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Passion for great outdoors

Dean Rattray has missed his beloved outdoors during lockdown and can't wait to get back fishing and hunting. The Ryal Bush Transport dispatcher learnt his...

Food forest idea grows

A recent workshop in Ashburton has developed knowledge and enthusiasm for the idea of food forests. The food forest concept functions as a healthy closed-loop...

Sign of the times

Face coverings, covid scanning and hand sanitising have become the new norm under tweaked Alert Level 2 covid restrictions. While schools opened their doors again...

Business uncertainty with covid restrictions

The move to Alert Level 2 has bought a measure of stability to local businesses, but after weeks of being in Level 4 and...

Council consults on parking

The community is to have its say on parking across the district, and a new parking area in the West Street railway reserve to...

Seeking consent to do river works

Rakaia contractor and landowner Philip Brown is seeking a river consent to allow him to do his own river protection works. Mr Brown, who has...

Minister steps up technology use

Rev Heather Kennedy has adapted her usual communication methods during lockdown and technology has become her new friend. The Methodist minister is confident online, a...

Thinking outside the farm gate

By David Clark Well, here we are again, back in lockdown, albeit at this point into Level 3 for areas outside of Auckland. Some would say...

Demand for Sallies food parcels increases

The emergency foodbank run by the Salvation Army in Ashburton has seen an increase in demand during lockdown, but reserves are good and people...

Rock opera show in ‘limbo’

There was just a week left of rehearsals when covid halted the progress of the local production of rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar and...
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