Monday, May 29, 2017

Work to catalogue a collection of stone tools, found in a 30ha swamp at the Waitaki River mouth more than 60 years ago, began last year and is expected to take several years.

There are nearly 10,000 stone tools, flakes and broken artefact fragments to sort through from what is now known to be one of the largest archaic Maori settlements in New Zealand.


Friday, May 26, 2017

A church parish is set to celebrate a special milestone.

The Timaru Presbyterian Parish will hold a 50th jubilee at Queen’s Birthday weekend, celebrating a half century since Trinity Church opened.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Owen Marshall has written or edited about thirty books since resigning as acting rector at Waitaki Boys' High School and taking on writing full time in 1985.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Smash Palace's Geoff Omnet is Oamaru's resident "garageanalia" expert.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Paul Dee was killed on 28 April 2017 in an ATV side by side buggy roll-over, a stone’s throw from his Waihao Downs home, near Waimate.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Tourism Waitaki and the Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust are celebrating the opening of Whitestone City.

The operations manager says the project is at the end of it's 9 month gestation period - and had a budget of more than half a million dollars.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Palmerston's community board will ask the Waitaki District Council to move the town's bus stop back to its original location.

This is following growing community frustration with the new site.

A year ago the stop moved from Bond St to Sanday St to create six more parks outside local businesses.

Users have since complained of a lack of shelter from the rain and heavy winter frosts and poor lighting at the new stop.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

There are plans to use rifles with thermal imaging sights to wipe out wallabies that have crossed the Waitaki River from Canterbury into Otago.

The introduced Bennets wallaby is considered a pest that could cost farmers millions of dollars if the beasts are not contained.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher says five names are on the shortlist to replace Waitaki District Council chief executive Michael Ross.

In February, Mr Ross said he would leave the post he had held since January 2004 in June, six months ahead of schedule.

The mayor's report to council states the two top candidates as chosen by the executive committee will undergo a "comprehensive interview" by the full council.

An appointment is expected in June.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Concerns have been expressed over the foreshore protection work underway in Oamaru.

There are already indications that toxic waste from a former timber treatment plant is now being uncovered.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Oamaru's Waitaki Boys' High School hosted Dunedin's Kings High rugby team yesterday.

The hosts lost the encounter, but one young player may get a call from All Black coach Steve Hansen after his effort.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Waitaki District Council’s $770,000 foreshore protection work at Oamaru Creek is underway.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

An Oamaru woman is in Dunedin Public Hospital after a serious crash in North Otago late yesterday.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A driver is in a critical condition following a crash near Palmerston this afternoon.

Around 4:23 pm the driver, who was driving at speed, failed to stop for Police and a short pursuit was initiated on the Herbert-Hampden Road, SH1.

Approximately two minutes later the driver has crossed the centre line, crashed and rolled their vehicle off the road.

Ambulance has been called to the scene, however the road is not currently blocked.

The driver will be taken by helicopter to Dunedin Hospital due to their injuries.

As per procedure, the Serious Crash Unit has been notified, and the Independent Police Conduct Authority will be advised.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Police in the lower South Island are seeking Tony Ashley Gorrie, who failed to appear for court in Napier, but has strong ties to the south.

Southern Police want to speak to Tony Ashley Gorrie in relation to a number of matters and want to hear from anyone who has seen him or knows where he is.