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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Malya top young baker

A passion for baking has earned Malya Hooper the title of Trainee of the Year. The 22-year-old, who works at Cafe Time in Tinwald, produced...

Staying dry in July

It’s tea and coffee only for Ashburton real estate agents Jill Quaid and Sue Cooper. The bubbly duo have signed up for Dry July, and...

Punk-pop band takes out final

Four piece punk-pop band Pseudo Sane from Geraldine High School took out the Timaru regional final of Smokefreerockquest in front of a crowd of...
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