Tractor retires to the good life

allan andrews

Allan Andrews' tractor has retired to the country after its previous life as a road sweeper.

A love of story-telling

Timaru Herald photo

Are books your passion?

Ban on religion in schools sought


Primary schools in South Canterbury have been approached about religious education.

Pull over and live longer

texting and driving

South Canterbury drivers appear to becoming more "distracted".

Meringues meet raisin boxes on catwalk

grace lange

Geraldine High School's Kim Brown, 17, has been making hundreds of meringues.

Kenyan trip leads to lifelong loves

flick taylor

Flick Taylor lives in Kenya on a safari park and rhino conservancy, but only because she was avoiding getting a proper job when she left Otago University.

A running start to life of adventure

hollie woodhouse

Last year Hollie Woodhouse stood on Sumner beach and watched the Coast to Coast participants finish the adventure race.

Let's just talk about bats - seriously

juvenile long-tailed bat

After the recent discovery of a colony of the threatened long-tailed bat by Raincliff Stream near Fairlie, Audrey Malone talked to bat enthusiast Ines Stager of Geraldine.

Siblings honour Anzacs

hayden nelson

Anzac Day was a family affair for siblings Hayden and Annalise Nelson, who both had parts to play in services across South Canterbury.

Folkerts' floral flair wins UK awards

Two bronzes for Geraldine florist

gislinde folkerts

Living in the bush has not stopped a Geraldine florist from garnering international recognition.

Stargazing celebration

tekapo night sky

Millions of eyes will gaze upon the night sky this April and South Canterbury stargazers will be among them.

Painter's work on show at cathedral

john badcock

Geraldine painter John Badcock's exhibition of 14 large paintings will be hung in Christchurch's new Cardboard Cathedral this month.

Moonshine makes spirited theatrical night

david jennings

David Jennings is gearing up to present A Good Night Out with nostalgia, history, songs and laughter in his latest one-man show.

Geraldine gears up for active weekend

ingrid hanrahan, fiona mcquade, janet harding

Geraldine will be busy with bikes and lycra in mid-March with the annual cycle challenge being augmented with a new women's duathlon.

Getting ready for Plunket appeal week

wendy patrick

Wendy Patrick's days volunteering for Plunket have far surpassed her children's baby years.

Neonatal trust dear to newcomer

anna worner

Geraldine Resource Centre's new administrator Anna Worner is also new to town, but is already settling in. She took time out of her day to participate in our weekly questionnaire.

Colourful group seeks energetic men

rob wakefield

Geraldine's recently formed Morris dancers, are restarting practices on Saturday and are welcoming new recruits.

Nursing was always Hazel's choice

hazel harrison

This week's community profile is on Hazel Harrison, the new clinical manager for South Canterbury Hospice who lives in Geraldine.

Vintage cards found

Lucky last call leads to solution


Two postcards sent 105 years ago have made their way back to the family they were addressed to.

Rocky sanctuary now a local lizard haven

lizard sanctuary

Hermann Frank is pleased lizards have a place they can call home in South Canterbury - but he has bigger plans in store.

Geraldine gearing up for classic summer races

geraldine trotting club

Geraldine people are getting ready to pack their picnics ahead of the annual Summer Festival at Orari Racecourse next month.

Free camp offer to capture lost fees

mt cook camp

A scheme to help catch the thousands of people who don't pay their camp fees at Aoraki-Mt Cook National Park has kicked off with the first volunteer "wardens" pitching their tents last week.

Country singer aims for Nashville prize

Shoulder tapped by talent scout

sarah conlan

Twizel country artist Sarah Conlan is riding a wave of success after a moving performance at the Special Olympics in Dunedin and a nomination for a top country music award.

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.

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.

Kids benefit from bike run

timaru bronze

Timaru BRONZ is due to run its 27th Annual Toy Run Appeal and is calling on all motorcyclists and the public to help put a smile on some needy local children this Christmas.

Show hopes to go on - eventually

jo taylor

A charity comedy contest planned for later this month in Geraldine has had to be abandoned for now, and not through lack of interest from the prospective audience.

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.

Wind damage shuts part of playground

geraldine playground

Geraldine plantations copped the worst of this month's strong winds, with 3.6 hectares of trees suffering damage.

Fetes all on in district next month

geraldine summer fete

Fete season is heating up across South Canterbury.

Suggestion for lights is made

traffic lights

Pedestrian crossing lights have been added to the Geraldine Community Board's wish list.

No slowing down for triallist


There is no such thing as retiring from dog trials, not in Alister McKenzie's world anyway.

Guitarist mesmerises audience

john couch

Spending the evening listening to live music in an intimate setting is a joy that was commonplace before the television took over the living room.

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.

Twist in the tale

Mr and Mrs McScrew

Geraldine High School are preparing to present their annual production, The Magic Porridge Pot, written by maths teacher Michael Meadowcroft.

Puzzling creation still unsolved

michael linton

Many have sought the answer hidden within Michael Linton's medieval mosaic, but none have found it.

Lizard expert receives award

Creating a sanctuary

hermann frank

Environmental award winner Hermann Frank of Timaru says he's pleased to be recognised, but mostly he's pleased with the local awareness of lizards and the way conservation of them has increased over the last four years.

Old artworks sought

john badcock

Artist John Badcock is calling for owners of his paintings to make themselves known.

Community groups need to step up

yellow-eyed penguin

Community conservation groups will be more important than ever after Department of Conservation restructuring, according to a Dunedin-based conservation group.

Love DOC Day sees a flood of support

twizel area school

Messages of support from thousands of New Zealanders were being stuck on Department of Conservation office windows across the country, as part of a national Love DOC Day last week.

Auto flight success

john evans

Former Timaru student John Evans has been working with a team of students to design, build and test an auto pilot system for an unmanned aircraft.

SC bowlers turn out in pink

joan lawn

South Canterbury bowlers pulled out their brightest garments - again - in support of the South Canterbury Hospice.

A bale-built home

'Straw bales are very affordable'

sven johnston

One little piggy who built his house from straw didn't fare too well, but Gary Carpenter is not put off by fairytales.

Fairlie Firemen answer the call

fire service


Fairlie senior volunteer firefighters Darryl Smith and Owen Hunter have attended some horrific scenes in their combined 51 years of service but they don't let it affect them.

Students work on solutions

bunsen burner

The annual Science and Technology Fair received more than 200 entries from school children in Mid-Canterbury and South Canterbury.

Safety survey

st mary's church geraldine

Though St Mary's Church in Geraldine suffered no visible damage from the 4.5 magnitude earthquake in May, or any of the previous shakes, a full report on its structure has been commissioned.

Arts academy making entrance

jill roberts lorina harding fiona mckenzie

Geraldine will soon provide a creative hub and "home" for the arts.

Anti-bullying strategies necessary

richard tucker

A South Canterbury community is taking a proactive approach to help reduce the risk of bullying.

Teen parents keen to get education

sarah davis

South Canterbury may have a teen parent support unit consisting of a classroom and a creche within the next few years, enabling young parents to complete their high school education.

Dean vows to fight on for Easter Bill

jacqui dean

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has sworn to fight on after her private member's bill seeking Easter trading in the Waitaki electorate was rejected by Parliament.
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