Monday, February 18, 2019

Around 200 people gathered at Campbells Bay in Kakanui yesterday for a memorial for two brothers who died there last week.

Friday, February 1, 2019

A firefighter has praised the quick-thinking actions of a Summerland truck driver who was able to safely pull over as his trailers were being engulfed in flames north of Oamaru.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Kakanui is a well-known surfing destination to many, but perhaps not for brothers Patrick and Sjors Ens...

Determined to free themselves from the shackles of school holiday boredom, the pair have come up with a novel way to pass the time as the days drag on.

Friday, December 21, 2018

The hordes of red-billed gulls flocking to Countdown Oamaru's rooftop are slowly reducing, thanks to a concerted effort to deter the birds from setting up home on the popular nesting spot.

The number of gulls peaked at an estimated 900 a night during October... now only 600 gulls and 90 nests remain...

Woolworths New Zealand staff, in consultation with DoC and contractors, have been cleaning the roof three times a week...

They've also installed lasers, sonic deterrents and are installing spikes to discourage the birds from landing on the roof, as the breeding season comes to an end.

When it does, wires will be strung across the roof to stop the birds from re-establishing nests on the building again in the spring.

The gulls are protected under the Wildlife Act.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Penguin Rescue volunteers south of Oamaru are on their toes following the discovery yellow-eyed penguin chicks at Moeraki are slowly starving.

This year has seen 53 chicks raised on the peninsula, but the adult penguins are struggling to catch enough fish to feed

Monday, December 17, 2018

Christmas in the Park became Christmas at the Harbour in Oamaru yesterday, after organisers House of Breakthrough Church relocated the event from its Takaro Park to the Oamaru harbour area.

As a result, about two thousand people enjoyed the festive atmosphere in the form of music entertainment for children.

It's the seventh year the free community event has been staged.

Organisers hope to be able to hold it at the harbour again next year.

There were long queues for the face-painting and ball-toss stalls, as well as for candy floss and sausages.

House of Breakthrough Church pastor Damien Goodsir says the church loves hosting the free community event.

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.