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Council signs off ‘general concept’ for $51.6m centre

Ashburton council has released preliminary designs for its $51.6m civic centre and library in Baring Square East. It also approved the ''general concept'' for the...

Innovation award for Ron

Methven businessman Ron Smith had an idea five years ago, invested in it and, with the research to back it up, ran with it. He...

Video club edits itself out, but memories roll on

New technology, ageing members and falling interest have led to the winding up of the Ashburton Video Camera Club, set up 30 years ago. Foundation...

Studying Rangitata’s silt and sediment

Scientists are expected to begin work soon on looking at how the Rangitata River may be affected by the accumulation of fine sediments, such...

Brown seeks mayoralty

Farmer and businessman Neil Brown seeks the Ashburton mayoralty. He joins Leen Braam, Tony Todd and sitting mayor Donna Favel in the race. Mr Brown is...

Boughs, bluebells, history galore

The garden at historic Terrace Station near Hororata has surprises at every turn - a view through a clipped hedge, boughs of great trees,...

Cost of food production to rise – farmers nervous

Toni Williams The cost of food production is set to increase as New Zealand's agricultural industry faces scrutiny trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It's causing...

WI members have quilting covered

By Toni Williams Members of the Mid Canterbury Federation of Women's Institutes (WI) took to the sewing machines last week to begin their latest project...

Bid to improve bridge safety

Up to $200,000 may be spent to make a bridge over the Hinds River safer. Two people have died after accidents on the bridge. Ashburton council's...

Farewell to a faithful friend

Rev Heather Kennedy led a "leave-taking" service at the Ashburton Baring Square Methodist church hall. The hall, and the nearby Ashburton County Council building, will...
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