Canterbury council hikes bus fares

Environment Canterbury says the bus fare rises from July 22 have been clearly telegraphed in the long-term plan. (File photo)

Canterbury's regional council is hiking bus fares, just weeks after declaring a climate emergency.

Lack of real snow

South Island skifields, including Coronet Peak (file photo), are pleased they are able to make artificial snow in place ...

Snow-making weather systems have been few and far between this winter but do we need the real thing?

Council denies 'budget blow-out' claims

Former Timaru district mayor Janie Annear is running again for the top job.

Claims of a budget blow-out have been quashed by Timaru District Council, as it prepares to approve its annual plan.

Child rape trial begins

Douglas Roy Andrews, 32, has denied six counts of doing an indecent act with a child under 12, three of rape, and three ...

A Waimate man has denied raping a girl numerous times over a 16 month period.

Waimate rate take is $12m

Waimate District Council chief executive Stuart Duncan has proposed a 5.48 per cent rates increase in the 2019/20 annual ...

Waimate district councillors to decide on a proposed rates increase of 5.48 per cent.

Roadshow pushes rural health careers

Rural General Practice Network chief exeutive Dalton Kelly.

A tour encouraging rural students to consider careers in healthcare will visit seven South Canterbury schools.

'It's about giving back'

Year 7 and 8 pupils from Makikihi School, Waihao Downs School, Waituna Creek School and St Patrick's Waimate have ...

Miniature libraries will spring up around the Waimate District in the coming weeks thanks to the efforts of a group of school pupils.

TDHL facing review

A major review of Timaru District Holdings Ltd could soon be actioned by the district council.

A major review of Timaru District Holdings Ltd is on the cards, but it won't look into director remuneration. 

Nets not needed on vines

Run 23 Vineyard workers Dean Browne, Gavin Cochran, Geoff Turner (driving tractor) and Dale Aitken  are hard at work ...

The annual lifting of the nets is a ritual under way at many vineyards that will catch the eye of passersby.

Cruise ships to boost business video

CEO Phil Melhopt says they intend to grow PrimePort's share of the cruise market.

The Port of Timaru has the cruise ships welcome sign out again after completing $700,000 in repairs and upgrades.

Winter costs mount

The Salvation Army Timaru corps officer Emma Howan said people are using their food bank because of the added costs of ...

New regulations on heating and insulation may help families keep warm but many low income households are feeling the pinch regardless.

Timaru gardens could become wedding hot spot

Timaru celebrant Jade Kyles said the change meant registry weddings were "a wonderful option for people to get married ...

The days of saying "I do" in the registry office in Timaru are almost over.

Protection for Rangitata River

The Rangitata River, which has a Water Conservation Order over it, could be in line for some further protection from DOC ...

The Department of Conservation could be pouring its resources into improving the health of the Rangitata River.

Timaru band's songs rock on gallery

Billy Cook, left, Nick Goodwin, and Jack McLennan perform as Jack's Point at the Smokefree Rockquest Timaru regional final.

Timaru's top student band owes success at an annual music competition to their "strong bond" and concern about erosion.

Tribute weekend to karate master gallery

Participants practice kicking at the Timaru Seido Karate Club annual mid-winter training held at Caroline Bay on Sunday.

There was "great energy" among South Canterbury's karate disciples as they dedicated an annual Caroline Bay celebration to sei shihan Michael Higgs.

Gaps in planning, report finds

The Mackenzie Basin is located in the Mackenzie and Waitaki districts.

Major report finds there are still significant gaps in planning around the Mackenzie Basin.

Paddon praises SC rally track gallery

Ben Hunt, of Auckland, in his Subaru Wrx on stage 10 of Rally South Canterbury.

South Canterbury's rally track has what it takes to become an "iconic" South Island course, former World Rally Championship driver Hayden Paddon says.

Temuka tested by Celtic

Temuka's Solomone Lavaka charges though a tackle from Celtic players Matt Fetu and Dominic Visesio, during the match at ...

Temuka have kept their unbeaten Hamersley Cup run intact but only after being sorely tested by Celtic.

Huge interest in BEAs

South Canterbury Business Excellence Award managers Timea Mester, left, and Janet Hogan with South Canterbury Chamber of ...

The South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce has received a record number of nominations for its showpiece Business Excellence Awards (BEA) in August.

Mayoral candidate 'concerned' at project delays

Timaru mayoral candidate Janie Annear says she is concerned with the fact there are $60 million worth of capital ...

Timaru mayoral candidate Janie Annear has hit out at the district council over moves to delay various projects to keep rates down. 

NZTA speed review welcomed

David (Digger) McCulloch welcomes further efforts to reduce the speed limits in Glenavy after years of campaigning for ...

The NZ Transport Agency has announced a review of speed limits on a number of South Canterbury roads, including several that residents have campaigned about for years.

Remembering sei shihan Michael video

Liz Glasier prepares for Timaru Seido Karate's annual mid-winter training on Caroline Bay - the first without her father ...

An annual Caroline Bay celebration will be tinged with sadness as Timaru Seido Karate Club members gather to pay their respects to a master of the discipline.

Fairlie skate park secures $25,000

Members of the Skate Club at Mackenzie College are very excited for the new skatepark in Fairlie, from left, William ...

Four years after the idea for a skate park in Fairlie was put forward, the wheels are finally in motion to fund the $100,000 project.

Teenager jailed again

Josiah David Brooking, 19, was jailed for 15 months when he appeared in the Timaru District Court.

A 19-year-old Timaru man's unstructured, chaotic lifestyle has seen him jailed for the second time in less than a year.

Top clippers off to France

New Zealand's 2019 world shearing and woolhandling championship blades shearers Allan Oldfield of Geraldine, left, and ...

Two South Cantabrians who are NZ's premier blade shearers are headed to France and world shearing championships.

Fined for dangerous scaffolding

Atlas Scaffolding Timaru Ltd was fined $51,453.28 after admitting two counts of exposing individuals to risk of harm. ...

A Timaru scaffolding provider has been fined more than $50,000 for putting staff and builders at risk of electric shock or electrocution.

New focus in infamous Hall poisonings

Sarah and Thomas Williamson Hall farewelling visitors to Elloughton Grange, in Timaru. The photo was taken by Thomas ...

How the family of Timaru's first attempted murderer reacted to the conviction, is just one of the new insights into South Canterbury history to emerge from a new book.

Parking rage costs $3045

Christopher Stephen Douglas Jenkins, 26, was ordered to pay $3045 reparation to cover damage done to two cars, a bus ...

A Timaru man angered to find a car parked in his flatmate's parking space took it upon himself to move it, resulting in damage to other people's property

Convicted murderer paroled

Michelle Nicholson, in 2014, while on parole. (file photo)

A Temuka woman jailed for arranging her partner's murder 22 years ago has been paroled for a third time.

Bulls in demand

The Stern Angus Bull auction on Thursday afternoon fetched about $899,000.

Kakahu Angus' reputation as one of New Zealand's finest breeders of Angus cattle remained intact this week when 99 of its bulls fetched more than $1 million at its Monday auction.

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