPI to consider double-fencing

The Weaner Cattle Auction/sale at the Feilding sale yards.  These are ...

Mycoplasma bovis-affected farmers may have to double-fence their properties.

Narrow miss on martial arts gold video

Timaru man Dave Thew, compete in his third world championships in China, from November 7 to 11 and came away with a ...

A Timaru man narrowly missed out on gold at the World Kung Fu Championships in China.

Tree of remembrance set up

Timaru District councillor Nigel Bowen, Hospice South Canterbury general manager Peter O'Neill and Farmers Timaru ...

South Cantabrians are being encouraged to get into the Christmas spirit as the festive season approaches.

Cattle to be culled by Christmas

Ministry for Primary Industries incident controller David Yard addresses the public at a meeting in Morven on Monday night.

Almost 5000 cattle will be culled by Christmas due to the disease Mycoplasma bovis, Ministry for Primary Industries has confirmed.

Food banks stocked up video

Toot for Tucker on Monday night. Jan Rippin, left, Karina Roberts gives food to Jack Williams, 9.

Multiple organisations come together in aid of Timaru's food banks.

More families struggling

Emma and Jacob Howan from the Salvation Army pack food parcels from the food bank.

Rising cost of living being felt in South Canterbury as the festive season approaches.

Hydro Grand Hotel parts to live on

Allan Booth with a sign he recovered from the Hydro Grand Hotel which is now demolished.

A new life is planned for parts of the demolished Hydro Grand Hotel but not the building's iconic dome.

Christmas safety warning

Mid-South Canterbury area commander Inspector Dave Gaskin said police wanted to avoid another "tragedy" this festive season.

Police are urging people to stay safe during the Christmas party season after a party turned tragic last year.

'We're actually making a difference' video

The White Ribbon motorcycle riders visit Timaru Girls' High school. Student Mia Parker, 14, scares her friends with a ...

Nearly 30 motorcyclists rolled into Timaru on Monday to spread the anti-violence message.

Ready to get stuck in

Rangitata MP Andrew Falloon in Parliament.

Rangitata's new MPs are hoping to make their mark after being assigned their select committee responsibilites.

Chinese officials tour Timaru

A delegation from Timaru's sister city Weihai, in China, visited on Monday.

Officials from Timaru's sister city in China are in town to strengthen economic ties.

Safe swimming on the rise

The Waihi River through Orari in spring last year.

Improvements in the region's swimmable water quality come with a warning tag.

Reaping renewable reward

Infratec business development manager David Francis said up to now most of the projects the firm had been involved in ...

An energy firm is looking to profit from rising power bills with an alternative solution.

Shows move to entertainment

Southern Canterbury Agriculture and Pastoral Show Association manager Rito Oswald says his show has become more focused ...

Entertainment is becoming a major focal point for two South Canterbury A&P shows as several associations note continual growth year on year.

Fine weather for festival weekend

Bella Walding, 4, and Geraldine fire officer Matt Anderson share a laugh at the Geraldine Arts and Plants Festival.

Geraldine turned on the sunshine as crowds lined the streets to take in the Arts and Plants Festival.

Classic car show 'well supported' gallery

Plenty of people and plenty of cars on show at the All American Car Show at Caroline Bay.

Plenty of vehicles including a "good contingent of Mustangs" turned up to the All American Car Show.

Soapbox derby a success

William Crooks, 7 at Timaru's soapbox derby.

Converted shopping trolleys and bathtubs, fancy costumes and plenty of moustaches featured at Timaru's first soapbox derby since the 1980s.

Barman, hotelier's son share stories video

Derry Sullivan, with his sister, Sue Sullivan, outside the Hydro Grand Hotel in February. The siblings grew up in the ...

It was a "pleasure" to work in the Hydro - and to grow up there.

No spike but pre-Christmas hospitality confidence

Lauren Weston receives lunch from Sarah McFelin at Timaru's Zest restaurant.

Timaru restaurants and cafes are enjoying a solid but not spectacular build-up to the busy festive period

Iconic hotel reduced to rubble video

Contractors say about 60 per cent of the Hydro has been brought down.

It stood for 105 years, but Timaru's Hydro Grand Hotel turned to a pile of dust, brick and splintered wood within a day.

Booth happy with demolition

Hydro owner Allan Booth has a beer in his office, opposite the Hydro site, at the end of the day.

All day on Saturday people were telling Hydro Grand Hotel owner Allan Booth that he was grinning from ear to ear.

Using antibiotics wisely

The need for antibiotics to be used only when necessary is the message coming out of the South Canterbury District ...

World Antibiotics Awareness Week is being marked by warnings to use antibiotics judiciously.

Hotel 'woven into' life of Timaru

Ref. 4697. A postcard from 1912 depicts swimmers at Caroline Bay with the hotel in the background.

The Hydro Grand Hotel, which was built in 1912 and will be demolished on Saturday, has been an important part of Timaru's history.

Keith's long-awaited report published

Keith Begg outside a fish processing plant in Bremerhaven, West Germany, in 1966.

Keith Begg received a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship in 1965. He has finally published his report.

1000 more cattle to be culled

A total of eight properties have been infected by the cattle disease Mycoplasma Bovis.

Cattle cull numbers from the disease in South Canterbury are set to pass 5000.

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