36 days ago

Teenager on 24-hour climbing marathon to raise funds for LandSAR

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Northern Outlook

When Ben McDrury gets to the top of Mt Thomas he won’t be stopping to take in the panoramic views.

Instead, he will be scaling the mountain as many times as possible in 24 hours to raise money for LandSAR Oxford.

The round trip is four hours, but the 19-year-old carpentry apprentice thinks he will be able to do it more quickly, and hopes to complete the feat at least 10 times.

McDrury will take on the challenge from 6am on October 2, and has been training to ensure he is ready to hit the trails hard.

Donations can be made here.

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5 hours ago

Seedlings to swap

Janina from Rangiora

Strawberry plants, Lovage, sedum, tomatoes, chilly, swan plants, combo 2 swan plants, 6 tomatoes 3 diff varieties, 2 chilly plants, Mellisa/lemon balm. Will swap for eggs, ready to eat veggies. fruits, or other edibles

19 hours ago

Calling all creative minds today


Entries are open for this year’s Sunday Star-Times short story awards.

The awards include open, emerging Māori and Pasifika writers, and under-25 years categories and will be judged by some of New Zealand’s best authors.

The winning story will be published in the Sunday Star-Times and on Stuff. Entries close Friday 22 October.
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2 days ago


Maria from Hurunui District

can anyone tell me how to contact Contact please. their ph line has a permanent message saying high load. it doesnt matter what day or time u call its the same message. their website wont let me log in to my account so cant get support. their facebook page , you cant post on. they overcharge me and im sick to death of them. Their service is utterly appallingly non existant. I could never recommend them to anybody. Any body know a power co with customer service please