National Mudslide Day drew young and old to Mania-O-Roto Scout Park in Ashburton recently.
The day was designed to promote scouting to the wider community and attracted scores of people to try out a variety of slides constructed by the scouts.
Fire crews from Canterbury, the West Coast and Otago are working alongside a team of international scientists, to find out how wild fires spread.
Around 80 hectares of gorse land in the Rakaia Gorge is being used in controlled burns, to study wildfire behaviour.
A group of international visitors travelling the country, called in to Ashburton's kite factory on Sunday.
Peter Lynn Kites was started in 1973 and is now considered the global Mecca for kite flyers and enthusiasts.
A recent hip-hop workshop in Ashburton was one of many efforts across the country's raising money for Australian bushfire relief.
The 26-year-old lives in Melbourne, but grew up in Ashburton, and wanted to do something for her home town and help out people in her adopted home.
Last Friday saw the official opening of a new agricultural school, in Mid Canterbury.
The Agri Training facility provides school leavers with hands-on training to give them the necessary skills for their farm placements, where the students learn on the job.
Hundreds of people, of all ages, lined the streets of Ashburton recently to take in the Mid Canterbury Santa Parade.
Recently buskers began a series of concerts, entertaining the public with Christmas carols.
The annual lighting of Ashburton's Christmas tree has been proudly done by Ashburton Netherby School pupils.
The tree is in the EA Networks Centre, Ashburton's new $35m sports complex.
The signing of the Armistice was commemorated today, 101 years since it concluded the first world war.
Events were held around the country, including in many southern centres.
A garden of international significance just north of Ashburton is opening its doors to the public so that more people can enjoy its splendour.
The garden was started in 1985 by local horticulturist Alan Trott, who transformed a bare paddock into a world recognised garden.
Ashburton's Aviation Museum has scored a coup - it has been given much of the memorabilia from Mt Cook Airlines.
It's timely as Air New Zealand recently announced it was considering merging the Mt Cook brand with Air Nelson