In The South

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.

Board setting up to fail

Cromwell Community Board Chairman Neil Gillespie and board members Nigel McKinklay and Anna Harrison vote against a ...

Progress on Cromwell's memorial hall has been suspended while council staff investigate whether the board has "mucked up" by rejecting a previous motion to proceed with work.

Gambling machine 'sinking lid' policy 'tempting'

The Queenstown Lakes District Council is proposing to ban Class 4 gambling venues from being established in residential ...

A 'sinking lid' condition on gaming machines in the Queenstown Lakes District is tempting but will not be pursued - for now.

Community advocate's death 'tragic'

Queenstown community advocate for social justice Bryce Whiting died suddenly outside the Queenstown Lakes District ...

A well-known Queenstown community advocate was remembered for having the community's best interests at heart.

Farewell to 46 years in education sector

Early childhood teacher Glenwyn Archer, of Cromwell, is retiring after 46 years in the sector.

It doesn't seem that long ago Glenwyn Archer started her teaching career. Certainly not 46 years.

California calling for MP

Outgoing National MP Maurice Williamson with elected Member of Parliament for Clutha-Southland Todd Barclay and Film ...

Outgoing National MP Maurice Williamson will soon be hosting business barbecues on his California beach-front residence.

Gary Kelliher to challenge Ella Lawton for ORC seat

Central Otago farmer and former Otago Regional Councillor Gary Kelliher has announced plans to stand for the Otago ...

Gary Kelliher will challenge Ella Lawton for a seat on the Otago Regional Council left vacant after her mother died of cancer in March.

Parking ban on busy Queenstown road

Navigation Homes director Geoff Schwarz is concerned the council intends to ban street parking on Glenda Drive, in Frankton.

Overflow parking will be provided at Queenstown airport's Park and Ride facility.

Cromwell vintners open cellar doors

Mark Mason's new tasting room will be adding the farm's honey to its shelves soon.

The Cromwell Basin is strengthening its position as a wine destination after the recent opening of a new batch of tasting rooms.

Ella Lawton to stand for ORC

Queenstown District Councillor Ella Lawton hopes to succeed her mother, Dr Maggie Lawton, on the Otago Regional Council. ...

 Queenstown Lakes District councillor Ella Lawton hopes to fulfil her mother's dying wish to take her place on the Otago Regional Council.

ORC vacancy following death

Otago regional councillor and respected scientist Maggie Lawton who died in March from cancer.

Nominations will open next week for candidates wanting to fill the Dunstan Constituency vacancy on the ORC created by the recent passing of Dr Maggie Lawton.

Councillors halt water plan change

The Otago Regional Council's proposed plan change looking at how much water is taken from small tributaries has been halted.

Otago regional councillors have put a halt to the development of a new water plan for the region.

Troubled waters

Hillend farm manager Mike Scurr, of Wanaka.

Farmers fear livelihoods will be lost and families forced to sell land with changes to water allocation on the horizon and a 2021 water consent renewal deadline looming.

Danielle Cormack's motorcycle mission

Harley-Davidson ambassadors Jay Reeve, Caroline Buchanan, Josh Kronfeld and Danielle Cormack who are in Queenstown with ...

New Zealand actress Danielle Cormack is on a mission to dispel the myth motorcycles are for men.

Cromwell water-front town plans pitched

An artist's impression of what a new town centre could look like at Cromwell's water-facing Alpha Street Reserve

A Cromwell architectural graduate has pitched a grand proposal for a water-front town centre.

'Diverse' irrigation a draw-card

The Manuherikia Catchment Water Strategy Group wants to raise Falls Dam 20 metres for a new irrigation scheme.

The diversity of irrigated agriculture in the Central Otago is something the rest of NZ should aspire to, Irrigation NZ chief executive says.

Cars roll down south

A motorist escaped injury on the Devil's Staircase, near Queenstown, when the car hit a rock face and flipped onto its roof.

Monday morning started off badly for three people whose cars rolled in crashes in the Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes regions.

90 years on the farm

Ray Clark, 90, celebrated his birthday and 90 years farming with a Heliview flight across his Lowburn farm, in Central ...

Ray Clark was born in 1927, and still lives on the Central Otago farm he ran with his late brother.

Alexandra rider's fight for first

In a fiercely fought 47km mountain bike race, Pioneer winner James Williamson, of Alexandra, came third across the ...

Alexandra's James Williamson entered the Motatapu mountain bike race as an "after thought", having just won the 545km Pioneer race.

50 per cent rate rises for Otago, maybe

Otago regional councillor Michael Laws wants to stop a proposed multi-million dollar new Otago Regional Council ...

Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago ratepayers are facing a 50 per cent rates rise to help Otago Regional Council fund a new civil defence structure.

Fluker aims for six in row

Kate Fluker winning the 2016 Macpac Motatapu.

Mountain bike champ and 2018 Commonwealth Games hopeful Kate Fluker will join 3500 competitors in the Macpac Motatapu.

Heading for a hoedown

Riders setting off early across Ben Avon Station on the 2017 Goldfields Cavalcade.

Twenty-five years ago, Geoff McAtamney was a 21-year-old "lout", when he did the first cavalcade.

Maggie Lawton battles cancer

Otago regional councillor Maggie Lawton is battling cancer.

Otago Regional Councillor Maggie Lawton is battling cancer.

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".

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