In The South

Maniototo residents threaten Westpac boycott if Ranfurly bank closes

Gavin A'Court and Ray Hunter at a protest in Ranfurly over the proposed closure of the town's Westpac bank.

Stuart Hore, 77, will change banks if Westpac closes its Ranfurly branch.

Alexandra shows Prime Minister rural heart of New Zealand

Alexandra Kindergarten children Rocky Lemuelu, 4, Fletcher Cordery, 4 and Finn Anderson, 4, got to play in the sandpit ...


Cromwell golf pro living the dream

Living the dream - Cromwell's resident golf professional, Willie Moore.

It didn't worry Willie Moore that most of the onlookers during his early golfing days were merino sheep.

The fight to save their bank

Maniototo businesswoman Amie Pont talks at a public meeting about the proposed closure of Westpac in Ranfurly.

Westpac wants to shut 19 branches but the small South Island communities aren't taking it lying down.

Cromwell couple gains community support for 24-hour gym in town's mall

Cromwell woman Alex Offen is building a 24-hour gym, Central-Fitness, in the Cromwell Mall with partner Johnny Roberts.

A young Cromwell couple with a passion for fitness plans to open a 24-hour gym in the mall.

Let the Central Otago District Council election battle begin

Victoria Bonham will represent the Earnscleugh-Manuherikia Ward on the Central Otago District Council.

Let the battle begin as the Central Otago District Council elections kick off.

Missing 12-year-old turns up at school

Cromwell Sergeant Bruce Terry.

A 12-year-old Cromwell boy turned up at school on Friday morning after spending the night "roughing it" after running away from home.

Arrowtown curling family take high-altitude event trophy

The Curling @ Altitude 2016 Curling Event, hosted by the Cardrona Curling Club, attracted 80 players from eight clubs ...

Organisers of an altitude curling event will extend the event to over 100 curlers in 2017.

Love lures 'big-city boy'

Italian-born Armando Varlotta is celebrating his new Kiwi status. The Cromwell-based business owner became a New Zealand ...

Italian Armando Varlotta never thought he would call Cromwell home, but he is here to stay.

Multisport athletes defend titles to win Peak to Peak race

Joanna Williams, of Wanaka achieved the fastest women's time in theTorpedo 7 Peak to Peak race in Queenstown on ...

A Wanaka athlete took her fifth win in the country's longest running winter multisport event on Saturday, while a Queenstown athlete also defended his title.

Laws hopes to energise Otago Regional Council's "rest-home" governance

Michael Laws is standing for a seat on the Otago Regional Council. He lives in Cromwell with his three children Zoe, 9, ...

Former mayor and broadcaster Michael Laws is standing for a seat on the Otago Regional Council.

Chilean chef to bring multi-cultural cuisine to Clyde

New Zealand citizen Paulina Corvalan, of Chile, is opening a new "multi-cultural" restaurant in Clyde, called Paulina's.

A fine-dining chef who has worked in homes of the rich and famous is opening a restaurant in Clyde.

Tony Quinn book hits NZ Top 10 best sellers list

Highlands Motorsport Park owner Tony Quinn launched his book, Zero to 60, in Cromwell on Thursday.

Self-made millionaire Tony Quinn isn't an "egotistical maniac", he wrote the book for his family.

Central Otago mayor backs Tim Shadbolt to stand up for local democracy

Central Otago mayor, Tony Lepper.

Central Otago mayor Tony Lepper will join the bandwagon to stand up for local democracy.

NASA's flying laboratory going low over Lauder, Central Otago

NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory lifted off the runway at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, CA, on its first flight in the ...

NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory will fly over Central Otago next week with 42 scientists on board.

Numbers from 1987 Lotto ticket finally bring Central Otago man luck

A Central Otago man won $333,000 after buy a Lotto ticket at Paper Plus Alexandra. He won first division with numbers he ...

After 30 years of playing the same "lucky" Lotto numbers a Central Otago man hit the jackpot.

Central Otago brass band trio to step up for Shanghai festival

Central Otago brass band members Jesse Orchard, Daniel Dance and Sarah Wright will play with the Ascot Park Brass Band ...

Brass band members have more to practice than just music ahead of Shanghai festival.

Students' sugar-app's sweet success

Cromwell College Year 8 students Olivia McKnight and Holly Dalzell won a Dragon's Den app-design competition with their ...

Success even sweeter when two students' sugar-app concept wows a software developer.

Cromwell school zones change

Pisa Moorings and Bannockburn families are now zoned for Cromwell Primary School.

School zone changes to Cromwell have gone ahead after public consultation.

Crowns, crepe-paper and carrying on tradition for past festival queen

Michelle Davies, of Alexandra, who was the Blossom Festival Queen of 1986. Her mother late Rosalie Breen was the Blossom ...

All but five former Alexandra Blossom Festival Queens have been found. Three have died, five have vanished.

No place for egos on council

Central Otago District Councillor and Vincent Community Board Member Clair Higginson is stepping down after four terms ...

It is good to step forward, but it also good to step back and let others take your place.

Bottle store's close proximity to church sparks criticism

The Central Otago District Licensing Committee has approved an off-licence application for Cromwell Liquor Limited to ...

A bottle store is to be built opposite a church in Cromwell, sparking criticism from the community.

Cromwell promotions group hands over Summer Series events

Cromwell's Bill Godsall on the summit of Duffers Saddle during the 2015 Gutbuster event.

New organisers have won a tenders to run an "iconic" summer race series in Central Otago.

Adventure tourism education gap filled with new course

Otago Polytechnic's Central Campus Adventure Tourism Management programme leader John Cossens.

A new adventure tourism programme will be the only degree of its type in the Southern Hemisphere.

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 

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