Thursday, March 23, 2017

Estimated costs for the Waitaki District Council's cultural facility development project have increased by 33%.

However project chairman Councillor Hugh Perkins says the increase will not affect ratepayers.

The now $6 million amalgamation of the Forrester Gallery, North Otago Museum and Waitaki District Archive will require the council to up its ante. Perkins says the extra funds will come from depreciation reserves set aside for the Forrester Gallery.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Jazz notes of all varieties echoed through historic Oamaru at the weekend.

The Harbour Street Jazz & Blues Festival was held over eight venues, more than in previous years. Acts came from as far afield as Auckland, with trumpet player Edwina Thorne, and four piece ensemble Freaky Meat.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Westport woman Leanne Ryall left her Domett St home Friday morning and hasn't been seen since.

50 year old Ryall is described as five foot, three inches tall, of solid build, with short, wavy, red/brown hair.

She was last seen around 9am on Friday morning walking near the intersection of Derby and Cobden Street, a few blocks from her Domett St home.

Police believe Ryall is still in the Westport area but are not ruling out the possibility that she has travelled further afield.


Friday, March 10, 2017

A christian not-for-profit humanitarian organisation has been flying under the radar, travelling through many countries offering aid.

Pairing up with 1500 agencies and churches, the Mission Aviation Fellowship has helped people in over 30 countries in Africa, Asia Pacific, the Americas and Europe.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Hundreds of horse riders converged on host-town Omakau for a grand cavalcade at Omakau Racecourse on Saturday.

Nearly 500 people on nine trails took part in this year's 25th anniversary cavalcade. The Cavalcade Founder Fleur Sullivan says she never imagined the event would grow to the size it has.


Friday, February 24, 2017

The North Otago A & P showgrounds in Oamaru will be heaving with people, animals, machinery and of course baking and preserves this weekend at its annual display of rural life.

Parents were busy dropping off lovingly made baking this morning to the showgrounds ready for judging ahead of a busy schedule. The A & P show is one of the most important events on the farming calendar and gathers people from all over North Otago


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The living wage is set to increase from July this year.

Many employers pay their staff at the current living wage of $19.80. However, their employees will soon be paid more than twenty dollars an hour.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Waitaki District Council voted to begin trials of keeping cars off of Harbour St on weekends at its February 15 meeting.

To celebrate some of the town's colourful characters are planning a party. Oamaru artist, and Harbour St tenant, Donna Demente says the trial Harbour St pedestrianisation is a positive move for the town.


Monday, February 13, 2017

After being stuck on rocks for four days, the Oamaru fishing vessel Jane Marie has been lifted clear and the salvage and pollution response is over.

The Jane Marie ran into trouble on February the 9th while entering Oamaru Harbour, with two crew on board.

A Maritime New Zealand spokesperson says both sailors ended up in the water, and were rescued and treated at Oamaru hospital.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Evidence of diesel was found on the water of Oamaru harbour yesterday after a vessel ran aground.

The owner has engaged a salvage diver from Dunedin to prevent any further fuel leaking.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

From Otara to Oamaru, Shaun Osborne has brought his knowledge of two essential slices of heaven to the south.

He worked for more than 20 years for the nation's top ice cream manufacturer, and played rugby for Counties Manakau.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Otago Regional Council has adjusted its plan to spend up to $50,000 importing a new rabbit killing virus.

At today's regulatory committee meeting, some councillors considered the proposal,which was released in a report earlier this week, had significant flaws. The amendment ultimately did not pass council


Friday, February 3, 2017

Police are warning those travelling through North Canterbury over Waitangi weekend to take care.

Highways in the area have become increasingly busy since the Kaikoura earthquake closed part of State Highway One, making the Lewis Pass the key route to the West Coast and Picton. Police are advising people on roads leading to the pass to allow extra time for their journey because of the congestion on State Highways 7 and 63.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

The weather bomb that was predicted to hit the south arrived with gale force winds mid morning.

Flights were delayed, trees have been up-rooted, and power was cut to many areas across the southern region.

The effects of the 'weather bomb' have mainly been felt on the east coast.


Friday, December 23, 2016

The Otago Regional Council is asking for help from boaties to prevent the spread of Didymo, or rock snot.

With summer upon us, holidaymakers are being asked to look after the southern region’s waterways by checking, cleaning and drying equipment after use in water.

The Check, Clean, Dry message comes from the Ministry for Primary Industries as part of efforts to restrict the spread of didymo.

ORC spokesperson Scott MacLean says keeping our waterways pristine is everyone's responsibility.