In The South

Clyde's 'day of reckoning'

Central Otago mayor Tim Cadogan above Clyde.

The Central Otago township of Clyde faces a potential $34 million sewage system upgrade to meet national water policy standards.

Cromwell kids strike gold

Max McDowall, 7, Hunter Knox, 7 and Will Stephenson, 6, of Goldfields Primary School, were in Cromwell's Historic ...

A history lesson Central Otago style...gold panning and heavy horse and wagon rides.

Help in the community

Daniel Middlemiss and his 10-year-old son, Carter, built planter boxes as part of an improvements programme at Donovan ...

 "Being a firefighter is the biggest thing I do to help people but I'll lend a hand if I can help [elsewhere]," Daniel Middlemiss says.

Prince contests queen crown

2017 Alexandra Blossom Festival prince Jeff Afan, who is representing the Alexandra Senior Youth Forum.

Student Jeff Afan will take on six princesses for the coveted Alexandra Blossom Festival Queen crown.

Anti-bullying stalwart in spotlight

Sticks 'n Stones co-founder and director Karla Sanders.

A Central Otago anti-bullying stalwart Karla Sanders is a 2017 NEXT Magazine Woman of the Year finalist.

Balloon festival trying to get off ground

Hot air balloons were being tested in Alexandra on Monday ahead of a hot air balloon festival planned for 2018.

Lack of sponsor support is taking the air out of plans for the South Island's only hot air balloon festival hoping to get off the ground in 2018.

Fast food in place of hospital

The former Dee St Hospital in Invercargill

Most Southlanders that were born in the old Dee St Hospital would look at the buildings with a certain fondness.

Walking with wine

The 4 Barrels Walking Wine Trail vineyard participants: Carolyn Murray, of Scott Base, Misha Wilkinson, of Misha's ...

Four Cromwell vineyards have come together to create the town's first walking wine trail in response to a swell of wine tourism across the region.                                   

Central Otago viticulturist pipped at post

Annabel Bulk, from Felton Road, came second in the Bayer Central Otago Young Viticulturist of the Year 2017.

Central Otago's Annabel Bulk just missed out on becoming the first woman in six years to win the Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year 2017.

Kids win playground poo war

Tarras School pupils celebrate the new public toilet that is up and running outside the school. Children petitioned the ...

Poosistance has paid off for a Central Otago school that's grounds were being used as a toilet by tourists.

'Conundrum' for Manuherikia River users

Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan at the "civil conversation" meeting about the Manuherikia River.

Ecological river health verses economic need - a panel of Central Otago community members faced-off in an effort to find a solution.

Chopper charity collects cupcake coin

Baxter Christiansen, 8 and Anne Porteous, 8, of Cromwell Primary School taste test two of the 300 cupcakes made by high ...

High school cooks combined course work with charity to bake 300 cupcakes for Cromwell school children.

Burgundy beckons Central Otago trio

Alex Easton, of Grape Vision, Leslie Johnston, of Rippon and Ben Holt, of Carrick Wines, are off to France as part of ...

Three Central Otago wine industry professionals are heading to France for harvest to learn about Burgundy's centuries-old wine history and tradition.

Tax plan 'grossly unfair'

Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan has sent a letter to Labour Leader Jacinda Adern over the proposed irrigation tax.

Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan has joined the chorus of outrage at Labour's proposed irrigation tax plan.

Bright farewell to winter

Kylie Hodkinson snaps a shot of Suzy Wood and daughter Lucia,
 7, at the photo booth.

Imaginations went wild as people got into the spirit of farewelling the end of Cromwell's dark winter months.

Rabbits creating a 'minefield'

Pisa Moorings toddler Lochie, 3, has to watch his step on public land beside Lake Dunstan. The land is overrun with ...

An infestation of rabbits on lake-side land on the outskirts of Cromwell is creating a "hazardous minefield".

Rabbit control a 'train wreck'

Pest contractor Robert Andrews, of Galloway, says the Otago Regional Council's response to rabbit poisoning has been a ...

Central Otago's rabbit control is a "train wreck" with the ORC allegedly disrupting winter poisoning programmes.

Coroner reminds hunters of gun safety after death

Cromwell man Garry Tall, 61, was killed in a hunting accident on the Old Woman Range in March 2016.

Cromwell man Garry Tall was an experienced hunter but on March 3, 2016, he died after shooting himself in the stomach after a hunt.

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.

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