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Biscuits to help the blind

Youngsters at Rising Stars Preschool have made and sold biscuits to raise money for the Blind Foundation guide dogs. A small shop area was set...

Silo the cat is back, heavier and purring after 19-month journey into the unknown

It was the worst of Christmas news. A cherished cat, Silo, gone - escaped with eight others - from a cattery at Woodbury. That was 19...

Women take hold in self defence

Local women were hands-on at an informative self defence workshop in Ashburton last week. A full complement of 12 women signed up for the workshop...

Breast is best for these mums, tots

Snow may have been falling but it did not stop 35 mothers and their children celebrating the benefits of breast-feeding in Ashburton on Friday. Breast-feed...

Church site touted for key building

A new council administration and library on the site of the Methodist church on Baring Square East is the preferred site of four short-listed...

Karate ace working hard

Top karate prospect Isla Russell is aiming to add to her regional and national medal haul when she represents New Zealand at the 17th...

Tennis coach loves facilities

New Mid Canterbury Tennis head coach Andre van Rooyen is impressed with facilities and keen to make his mark on the local tennis scene. South...

From Mauritius to NZ – yes, it’s cold

If there are other Mauritians living in Mid Canterbury, Sophie-Claire Violette would like to know. She thinks not, and she, as Ashburton’s new Newcomers Network...

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...
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