In The South

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".

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.

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