A Kakanui-based rose grower won the overall prize for her rose at the recent North Otago rose show in Oamaru.
Alison Ludemann describes having her rose crowned Champion of Champions as being something 'very special'.
With less than a month to go before Christmas, towns and cities around Otago and Southland have already started holding their annual Santa parades.
This weekend saw the streets of Oamaru, Dunedin and Invercargill filled with floats, in a celebration of both Christmas and the local communities.
The last of five little blue penguins taken into care in Oamaru has finally been released.
The birds were taken to the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony's rehabilitation centre a month ago, having been found covered in oil.
Oamaru's annual Victorian Heritage Celebrations started last Thursday and were in full swing over the weekend.
"Wheels" were the theme for this year's celebration of how things were during the reign of Queen Victoria.
Maheno School held its Annual Pet Day recently, featuring the same judge its had for the last 53 years.
Eighty five-year-old, Ray Lawrence, has judged the event since 1966 but says, he still enjoys the occasion.
Around 10,000 specators attended the annual Waimate 50 car racing event north of Oamaru over labour Weekend.
Thanks to the hard work of 200 volunteers, this year's event saw more teams, more days and more race categories than ever.
Parishioners were set to gather for a final Presbyterian service at Papakaio Presbyterian Church, northwest of Oamaru on Sunday.
The service would mark the end of 125 years of Presbyterian worship at the church.
A crowd of nearly 500 people ran five kilometres around Oamaru's racecourse while being pelted with various shades of coloured powder along the way.
The Rainbow Run is now in its seventh year, and each time raises funds for a good cause.
Last Friday saw woolhandlers competing at the Waimate Spring Shears event drawing both pros and amateurs from around the region.
Judge Amber Casserly says the best of the competitors had judges struggling to find fault with their woolhandling technique.
As part of a movement to bring more vibrancy and vitality to Oamaru's CBD, local businesses have joined forces to launch a campaign to re-engage shoppers.
Named "Shoptober", the month-long event aims to get consumers shopping in Oamaru first, before going online or taking a trip to nearby cities.
The historic Holmes Wharf in Oamaru is undergoing much needed repairs, thanks to a visiting maritime construction crew.
The much needed work comes after last year's discovery 40 of the wharf's old wooden piles were deteriorated.
Women motorcycle enthusiasts the world over have are taking part in a global baton relay to raise awareness of women riders.
The black, leather-clad group taking part in the New Zealand leg of the event roared through Oamaru and Dunedin on Tuesday.