Monday 09th September, 2019

The Sunday morning silence was shattered at 10am by the wailing of a fire alarm at Silver Fern Farms Finegand plant outside of Balclutha.

It wasn't signalling a major fire, but marking the culmination of three months' planning for a Fire and Emergency NZ annual brigade level training exercise for local volunteer brigades.


Wednesday 04th September, 2019

There was no shortage of brains on show at the inaugural School Scarecrow Competition in Balclutha on Tuesday.

Eight Clutha district schools entered the event for its first outing at the town's community garden, after it was established to stimulate young interest in all things green-fingered.


Monday 26th August, 2019

Crowds gathered on a farm just south of Milton over the weekend, to remember the late John Goldsworthy and check out the auction of his collection of vintage memorabilia.

Goldsworthy was a well-known aficionado and collector of all things Massey Ferguson, with thirty one of his tractors going under the hammer on Saturday.


Monday 19th August, 2019

Learning about farming bees and marketing resultant honey has been part of the school term for pupils at Waitahuna School.

The school honey project came about after a local family discovered a large swarm of wild bees in one of the walls of their farm house.


Wednesday 07th August, 2019

A Lawrence man is contemplating whether to sell ancient moa bones salvaged from a rubbish dump, after a push by conservationists to ban the practice.

Peter Hall has six moa bones he and his son, Matthew, found at Dunedin's Green Island tip 35 years ago.


Tuesday 30th July, 2019

A Balclutha meatworker says, "a clerical error may be responsible for the upcoming deportation of his disabled wife."

Failing an 11th hour intervention, 'wheelchair-bound stroke victim', Firoza Begum, will leave her family, and her beloved South Otago home of 12 years, on Saturday, as she complies with an order from Immigration New Zealand.


Monday 22nd July, 2019

The small town of Waihola, just south of Dunedin, has upgraded the safety of it's lakeside children's playground.

Toddlers are now kept safer, thanks to fencing erected by an enthusiastic local work group, committed to improving the town.


Thursday 18th July, 2019

A Kaka Point dog owner says Clutha District Council dog fees are confusing, discriminatory and unfair.

Retired teacher Lyall Butterfield lives in a modest crib in the South Otago coastal village, with two dogs who he describes as his lifelong mates.

He's being charged the urban dog fee, but believes urban sprawl hasn't hit Kaka Point yet, so his dogs should be classed as rural.


Tuesday 25th June, 2019

The town of Kaitangata has yet another reason to be proud, and a chance to celebrate later this month.

Following 8 years of hard work, and more than $1 million of fundraising, a brand new community centre is now opening its doors to the public.


Wednesday 12th June, 2019

Clutha rugby stalwart Neville Muir is set to join his father and grandfather on the rugby club's "wall of legends", after receiving a life membership last month.

However, the club may have to leave a couple more spaces for his two daughters who also harbour quiet ambitions of making their mark in rugby down south.