Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Parishioners were set to gather for a final Presbyterian service at Papakaio Presbyterian Church, northwest of Oamaru on Sunday.

The service would mark the end of 125 years of Presbyterian worship at the church.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Oamaru could soon be the monarch butterfly capital of New Zealand.

A newly formed group called Friends of the Monarch Butterfly say the first step is to grow more swan plants and nectar plants around the town.

Monday, October 21, 2019

A crowd of nearly 500 people ran five kilometres around Oamaru's racecourse while being pelted with various shades of coloured powder along the way.

The Rainbow Run is now in its seventh year, and each time raises funds for a good cause.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Last Friday saw woolhandlers competing at the Waimate Spring Shears event drawing both pros and amateurs from around the region.

Judge Amber Casserly says the best of the competitors had judges struggling to find fault with their woolhandling technique.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

As part of a movement to bring more vibrancy and vitality to Oamaru's CBD, local businesses have joined forces to launch a campaign to re-engage shoppers.

Named "Shoptober", the month-long event aims to get consumers shopping in Oamaru first, before going online or taking a trip to nearby cities.

Friday, September 13, 2019

The historic Holmes Wharf in Oamaru is undergoing much needed repairs, thanks to a visiting maritime construction crew.

The much needed work comes after last year's discovery 40 of the wharf's old wooden piles were deteriorated.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Women motorcycle enthusiasts the world over have are taking part in a global baton relay to raise awareness of women riders.

The black, leather-clad group taking part in the New Zealand leg of the event roared through Oamaru and Dunedin on Tuesday.

Monday, September 9, 2019

The Countdown supermarket in central Oamaru has added a new weapon to its arsenal against seagulls nesting on the roof.

Along with spikes on the rooftop's perimeter and a light laser, the company is now releasing ozone gas to encourage the birds to go elsewhere.

Friday, August 30, 2019

If you want to take bags of compost, please pay for them.

That is the plea from the Oamaru Air Training Corps who have had enough of people stealing bags of compost from the squadron's honesty stall.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

A Dunedin railway's locomotive travelled for the first time along the short line between Oamaru's Victorian Precinct and the Blue Penguin Colony.

The 140 people on board were there to experience Oamaru's most popular tourist attraction.

Organisers say the inaugural trip could pave the way for a growth of tourism in Oamaru.

Monday, August 26, 2019

When Weston School pupils realised how much plastic an Oamaru Restaurant accompanied with their lunches, they chose to take a stand.

Every Thursday, pupils have an option, to order lunch from a local Japanese restaurant, and they decided to ask for change.

Friday, August 23, 2019

A controversial proposal for a floating hotel on Oamaru Harbour has been scuppered.

Last year, the community-owned Oamaru Licensing Trust unveiled a proposal for Oamaru's harbour which included the addition of a multimillion-dollar floating luxury hotel.

The licencing trust had earlier been approached by a developer, who planned to moor a three-level, twenty-five-room hotel near the waterfront.

Christchurch architects helped design concept plans for the hotel.

However, the licencing trust says the developer will no longer back the project.

The proposed hotel had always been controversial, with some applauding the trust's vision, and others criticising the impact on the harbour.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Ranfurly Shield fever is well and truly alive in North Otago, as the small union prepares for its challenge against Otago on Friday.

The shield is being toured around schools across the district to help promote the game, which is expected to draw a strong crowd.

Monday, July 22, 2019

About 800 birds were on show at the '135th Oamaru Poultry, Pigeon and Canary Society Show,' over the weekend.

Pigeons were banned, but Geese were added to the flock for the first time.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Oamaru penguin experts say seeing little blue penguins waddling along the town's streets after dark is perfectly normal.

It follows concerns about the welfare of penguins living under a sushi stand in Wellington this week.

The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony says the birds have shown they can survive, and even thrive, in close proximity to humans.