News Business is booming

The first business in a new Timaru complex has opened in a part of town a developer says is "growing and has huge potential".
Robert Harris has opened at the retail development at 209 Hilton Highway, on the former Seedlands site, at the turnoff to Pleasant Point on State Highway 1.
The first tenant of the complex, its franchisee Brendon Soal​ said he, and wife Maxine, had chosen to open the cafe at the site because of the growth in the area.

The development has been overseen by Hilton Nominees Ltd. The group's chairman Ken Buckingham said Washdyke was "a growing area with huge potential".
Another touting the area's potential is Alpine Energy chief executive Andrew Tombs who has seen Washdyke grow extensively over the past few years.Proof of this was in the "several million dollars" the company has spent, installing four new high-voltage, underground electrical cable circuits to guarantee energy security to the ever-expanding industrial enclave in Washdyke this year.
The company also has several parcels of land to lease in Washdyke which he was confident would be leased within the next few years "given the level of enquiries" into them, he said.

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News Timaru high schools

Millions of dollars are being spent at Timaru high schools as classrooms, gymnasiums and a foyer undergo refurbishment.
Timaru Girls' High School will have two new modern learning environments and is refurbishing its gymnasium, while Craighead Diocesan School is gaining a new gymnasium, field and outdoor area, and technology learning centre.
Timaru Boys' High School has a new entrance way to its main office and is looking to develop several classrooms later this term.

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News Big egg hunt

More than 1000 Easter eggs are waiting to be hidden in Temuka.
The second annual Temuka Plunket Easter Egg Hunt will be held at The Ashfield on April 8 and organisers have confirmed it will cater for about 200 children.
The hunt is a fundraiser for the town’s Plunket organisation.
Temuka Plunket president Sophie Sullivan said the event followed on from the success of last year’s hunt, which attracted big crowds.
“We raised about $2000 last year and we’re hoping for a similar amount again.”

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News Coffee hit comes first
Cafe chain first tenant for retail complex

A national cafe chain has been confirmed as the first tenant in a Washdyke retail development.
Robert Harris will open a cafe at the complex, which will be built at 209 Hilton Highway on the former Seedlands site, at the turnoff to Pleasant Point on State Highway 1.
The project, being overseen by Hilton Nominees Ltd, will include retail and office space in an 1100sq m building, to be built by South Canterbury firm Thompson Construction and Engineering.
Hilton Nominees chairman Ken Buckingham would not disclose the cost of the project.

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