In The South

Poor driving keeps cops busy down south

The result of a nose-to-tail car crash on the Cromwell Gorge at Champayne Gully on New Year's Day.

Poor driving on Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes has contributed to 38 crashes and 300 traffic complaints over the holiday period.

UB40 leaves Queenstown, bound for Blenheim, with smiles on faces

UB40's Ali Campbell performs to a crowd of 2500 at Waitiri Creek in Queenstown on Thursday night.

UB40 left the stage with smiles on their faces after playing to a crowd of over 2500 in Queenstown.

Sun shines on UB40 second time around for Queenstown concert

UB40, featuring the original members Mickey Virtue, Astro and Ali Campbell, in Queenstown, as part of their New ...

Fans are armed with sunblock not umbrellas ahead of UB40's Queenstown concert which was cancelled last year due to rain.

Kaley Cuoco's Big Swing Theory

Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco has made her way down the country to Queenstown.

The Big Bang Theory actress was "pretty nervous" before taking on the Shotover Canyon Swing and Fox in Queenstown.

'I chucked two bucks in and started spitting'

Cherry stone spitting competition winner Dave Kowalewski from Wyndham and announcer Greg Wilkinson from Cromwell.

Southland greenkeeper discovers a talent he never knew he had, becoming NZ's national cherry stone spitting champion.

Space Science Technology Centre to be up and running by July 2017

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

A new Centre for Space Science Technology will not spy on people, launch rockets out of Alexandra or provide a tourist attraction.

'Man against beast...that's all there is to it'

Millers Flat Rodeo Club president Fred Parker.

Fred Parker started his rodeo career in nappies, and he reckons he'll finish it in nappies too.

Canterbury cowboy bucks the trend

The summer holiday rodeo circuit kicked off with the Millers Flat Rodeo on Boxing Day. A large crowd enjoyed all-day ...

Lukas Kohoutek bucks the trend in his family. In fact, more like his country.

Working group to develop a 'one-stop-shop' for freedom campers

A local and central government working party was set up in October to look at how freedom camping is managed and regulated.

A one-stop-shop for freedom campers is part of a "priority action" a working group targeting freedom camping.

Best buds share Xmas birthdays

Christmas babies and best buddies Sophie Thomson, 7, and Brooke Webb, 7, both of Cromwell.

Brooke and Sophie have a lot in common. They are best friends, are in the same class at school, and were also both born on Christmas Day.

High-country, high-fashion story

Modern Classics: Garments designed and made by Pat Hewitt from the Eden Hore collection.

Maniototo high country farmer and fashion collector Eden Hore has a story like no other and the council should leverage off his legacy.

Central Otago touring route to spread benefits of tourism across region

A proposed touring route connecting Central Otago to Queenstown and Dunedin through the Maniototo and Strath Taieri will ...

A proposed touring route connecting Central Otago to Queenstown and Dunedin through the Maniototo and Strath Taieri is "just the beginning".

Car snapped on wrong side

Why should you wear a seatbelt? There are motorists driving on the wrong side of the road.

Man charged with dangerous driving after a car was photographed on wrong side of the road near Queenstown.

Laws calls for ORC to apologise over Lake Snow 'inaction'

Lake Snot/Lake Snow attached to a water filter in Wanaka.

The ORC should "apologise and atone" for its "grossly inadequate" action over the Lake Snow problem in the alpine lakes, Michael Laws says.

Roxburgh teen band to open Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert

Josh Johnston, 17, is the lead singer of the Roxburgh band J-Chill that is playing the opening act at the 2017 Gibbston ...

A group of Central Otago teenage musicians are the opening act at the 2017 Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert.

The work of a winemaker...

French winemaker Lucie Lawrence has made Cromwell her home.

The work of a winemaker is mostly science and hard-graft, says Central Otago winemaker Lucie Lawrence.

Historic Central Otago fashion collection's future discussed

A model wears an item of the Eden Hore Fashion Collection.

The future of the Eden Hore Collection will be discussed at the Central Otago District Council's final meeting for the year.

Community board votes against tendering memorial hall redevelopment

Cromwell Community Board Chairman and Central Otago Deputy Mayor Neil Gillespie.

The decision to accept no tender reflects the concerns of some board members about the design, scope and cost of the project, board chair says.

Industry buy-in needed to progress wine and food event in Cromwell

Cromwell and Districts Promotion Group chairwoman Janeen Wood.

The group pitching a proposal for a new wine and food event for Central Otago has been told to go back and get more industry buy-in.

Wooing Tree plans to develop a boutique 'vineyard village' in Cromwell

Wooing Tree directors Thea and Steve Farquharson and Jane and Geoff Bews

Central Otago's Wooing Tree Vineyard plans to develop a boutique residential and commercial space at its wine business in Cromwell.

Central Otago mayor breaks down barriers over coffee

Roger Auburn, of Cromwell, meets Mayor Tim Cadogan, at the Tin Goose for a "coffee and chat". The mayor introduced the ...

It's 7.30am and Central Otago mayor Tim Cadogan has started work.

Cromwell tradie has $6500 worth of tools stolen

Summerfields Estate in Cromwell.

A Cromwell bricklayer is warning other tradespeople to be vigilant securing equipment and property.

Maniototo high-achiever to meet Queen

Ashleigh Smith, 19, has been named New Zealand's Queen's Young Leader award winner for 2017.

Central Otago teen Ashleigh Smith will meet the Queen after winning NZ's Queen's Young Leader award.

Lake Snot poses 'a national problem' scientist warns

University of Otago freshwater scientist Dr Marc Schallenberg hopes to get funding for several Lake Snot research proposals.

Lake snot - there is no way to get rid of it, the job now is not to spread it, an Otago University scientist warns.

Councillors accused of 'jumping on horse, claiming to be jockey'

Otago regional councillors, from left, Bryan Scott, Graeme
Bell, Maggie Lawton, Doug Brown, Sam Neill, Stephen ...

A new lobby group formed within the ranks of the Otago Regional Council has some councillors shaking their heads.

Central Lakes Trust governance structure gets vote of support

The Central Lake Trust's Tertiary Education Scholarship fund has to date help 334 young people, to a total amount of ...

Five familiar faces are returning to sit on the board of the Central Lakes Trust.

A lucrative "chore" for Central Otago peony growers

Coral Sunset.

When the chores are not a chore – Tarras couple's blooms impress the world's most discerning customers.

Snow flurries, hail and rain hit Bannockburn Gutbuster riders

After three gruelling hours there was only one second in it for Tim Rush, first and Micheal Vink, second, in the Open ...

Wintry conditions greeted riders lined up in Garston, Northern Southland, for the Bannockburn Gutbuster race.

Dunstan Ward Otago regional councillors form 'Dunstan Lobby'

Otago Regional Councillor Michael Laws.

Three Otago regional councillors have formed a "Dunstan Lobby" to "combine effective action".

Bores or filter system explored as 'interim solution' to water woes

The Queenstown Lakes District Council is working on a masterplan for the water supply in Wanaka and Queenstown, ...

Queenstown's water supply could be sourced from bores in the future as an solution to algae problems.

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