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From waste to wonder – Rakaia’s blooming

Hard-working Rakaia locals have "turned $1 into $3" and cleared wrist-thick broom and gorse to create a garden that may win a national award. Under...

Replica control tower opened

There was a Tiger Moth, a Spitifre, a Mustang and, to oversee it all, a new control tower. But this tower, unlike the original, was...

Protection mooted for Chinese settlement

Ashburton's Chinese market gardening village in Allens Road may get heritage protection. That, in turn, may help it attract government funding to help in its...

Fencing: it was about keeping stock out, not in

By John Keast Fencing, it was said, was to keep a neighbour's stock out, not yours in. Mid Canterbury, particularly in the Lagmhor area, has some...

The power of electricity – Kemp tractor recalled

By Maureen Bishop The story of Ashburton's inventor and builder of an electric tractor has long fascinated historian and author Michael Hanrahan. After years of work...

In to the drink, with pine chips

By Maureen Bishop A waste product on many farms could be a tool to reduce high nitrate levels in drains and streams if tests in...

A blessing – and new unit to open soon

Ashburton Hospital's new acute admitting unit and day theatre has been blessed and will open on December 7. The public will be invited to look...

All hands to the pump

Aeroview function venue owners Peter and Larraine McQuarters are after the old petrol pumps that once graced Mid Canterbury service stations. Many, when no longer...

Brass hub comes back home – finally

By Mick Jensen A 140-year-old brass carriage hub with the name of Ashburton coach builder Baker & Brown on it has been returned to the...

‘Flock’ brings bird message

By John Keast Dozens of birds are helping children and adults recognise the importance of Canterbury's braided rivers to a variety of birds. The birds, though,...
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