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Encyclopedia > Ashburton, New Zealand

Ashburton is a town and district in the Canterbury region on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It is the third-largest centre in Canterbury, after Christchurch and Timaru. The Māori name for the town/area is Hakatere. The area around Ashburton is frequently referred to as Mid Canterbury, which is also the name of the district's representative sports teams. The New Zealand region of Canterbury is mainly composed of the Canterbury Plains and the surrounding mountains. ... The South Island The South Island is the larger of the two major islands of New Zealand, the other being the more populous North Island. ... For other uses, see Christchurch (disambiguation). ... Timaru is a major port city in the southern Canterbury region of New Zealand, located 160 kilometres south of Christchurch and about 200 kilometres north of Dunedin on the eastern Pacific coast of the South Island. ... Languages Māori, English Religions Māori religion, Christianity Related ethnic groups other Polynesian peoples, Austronesian peoples The word Māori refers to the indigenous Polynesian peoples of New Zealand, and to their language. ...

Ashburton
Urban Area Population 16,350 (2004 est.)
Territorial
Authority
Name Ashburton District Council
Population 26,700 (2004 est.)
Extent

Pacific Ocean to the
Southern Alps, and the
Rangitata River to the
Rakaia River, including
the towns of Methven,
Mount Somers, and Rakaia Statistics New Zealand defines New Zealand urban areas for statistical purposes. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 460 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (520 × 677 pixel, file size: 11 KB, MIME type: image/png) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Territorial authorities is the formal term for the second tier of local government in New Zealand, below regional councils. ... The Southern Alps is a mountain range which runs along the western side of the South Island of New Zealand. ... The Rangitata River is one of the braided rivers that helped form the Canterbury Plains in southern New Zealand. ... The Rakaia River is one of the principal rivers of the Canterbury Plains in New Zealands South Island. ... Methven is a small town in the Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand. ... Mount Somers is a small town in Canterbury, New Zealand nestled in the foothills of the Southern Alps. ... The town of Rakaia is seated close to the southern banks of the Rakaia River on the Canterbury Plains in New Zealands South Island. ...

Regional
Council
Name Canterbury

Ashburton is on State Highway 1 86 km south of Christchurch. The Main South Line runs through the centre of town, but passenger trains ceased on 10 February 2002. The town is the centre of a rich agricultural and pastoral farming district, part of the Canterbury Plains. It has one large suburb, Tinwald, south of the town and the Ashburton River. Tinwald was the junction for the now-closed Mount Somers Branch railway line. Regions is the formal term for the top tier of local government in New Zealand. ... The New Zealand region of Canterbury is mainly composed of the Canterbury Plains and the surrounding mountains. ... The New Zealand State Highway Shield. ... The Main South Line is half of the South Island Main Trunk Railway in New Zealand and runs south from Lyttelton through Christchurch and down the east coast of the South Island to Invercargill via Dunedin. ... is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Location of the Canterbury Plains The Canterbury Plains is an area bounded by the foothills of the Southern Alps and the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. ... Tinwald is a town in Canterbury, New Zealand, now little more than a suburb of Ashburton. ... The Mount Somers Branch, sometimes known as the Springburn Branch, was a branch line railway in the region of Canterbury, New Zealand. ...


Prominent residents have included the town's former Member of Parliament and Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jenny Shipley, international operatic tenor Simon O'Neill and New Zealand television and radio personality Simon Barnett. The Prime Minister of New Zealand is New Zealands head of government and is the leader of the party or coalition with majority support in the Parliament of New Zealand. ... Jenny Shipley, DCNZM, PC, (b. ... Simon ONeill (born 1971) is a New Zealand-born operatic tenor. ... Simon Barnett is a radio and television presenter in New Zealand. ...


Ashburton was named by the surveyor Captain Joseph Thomas of the New Zealand Land Association, after Francis Baring, 3rd Baron Ashburton, who was a member of the Canterbury Association. The town is laid out around two central squares either side of the railway line and main highway, Baring Square East and Baring Square West. Joseph Terrence Thomas (b. ... Baron Ashburton is a title that has been created in both the Peerage of Great Britain and the Peerage of the United Kingdom. ... Plaque commemorating the first meeting of the Canterbury Association The Canterbury Association was formed in order to establish a colony in what is now the Canterbury Region in the South Island of New Zealand. ...


A common nickname for Ashburton is 'Ashvegas', an ironic allusion to Las Vegas. This may be due to the perceived respectability, and conservatism of the residents, and the notable lack of nightlife within the town, coupled with it being the bright lights in the middle of the desert (Las Vegas) or plains (Ashburton). For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ...

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Economy

Much of Ashburton's industry is oriented towards servicing the surrounding farmland. It is the site of New Zealand's only bus manufacturer, Designline; Ashford's, the world's largest producer of spinning wheels; and New Zealand's premier kite designer, Peter Lynn, who produces and exports worldwide giant inflatable display kites, children's kites, power kites for kite surfing, kite buggies and kitesleds. Designline logo Designline bus operated by Hinomaru operating the Tokyo Bay Shuttle service Designline Olymbus hybrid bus operated by Hinomaru in Japan. ... A spinning wheel is a device for making thread or yarn from fibrous material such as wool or cotton. ... The Worlds Largest Kite, 2005. ...


Ashburton has a daily newspaper, the Ashburton Guardian; AshburtonOnline, a Mid Canterbury district website; a weekly free community newspaper, The Courier; and a radio station, Port FM-local. The town also has local versions of Newstalk ZB and Classic Hits ZEFM that broadcast on the frequencies previously used by local station 3ZE. The Ashburton Guardian is a daily newspaper published in Ashburton, New Zealand according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation in New Zealand it has a readership of approximately 11,000 and a circulation of 5,554. ... Port FM is a network of radio stations based in Timaru, New Zealand. ... Newstalk ZB is a nationwide New Zealand talkback radio network operated by The Radio Network of New Zealand (TRN). ... Classic hits is a popular music radio format, a variation on the classic rock theme that provides most of the playlist of classic rock with an addition of contemporaneous R&B and pop hits as well, striking a balance between the mostly 70s-focused classic rock genre and the more... 3ZE or as it became known 3ZEFM is a local radio station that operated in Ashburton, New Zealand. ...


Schooling

There are many primary schools in and around Ashburton, such as Allenton, Hampstead, Borough inc. Lagmhor and Tinwald schools. There are also Ashburton Intermediate School and a college.


Recreation

Ashburton Domain
Ashburton Domain
Aerial view of Ashburton, with the Southern Alps in the background
Aerial view of Ashburton, with the Southern Alps in the background

Opportunities within the town itself are limited to the kind of activities that could be expected for a town of its size, such as movie theatre and swimming pool). There are also two local golf courses. There is a walking track for some distance, coastwards along the northern side of the river from SH1. This was overgrown for many years, but has now been restored and is in excellent condition. Image File history File links Map showing location of Ashburton, New Zealand File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Map showing location of Ashburton, New Zealand File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (3072 × 2304 pixel, file size: 4. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (3072 × 2304 pixel, file size: 4. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 455 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (2020 × 2658 pixel, file size: 3. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 455 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (2020 × 2658 pixel, file size: 3. ...


Slightly further afield, the number of opportunities rises dramatically. The beaches adjacent to Ashburton are steep and shingly with a strong undertow, making them unswimmable. In part to rectify the limitations imposed by the lack of recreational waterways, Lake Hood was constructed just south-east of Tinwald. It provides rowing, swimming, and water-skiing opportunities. The Ashburton, Rakaia, and Rangitata Rivers offer good fishing. Upper reaches of the Rangitata are frequently kayaked and rafted, reaching Grades 3-4. The Rakaia is known for jet-boating. The Ashburton Lakes (Lake Heron, Lake Camp, Lake Clearwater, and a number of smaller lakes) are around an hour and a half inland, and offer water sport and fishing opportunities. On the road to these lake are Mount Somers and the Mount Somers walkway. In 1940, Lake Hood and Lake Spenard were joined by a single channel and a 2,200 east-west gravel runway was constructed. ... Tinwald is a town in Canterbury, New Zealand, now little more than a suburb of Ashburton. ... The Rakaia River is one of the principal rivers of the Canterbury Plains in New Zealands South Island. ... The Rangitata River is one of the braided rivers that helped form the Canterbury Plains in southern New Zealand. ... Mount Somers is a small town in Canterbury, New Zealand nestled in the foothills of the Southern Alps. ...


Mount Hutt is a prominent South Island skifield an hour inland, just past Methven. Mount Hutt rises to the west of the Canterbury Plains in the South Island of New Zealand, above the braided upper reaches of the Rakaia River. ... Methven is a small town in the Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand. ...


Elected Members

Elected Members of the Ashburton District Council:

  • Mayor Bede O'Malley
  • Cr John Leadley (Deputy Mayor, Rakaia)
  • Cr Rod Beaven (Ashburton)
  • Cr Neil Brown (Rakaia)
  • Cr Jim Burgess (Ashburton)
  • Cr Derek Glass (Methven/Hinds)
  • Cr Kelvin Holmes (Ashburton)
  • Cr Robin Kilworth (Ashburton)
  • Cr Ken Lowe (Methven/Hinds)
  • Cr Darryl Nelson (Ashburton)
  • Cr Peter Reveley (Methven/Hinds)
  • Cr Bev Tasker (Methven/Hinds)
  • Cr Michael Urquhart (Ashburton)

Elected Members of the Methven Community Board:

  • Beverley Anderson
  • Viv Barrett
  • Dave den Baars
  • Martin Nordqvist
  • Dave Wilson
  • plus two District Council appointees, Crs Ken Lowe and Derek Glass

References

  • Reed, A. W. (2002). The Reed Dictionary of New Zealand Place Names. Auckland: Reed Books. ISBN 0-7900-0761-4. 

External links

  • Ashburton District Council
  • AshburtonOnline
  • The Ashburton Guardian
  • Enterprise Ashburton Economic Development Agency
  • Mid Canterbury Landscape Photography
  • Ashburton Street Map

Coordinates: 43°54′20″S, 171°44′53″E Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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Ashburton, New Zealand - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (645 words)
Ashburton is a town in the Canterbury region on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand.
Ashburton was named by the surveyor Captain Joseph Thomas of the New Zealand Land Association, after Francis Baring, 3rd Baron Ashburton, who was a member of the Canterbury Association.
New Zealand's premier kite designer, Peter Lynn, has his factory in Ashburton, where he produces and exports worldwide giant inflatable display kites, children's kites, power kites for kite surfing, kite buggies and kitesleds.
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