Monday 17th December, 2018

Christmas in the Park became Christmas at the Harbour in Oamaru yesterday, after organisers House of Breakthrough Church relocated the event from its Takaro Park to the Oamaru harbour area.

As a result, about two thousand people enjoyed the festive atmosphere in the form of music entertainment for children.

It's the seventh year the free community event has been staged.

Organisers hope to be able to hold it at the harbour again next year.

There were long queues for the face-painting and ball-toss stalls, as well as for candy floss and sausages.


Friday 07th December, 2018

When a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist boxer talks about high-performance training, it pays to listen.

And when David Nyika put Saint Kevin's College pupils through the paces of a workout he developed to keep him going in the ring, the pupils worked.


Monday 26th November, 2018

Santa Claus brought four of his reindeer along to the Waitaki District Santa Parade, held in Oamaru over the weekend.

Organisers were impressed by the size of the crowd as several thousand people lined the street, despite the forecast bad weather.


Thursday 22nd November, 2018

The end of a decades-long farming tradition is about to come to an end.

The Munro family have just finished their latest sheep drive between their two properties, Rostriever, in North Otago and Mount Thomas, on the south side of the Lindis summit.

And while it may be the longest sheep drive in the country, it's a trek that's becoming more difficult.


Monday 19th November, 2018

Oamaru's annual Victorian heritage celebrations wrapped up yesterday with an old-time fete in the town's historic precinct.

The celebrations have been a huge success with all of the ticketed events sold out, with the free events also well attended.

Organised by the Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust, the five-day celebration saw hundreds dress up in their finest Victorian clothes and enjoy events around the town.

A garden party was held at the Oamaru Public Gardens on Friday, with crowds filling the Victorian precinct over the weekend.


Friday 09th November, 2018

A yellow-eyed penguin nesting area along the Otago coast at Moeraki has received a makeover in preparation for this year's breeding season.

A Penguin Place staff member plus volunteers were out this week, checking on the nesting boxes created for the endangered species.

The area has been planted with native shrubs and trees in a bid to create a more natural environment for the nesting penguins.

In order to combat the mosquito-borne avian malaria, which killed 14 birds at Moeraki last year, 4 nearby dams have been breached.


Monday 05th November, 2018

After more than a century, the North Otago Cricket Association finally has a home it can call its own.

Construction of the association's three hundred and sixty thousand dollar two-storey pavilion at Centennial Park started several months ago and is close to completion.


Monday 05th November, 2018

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage has announced the start of Te Manahuna Aoraki, a biodiversity project designed to protect endangered species in the upper Mackenzie Basin and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.

It aims to cover three hundred thousand hectares, if the initial three-year phase of the project is deemed a success.


Tuesday 30th October, 2018

Year 10 St Kevins' pupil Zara Joy Blackie was farewelled by more than 600 people in the school's chapel during a service, tinged with sadness, and laced with humour.

The fourteen year old's funeral was held at the Oamaru Elim Church yesterday.

She died after being struck by a car in an alleged hit and run on State Highway one last Tuesday.

Her fellow pupils welcomed her with an emotional haka as her dark-coloured wood casket - adorned with prints of white flowers and her name, with red roses on top - was carried in by her family.


Tuesday 30th October, 2018

The sale of a small village in North Otago has hit headlines around the globe more than two years after the unique property went on the market.

Lake Waitaki Village, built during construction of the Waitaki Dam, was put on the market two years ago and is yet to sell, perhaps because of its two point eight million dollar price tag.