In The South

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.

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.

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