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April 23rd, 2012, VANCOUVER, B.C. – ASHBURTON VENTURES INC. (TSX-V:ABR) (FRANKFURT:ARB)  (“Ashburton” or the "Company”) announces today it has acquired an option to earn a 100% interest in ground located in the Priske Township in Ontario, approximately four kilometers east-northeast of the positive gold drilling results announced recently by GTA Resources and Mining Inc., (TSX-V:GTA).

The Hays Lake property is made up of two contiguous unpatented block mining claims located in the Thunder Bay Mining Division, three kilometers east of the town of Schreiber. According to government reports, the eastern area covered by the claims hosts a series of quartz veins and vein stockworks within granitic intrusives. Copper and molybdenum occurs as disseminations in the intrusives and in the veins. Several northwest-trending linear features also appear to have associated copper and molybdenum mineralization (from Carter, M.W., 1988, Ontario Geol. Survey, Mines and Minerals Survey, Open File Report 5692; Ontario Geol. Survey, Precambrian Geol. Comp. Series Map 2665, 2001).

The eastern portion of the claims includes intermediate and mafic metavolcanic rocks similar to those currently being explored by GTA Resources and Mining Inc., who recently announced drilling results of 1.41 g/t gold over 240 meters, including bonanza grades of 132 g/t gold over 0.5 meters and 120 g/t gold over 0.5 meters (see GTA Resources news release, April 18, 2012).

For a 100% interest in the claims Ashburton will make cumulative payments of $25,000 and issue one million common shares of the Company over a two year period. This transaction is subject to TSX Venture approval.

The technical contents of this release were approved by Dr. Tom McCandless, P.Geo., Vice President, Exploration for Ashburton and a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. The properties have not been the subject of a National Instrument 43-101 report, and Dr. McCandless has not verified the technical data disclosed in this release.           

Ashburton Ventures Inc. is a Canadian-based junior exploration with active mineral programs in the Yukon and Ontario, Canada and in Nevada, USA.


Michael England, President

For further information contact:

Telephone: (604) 683-3995

Forward-Looking Statement:
Some statements in this news release contain forward-looking information that involves inherent risk and uncertainty affecting the business of Ashburton Ventures Inc. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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