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Dorie, the little school that could

By John Keast The roll of Dorie School once slid to 11. More than 20 years ago, it was in danger of closing. There is no danger...

Gold honour for WI’s Mavis

By Toni Williams A lifetime helping others in her community, and beyond, has led to Mid Canterbury Federation of Women's Institutes president Mavis Wilkins being...

Farmers facing tough times, says new Fed leader

By Toni Williams Farmers are facing some of the toughest times in the industry since the 1980s, says new Federated Farmers Mid Canterbury provincial president...

Much-loved donkey dies

A brief death notice told of the death of a friend of Woodbury, the little settlement tucked near the hills behind Geraldine. It said: "Seamus...

65 years together, by George

By Toni Williams Ursula and George Crack donned wedding attire in front of family to celebrate the nuptials they made 65 years ago. The celebrant was...

Ploughing aces ready to turn the soil

The tractors and horses have arrived, the marquee is up and the best ploughmen and women in the country are getting their eye in...

Couple celebrate 65 years together

By Toni Williams The secret to a long happy marriage is being able to "give and take", says Lois Moodie, nee Hicks. Mrs Moodie, and husband...

Huge pond to enhances efficiency

Barrhill Chertsey Irrigation's (BCI) new multi-million dollar water storage facility was made on time and within budget. It will give BCI members access to...

Trust seeks water money

By John Keast A trust proposed to take over from Ashburton's Managed Aquifer Recharge Governance Group will seek funding from the Provincial Growth Fund to...

Big gear comes out for challenge

By John Keast The air shakes when the tractor starts. It is the effect of 520 horsepower. Peter Butterick is in the driver's seat. The Wakanui farmer is...
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