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Sheepish charms – just say cheese

By Toni Williams A boutique sheep milking operation on the edge of Ashburton is making cheese while the sun shines. Hipi Cheese, owned and operated by...

Life honour for rural stalwart

The long and outstanding service given by Winchmore woman Margaret Kelk has earned her a life membership with the Winchmore Branch of Rural Women...

Major complex proposed for Lake Hood

A $50m sports centre for high-performance, disabled athletes, ''Wounded Warriors'', returned service personnel and youth is proposed for Lake Hood near Ashburton. The concept was...

Light, finally, at end of the tunnel

By Toni Williams Lynne and Duncan Barr are happy it's spring. There are calves to feed and work to be done on their dairy farm at...

New citizens sworn in

Forty new citizens were sworn in at a ceremony conducted by mayor Donna Favel at the Ashburton Event Centre. It was one of several...

Farmers out in force for environment meeting

The rural community turned out in force to a Ministry for the Environment meeting in Ashburton yesterday to hear discussion on the Governments's Essential...

Wholesale land use change on cards – Feds

Federated Farmers estimates large parts of rural New Zealand will have to abandon their reliance on the pastoral sector based on the freshwater proposals...

Festive spirit hits Geraldine – it’s flour and bands

By John Keast Pauline Denzey is ankle-deep in bookings, inquiries - and flour. By day, Pauline runs The Cottage Pantry and gallery in Geraldine, but when...

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,...

Rare engine comes to town

By John Keast She is bright red, powerful, has its own 100ft German ladder and has saved lives. And it is in Ashburton. A group of Ashburton...
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