It has been called a "dying" town by an academic, who found the population is hitting old age at a fast rate of knots, and it was unable to host a team during the Rugby World Cup due to the lack of suitable accommodation.
The residents are taken over by an inability to move rhythmically when frequenting the local bars after indulging in a few beverages - it is not a choice, but some magical mist that descends on all inhabitants.
It could also be why the local Super rugby team, the Crusaders, doesn't want to stay the night and party after any matches they play here.
- Audrey Malone, 'Let's live in Timaru', Stuff.co.nz, 9 December 2014
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