Festive dinner under threat

New volunteers wanted to organise dinner

rebecca smith

Timaru could be without a community Christmas dinner if a new organiser for the event is not found soon.

Beach picture captures Pike award

breanna mckinlay

A picture at a beach has won a Waimate student an award.

Outreach pullback after shooting tragedy

John Tully

Outreach services to some areas have been cancelled following the tragic shooting of three Work and Income workers in Ashburton.

Clashes force rally change

oamaru victorian precinct

A car rally planned for Labour Weekend has been postponed until April next year.

Collies top dogs in South Canterbury

roughcoat collie puppies

The collie breed is South Canterbury's most common dog, national statistics have revealed.

Bell shines with Urban

keith urban, kaylee bell

Waimate singer Kaylee Bell has brought the town some stardust after she performed with Keith Urban.

Doug's dream Camaro drive is just for him

1968 chevrolet camaro

Doug James' hunt for his dream car ended 12 months ago and don't expect to see anyone else driving it.

Farmers take over luxury lodge

lime tree lodge

Self-proclaimed genuine Kiwi farmers have put their passion about people to the test by re-opening a luxury lodge.

Building buy gives centre a big boost

esk valley building

The St Andrew's District Children's Centre has secured its future after buying a former school building.

Easter storms leave big bill for bridges

waimate bridges

Easter's rough weather took its toll on Waimate bridges with the cost to repair them expected to reach $180,000.

'Picnics Past' 2014 theme

waimate edwardian picnic

Tea dresses, belly dancers, picnic hampers and African animals may seem an unlikely mix but that's what Waimate will be all about in just over a week's time.

Swimmers break five school records

tandia gooch

The weather played its part for the annual Waimate High School Swimming Sports held recently.

Couple reach show milestone

jean white, david white

David and Jean White have been recognised for two decades of success at the Waimate Flower Show.

Mobile kindy fights to keep on rolling

sam hurst

The Waihao Downs Mobile Kindergarten now has a better chance of meeting revised Early Childhood regulations by the November deadline.

Help study scratch an itch

anson koehler

Retired Waimate school teacher Norm Davis is trialling the use of sunscreens as a protection against duck itch and looking for willing volunteers.

Local smokers stubbing it out

cigarette butt

Smokers in most age brackets are kicking the habit in South Canterbury.

ABs and the motorhome

hazel fish

This week's community profile is on home schooler Hazel Fish of Waimate who has helped bring together the Children's Theatre Skills Workshop being run tomorrow by the Waimate Theatre Company.

Coloured sheep to go on sale


Enthusiasts of black and coloured sheep who are looking to add to their flock numbers should definitely attend the South Island Black and Coloured Sheep Breeders' sale at Waimate Showgrounds on Saturday, January 25.

Region safe for children


South Canterbury is clearly a very safe place to bring up kids, according to statistics supplied to the South Canterbury Herald by the Accident Compensation Corporation.

Centre under pressure to save building

esk valley building

A group of mums have raised $19,120 to save their children's centre but still need over $10,000 by early next year or their building will be sold to someone else.

Rodeo - with all the fun of the Fare

Jock Westgarth

Strawberry Fare will be sharing its big day this year with the Waimate Rodeo which has been moved forward by two weeks.

Artist partial to Jane Austen's time

jaz paterson

This week's profile is on singer-song writer Jaz Paterson of Geraldine. Jaz will be performing at the Waimate Strawberry Fare on December 14.

Southern Katipo a success in Waitaki

southern katipo

The New Zealand Defence Force's Southern Katipo 2013 exercise has wrapped up, with Waitaki playing a vital part in the biggest exercise of its kind ever seen in New Zealand.

Giving back policy

waimate shop

A second hand clothing shop in Waimate has donated $3090 to local schools since it opened in April.

Performers ready for festive show

waimate xmas in the park

Oamaru's Dog Ruff and Waimate's Top Shelf are among the acts performing at this year's Waimate Community Christmas in the Park.

Hook the big one at Hook Beach


Anglers will be setting their hooks for more than just fish at this year's Canterbury Combined Fishing Club's surf fishing contest.

Norm's missions fulfilled

norm davis

Anyone thinking about taking flying lessons through the Waimate Aero Club can rest assured they will be in very experienced hands.

The Colonel in charge

colonel paul van den broek

Colonel Paul van den Broek has been involved in some of the world's most precarious political climates, but he's taking his role directing Exercise Southern Katipo as seriously as the real thing.

Club flying high into its golden year

digby haywood

The north banks of the Waihao River and adjacent paddocks may take on a gilt-edge later this month.

Has our music scene stagnated?


Twenty years ago Timaru used to have a thriving live music scene but these days travelling big name concerts are few and far between.

World class athletes recognised

emma dyke, maree bowden and james sandilands

The Aoraki region celebrated its emerging sporting talent at the Aoraki Secondary School Sports Awards at the Caroline Bay Hall on Friday night.

Battler wins award

tatyana loye

Tatyana Loye of Waimate has received a 2013 William Wallace Award for achieving against the odds.

Jubilee concert will be feature

gavin cain and alan weir

The Waimate Scottish Society are hosting their 50th Jubilee Ingleside (concert) on Saturday.

Book celebrates 100 years of dog trialling

noble pursuit

The foresight of some Waimate people has culminated - after about three decades of preparation - in a 230-page book commemorating 100 years of dog trials in the district.

Sky giants flying in


The skies over Timaru will be reverberating to the sound of huge Airforce aircraft, the bay dotted with naval ships and the roads rumbling with army convoys due to a huge multi-national defence force exercise playing out here in coming weeks.

Motocross demo revs up the A & P

ryan brown

Rock'n'roll and motorcycles add a new flavour to this year's South Canterbury A & P Show at the Waimate Showgrounds.

Fetes all on in district next month

geraldine summer fete

Fete season is heating up across South Canterbury.

School happy to trial faster internet

UFB fibre optic cables

Oamaru Intermediate School is more than happy to be a "guinea pig" for the recently announced Network for Learning (N4L) scheme.

Therein a skeleton lies a tale

joy langston

Joy Langston says you can tell some interesting stories about bones.

Big screen treatment for sustainable road trip

emma heke

South Canterbury stories will hit the big screen when full-length documentary Our Green Roadie is shown at Timaru's Movie Max later this month.

Decades of capturing NZ scenery

Photographs 'an important record'

gladys goodall

An English tourist approached the stranger taking photos above the Sign of the Takahe on the Port Hills.

Perfection in a pan

rene bullock

It's an unlikely mix, but paella in Waimate might just take the region by storm.

Heritage preserved

maurice williamson

DANIEL BIRCHFIELD - South Canterbury

Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson has said Oamaru's historic buildings are unlikely to be demolished under the Government's new earthquake building policy proposal.

Croquet club's stellar year

awamoa croquet

The Awamoa Gardens Croquet Club has had a powerful season in the South Canterbury Association competition.

Shared approach to data has advantages

alex familton

Waitaki Mayor Alex Familton hopes a new data-sharing initiative between territorial authorities around Canterbury will lead to further opportunities.

Willing workers keen

rock climber

Need your hedge clipped? Garden weeded? Dog walked? Kids babysat? Bathroom scrubbed with a toothbrush? You're in luck.

Closure sad for St Paul's congregation

st paul's waimate

The congregation of St Paul's Methodist Church have held its first service in their new home after the old building was closed from earthquake damage.

Dream job is magic ... and unicycling

josh grimaldi

Former Roncalli College pupil Josh Grimaldi is pursuing his passion for magic and unicycling.

Milk plant good news all round

alex familton

The announcement that Oceania Dairy is to construct a milk processing plant at Glenavy is welcome news for Waitaki, says Waitaki Mayor Alex Familton.

Author makes finals

ken catran

South Canterbury writer Ken Catran has again been named as a finalist of this year's New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards.