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Thomas and the traction engine

Engine conductors are getting younger by the minute.

Anger at TAB betting cutback

By KATE GUDSELL - The Timaru Herald

Timaru TAB operators are concerned about their future after their governing body slashed their commissions.

Grey Power welcomes spot audits

By FLEUR COGLE - The Timaru Herald

Grey Power national president Les Howard has welcomed government moves to start spot audits of aged residential care facilities.

Killing of birds on shame list

The killing of 32 birds at the Temuka Domain aviary has made the 2009 SPCA List of Shame – a list the organisation is calling its "most appalling" to date.

Wrong word gets Girls' High in trouble

A Timaru high school's inclusion on a roll of shame was the result of a wrong word appearing in school newsletters, Timaru Girls' High School principal Helen Vear says.

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Agency to 'speed' consents

Environment Minister Nick Smith hopes the new Environment Protection Agency will speed up the process for large consents.

Visitors not put off by weather

It snowed and it hailed but a trip down the Rangitata River was the best part of a holiday in the South Island for the Oxford University rowing eight.

Police notebook

Instructors oppose CAA change

Campaign off to a bad start

South Canterbury's Meads Cup campaign has had a shocking start.

SC U18s finish fifth in SI tournament

The South Canterbury under-18 rugby team finished fifth out of 12 teams at the South Island under-18 tournament held at the Lincoln Rugby Club over the weekend.

Boys' hockey team stronger against Bay

Young anglers boost local scene

Crunch time for young SC side

The South Canterbury under-18 rugby side face Southland in a quarterfinal at the Lincoln Rugby Club today.

US healthcare bill could hurt F&P

US healthcare bill could hurt F&P Fisher & Paykel Healthcare could be hit hard by a healthcare reform bill before the US Senate finance committee.

The 'hole' in property tax

The $200 billion rental property sector not only pays no tax, but is actually getting refunds.

Finance victims 'need more time'

Telecom angers Sheppard

Auckland traffic

Business getting more confident

While most small to medium-sized firms are showing signs of growing confidence, more job layoffs are expected, especially in Auckland.

Travel: Kyrgyzstan capers

4 The horses milling around a high alpine pasture in Kyrgyzstan didn't know how lucky they were.

Provide accurate knowledge in the young's sexualised world

The job of parenting teenagers is a challenge. Even Plato is recorded as having expressed concern about the youth of his day, their lack of respect for elders and irreverence about rules.

Past Times: When Bruce's filled the biscuit tins

Film reviews


Behind the scenes of Hollywood

When the audience took their seats to watch the musical extravaganza Hollywood recently, they saw a polished performance, but what really went on behind the scenes in the three months of hard work before the show took to the Theatre Royal stage?

Samoa seeks closure

Search dogs On the north side of Upolu, men in fluoro vests prettify road verges with weedeaters, while at the southeastern tip the search for bodies continues.

Aid push to quake villages

Rescuers and aid workers are fanning out into the hills of Indonesia's Sumatra island, where hundreds of people were buried in landslides triggered by an earthquake that may have killed 3000.

Fires char wildland in US

Prehistoric site found near Stonehenge

Typhoon Philippines

Landslide fears as typhoon kills 17

A powerful typhoon has moved out to sea after thrashing the remote northeastern Philippines, killing 17 people and may remain there for days, bringing more rain and possible landslides

Editorial: Spirit of the game

We have always known that Black Caps captain Daniel Vettori has a special magic.

Chicken Littles welcome

As the unspeakable horrors of the Pacific tsunami continue to unfold and the death toll rises, the thoughts and prayers of New Zealanders are with our island cousins.

Steaming ahead in adversity

A spirit to be admired

Editorial: Parenting plan deserves praise

When a woman discovers her first baby is on the way, her doctor or midwife will politely suggest that antenatal classes for her – and hopefully her partner – are a good idea.

SCF audit completed

South Canterbury Finance has completed an important audit, allowing it to look ahead.

Travel: Kyrgyzstan capers

The horses milling around a high alpine pasture in Kyrgyzstan didn't know how lucky they were.

Film reviews

A look at the latest movies showing on the silver screen.

A helping family feline

The irony of how a cat helped Helen Brown complete her book about the family feline.

Jaguar joins fleet

A vote of confidence has been cast for coastal shipping out of Timaru.

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