For some, the approach of winter brings little joy. Short nights and cold days are nothing to get excited about but for many winter brings an opportunity to play, or at least watch, this country’s unofficial national game – rugby. As most people know, rugby (or if you are old fashioned like me and still... Continue Reading →

Kia ora koutou katoa. This story explores the history of one of the most significant landmarks to have ever been in our district, the ancient matai, Hine Paaka, who stood proud in the Ashburton District for many, many years - a taonga for our region. Also known as Hinepaaka, this famous tree was named after the wife of... Continue Reading →

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