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Guitars strike chord with Mac

By Mick Jensen Mac McElwain started playing and collecting guitars decades ago, but these days, in retirement, he also makes them from scratch. A self taught...

A fish in the fountain – a restoration project

By Toni Williams The McElhinney Water Fountain, on the corner of Havelock and West streets in downtown Ashburton, is again in top working order after...

Decades of support for RDA

Many years ago Tony Quaid, who is Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury and the Hotel Ashburton Volunteer of the Month, was working full time...

Sleuth turns to art: it was intuition

Brenda Knight has worked in caves, as a travel agent and as a detective. She never thought she would be an artist. Now she is. Mrs Knight,...

Not too old to learn at 102, says Doris

By Toni Williams You're never too old to learn, says Women's Institute (WI) veteran Doris Wakelin. She is 102. She has been a member of the Mid...

Mums extol benefits of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding mums Kara Hall and Naomi Cone were among the dozen breastfeeding mothers to attend Mid Canterbury's Big Latch On event last week. Both have...

Video club edits itself out, but memories roll on

New technology, ageing members and falling interest have led to the winding up of the Ashburton Video Camera Club, set up 30 years ago. Foundation...

Studying Rangitata’s silt and sediment

Scientists are expected to begin work soon on looking at how the Rangitata River may be affected by the accumulation of fine sediments, such...

Boughs, bluebells, history galore

The garden at historic Terrace Station near Hororata has surprises at every turn - a view through a clipped hedge, boughs of great trees,...

Christian school eyes secondary expansion

By Toni Williams Ashburton Christian School is looking to set up a formal enrolment scheme and expand to include a high school. If approved the school,...
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