In The South

Carnival and chaos at festival

Competitors leapt into a chilly Lake Wakatipu during the Queenstown Winter Festival 'Day on the Bay' event at Queenstown ...

Queenstown's lake front was a scene of carnival and carnage as near-nude men and women fell over one another and rafts lost crew.

Arrests made over restaurant burglary

The Postmaster's House Restaurant in Arrowtown.

An off-duty police officer helped nab three Invercargill men sitting in a parked car full of spoils from an alleged burglary.

Ladies Mile plans released

Queenstown Lakes District Council's planning practice manager Blair Devlin, planning and development general manager ...

A rural area on the outskirts of Queenstown could see up to 2800 homes be developed to cope with growth.

ORC by-election error

Melva Crowley, of Cromwell, got her Otago Regional Council
by-election voting paper in the post in good time to meet ...

An error meant 42 ratepayer voters were incorrectly omitted from the electoral roll for the Otago Regional Council by-election.

Alexandra man a rarity

Blake Luff, 26, has just been elected the new president of the Alexandra Musical Society and new chair of the Otago and ...

It's hard to find a 'middle-aged man' to take the stage in Alexandra, but Blake Luff says times are changing.

Dead trout count climbs

Three brown trout found dead in Mill Creek, near Arrowtown, on Wednesday.

Five more brown trout were found in Mill Creek on Wednesday, bringing the total of dead fish to 30.

More dead trout found

Dead brown trout removed from Mill Creek, a spawning stream for Lake Hayes, which was reported to Fish and Game last week.

A pollutant may be responsible for the death of seven more brown trout in a spawning stream near Arrowtown.

Dryer causes fire at salon

Alexandra Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief Fire Officer Russell Anderson.

A dryer left on after closing caused a fire at an Alexandra beauty salon early Monday morning.

Cromwell to light up

Carolyn Murray and Brigitte Tait test out a lantern in preparation for a new winter event planned for Cromwell in August.

Hundreds of paper lanterns will be released into Cromwell's night sky as part a new winter event.

Pollutant kills healthy trout

Dead brown trout removed from Mill Creek, a spawning stream for Lake Hayes, which was reported to Fish and Game last week.

A pollutant likely killed brown trout in a spawning stream for Lake Hayes - the Queenstown Lake District's "most polluted lake".

Junior learning hub opens

Danella Smallridge, Jim Porteous, 5, Louise Haig, Mason Adams, 6, and Cath McLellan in the new modern learning space at ...

A new learning hub at Cromwell Primary means kids can be moved back into classrooms after being taught in corridors due to classroom shortages.

Economic report gets nod

Central Otago District Council economic development manager Warwick Hawker.

Central Otago District Council questions rigour of Otago Regional Council report.

Council approves $2m for hospital

Maniototo Hospital.

Maniototo hospital bosses have been told to "crack on" with building a new facility.

CO heritage approach failing

Central Otago Heritage Trust chairman Graye Shattky makes a submission at the Central Otago District Council annual plan ...

Central Otago's approach to heritage is not "fit for purpose" , the Central Otago Heritage Trust chairman says.

Central Otago designers dominate at WoolOn event

Alexandra designer Daphne Randle won the Breen Construction Collections Award with Patterns in Paua at the Rural Women ...

Central Otago designers dominated category wins at the WoolOn Creative Fashion Event in Alexandra.

Independent economic report sought

Central Otago District Council economic development manager Warwick Hawker.

The public need 'robust data' to make understand the impact of proposed water changes in Central Otago.

Region continues to soar

Infometrics senior economist Benji Patterson.

Record-level activity in Queenstown-Lakes' construction industry has netted $158m in resource consents over the past year.

School takes 'proactive' approach

Mount Aspiring College principal Wayne Bosley, of Wanaka.

Roll spikes are not set to ease around Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago.

Battling lagarosiphon

The invasive weed lagarosiphon is spreading in the Kawarau River and a new plan is being developed to keep it out of ...

Containment, suppression and eradication - the action-plan to tackle lagarosiphon in Otago.

Dam seen as answer

Otago Regional Council director of policy, planning, and resource management, Fraser McRae talks about proposed water ...

A Central Otago dam could solve a battle for water in the Manuherikia River.

ORC draft annual plan 'inadequate'

A wilding pine with The Remarkables in the background.

The ORC's proposed investment in the Queenstown Lakes District is "inadequate", mayor Jim Boult says.

'Blokes and gumboots' myths dispelled

Hon. Louise Upston - Minister of Corrections and Associate Minister of Education, Associate Minister for Tertiary ...

The dairy industry is not just about "blokes and gumboots" and women are making their voices heard.

Funding not long-term fix

Tourists at Lake Hayes Estate camping ground in Queenstown.

A $178m funding boost is welcome, but a tourist levy is the only way to fix the infrastructure problem long-term.

Wakatipu whizz-kid

Hamish Attenborough, a Year 13 student from Wakatipu High School, completes a series of mathematical equations to work ...

If the moon stopped orbiting the Earth, how long would it take for them to collide?

Personal grievance payouts 'unacceptable'

Otago Regional Council chief executive Peter Bodeker.

The Otago Regional Council chief executive says fostering cultural change within the organisation has been a priority for him.

Seven months on sideline

Otago Regional Council candidate Gary Kelliher with his wife Kathy and daughters Emma, 13, and Shannon, 10, at their ...

Gary Kelliher has spent the past seven months assessing the ORC from the sideline. And he is concerned. 

Mike Sentch returns to roots

Former general manager of Highlands Motorsport Park Mike Sentch has left the racing industry to return to his ...

Highlands Motorsport Park general manager Mike Sentch has left racing to return to his landscaping roots

Mismanagement alleged in ORC

Some former Otago Regional Council staff say managements needs to be improved.

Four Otago Regional Council employees were paid out $180,500 last year for personal grievance claims.

Duck shooters' port flies off shelf

Debra Cruickshank enjoying the delightfully messy job of making port at her Cromwell winery.

Cromwell winemaker Debra Cruickshank is trying to keep up with demand for her new duck shooters' port.

Cromwell-based wine event not supported

Cromwell and Districts Promotion Group chairwoman Janeen Wood.

A Cromwell-based summer wine and food event has failed in a bid to gain community board and industry support.

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