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John McCaw - By Michael Hanrihan PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 July 2006

Having previously been a national finalist in the National Bank Young Farmer Competition might be seen as giving John McCaw of Methven an edge over his competitors, but that is not the way he is looking at this year’s event.

He has been in training for the event to be held later this week in Greymouth, but is also approaching the grand final in a different frame of mind to the way he handled it in 2004.

John heads to Greymouth tomorrow for the competition, which will be held over three days from Thursday, including a practical day, technical day and the televised evening section on Saturday.

Last Updated ( Monday, 03 July 2006 )
Electricity Update PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 July 2006

All Ashburton’s electricity consumers now have their power restored , but three weeks after the biggest dump of snow in years Electricity Ashburton’s network is in a fragile state.

General manager Gordon Guthrie said the mop-up would take months — his biggest fear now was nor’ west winds in the spring bring down lines that were not properly tensioned and were.

Last Updated ( Monday, 03 July 2006 )
Dogs Breakfast PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 July 2006

Last minute changes to the recently passed dog microchipping legislation have created a costly administrative headache for the Ashburton District Council and other local authorities throughout the country.

The amendment to Part 1 of the Local Government Law Reform Bill, which has had the effect of exempting working farm dogs, has also created the need to identify dogs that are exempt.

Last Updated ( Monday, 03 July 2006 )
Barrhill Damage PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 July 2006


Among the trees damaged in the recent snowstorm were a number of the historic oaks at Barrhill, where a number of large limbs were snapped off, as well as thousands of smaller branches coming down. Ashburton District Council staff have already made a start on the cleanup.

At nearby Corwar lodge a large branch came down on the roof of the historic building, damaging some of the slates.

Last Updated ( Monday, 03 July 2006 )
St Davids Holiday Programme PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 June 2006

Once again St David’s church in Allens Road is offering a special programme during the school holidays for children aged between five and 12.

Organiser Anna Reith said the programme would be held between 9.30 and noon each day from Monday July 10 to Friday July 14. No bookings were needed and the cost was only $2 per day.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 June 2006 )
Ashburton Society of Arts Annual Exhibition PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 June 2006

After being away from Ashburton for more than 25 years, Maxine Jepson, or Maxine Jones as she was known when last here, has returned as a guest artist at this year's Ashburton Society of Arts annual exhibition.

She was a window dresser from the time she left school in Ashburton, first at Heffords and then at Todds.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 June 2006 )
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