Friday, September 22, 2017

This weekend will see the start of Oamaru's Stone Symposium.

The South Today went and had a look at the preparations for the event.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A new retirement village was opened in Oamaru on Friday.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A near collision between a mobility scooter and a boy in Oamaru on Tuesday has prompted police to remind scooter users they do not own the footpath.

Sergeant Tony Woodbridge of Oamaru Police says about several people reported a scooter being driven too fast in the Pembroke St area.

The man alleged to have been in charge of the vehicle has been spoken to about his actions.

Woodbridge says the man received a formal warning, and now knows the rules for using the vehicle.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Oamaru's North Otago Museum has uncovered some objects in its collection that have baffled the curator.

They are asking The South Today's viewers for help in identifying them.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Oamaru police are asking neighbours at Awamoa Park to be vigilant after would-be thieves broke into - and tried to start and steal - two cars at Oamaru's unofficial car sale yard at the weekend.

Sergeant Tony Woodbridge, of Oamaru, says between 10am on Saturday and 10am on Sunday two cars in the South Hill parking lot next to State Highway 1 had been entered and their ignitions tampered with.

Woodbridge says Police do patrol the area and despite being left in a visible location cars had been viewed as an easy target in the past and had been stolen or interfered with.

He advises caution to all owners trying to sell their cars at Awamoa Park.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Fossickers seem to have stolen moa bones from an important archaeological site near Oamaru.

The Awamoa site has become exposed after recent storms.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Three more properties have tested positive for Mycoplasma bovis, including two further Van Leeuwen Dairy Group farms and a lifestyle block near Rangiora.

It brings the total number of infected farms to six.

Ministry for Primary Industries response co-ordinator David Yard says the three latest properties have links to infected properties and it was an 'entirely expected pattern.'

He says they expect to find more infected properties as testing continues.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

This weekend saw the annual Schools Cross Country event being held in Oamaru.

The competitors came from schools all around North Otago.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Community groups across New Zealand have received more than $5.7 million dollars from The Southern Trust over the first half of 2017.

The money - which came from gambling revenues - was allocated to 666 community groups.

Some of the larger payouts included nearly a quarter of a million dollars towards an Olympic Ambassador programme and $125,000 towards a Christchurch sports hub.

Monday, August 28, 2017

New Zealand rugby fans had two reasons to celebrate this weekend.

The Black Ferns womens team won the world cup beating defending champions England 41-32 in Dublin.

While in Dunedin the All Blacks retained the Bledisloe in-front of a crowd of 27 thousand at Forsyth Barr Stadium

Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive Dougal McGowan says the test is likely to have contributed somewhere between $5 million and $10 million to Dunedin’s economy.

The Black Ferns have won the women's rugby world cup five times, while the All Blacks have won the men's rugby world cup three times.

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull congratulated the Black Ferns on their victory in yesterday’s Women’s Rugby World Cup final, descibing the team's performance as "epic".

His Worship the mayor has formally invited the team to a public victory parade and civic reception in Dunedin.

Monday, August 28, 2017

A book detailing life in the Gloriavale commune has been released by the granddaughter of founder Neville Cooper.

Lilia Tarawa has written "Daughter of Gloriavale - My life in a Religious Cult" about the community at Haupiri near Greymouth on the West Coast.

Founded in 1969, Gloriavale reportedly has around 500 members with families living according to an old testament interpretation of Christianity.

Ms Tarawa left the commune with her parents eight years ago, and currently lives in Christchurch.

In her book the 26-year-old writes of her 18 years in the group, her relationship with her maternal grandfather who she knew as "Grandad Hopeful", and the day her family left the community.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Daffodil Day has been a fundraising event for the Cancer Society of New Zealand since 1990, and collectors are due to be out tomorrow.

Hundreds of people in throughout the country take to the streets every year to support Daffodil Day and help collect money for the Cancer Society.

The organisation's national body says donations go towards scientific research into the causes and treatment of all types of cancer.

The society says Daffodil Day gives hope for the 1 in 3 New Zealanders affected by cancer.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

New Zealand Rugby plans to honour the legendary Sir Colin Meads with special tributes this weekend at Heartland Championship games through to the All Blacks Bledisloe Cup Test match in Dunedin.

All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock, who shares the number 5 jersey with Sir Colin, will gift his playing jersey from this weekend’s Test match to the Meads family.

Both Bledisloe Cup teams, and those attending the match at Forsyth Barr Stadium will acknowledge Sir Colin's recent passing by observing a moment’s silence.

The Black Ferns, currently playing in the Women's Rugby World Cup, wore black armbands in recognition of Sir Colin during their semifinal victory over the USA.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Pupils from Kakanui school are busy making a short film as part of local fundraiser.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Yesterday saw a huge kapa haka festival being held for schools in North Otago.

Over eight hundred pupils from sixteen area schools performed on stage.