Kaikoura tourism operators optimistic

By DAVID HILL Kaikoura's marine tourism is operating, but at "winter levels". Local tourism operators remain optimistic about the future, despite the realisation they will effectively...

Special student farewelled from Cheviot Area School

By AMANDA BOWES Cheviot Area school farewelled a very special student at the end of last year - Yvonne Mitchell. Yvonne has excelled at the school...

Vehicles hold their fascination

By AMANDA BOWES Cars, trucks, tractors, farm machinery - they hold a fascination that can't be genetically explained. Growing up in a family who viewed cars...

Trek into Hawarden

By AMANDA BOWES Three tractors, which had trekked hundreds of kilometres, pulled up at the Hawarden Tavern on Sunday. It was not a case of thirsty...

Silvereye numbers fall

By Shelley Topp Silvereyes, one of New Zealand's most abundant birds, are in decline nationally, a new report shows. The report compiles data from Landcare Research's...

Boomerang Bags idea takes flight in Rangiora

By SHELLEY TOPP Support for Boomerang Bags, an Australian initiative established to reduce plastic bag use, is gaining momentum in Rangiora. Claire Buckley has kick started...

Push is on for funds to buy commuter trains

By David Hill A commuter train from Rangiora to Christchurch could be closer to becoming a reality. Christchurch light rail advocate Tane Apanui has launched a...

Volunteers valuable

Volunteers play a valuable role in the Waimakariri district, particularly those in the older age group. Waimakariri District Council community development facilitator Karen Lindsay-Lees says...

Wanted: Top drops for NZ’s most consumer-focused wine competition

By Robyn Bristow Entries close for the 17th New World Wine Awards, on Friday, June 21. The awards are one of New Zealand's most consumer-focused wine...

Railway adventure on the Weka Pass

By ROBYN BRISTOW full steam ahead for the Weka Pass Railway - only without the steam. Over the January summer break, the society will be running...
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