Monday, August 13, 2018

Oamarus new international flight school has started to train its first student.

Eighteen year old Rohit Ramesh has chosen the new North Otago school to fulfill his childhood dream, and has made a flying start...


Friday, August 10, 2018

It was all hustle and bustle for those attending the recent Chess Power regional tournament at Fenwick School in Oamaru.

Over seventy Pupils from ten different schools turned up to compete in the event.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A Leopard seal has returned to Oamaru Harbour for the second time in just over a week.

Researchers say the seal's return will help give them data to understand this rare visitor to New Zealand shores.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

After close to six months of earthquake strengthening and other work, the plastic wrap and scaffolding is being removed from the historic Oamaru courthouse in Thames Street.

The strengthening work involved steel support rods being installed throughout the building.

The building's roof was also replaced and the guttering re-contoured.

Cleaning of the exterior of the Oamaru stone building is now under way.

It's likely court services will return to the building in late September or early October.

The courthouse was closed in late twenty eleven after being classed as earthquake-prone, with court services relocated to the nearby Opera House and then to a portable facility in Humber Street a few years later.


Monday, August 6, 2018

A new cricket pavilion under construction at Oamaru's Centennial Park should be ready in time for summer.

And after five years in the planning, the new building will provide a much needed home for cricket in North Otago.


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

A woman who had a firearm pointed at her and her two-year-old son during an armed offenders squad call-out in Oamaru last week is demanding an apology.

She says a drill was mistaken for a gun which led to the incident on Friday.

Up to twelve heavily armed AOS members converged on a South Hill home in Wansbeck Street in the early afternoon, after a member of the public reported seeing a man wielding a gun.

The woman, who lives at the house with her son, says both had firearms pointed at them as they tried to walk out of the house during the incident.

She did not want to be named because she feared unwanted attention.

Police won't comment on what was found at the house as the investigation is ongoing.


Monday, July 30, 2018

Champion New Zealand reinsman Dexter Dunn is set to help make America great again.

He's just days away from flying back to New Jersey where he'll base himself for the next two months to further his international driving career.


Friday, July 27, 2018

The armed offenders squad swarmed a home in Oamaru today after a man was seen wielding a gun in public.

Senior Sergeant Jason McCoy says the AOS and uniformed officers were called to a property in Wansbeck Street at about eleven AM.

The man was arrested without incident and taken into custody.

A witness says about twelve AOS members were involved in the operation at the house.

They shouted instructions at the occupants, and at least two were handcuffed and ordered to sit on the footpath outside the property.

A reporter earlier witnessed four police cars parked outside the house and officers were seen coming and going.

Tees Street in Oamaru was also blocked to traffic for a time.


Monday, July 23, 2018

An aspiring Oamaru butcher has won the right to represent the South Island at the national championships later this year...

Justine Clark has taken out the title in Christchurch and says it's important to respect the knife...


Thursday, July 19, 2018

An Omarama-based gunman has just come back from a successful turn at the cowboy action world championships held in the United States.

The event sees competitors, wielding firearms typical of the mid-to-late nineteenth century, in a Wild West scenario.


Friday, July 13, 2018

A cone of silence has dropped over the upper reaches of the Waitaki district as the production of a major movie begins.

Residents have signed confidentiality agreements or are unwilling to speak about the film.

Construction has begun on what could be a Chinese fortress in the Ahuriri Valley.

This is understood to be a set for Disney's live-action remake of the 1998 animated feature Mulan.

The Waitaki District Council confirms a consent has been approved for the production company to film in the valley but has not offered any details.

The website IMDb lists 104 filmmakers and crew signed on to the movie, including a military adviser and horse master.


Friday, July 6, 2018

One North Otago woman is about to reach an important milestone.

She's been brightening the lives of residents at the Iona Home and Hospital in Oamaru for a quarter century..

and she's showing no signs of slowing.


Monday, July 2, 2018

Over five hundred people donned their finest suits and dresses, and watched twenty amatuers slug it out in the annual Portside Punch charity boxing event in Oamaru over the weekend.


Friday, June 29, 2018

The second Portside Punch charity boxing event is set to take place in Oamaru tomorrow night in what's sure to be a big night of hard-hitting action.


Friday, June 29, 2018

An urban myth has been circulating around Palmerston's East Otago High School this year.

47 pupils stood atop one of the landmark Moeraki Boulders back in the 1960s - or so the story goes.

That's prompted the current crop of students to find out for themselves.