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New hospital short $3.5m

Conceptual drawings of a proposed Maniototo health facility development.

Supporters of a new $5.5 million Maniototo health facility are seeking a $1m contribution from council to help close a $3.5m shortfall.

'Sneaky' water plan change

The Otago Regional Council is currently holding a series of drop-in sessions to get feedback on a proposed plan change ...

A proposed change to how water is taken from streams or tributaries around Otago has been dubbed 'sneaky' and 'vague'.

'Vicar of Dibley' coming to Tapanui

**** Vicar Of Dibley, Dawn french (Geraldine Granger, the Vicar) Bride, wedding, marriage.

A star of the small screen will be in Tapanui in June.

Defending champ smashes record

Challenge Wanaka back-to-back winner Dougal Allan (centre), formerly of Wanaka, with Australia's Luke Bell who placed ...

Dougal Allan has done it again.

Schoolboys stood down for fighting

Three boys from a Cromwell primary school have been stood down following a fight in the playground.

Three boys from a Cromwell school have been stood down following a fight in the playground.

Girl went under, 'lifeguards talked'

Rachelle Crooks with her daughter Amelia, 6, of Cromwell, who nearly drowned at the Cromwell Swim Centre in May 2016.

The mother of a girl revived after drowning at a pool says a report blaming her supervision is a "whitewash".

New build a no-goer

Former Cromwell Community Board member Helen Hucklebridge  delivers a petition signed by nearly 900 people wanting the ...

A "red herring" thrown in left field into talks over the future of Cromwell's memorial hall caused a stir around the board table.

Kiwi kids get Facebook call-up

Sticks 'n' Stones members Tamara Hansen, Courtney Smith, Molly Redican, Abby Golden and Christie Grocott who are in ...

Central Otago anti-cyber bullying campaigners are helping Facebook understand the "new norms" for youth using deletable media.

Cromwell's Cider House Cafe and Bar calls last drinks

Di and Angus Woodhead go out with a party after seven years in business at the Cider House Cafe and Bar in Cromwell.

Seven years ago Angus and Di Woodhead drove into Cromwell in a caravan looking for work fruit picking. They ended up buying a cafe.

Ute and boat recovered from lake video

A ute, boat and trailer had to be pulled out of Cromwell's Lake Dunstan on Saturday afternoon after the handbrake was ...

Man may have left handbrake off before after ute was stranded upside down and 11 metres underwater.

Cromwell couple's wedding rings lost off car roof get handed in

Nick and Elaine Scott married without their rings after losing them unawares off the roof of a car minutes before their ...

A Cromwell bride had to improvise last minute with wedding bands after her mother-in-law drove off with the rings on her car roof. 

Pondering the pros and cons of proposed Otago unitary authority

Otago Regional Councillor Michael Laws will request the unitary authority idea be independently investigated for all of ...

A unitary authority proposal should be independently investigated for all of the Otago region, regional councillor Michael Laws says.

Poor driving keeps cops busy down south

The result of a nose-to-tail car crash on the Cromwell Gorge at Champayne Gully on New Year's Day.

Poor driving on Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes has contributed to 38 crashes and 300 traffic complaints over the holiday period.

UB40 leaves Queenstown, bound for Blenheim, with smiles on faces

UB40's Ali Campbell performs to a crowd of 2500 at Waitiri Creek in Queenstown on Thursday night.

UB40 left the stage with smiles on their faces after playing to a crowd of over 2500 in Queenstown.

Sun shines on UB40 second time around for Queenstown concert

UB40, featuring the original members Mickey Virtue, Astro and Ali Campbell, in Queenstown, as part of their New ...

Fans are armed with sunblock not umbrellas ahead of UB40's Queenstown concert which was cancelled last year due to rain.

Kaley Cuoco's Big Swing Theory

Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco has made her way down the country to Queenstown.

The Big Bang Theory actress was "pretty nervous" before taking on the Shotover Canyon Swing and Fox in Queenstown.

'I chucked two bucks in and started spitting'

Cherry stone spitting competition winner Dave Kowalewski from Wyndham and announcer Greg Wilkinson from Cromwell.

Southland greenkeeper discovers a talent he never knew he had, becoming NZ's national cherry stone spitting champion.

Space Science Technology Centre to be up and running by July 2017

Dr Greg Bodeker, of Bodeker Scientific in Alexandra, Central Otago.

A new Centre for Space Science Technology will not spy on people, launch rockets out of Alexandra or provide a tourist attraction.

'Man against beast...that's all there is to it'

Millers Flat Rodeo Club president Fred Parker.

Fred Parker started his rodeo career in nappies, and he reckons he'll finish it in nappies too.

Canterbury cowboy bucks the trend

The summer holiday rodeo circuit kicked off with the Millers Flat Rodeo on Boxing Day. A large crowd enjoyed all-day ...

Lukas Kohoutek bucks the trend in his family. In fact, more like his country.

Working group to develop a 'one-stop-shop' for freedom campers

A local and central government working party was set up in October to look at how freedom camping is managed and regulated.

A one-stop-shop for freedom campers is part of a "priority action" a working group targeting freedom camping.

Best buds share Xmas birthdays

Christmas babies and best buddies Sophie Thomson, 7, and Brooke Webb, 7, both of Cromwell.

Brooke and Sophie have a lot in common. They are best friends, are in the same class at school, and were also both born on Christmas Day.

High-country, high-fashion story

Modern Classics: Garments designed and made by Pat Hewitt from the Eden Hore collection.

Maniototo high country farmer and fashion collector Eden Hore has a story like no other and the council should leverage off his legacy.

Central Otago touring route to spread benefits of tourism across region

A proposed touring route connecting Central Otago to Queenstown and Dunedin through the Maniototo and Strath Taieri will ...

A proposed touring route connecting Central Otago to Queenstown and Dunedin through the Maniototo and Strath Taieri is "just the beginning".

Car snapped on wrong side

Why should you wear a seatbelt? There are motorists driving on the wrong side of the road.

Man charged with dangerous driving after a car was photographed on wrong side of the road near Queenstown.

Laws calls for ORC to apologise over Lake Snow 'inaction'

Lake Snot/Lake Snow attached to a water filter in Wanaka.

The ORC should "apologise and atone" for its "grossly inadequate" action over the Lake Snow problem in the alpine lakes, Michael Laws says.

Roxburgh teen band to open Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert

Josh Johnston, 17, is the lead singer of the Roxburgh band J-Chill that is playing the opening act at the 2017 Gibbston ...

A group of Central Otago teenage musicians are the opening act at the 2017 Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert.

The work of a winemaker...

French winemaker Lucie Lawrence has made Cromwell her home.

The work of a winemaker is mostly science and hard-graft, says Central Otago winemaker Lucie Lawrence.

Historic Central Otago fashion collection's future discussed

A model wears an item of the Eden Hore Fashion Collection.

The future of the Eden Hore Collection will be discussed at the Central Otago District Council's final meeting for the year.

Community board votes against tendering memorial hall redevelopment

Cromwell Community Board Chairman and Central Otago Deputy Mayor Neil Gillespie.

The decision to accept no tender reflects the concerns of some board members about the design, scope and cost of the project, board chair says.

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