Ashburton is a town in the middle of the Canterbury plain.

Its population is 18000 and the district has a population of 30 000.

In September 2014 a drifter called John Tully went into the town employment office and shot dead 2 female workers there, aged 55 and 67, causing a wave of shock thruout NZ.

It should be pointed out that such crimes are rare in NZ, especially in rural areas.

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