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Past and present brought together at 60th Alexandra Blossom Festival

Alexandra Blossom Festival 2016 queen Caitlin Turfus, representing the Men's Shed, and Karen Peterson, who was the first ...

A retired fire fighter is not called the "float guru" for nothing.

Fireworks and fairground rides start the Blossom Festival party

Mark Sturgeon, of Sturgeon's Amusements with employee Natalie Ravenswood. The family-owned business is among dozens of ...

Fireworks and fairground rides get the party started as Alexandra celebrates its 60th blossom festival.

Government "pulling plug" on small power stations

One the country's oldest generators, Roaring Meg, in Central Otago, is at risk of closing if the Electricity Authority's ...

Proposed electricity reforms will cause power costs to go up and local power stations to shut, industry players say.

Central Lakes Trust's proposed changes "undemocratic"

Peter Mead.

A former chairman of the Central Lakes Trust is "appalled" at proposed changes.

Senior Queen crowning kicks off 60th Alexandra Blossom Festival

2016 Alexandra Blossom Festival Senior Queen runner-up Maureen Davies, representing Keep Alexandra and Clyde Beautiful, ...

When Elizabeth Duggan turned 80 she had the senior queen crown in her sights.

Election 'disappearing off the radar'

Michael Laws is standing for a seat on the Otago Regional Council. He lives in Cromwell with his three children Zoe, 9, ...


Teviot tartan tales from 100 years ago

Bridget Gunn, 5, of Roxburgh, with her great, great, great, great grandfather's kilt and sporran that she took to school ...

If tartan could talk, Bridget's great, great, great, great grandfather's would spin a great yarn.

Rugby player dies after quad bike fall

Otago Country rugby player Andrew Grubb, 20, of Cromwell, died after falling off a quad bike on the early hours of ...

20-year-old Andrew Grubb died as a result of injuries sustained after falling off the bike in the early hours of Sunday on September 11.

Wallaby tracks discovered near Alexandra

Wallaby tracks have been discovered near Alexandra, in Central Otago.

Wallaby tracks have been discovered on a farm near Alexandra.

Affordable housing "big" issue facing Cromwell

Central Otago mayoral candidates Tim Cadogan, Martin McPherson and incumbent mayor Tony Lepper at a Cromwell Business ...

Affordable housing and an inefficient residential land use around Cromwell are major issues for the town.

Central Otago mayoral candidates talk tourism over toast and tea

Central Otago mayoral candidates Tim Cadogan, Martin McPherson and incumbent mayor Tony Lepper at a Cromwell Business ...

Central Otago mayoral candidates talked tourism over toast at a business breakfast meeting in Cromwell.

Skiers inducted into college's hall of fame

Inia Logan, Sam Smoothy, Josh Smith and Ben Blanche were were recognised at a Hall of Fame celebration at Cromwell ...

Two high-achieving skiers have been inducted into Cromwell College's Hall of Fame.

Central Otago educators join fight against global funding proposal

About 400 Central Otago early learning, primary and secondary school teachers met for a union meeting at Dunstan High ...

Educators across the country warn the government's bulk funding proposal comes with "massive risks".

Literary stalwarts provide inspiration for Bannockburn event

Owen Marshall.

Author Owen Marshall, poet Brian Turner and non-fiction writer Mary Hobbs are the literary inspiration for a popular Central Otago event.

Police back-down a "victory for common sense" | Tony Lepper

The Omakau races will be celebrating its 52nd race meeting on January 2017.

Police withdrawing their opposition to a liquor licence for the Omakau Trots is a "victory for common sense".

New plan to tackle Lake Dunstan's lagarosiphon weed problem

An up-close look at the noxious weed lagarosiphon.

A new 10-year approach is in place to manage lagarosiphon weed at Lake Dunstan in Central Otago.

Mayoral candidates get grilled by Grey Power at first public face-off

About 100 people turned out to the Grey Power-hosted debate in Alexandra on Wednesday to hear candidates. From left: ...

Senior citizens grilled Central Otago's mayoral candidates about everything from water and rates to jobs and culture.

Slime could make lake 'unfishable'

Central Otago fishing Guide Stu Dever throws out 60 metres of fishing line a day because of lake snow algae contamination.

Lake Wakatipu could end up "unfishable" with the invasive spread of the algae bloom, lake snow.

Top NZ dog off to take on Australian canines

New Zealand champion labrador retriever Georgie will be the only New Zealand dog competing in an upcoming Australian ...

Georgie is smarter than your average dog. Though it took a few years to discover.

Runners battle "brutal" Great Naseby Water Race conditions

Kendra Breen, of Alexandra, won the Great Naseby Water Race women's 100 mile with a time of 28hr 04min 28sec.

Unrelenting rain saw competitors drop out of the Great Naseby Water Race, with some showing signs of hypothermia.

Key makes 'historic' visit to Dunstan High

Dunstan High School year 12 student Millie Harrex asked the Prime Minister how he coped being under the "watchful eye of ...

John Key has made history becoming the first Prime Minister to visit Alexandra's Dunstan High School.

Maniototo residents threaten Westpac boycott if Ranfurly bank closes

Gavin A'Court and Ray Hunter at a protest in Ranfurly over the proposed closure of the town's Westpac bank.

Stuart Hore, 77, will change banks if Westpac closes its Ranfurly branch.

Alexandra shows Prime Minister rural heart of New Zealand

Alexandra Kindergarten children Rocky Lemuelu, 4, Fletcher Cordery, 4 and Finn Anderson, 4, got to play in the sandpit ...


Cromwell golf pro living the dream

Living the dream - Cromwell's resident golf professional, Willie Moore.

It didn't worry Willie Moore that most of the onlookers during his early golfing days were merino sheep.

The fight to save their bank

Maniototo businesswoman Amie Pont talks at a public meeting about the proposed closure of Westpac in Ranfurly.

Westpac wants to shut 19 branches but the small South Island communities aren't taking it lying down.

Cromwell couple gains community support for 24-hour gym in town's mall

Cromwell woman Alex Offen is building a 24-hour gym, Central-Fitness, in the Cromwell Mall with partner Johnny Roberts.

A young Cromwell couple with a passion for fitness plans to open a 24-hour gym in the mall.

Let the Central Otago District Council election battle begin

Victoria Bonham will represent the Earnscleugh-Manuherikia Ward on the Central Otago District Council.

Let the battle begin as the Central Otago District Council elections kick off.

Missing 12-year-old turns up at school

Cromwell Sergeant Bruce Terry.

A 12-year-old Cromwell boy turned up at school on Friday morning after spending the night "roughing it" after running away from home.

Arrowtown curling family take high-altitude event trophy

The Curling @ Altitude 2016 Curling Event, hosted by the Cardrona Curling Club, attracted 80 players from eight clubs ...

Organisers of an altitude curling event will extend the event to over 100 curlers in 2017.

Love lures 'big-city boy'

Italian-born Armando Varlotta is celebrating his new Kiwi status. The Cromwell-based business owner became a New Zealand ...

Italian Armando Varlotta never thought he would call Cromwell home, but he is here to stay.

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