Monthly Archive:: October 2013


Cycling crashes down in South Canterbury

The number of cycling crashes in South Canterbury looks set to hit a five-year low this year. New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) statistics showed there had been only five crashes involving cyclists in South Canterbury this year, the lowest since 2008. Timaru Cycling Club president Dave Hawkey

Most prison inmates have suffered head injuries

Brain-injured offenders are packing Kiwi prisons, leaving experts calling for better assessment and rehabilitation of those suffering head injuries. Ministry of Health figures show 64 per cent of prisoners have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), compared with just 2 per cent of the general population. Studies

Coastal Spirit win knockout cup in unlikely fashion

No one really wanted it to end this way. Not really. 90 minutes of toil. Crunching tackles and lung-busting runs. The type of game that leaves the crowd exhausted. With extra time beckoning in the ASB Women’s Knockout Cup, a long ball deflected higher than any Christchurch

Farming, fishing lead ACC claims in Timaru district

Farming and fishing are the most dangerous occupations in the Timaru district, according to the latest ACC injury claims figures. Of the 2427 claims, 618 came from those sectors. “It’s just the nature of the work,” said South Canterbury Federated Farmers Dairy chairman Ryan O’Sullivan. “Quad bikes

Horse becomes regular fixture on Chch streets

“A horse walks into a bar” is usually a set-up for jokes. For Christchurch residents, however, it has become a reality, with Beautifoal the horse now a regular at local bars and cafes. The horse and her owner Richard Hayden are of no fixed abode, but have

Farming works hard to appeal to young

Agriculture is the “flavour of the month” at one Timaru high school, despite worries from the farming sector that the subject is being overlooked. South Canterbury Federated Farmers provincial president Ivon Hurst said students were not aware of the opportunities agriculture offers. “In 10 years’ time, starting

Medical clowning degree to be launched

Kiwis who believe laughter is the best medicine can now gain a degree in the subject, with the country’s first medical clowning qualification to be launched this December. Professional “care clown” Dr Thomas Petschner has brought the qualification to New Zealand through Steinbeis University in Berlin. Those

App puts information at firefighters’ fingertips

Local firemen are now able to tackle fires with the help of a smartphone application. By entering a few details about weather conditions at the scene of a fire, the new application will help frontline firefighters know how fast, in what direction and how hotly a fire

Underground trade in raw milk grows

An underground raw milk market is growing in Canterbury as people scramble to get their hands on the controversial product. Carolyn-Rae Searle, a Weston A Price Foundation representative, said the demand for raw milk was rising. However, most suppliers were keeping a low profile because they were

Retirement village residents still out of pocket

Christchurch retirement village residents who lost their homes to earthquake damage are still fighting for compensation despite law changes to stop a repeat. Changes to the Retirement Villages Code of Practice 2008 which took effect yesterday mean retirement villages will no longer be able to take a