In The South

Anger as Laws recount denied

Michael Laws has won a seat on the Otago Regional Councillor by five votes after a judge said a recount was not necessary.

Michael Laws' opponent "absolutely gutted" recount has been denied after losing council seat by just five votes.

Brianna's got that winning feeling

Gore's Brianna Hedley won the junior section of the New Zealand Entertainer of the Year Awards in Rotorua.


Earthquake doctor's tears haunt

Rural Central Otago General Practioner Dr Pragati Gautama spoke at a Civil Defence conference in Queenstown about her ...

No drugs, no way to save her. Thirty haunting minutes later the Christchurch woman died.

Central Otago landowners at a crossroads over water use

Gary Kelliher.

Central Otago landowners and irrigation companies are at a crossroads over water use, and the deadline is looming for decisions to be made.

Losing Otago Regional Council candidate to seek recount

Otago Regional Council candidate Gary Kelliher.

The incumbent ORC candidate who lost a seat to media personality Michael Laws by five votes is seeking a recount.

Central Otago mayor sticks with status quo for deputy

Neil Gillespie.

Newly-elected Central Otago District Mayor Tim Cadogan wants to stick with the status quo and keep Neil Gillespie on as deputy mayor.

ORC candidates on tenterhooks waiting for special votes count

Otago Regional Councillor Gary Kelliher.

Two Otago Regional Council candidates are on "tenterhooks" waiting for special votes to be counted.

Mayor says goodbye to 27 years with the Central Otago District Council

Outgoing Central Otago Mayor Tony Lepper.

After spending 27 years on the Central Otago District Council, switching off won't be an easy task for outgoing mayor Tony Lepper.

Cromwell Museum selling off artefacts

Cromwell Museum director Edith McKay.

What lies behind a set of bright blue doors at the back of an aging Central Otago town hall might surprise some people.

Central Otago electors encouraged to get votes in before close-off

Cromwell resident Sarah Christiansen getting her vote in for the Central Otago District Council local body elections.

Cromwell resident Sarah Christiansen is one of the town's 1874 people to have already voted in the local body elections.

Central Lakes Trust chair defends proposed board changes

Central Lakes Trust chairman Malcolm Macpherson.

Proposed changes to the Central Lakes Trust board structure will deliver the "best of both worlds".

Central Otago vineyard owner "nose" building was meant to be

Crossing the Cromwell bridge en route to Tarras.

Highlands Motorsport Park's former restaurant, The Nose, is now sitting on a high perch at Tarras Vineyards, in Central Otago.

Central Lakes Trust community support threatened

Central Otago mayor Tony Lepper.

Central Lakes Trust's ability to support communities is under threat with proposed electricity reforms.

Commonwealth Games beckons for Cromwell-based squash referee

Cromwell-based squash referee Jackie Hamilton has the Commonwealth Games in her sights and has been working her way up ...

Cromwell squash stalwart Jackie Hamilton is on a Commonwealth Games journey - and she has it in her sights.

Past and present brought together at 60th Alexandra Blossom Festival

Alexandra Blossom Festival 2016 queen Caitlin Turfus, representing the Men's Shed, and Karen Peterson, who was the first ...

A retired fire fighter is not called the "float guru" for nothing.

Fireworks and fairground rides start the Blossom Festival party

Mark Sturgeon, of Sturgeon's Amusements with employee Natalie Ravenswood. The family-owned business is among dozens of ...

Fireworks and fairground rides get the party started as Alexandra celebrates its 60th blossom festival.

Government "pulling plug" on small power stations

One the country's oldest generators, Roaring Meg, in Central Otago, is at risk of closing if the Electricity Authority's ...

Proposed electricity reforms will cause power costs to go up and local power stations to shut, industry players say.

Central Lakes Trust's proposed changes "undemocratic"

Peter Mead.

A former chairman of the Central Lakes Trust is "appalled" at proposed changes.

Senior Queen crowning kicks off 60th Alexandra Blossom Festival

2016 Alexandra Blossom Festival Senior Queen runner-up Maureen Davies, representing Keep Alexandra and Clyde Beautiful, ...

When Elizabeth Duggan turned 80 she had the senior queen crown in her sights.

Election 'disappearing off the radar'

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


Teviot tartan tales from 100 years ago

Bridget Gunn, 5, of Roxburgh, with her great, great, great, great grandfather's kilt and sporran that she took to school ...

If tartan could talk, Bridget's great, great, great, great grandfather's would spin a great yarn.

Rugby player dies after quad bike fall

Otago Country rugby player Andrew Grubb, 20, of Cromwell, died after falling off a quad bike on the early hours of ...

20-year-old Andrew Grubb died as a result of injuries sustained after falling off the bike in the early hours of Sunday on September 11.

Wallaby tracks discovered near Alexandra

Wallaby tracks have been discovered near Alexandra, in Central Otago.

Wallaby tracks have been discovered on a farm near Alexandra.

Affordable housing "big" issue facing Cromwell

Central Otago mayoral candidates Tim Cadogan, Martin McPherson and incumbent mayor Tony Lepper at a Cromwell Business ...

Affordable housing and an inefficient residential land use around Cromwell are major issues for the town.

Central Otago mayoral candidates talk tourism over toast and tea

Central Otago mayoral candidates Tim Cadogan, Martin McPherson and incumbent mayor Tony Lepper at a Cromwell Business ...

Central Otago mayoral candidates talked tourism over toast at a business breakfast meeting in Cromwell.

Skiers inducted into college's hall of fame

Inia Logan, Sam Smoothy, Josh Smith and Ben Blanche were were recognised at a Hall of Fame celebration at Cromwell ...

Two high-achieving skiers have been inducted into Cromwell College's Hall of Fame.

Central Otago educators join fight against global funding proposal

About 400 Central Otago early learning, primary and secondary school teachers met for a union meeting at Dunstan High ...

Educators across the country warn the government's bulk funding proposal comes with "massive risks".

Literary stalwarts provide inspiration for Bannockburn event

Owen Marshall.

Author Owen Marshall, poet Brian Turner and non-fiction writer Mary Hobbs are the literary inspiration for a popular Central Otago event.

Police back-down a "victory for common sense" | Tony Lepper

The Omakau races will be celebrating its 52nd race meeting on January 2017.

Police withdrawing their opposition to a liquor licence for the Omakau Trots is a "victory for common sense".

New plan to tackle Lake Dunstan's lagarosiphon weed problem

An up-close look at the noxious weed lagarosiphon.

A new 10-year approach is in place to manage lagarosiphon weed at Lake Dunstan in Central Otago.

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