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Hail batters town

Ashburton has been lashed by a wild hailstorm similar to the one that damaged thousands of cars several years ago. The storm sent pedestrians fleeing...

Books donated

There won't be toys, but there will be books in the hampers given through community groups at Christmas to families with children. The books have...

Cultural diversity on show at Netherby

By Mick Jensen Cultural diversity is important at Netherby School and two newly created murals depict life and showcase Pasifika countries. The murals include the ocean,...

McGee helps with cause

Collecting for the SPCA's annual appeal with her dog McGee is Paulette Clark. Mrs Clark and her two-year-old terrier cross set up a table in...

Summer camp in Duncan’s memory

An Ashburton summer camp for boys - and girls - planned for Mania-O-Roto park next year is dedicated to the memory of adventurer Duncan...

Fighting to build fine young men

By John Keast The boxing boys file in just before 5pm. They are keen, high-fiving trainer Cornelius Grobler. He says: "Introduce yourself. Shake hands." Each boy comes forward:...

Shirley’s farewell toast

By Mick Jensen Shirley Body was looking to make new friends and to keep her brain active when she first joined Ashburton Toastmasters. Twenty five years...

Farm advocate gets fibre creative

By Mick Jensen Jeanette Maxwell has switched from farming advocate to a user and creator of end products - and she couldn't be happier. The Foothills...

Luke presents a Christmas winner

A big fish design has beaten 134 other entries and been chosen as the district's official Christmas card. Designed by Ashburton Borough student Luke Rhodes,...

Wheel challenge ahead

By John Keast One day soon, the steel tyres from a high-country wool wagon will be heated. It will be a moment of truth for Bruce...
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