More sheep than had been expected were up for sale at the first day of the annual Harden Ewe Fair in Mid-Canterbury on Friday.
The auction, which is set to repeat this Friday, didn't see an improvement in prices from last year - which some attribute to the dry conditions in the region.
Over the festive month we've been bringing you Christmas parades from around the region.
Last week saw both Bluff and Kaiapoi celebrate the season, with a festive procession to entertain both young and old.
The small township of Tuahiwi was bustling with around 160 guest and dignitaries for a royal visit recently.
Guests rubbed shoulders with national and international media gathered at the North Canterbury marae to catch a glimpse of Prince Charles and Camilla during their fleeting visit.
Nasty weather threatened, but walkers lined up to support wellbeing in Kaiapoi recently.
Around 20 walkers turned out to support youth wellbeing in the first annual Kaiapoi River Wellbeing Walk, during the final weekend of the Christchurch Walking Festival.
The Christchurch Walking Festival has been in full swing the last two weeks.
One of the first walks in this year's Festival was along the Avon River last Saturday, with youth well-being as the focus of the walk.
More than 20 pupils of Kaiapoi High School, in the Waimakariri district, have spent the term taking part in a testing leadership programme.
Known as "Cactus", the programme wrapped up at the end of the term, with the teens completing a huge morning which began before sunrise.
Down the Back Paddock is a rural safety programme run by the Waimakariri District Council in local schools.
The future of a successful Waimakariri schools rural safety programme is in doubt as a funding shortfall beckons.
Rangiora High School's land-based studies programme is expanding to meet the needs of a changing world.
The school is one of a few in the South Island to have its own farm on campus, giving pupils from a non-farming background a taste of agriculture and offering a wide range of rural-based subjects.
Four thousand people turned up for 'Nasa's open day,' at their flying observatory, in Christchurch, over the weekend.
Housed in a Boeing 747 jumbo jet, the 'airborne telescope' can observe objects in the infrared spectrum, which are otherwise invisible to the naked eye.