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Restoring our fragile freshwater systems Restoring our fragile freshwater systems

When I started writing this piece, I was sitting in my Kaiapoi office on a sweltering 30-degree summer’s day, and I could hear faint “plops” as youngsters pulled "phat manus" and "bombs" off the bridge into the Kaiapoi River as generations before them have done.  Do they know that the river is deemed “unsuitable” for swimming with E. coli levels of up to 2420 per 100ml? This information is available on LAWA’s website Land, Air, ...

Kaiapoi Promotion Association bring fun free events closer to Waimakariri schools Kaiapoi Promotion Association bring fun free events closer to Waimakariri schools

Four Waimakariri District schools went head to head at Kaiapoi Promotion Association’s first interschool challenge yesterday at Murphy Park, competing for a trophy donated by the Lions Club of Pegasus Town. All 350 year five to eight students from Ohoka, Pegasus Town, Kaiapoi Borough and St Patricks were buzzing with excitement as they lined up for the big loop track and relay race made up of twelve inflatable obstacles provided by Inflatarun. Inflatarun director Graham Moss says ...

Necessity is the mother of invention Necessity is the mother of invention

Doggie Daycare has been the silver lining in the challenge left by Covid-19 for North Canterbury kennel Snuggle Inn. When the lockdown first hit, partners in life and business Michael Stossel [Snuggle Inn Kennels] and Noeline King [Snuggle Inn Cattery] faced the overnight decimation of their business.  Business broadside during Covid The couple run two of the bigger boarding facilities in the South Island for their customers’ four-legged friends. Their bookings took a 75% to 80% broadside ...

Start your engines! 50 Minis traverse the length of New Zealand for charity Start your engines! 50 Minis traverse the length of New Zealand for charity

Two locals, John Rule and Josh Kiesanowski are among the fifty teams of intrepid Kiwis will cram into their beloved Minis this month, hoping to complete an epic 2350km journey from Paihia to Invercargill to raise money for children in need. The Pork Pie Charity Run for KidsCan loosely follows the route taken by the Blondini Gang in the 1981 Kiwi classic ‘Goodbye Pork Pie’. “It’s a true test of endurance for the cars and ...
Abbey van der Plas with Buster at Christchurch Bull Breed Rescue

A bad start shouldn’t be a death sentence… A bad start shouldn’t be a death sentence…

Large chunks of Buster’s short life remain a mystery. What is known is that this American Staffordshire (AmStaff)-Labrador cross spent much of his now two years being neglected and abused.  Born in the North Island, he was first rescued from a life on a chain by a private dog rescue. He was carrying an injury, which would require months of rehabilitation and treatment. Saving his life and finding a loving home for him quickly came down to ...

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