In The South

House bus battery to blame for fire

The charred remains of a house bus, which went up in flames in Cromwell on Monday night.

A battery being charged by a solar panel is the likely cause of a fire that destroyed a house bus and a shed.

Vineyards produce 'evolutionary' map

Felton Road Wines winemaker Blair Walter at the launch of a Bannockburn vineyard map for wine lovers keen to learn more ...

Fine wine regions around the world have them, now Bannockburn in Central Otago does too.

Cromwell boys slip down cliff-face collecting crystals

Carter Pearson, 9, of Cromwell is rescued by fire crews after slipping down a cliff face with his friend Harvey Browne, ...

An adventure turned into a rescue mission for two nine-year-old Cromwell boys who slipped down a cliff-face in Central Otago.

Central Otago summer festival in doubt

Misha and Andy Wilkinson, directors of Misha's Vineyard, in Cromwell, Central Otago.

Plans to hold a summer wine and food festival based in Cromwell are in jeopardy because the financial risk has been too great to find an event organiser.

Police criticised for "being out of step" with community

A dark cloud is hanging over the future of country race meetings after New Zealand Police warned Omakau race organisers ...

Police are "out of step" with the community and their interpretation of liquor laws are threatening the future of country race meetings.

Students appeal council to push for levy on single use plastic bags

Central Otago enviroschools and sustainable living programme facilitator Anna Robinson helped students from Cromwell ...

Students from Cromwell College and Dunstan High School 

Winter Festival cut to 4 days

Snowboarder Tiarn Lillins, of Queenstown, 16, competing in Sunday's Monster Energy Slopestyle at The Remarkables.

Queenstown's iconic Winter Festival will be cut from a 10 to four-day event for 2017.

Full steam ahead

The Otago Central Rail Trail Trust has purchased the Hyde Railway Station with the public's support.

Otago Central Rail Trail supporters from across NZ and the world help buy the historic Hyde Railway Station.

Naseby community reaches for the stars

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has awarded The Naseby Dark Skies Project $8750 through the ...

Hopes of a small Central Otago community to establish itself as a dark sky tourist destination is developing at a "great pace", a campaigner says.

Race organisers 'marooned in sea of offending'

Central Otago Trotting Club president Graham Sinnamon gives evidence at a hearing for a special license for the Omakau ...

Omakau Race organisers are "marooned in a sea of offending" and could face a $20,000 fine for breaching liquor laws.

Cromwell lifestyle village fast-tracked to meet "huge" demand

Neil Bulling, co-developer of Golden View Lifestyle Village in Cromwell Central Otago. Work has started on the $60 ...

Plans to build a lifestyle village in Cromwell have been fast-tracked because of "huge" interest from people as far away as Australia.

Cromwell ambassadors to share community's legacy with visitors

Promoting pride of place in Cromwell (from left) Jacqui Rule and Fiona Boyer from the newly launched Cromwell Ambassador ...

The Cromwell community is embracing a new ambassador programme with spaces for the first two courses filling up fast.

Smog report 'innovative'

Smog over Cromwell, Central Otago. Between May 1 to June 13 Cromwell had 10 high pollution days (those days when air ...

A report exploring novel ways to solve Central Otago's smog problem is "innovative".

National Geographic to serve Wanaka chef to 90 countries

The Game Chef, Angelo Georgalli.

The Game Chef puts Wanaka wild food on world stage.

'Time is right' for NZ space centre

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

Access to space is becoming ever easier. It's time for New Zealand to get into the game.

Goldmine dust could contaminate export fruit, cost livelihoods

Kokiri Lime Company Ltd goldmine project site at Roxburgh viewed from the northern end of Mine Block B - the proposed ...

Dust damage to export crops could cost fruitgrowers their livelihood if developers of a proposed goldmine failed to mitigate against contaminants.

Highlands Motorsport Park owner takes on US Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Highlands Motorsport Park and Hampton Downs owner Tony Quinn was one of only 100 drivers invited to compete in the 100th ...

Highlands Motorsport Park owner Tony Quinn is competing in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the United States. 

Central Otago lawyer to contest mayoralty

Central Otago lawyer Tim Cadogan is standing for mayor in the 2016 local body elections.

Central Otago lawyer Tim Cadogan is standing for mayor at this year's local body elections.

No solution in sight to improve Central Otago's smoggy sky

Smog over Clyde and Alexandra seen from the Clyde Lookout.

Can frost fighting fans and wind machines solve Central Otago's winter smog problem?

Clyde Dam webcam gives real-time view of Lake Dunstan

Contact Energy dispatch trader Chris Sharman on the Clyde Dam where a webcam has been installed to provide a panoramic ...

A new webcam has been installed at Clyde Dam which gives a panoramic view of the lake for users to check conditions.

Help for railway station

The Otago Central Rail Trail Trust is seeking the public's help to raise $15,000 to complete the $124,000 purchase of ...

Public appeal to save a historic railway station near the scene of one of NZ's worst rail disasters.

Central Otago 2016 grape harvest most intense ever experienced

An overseas worker helping with this year's harvest at Pisa Range Estate near Cromwell.

The 2016 grape harvest was one of the shortest and consequently one of the most intense harvests ever experienced in the region.

Maniototo defends White Horse Cup against Roxburgh

Maniototo successfully defended the White Horse Cup against Roxburgh on Saturday, winning 39-3.

The coveted White Horse Cup will remain in the Maniototo after a "good-spirited" but tough game against Roxburgh.

Central Otago culinary student wins Vietnam-NZ cooking contest

Emma Waser, 19, of Wanaka, was part of a four-person team that won a culinary skills gala dinner competition in Ho Chi ...

A Central Otago-based top culinary student has won an inaugural cooking competition in Ho Chi Minh City.

105 years of poetic memories video

Thelma McLean grew up in Otago. She now resides in a Kapiti retirement lodge.

Her memory is faded, but this centenarian remembers every poem from throughout her long life.

Mountain Film Festival launches new book event for Wanaka

Some of the books entered into the 2016 New Zealand Mountain Film and Book Festival.

Three books feature on shortlist for inaugural New Zealand Mountain Book Festival grand prize.

School's 'disgusting' poo problem

Trees at Tarras School in Central Otago.

Children banned from sitting under trees as 12 people a day relieve themselves on school grounds.

Cure Kids get VIP treatment at Highlands Motorsport Park

Highlands Motorsport Park member Ross Young, of Wanaka, gave Cure Kids ambassador Brayden Warnock-Hannon, 12, of ...

Brayden, like most boys, loves rugby, lego, music and fast cars. But unlike most boys he lives with burns.

Cycle trail gets financial backing

Trails Trust patron Sir Eion Edgar, Daphne Hull of the Otago Central Rail Trail Trust, Prime Minister John Key and ...

A $26.3 million project to connect Central Otago's trail network and create 500 kilometres of continuous trail network will be a "game changer" for the region

National treasure discovered under Cromwell Museum stairwell

Cromwell Museum director Edith McKay and Dr Leslie Wong with a film crew at the museum. Dr Wong performed a blessing on ...

A national treasure has been discovered under the stairwell of the Cromwell Museum. Jo McKenzie-McLean reports.

Ad Feedback
special offers