Wednesday 11th March, 2020

Jude Patterson is a woman who can really stand the heat.

The Lawrence Volunteer Fire Brigade's new chief is the town's first female chief in its 127 years of operation.

Wednesday 04th March, 2020

This weekend a Milton teenager will be aiming for gold.

Ethan Walker is taking his talent for javelin throwing to the South Island clubs championships in Christchurch.

Tuesday 03rd March, 2020

A Balclutha migrant marked her 21st birthday on Monday but there were few celebratory smiles to be seen.

Instead, she and her family spent the day coming to terms with an Immigration New Zealand decision which sees her being deported in August.

Tuesday 25th February, 2020

For some, their vision of a dream holiday conjures up floating in a pool with cocktails to follow.

But for Christchurch man Rob Hutchings, his latest holiday involved a 240km swim of the Clutha River — from Lake Wanaka to the Pacific Ocean.

Monday 24th February, 2020

Eight crews braved the mighty Clutha River hoping to garner coveted Big River Raft Race titles on Saturday.

While there may have been fewer entries this year, organisers are happy with how the race panned out.

Wednesday 12th February, 2020

Champion woolhandler Joel Henare won his eleventh national title at the Otago Shears in Balclutha at the weekend.

It was the fiftieth anniversary of the New Zealand Open Woolhandling Championships, with a good crowd coming to watch shearing and wool handling experts vie for the top prizes.

Friday 07th February, 2020

This week's deluge also saw some Balclutha residents evacuating their homes voluntarily.

Their properties were deemed to be under threat as the Clutha District Council established a red zone of flood risk.

Wednesday 05th February, 2020

Crowds cheered in support while some of the world's best BMX riders launched their bikes into aerial stunts such as the whip, the backflip and the Superman.

Held near Winton, Farm Jam drew a crowd of around three thousand to watch intrepid cyclists get some big air.

Monday 27th January, 2020

Rodeo riders were thrown off their mounts left right and centre at the Lawrence Rodeo on Sunday.

This year's event saw the bulls come out on top over their human counterparts as none of the eleven riders were able to stay on top of the animals for the required eight seconds.

Tuesday 14th January, 2020
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Tickets for this year's Bluff Oyster and Food Festival have sold-out in record time.

Organisers say it's a sign of how the annual event is getting bigger every year.