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Carving out marae’s place in world

The men are bent low, chisels digging into the fine totara. To their right is their quiet guide, carver Alex McLeod. He is from Rolleston, but...

Young writers told to keep going

Ashburton’s talented young writers and poets have been encouraged to keep entering competitions - and to check their words. Judge Janet Benfell spoke to the...

PM’s whistlestop Ashburton tour

Prime Minister John Key enjoyed a relaxed walking tour of central Ashburton on Friday and was happy to stop and chat. Mr Key started his...

Sport centre drivers urged to slow down

Drivers - slow down. That’s the plea from Steve Prescott, Ashburton council sport facilities manager, who is concerned someone could be hit by a speeding...

Top sculptors set for domain event

Fifteen of New Zealand’s top sculptors are confirmed for the second Ashburton Stone Sculpture Symposium to be held later this year. The symposium begins on...

Landmark Ashburton store Todds sold to Timaru family

Landmark Mid Canterbury fashion business Todds of Ashburton has been sold to the Preen family of Timaru in what is seen as a vote...

Busts busting for a bid

A second Busted Mid Canterbury art auction will go under the hammer shortly, with proceeds going to the Mid Canterbury Cancer Society. Eleven plaster busts...

Lions changeover

Mark Worden has taken over from Dave Doy as president of Geraldine Lions. The 49th annual changeover was held at the Town & Country club...

Trampers launch escape venture

Two keen trampers have launched a foothills tourism venture, Rata Escape. Rata spells rural adventure tours and accommodation. The accommodation base is Rata Lodge at Staveley...

Choir singers plan to be wizards of Oz

Ashburton College choir singers are priming their voices ahead of attendance at a big performing arts competition in Australia. Phoenix Chorus members will compete collectively,...
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