In The South

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.

Lessons to be learned in near-drowning rescuer says

A young girl who nearly drowned at the Cromwell Swim Centre on Wednesday has been discharged from Dunedin Hospital.

Lessons should be learned from a near-drowning at the Cromwell Swim Centre.

Cromwell RSA men treated like "All Blacks" at special Anzac Service

Cromwell RSA president John Morton, John McSkimming and Bill Eady at an Anzac Day service held on May 6 at Cromwell ...

Cromwell pupils made three Returned Services Association members feel like "All Blacks" at a special Anzac service.

Central Otago growth "phenomenal"

Stonefruit growing which is classified in the agriculture sector, achieved 25.5 per cent GDP growth in Central Otago for ...

Employment and gross domestic product growth for Central Otago for the year to March 2015 has been "phenomenal".

Central Otago rower selected for New Zealand U21 rowing team

Macaela Turfus, 17, of Poolburn in Central Otago, competing at the South Island championships in February at Twizel.

Teenage rower Macaela Turfus, of Central Otago, ​has made the New Zealand Under-21 team in the lightweight double sculls.

Alexandra vineyard rookies complete first harvest

Grey Ridge vineyard owners Paul and Sue Keast on the first day of harvest at the Alexandra vineyard they purchased in 2015.

Five months ago, Paul and Sue Keast moved from the African jungle to buy a vineyard in Central Otago. Jo McKenzie-McLean caught up with them for their first harvest.

Bannockburn Anzac Day service focuses on future

The Anzac Day service at the Cenotaph at Bannockburn, Central Otago. Sgt Rory Lorimer, of the Linton Military Camp, was ...

In a changing world the New Zealand Defence Force must adapt or risk becoming irrelevant, Sgt Rory Lorimer of the Linton Military Camp says.

Computer glitch for $4.2m supercar video

Tony Quinn's NZ$4.2m Aston Martin Vulcan comes into pit lane during its unveiling runs at Highlands Motorsport Complex ...

This $4.2m feat of engineering was being unveiled in Cromwell. But it had a problem.

Central Otago Winegrowers' Association releases new-look wine map

Natalie Wilson from the Central Otago Winegrowers' Association, right, talks Helen Scholes from the Cromwell i-SITE ...

After a year in the planning the Central Otago Winegrowers' Association is pleased to announce the launch of their new look Central Otago Wine Map.

Central Otago irrigation champion recognised for achievements

Central Otago's Tony Banks has been awarded the Ron Cocks Memorial Award at IrrigationNZ's conference in Oamaru for his ...

Tony Banks has been recognised as an outstanding leader in delivering benefits to water in Central Otago.

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