Fostering hope for children

A Rolleston couple is helping to ensure foster children get the opportunity to start their new lives in the best possible way. Katherine Jayne and her partner Hamish MacPherson are members of Foster Hope, a national organisation which aims to give...... Read More

Mopping up underway

While the Selwyn District Council has lifted the Civil Defence State of Emergency following the weekend’s heavy rain mop up operations will continue throughout the week. Flooding forced the evacuation of residents from the Selwyn Huts area while...... Read More

Is your child ready for preschool?

Most early childhood education centres or preschools will accept children from 0 to 6 years of age, but that doesn’t mean your child is magically ready for preschool when they reach that age.  Readiness for preschool has more to do with...... Read More

Investigation underway into cow infection

The Ministry for Primary Industries have revealed the cattle disease mycoplasma bovis has been detected in a dairy herd in South Canterbury - the first known outbreak in New Zealand. The condition is commonly found in cattle globally, including...... Read More

$1.25m boost for recycling farm plastic waste

The Government’s Waste Minimisation fund has granted $1.25 million to support the upgrade and recommissioning of EnviroNZ’s plastic extrusion plant in Christchurch, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today while visiting...... Read More

Shield challengers

Mid Canterbury Rugby have named their Heartland squad for the upcoming season, which includes a prized Ranfurly Shield challenge in two weeks’ time. The squad contains 26 players, with three more to be added over the coming weeks. All Watters...... Read More

It’s Southern’s Cup

Southern have ended Rakaia’s dominance in the Watters Cup after taking out a 35-21 win at the Mayfield Domain on Saturday. With the final moved to the Sunday due to record rainfall in Ashburton, it was always going to be a final of note. It...... Read More

Police search for missing Nth Canty woman

Police and Search and Resue parties are out in force, looking for missing woman Melissa Dalgety, who has not been seen since Thursday morning. Police say they have serious concerns for her safety.   The woman is also known as  Melissa...... Read More

Runners from far and wide

The prospect of nearly 900 runners attending the first ever South Island Half Marathon has got organiser John Moore excited. Around 645 people have already entered the event, with plenty of enquiries still coming in, as well as eight to nine entries...... Read More

Southbridge Shield comes home

Ellesmere has recaptured the symbol of Canterbury country rugby, the Southbridge Shield, with a win over holders North Canterbury in Kaiapoi on Saturday. After losing the shield last year in Darfield, Ellesmere came to Kaiapoi determined to wrest the...... Read More