In The South

Non-compliant fireplaces causing fires

The chimney cavity where a fire broke out in a Queenstown house early Sunday morning.

Builders failing to install multi-fuel fireplaces to New Zealand safety standards are responsible for a spate of fires around the Wakatipu basin, the fire service says.

Threat to Qtown lake grows

Lagarosiphon is capable of choking waterways, smothering native aquatic plants, and establishing quickly in waterways if ...

Fears an invasive weed will establish itself in Queenstown's Lake Wakatipu are escalating as crops continue to spread in a river that drains the lake.

Irrigation scheme 'a win, win'

Dairy Creek Ltd director Tim O'Sullivan, Pioneer Energy chief executive Fraser Jonker and Pioneer Energy project manager ...

A $10m irrigation scheme near Alexandra, Central Otago, is going to deliver water to about 1800 hectares of barren land.

Hiabs and hard-hats take over streets

A linesman works on a power pole in Cromwell as part of Aurora Energy's Fast Track poll programme.

Crews have 1266 'at risk' power poles to fix around Central Otago, 417 of which have been completed.

Bones disturbed at Cromwell cemetery

The bones of an adult estimated to have been buried at the Cromwell Cemetery for 80 to 100 years or more have been ...

Workers removing a tree at the Cromwell Cemetery accidentally dug up bones believed to be 100 years old.

Hospital funding pledge welcomed

Maniototo Hospital.

Labour is promising $1m to help rebuild a rural Central Otago hospital.

Viticulturist breaks female drought

Annabel Bulk from Felton Road is the Bayer Central Otago Young Viticulturist of the Year 2017.

A Felton Road viticulturist will be the first woman to compete in the national industry final since 2011.

Family cat slums it

Olivia Blair and her cat Safraya, a four-year-old tabby who was discovered living with a clowder of cats by a group of ...

A family's feline who has been roughing it with a mob of homeless moggies has returned home after a year.

Amphitheatre hoped for Alexandra

Central Otago District Council mayor Tim Cadogan and Alexandra Blossom Festival Committee Chairwoman Sharleen ...

Sixty years ago the Alexandra Blossom Festival was formed to build the town a swimming pool, now it has its sights set on an amphitheatre

Dancers pass with flying colours

Ten-year-olds Carson Smith and Keira Dawson sit exams at Rachel's School of Dance in Gore.

It's a success rate any school could be proud of as dancers at Gore school pass with honours.

Playing the pipes in Russia

Southland pipers (front row second left) Lumsden's Lawrence McKerchar, (second row second left) Dipton's Graeme ...

Being invited to be a member of Pipes and Drums of City of Christchurch Pipe Band has taken Lawrence McKerchar of Lumsden around the world.

Young riders take on world

Charlie Leyser, 7, of Cromwell and Holly Oldham, 14, of Alexandra, are preparing for the BMX world championships in ...

Central Otago BMX riders Charlie Leyser, 7 and Holly Oldham, 14, are competing at the world championships.

Camera to catch poo-petrators

The Central Otago District Council has approved construction of a new tanker septage disposal facility after revelations ...

A hidden surveillance camera has been set up in Cromwell to catch people dumping sewage without authority.

Rent rise for Cromwell tenants

Cromwell pensioner Daphne Campbell is a tenant in a Central Otago District Council elderly housing unit and will now pay ...

An emotional plea from the mayor to stop a rent increase to elderly people living in council units failed.

$5m for new classrooms

Goldfields Primary School principal Sharon Booth, Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe and Cromwell Primary School ...

 Libraries, corridors and reading resource rooms have been converted into classrooms at a Cromwell school. That is set to change.

Transfer station remains closed

The Cromwell Transfer Station is closed after a man was hit by a truck and fell into the pit.

The Cromwell Transfer Station is closed after a man was injured when he was hit by a truck and fell into a pit.

'Pie in the sky' proposal

Potential options for the development of Queenstown's Ladies Mile is being considered by Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Plans to "thoughtlessly carve up" rural land on the outskirts of Queenstown for a large-scale urban development should not be fast-tracked.

A hat with a history

A forage cap worn by an officer of the Riversdale Rifle Volunteers is now in Oamaru.

I was contacted last month by Dawn Sutherland of Oamaru's Victorian Wardrobe, which hires replica Victorian costumes on behalf of the Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust.

Man injured at transfer station

A man, 60, was airlifted to Dunedin Hospital on Monday morning after a truck hit him at the Cromwell Transfer Station.

A man has suffered serious injuries after he was hit by a truck and fell into a pit at a Cromwell transfer station

Gold-famed river scrutinised

The Otago Regional Council is seeking community feedback on Arrow River water allocation.

Water allocation in a river famed for being one of the first sites where gold was discovered in Otago is under scrutiny.

Strip and dip at Winter Fest video

A bright orange birdman leaps from the wharf on Queenstown's lakefront.

Scene of unseasonal jollity unfolds on Queenstown's lakefront as near-nude men and women fall over one another and rafts lose crew.

Arrests made over restaurant burglary

The Postmaster's House Restaurant in Arrowtown.

An off-duty police officer helped nab three Invercargill men sitting in a parked car full of spoils from an alleged burglary.

Ladies Mile plans released

Queenstown Lakes District Council's planning practice manager Blair Devlin, planning and development general manager ...

A rural area on the outskirts of Queenstown could see up to 2800 homes be developed to cope with growth.

ORC by-election error

Melva Crowley, of Cromwell, got her Otago Regional Council
by-election voting paper in the post in good time to meet ...

An error meant 42 ratepayer voters were incorrectly omitted from the electoral roll for the Otago Regional Council by-election.

Alexandra man a rarity

Blake Luff, 26, has just been elected the new president of the Alexandra Musical Society and new chair of the Otago and ...

It's hard to find a 'middle-aged man' to take the stage in Alexandra, but Blake Luff says times are changing.

Dead trout count climbs

Three brown trout found dead in Mill Creek, near Arrowtown, on Wednesday.

Five more brown trout were found in Mill Creek on Wednesday, bringing the total of dead fish to 30.

More dead trout found

Dead brown trout removed from Mill Creek, a spawning stream for Lake Hayes, which was reported to Fish and Game last week.

A pollutant may be responsible for the death of seven more brown trout in a spawning stream near Arrowtown.

Dryer causes fire at salon

Alexandra Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief Fire Officer Russell Anderson.

A dryer left on after closing caused a fire at an Alexandra beauty salon early Monday morning.

Cromwell to light up

Carolyn Murray and Brigitte Tait test out a lantern in preparation for a new winter event planned for Cromwell in August.

Hundreds of paper lanterns will be released into Cromwell's night sky as part a new winter event.

Pollutant kills healthy trout

Dead brown trout removed from Mill Creek, a spawning stream for Lake Hayes, which was reported to Fish and Game last week.

A pollutant likely killed brown trout in a spawning stream for Lake Hayes - the Queenstown Lake District's "most polluted lake".

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