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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,...

Clothing baled for Europe orphans

Hand-knitted winter clothing, made locally for orphans in Eastern Europe, has been baled and transported to Christchurch. Jerseys, hats, scarves, mittens, and socks, many in...

Croquet’s Edmund a hit

Plucky and accomplished croquet player Edmund Fordyce was in the spotlight when current affairs programme Seven Sharp came filming in Ashburton on Tuesday. The 16-year-old,...

Local swimmers in deep end of training

It’s been a busy three days of swimming ‘‘immersion’’ for three Ashburton teenagers. Bailey Tait, Jared Scammell and Bree Middleton, all members of the Jennian...

‘Courageous’ production

Ashburton Christian School pupils presented the impressive multi-media stage production Courageous on the last day of school term. Two performances in front of parents and...

Busy meeting demand for custom-made buses

Ashburton bespoke bus builder BT Coachbuilders has packed 16 weeks of work into just nine to roll out two of its latest bespoke buses. The...

Retailers flag parking woes – again

They came, they spoke - and they may have conquered. Ashburton retailers may have just about succeeded in turning parking in Ashburton’s central business district...

Footy females in all-girl challenge

Mid Canterbury’s youngest female footballers will have their first taste of an all-girl tournament when they head off to play in the Alan Fraser...

Laird Graeme lords it on the bass

Three hundred ukulele players from around New Zealand descended on Geraldine at the weekend for what Ukulele Magazine billed as one of the ‘‘top...
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