Wednesday, June 5, 2019

One of Dunedin's best-known restauranteurs has now swapped his chef's hat for a business one.

Michael Coughlin has been spending the last few years promoting Provenance Meat, which encourages farming in an organically sensitive and sustainable way.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Year nine pupils from East Otago High School have visited Oamaru as part of a term-long, multi-subject project on sustainability.

Their main port of call was the Waitaki Resource Recovery Park, looking for inspiration amongst the myriad of recycling materials.

Thursday, May 9, 2019
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The Oamaru Steam and Rail Society is working hard to improve safety and infrastructure at a busy intersection near its workshop and Harbourside Station.

Volunteers from the society are installing electronic sensors to control the crossings light and barrier arms, as opposed to triggering them manually.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Members of the Black Ferns rugby team were at Saint Kevin's College, in Oamaru, this week, to take a training session for female pupils in the Waitaki Region - and they brought along a special trophy to help inspire the next generation.

Monday, April 15, 2019

The Waitaki-Community Hospital Action-Group has continued its calls, for the Chief Executive, and the Board Chairman, of Waitaki-District Health-Services, to stand down.

Their concern has arisen over the company's handling, of its controversial 'Proposal for Change' document, with the group holding a protest-march over the weekend, to show their discontent.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Screams for help could be heard from the Saint Kevin's College campus in Oamaru on Wednesday.

But the pupils screaming were merely acting, for the benefit of a large multi-agency emergency services exercise, staged in Oamaru.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Services won't be cut, following a proposal to change staffing at Oamaru Hospital.

That was the upshot of a community meeting organised by Waitaki District Health Services yesterday.

This follows the ODT's discovery of a confidential document proposing the restructuring of staff and changes to the hospital's layout.

Monday, March 4, 2019

The Waitaki Community Hospital Action Group is vowing to keep the pressure on proposed staff cuts at Oamaru Hospital.

That's the message from the protest group who staged a peaceful picket in Oamaru.

Friday, March 1, 2019

The Alps 2 Ocean ultra distance race is due to wrap up in Oamaru over the weekend.

Competitors who finish the race will have run, walked, and stumbled more than three hundred kilometres from the centre of the South Island to Oamaru.

Its the first ultra-distance race for one local, who's vowing to finish the course.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

The second annual Alps 2 Ocean event has seen more than a 100 people begin, and many retire along the seven stage, 323 kilometre ultra-endurance race so far.

At more than 320km, it takes the better part of a week to complete the run to Oamaru from Mount Cook, which the race director describes as a travelling circus.

Monday, February 25, 2019

The 156th North Otago A and P Show has attracted hundreds of people to the Oamaru Showgrounds over the weekend.

The old line an A and P show brings the country to town still rings true, even in a regional town like Oamaru.

As well as the usual agricultural and farming-themed attractions, there was plenty of rides and other entertainment on offer.

As happens every year, animals including sheep, goats, cattle and horses were judged and ribbons handed out.

The two-day annual show started on Friday and wrapped up on Saturday afternoon.

The North Otago A and P Show was first held in November 1863, and is the second-oldest running show in New Zealand.

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.