Sisters united after 59 year wait

Sisters finally meet

kath hunt, chris smith

Tears flowed when sisters Kath Hunt and Chris Smith met after 59 years apart.

Spare room on wheels

1969 commer highwayman

Colin Higgins and Maria Foley love their campervan so much, they have bought it twice.

Family finally gets to grave

world war I

Private Herbert Marshall's grave has waited 96 years for a visitor.

'Pay it forward' lost focus

kim dynes

A year since its creation, Temuka Pay it Forward has had to refine the rules.

Red tape was too tight

$500 cost 'definitely on the nose'

howard cameron

Regulations meant trimming his trees would cost Howard Cameron $700. He managed to do it for $40.

A love of story-telling

Timaru Herald photo

Are books your passion?

Pull over and live longer

texting and driving

South Canterbury drivers appear to becoming more "distracted".

Q&A: Live in the moment

keith shaw

This week, we put our regular set of questions to South & Mid Canterbury YMCA general manager Keith Shaw, and it's not Miley Cyrus who is the celebrity that bugs him.

Teachers scoffing fruit family day drawcard

play fight

The popular Temuka Family Fun Day will be on again this year after a hiatus last year.

Pupils dive into junior multisport

temuka kids triathlon

The Temuka Domain will play host to the first Temuka kids triathlon on Sunday, March 16.

Flags mark couple's work

temuka pakeke lions

Temuka Pakeke Lions recently received a bequest from the estate of the late Cliff and Pat Adams.

Kim always happy to help

kim dynes

Kim Dynes, who helped establish Bellyful in Temuka, takes time away from her schedule to tell readers more about herself.

Confident leader talks in Temuka

david cunliffe

Invited guests of the Temuka branch of the Labour Party gathered for a mix and mingle with Labour Leader David Cunliffe on Friday evening.

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.

Peace poster prize for Grace

grace scarsbrook

St Joseph's Primary School pupil Grace Scarsbrook, 11, won the Temuka heat of the Lions International Peace Poster Contest.

Couple hooked on fishing


When Temuka's Clare King fell hook line and sinker for her future husband she got hooked on fishing too.

Temuka Pool is ready for more swims

marj irving

Pristine, tepid water fills the Temuka Swimming Pool ready for its opening on November 15.

Litter a problem say locals

opihi fishing

The ire of locals was raised over rubbish left along the Opihi riverbanks in last week's South Canterbury Herald.

Litter spoils river scene

opihi river

A Temuka mother of six is annoyed at the people leaving rubbish on the Opihi River banks.

Capturing Kiwi towns

melanie rakena

Melanie Rakena, who grew up in Temuka, has been travelling New Zealand working on a new eight-part television series.

Buzz slow to grow for bee stamps

bee stamps

New Zealand Post has released a new set of stamps in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Beekeepers' Association of New Zealand.

Leaders needed for St John division

st john youth

St John Ambulance Youth Division members from the Aoraki sector were in Oamaru to test their skills over the weekend.

Elderly shown appreciation

Elder Abuse


Timaru elderly were treated to a Purple Pamper Day last week to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Flood drill a valuable exercise

civil defence exercise

Temuka was inundated by "floodwaters" recently and it was all go at a hastily set up welfare centre - all for a good cause.

Earlier milk containers come to light

ken arnold

Temuka's Ken Arnold says the new Anchor lightproof milk bottles are not the first time milk has been packaged in lightproof containers, and he has the evidence to prove it.

Emotional day at marae


Anzac Day in Temuka was extra special this year with an unveiling of the headstone of former Arowhenua Marae Upoko, the late Jack T Reihana.

Sky Tower's the limit for team


Temuka's volunteer firefighters are stepping up their training for the Firefighters Sky Tower Stair Challenge.

Rare diagnosis wins science award

Parents 'unyielding support' crucial

rebecca day

A woman who grew up in Timaru has won a prestigious science award in cytogenetics.

Dream job is magic ... and unicycling

josh grimaldi

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

Where have butterflies gone?

Monarch butterfly

Have you noticed there have been few monarch butterflies around South Canterbury this year?

Bargains to be had in region

house sale

House prices have reached new heights, with the median price for a Kiwi home $389,000 - but for people living further north, to buy their dream home for that amount, they may need to move to South Canterbury.

Opera master sings out for voices



After a long opera career throughout Europe, Maurice Connell has now returned home to share his knowledge and love for music with the good people of Timaru.

Dust problem frustrating neighbours

rail dust

Clouds of dust from KiwiRail's Temuka yards are continuing to create an unpleasant environment for neighbours of the Hally Tce site.

Animal-lover Hannah hatches a huge project

hannah gudsell

A science fair project left Hadlow teenager Hannah Gudsell with a brood more than she bargained for.

End of tip in sight for DOC

mt cook

A $700,000 Department of Conservation waste management programme aims to reduce the residual waste stream from Aoraki/Mt Cook Village.

Kai kart finds highway home

kai kart


Dion's Kai Kart has finally found a permanent home and place to do business, back where it started - in Temuka.

Owners soon to reopen quake-damaged hotel

Aim was 'to make it tidy without losing its character'

temuka royal hotel

Temuka's Royal Hotel has had some intense rejuvenation and will be reopening in the next few weeks.

KiwiRail working on dust

Dust tumb

KiwiRail says it has experts seeking immediate solutions to the dust problem at its yard in Temuka.

Residents eat Kiwirail dust

Dust tumb

Clouds of dust from KiwiRail's Temuka yards are creating an unpleasant environment for neighbours of the Hally Tce site.

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.

Groups get a big boost

NZ money, cash

Thousands of dollars is being poured into South Canterbury groups following the latest round of community trust donations.

Worker fluidity tests district

Raw Milk

Changes in the dairy industry are the number one issue facing churches and the community, says an Anglican minister responsible for the Canterbury diocesan's rural ministry.

Bored dogs born to run

Are there enough places for dogs to run off-leash?


A perceived lack of areas to walk dogs off-leash in Temuka has at least one dog lover determined to create a fenced dog park.

Lions help out a resident in need

beth hannigan

Temuka Lions Club had a busy weekend helping out a resident. A working bee was held at Beth Hannigan's Wilmhurst St council flat.

What makes machines work?


Force factor has taken over at St Joseph's Temuka school with all manner of machines, tools and gizmos assembled for students to kick-start the term's science investigation.

Calculating bus use not simple

Red Bus

An unexpected increase in passenger numbers on Temuka to Timaru Ritchies bus routes meant about six passengers were forced to stand for the 15-minute rides last week.

Lake full at last, now the big test

lake opuha

The Opuha Lake is brimful after recent rain and one of its early proponents, farmer Tom Henderson, said this shows the Opuha Dam is an asset to the Opuha and Opihi Rivers, as there is enough water saved to keep water in the rivers throughout summer.

Raffle is big hope


South Canterbury Save the Children is now raising funds through an annual raffle, with the door to door collection no longer viable, Timaru branch president Ngaire Willis said.

Course changing lives


Recently I visited Burnham to meet the people who run the Limited Service Volunteer (LSV) course, and some course participants.

Toxic algae in Opihi River


The Opihi River could be unusable for fishing, whitebaiting and swimming, and potentially lethal to dogs again this year due to the toxic phormidium algae, unless spring rains are heavy enough to flush the river out.
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