Friday, December 7, 2018

When a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist boxer talks about high-performance training, it pays to listen.

And when David Nyika put Saint Kevin's College pupils through the paces of a workout he developed to keep him going in the ring, the pupils worked.


Monday, November 26, 2018

Santa Claus brought four of his reindeer along to the Waitaki District Santa Parade, held in Oamaru over the weekend.

Organisers were impressed by the size of the crowd as several thousand people lined the street, despite the forecast bad weather.


Thursday, November 22, 2018

The end of a decades-long farming tradition is about to come to an end.

The Munro family have just finished their latest sheep drive between their two properties, Rostriever, in North Otago and Mount Thomas, on the south side of the Lindis summit.

And while it may be the longest sheep drive in the country, it's a trek that's becoming more difficult.


Monday, November 19, 2018

Oamaru's annual Victorian heritage celebrations wrapped up yesterday with an old-time fete in the town's historic precinct.

The celebrations have been a huge success with all of the ticketed events sold out, with the free events also well attended.

Organised by the Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust, the five-day celebration saw hundreds dress up in their finest Victorian clothes and enjoy events around the town.

A garden party was held at the Oamaru Public Gardens on Friday, with crowds filling the Victorian precinct over the weekend.

Competitive events included teams sawing through blocks of Oamaru stone, penny farthing races and a Victorian fashion parade.

This year's theme was Upstairs Downstairs, celebrating both the servants as well as the landed gentry of the Victorian era.


Friday, November 9, 2018

A yellow-eyed penguin nesting area along the Otago coast at Moeraki has received a makeover in preparation for this year's breeding season.

A Penguin Place staff member plus volunteers were out this week, checking on the nesting boxes created for the endangered species.

The area has been planted with native shrubs and trees in a bid to create a more natural environment for the nesting penguins.

In order to combat the mosquito-borne avian malaria, which killed 14 birds at Moeraki last year, 4 nearby dams have been breached.

Four ponds have also been treated with a biological control to fight the mosquitos.

Sheep are being used to keep the grass down, as long grass is thought to allow predators more chance of harming penguins and their chicks.


Monday, November 5, 2018

After more than a century, the North Otago Cricket Association finally has a home it can call its own.

Construction of the association's three hundred and sixty thousand dollar two-storey pavilion at Centennial Park started several months ago and is close to completion.


Monday, November 5, 2018

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage has announced the start of Te Manahuna Aoraki, a biodiversity project designed to protect endangered species in the upper Mackenzie Basin and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.

It aims to cover three hundred thousand hectares, if the initial three-year phase of the project is deemed a success.


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Year 10 St Kevins' pupil Zara Joy Blackie was farewelled by more than 600 people in the school's chapel during a service, tinged with sadness, and laced with humour.

The fourteen year old's funeral was held at the Oamaru Elim Church yesterday.

She died after being struck by a car in an alleged hit and run on State Highway one last Tuesday.

Her fellow pupils welcomed her with an emotional haka as her dark-coloured wood casket - adorned with prints of white flowers and her name, with red roses on top - was carried in by her family.

Speaking at the service, Zara's mother, Wendy Blackie, said no words could describe her loss.

Zara will be laid to rest in her former home town of Balclutha today.


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The sale of a small village in North Otago has hit headlines around the globe more than two years after the unique property went on the market.

Lake Waitaki Village, built during construction of the Waitaki Dam, was put on the market two years ago and is yet to sell, perhaps because of its two point eight million dollar price tag.


Friday, October 26, 2018

A sombre crowd of about two hundred gathered at Oamaru's skatepark this afternoon to share tears, hugs and memories of local teen Zara Blackie, who was struck and killed on nearby State Highway one this week.

Zara's parents and siblings were joined at the park by a group largely made up of pupils from her school Saint Kevins College.

During the gathering the area near where the fourteen year-old was struck was blessed by kaumatua David Higgins, from Moeraki.

Boys from Saint Kevins College performed an emotional haka, followed by a haka from boys from Waitaki Boys High School.

Saint Kevins principal Paul Olsen spoke to the crowd telling them of an energetic and vibrant young lady.

He said to see her potential cut short is a tragedy.

Zara's mother Wendy Blackie said her daughter would have been proud of the turnout


Thursday, October 25, 2018

The fourteen year-old girl killed in an alleged Oamaru hit-and-run has been named.

Police have confirmed to the Otago Daily Times Zara Joy Blackie, a year ten pupil at Saint Kevin's College, was the girl killed in an alleged hit-and-run incident on Tuesday night.

Floral tributes have been placed at the scene where she died.

Police have charged a thirty year-old man in relation to the incident.

Detective Senior Sergeant Rob Hanna says the man has been charged with failing to stop to ascertain injury following the crash.


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

A thirty year-old man has been charged for failing to stop over the death of a fourteen year-old girl in an alleged hit-and-run in Oamaru last night.

Detective Senior Sergeant Rob Hanna says the man has been charged with failing to stop to ascertain injury in relation to the crash.

Police are still appealing for witnesses and aren't ruling out the possibility of further charges.

The man is believed to be the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash, and will be appearing in Oamaru District Court at the next available hearing date.

The incident happened around ten forty last night on Severn Street, with investigators at the scene early this morning.

Meanwhile, in a statement earlier today Saint Kevin's College principal Paul Olsen said the school is mourning the loss of one of its year ten pupils.

The Otago Daily Times and the South Today have decided not to name the pupil, and her family has declined to comment.


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Two records have been set at this year's Waimate 50.

A record thirteen cars hit the wall on Saturday, keeping the Waimate Volunteer Fire Brigade busy all day...

And on Sunday, Josh Mitchell, of Christchurch, took this year's title in a record time of 1.54.3...

Waimate 50 event director Rob Aikman says he's pretty stoked, as over eight thousand spectators came out to take part in the only street race in New Zealand.

He says it's something different and the only street circuit built in the country at the moment.

Timaru's Daniel Liemburg placed second in a Nissan, while Waimate's Ben Terry in a Mitsubishi EVO, came in third.

Despite thirteen crashes on the first day of street racing, there was only crash one on Sunday, after drivers settled into the race.

Sixty five drivers competed in the Street Attack for a chance to qualify for the one-lap, fastest-time-takes-all shoot out final.

The historic invitational drew twenty drivers, and sixteen drift teams from the North and South Islands.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Oamaru is hosting the South Island chartered clubs women's fours bowls tournament this week.

The tournament which started on Tuesday, features over 40 teams made up of 172 players from around the South Island.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Diggers are busy out in the ocean at Oamaru as they begin the first stage of the dredging of Oamaru Harbour.

The restoration of the harbour channel's depth and alignment comes after a fishing boat foundered attempting to enter the Harbour last year.

The two-stage half million dollar project requires a three metre channel to be excavated to allow a dredge into the harbour next March.

Next year's dredge work is being timed to prevent the work spreading marine algae and it will be the first time in seven years since the harbour was last dredged.

The Otago Regional Council's long-term plan is to spend one hundred and fifty thousand dollars dredging the harbour every second year.