`Mr V’ settles in at the helm

By DAVID HILL Ashgrove School's new principal says he has returned "home". Born and bred in Canterbury, Leon Van't Veen-Gibbon pupils having directed sold-out shows for...

Little Brix is in peak form

Champion of the summit ...There is nothing like an invigorating climb up a mountain to make a dog's day. Brix, a Cairn terrier-Jack Russell...

Unbridled passion for racing shines through

By DAVID HILL The Kaikoura Trotting Club's new president has the pedigree and the horses to match. Ben Smith was elected president last month, following in...

Young pupils eye new classroom

By DAVID HILL Kaiapoi North School's two-year wait for a new classroom block is nearly over. The school's new entrant/year 1 pupils are looking forward to...

Hotel rumours swirl

By ROBYN BRISTOW Rumours are rife in Hanmer Springs that the Heritage Hotel has found a new owner. The complex was mothballed in May in the...

Reunion not for the faint-hearted

By SHELLEY TOPP Leithfield film and television producer Nadia Maxwell has a new film scheduled to premiere in New Zealand on October 30. The new high-concept,...

Quarry opponents reject plan

By SHELLEY TOPP A proposed quarry at the Rangiora Racecourse was described as crazy at a Stop the Quarry public meeting on Monday night. Facilitator John...

Worker shortge starts to bite

By ROBYN BRISTOW Hanmer Springs faces a worker crisis, as business booms. Finding staff to help cope with demand, and then finding somewhere for them to...

Local MPs withstand swing to left

By ROBYN BRISTOW The Waimakariri and Kaikoura electorates remained blue in a sea of red on Saturday night, but not before some anxious moments for...

Corridor work impresses

By DAVID HILL Dan Gordon is impressed by progress on the Christchurch Northern Corridor. The Waimakariri Mayor was joined by Hurunui Mayor Marie Black and Waimakariri...
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