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    New access route in use


    Haven St, Moeraki, before it was restored. Photo: Hamish MacLean. The road to Moeraki is paved and open for...

    Haven St, Moeraki, before it was restored. Photo: Hamish MacLean. The road to Moeraki is paved and open for traffic.

    Antarctic huts taken to Husky Base Camp


    Oamaru Antarctic historian Dr David Harrowfield, pictured in 2017 outside one of the huts from the Antarctic that were recently relocated from Oamaru Harbour to Husky Base Camp, near Templeton in Canterbury. PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD Oamaru has...

    Oamaru Antarctic historian Dr David Harrowfield, pictured in 2017 outside one of the huts from the Antarctic that were recently relocated from Oamaru Harbour to Husky Base Camp, near Templeton in Canterbury. PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD Oamaru has lost one of its links to the Antarctic, after two huts once used on the frozen continent were recently relocated to a Canterbury township.

    Pedal to the metal in V8 for 90th birthday treat


    Avis Munro, of Wanaka, recalls her motoring exploits.PHOTOS: MARK PRICE Avis Munro, of Wanaka, decided when she got to 85 she probably had no further need for her heavy traffic licence, so she gave it...

    Avis Munro, of Wanaka, recalls her motoring exploits.PHOTOS: MARK PRICE Avis Munro, of Wanaka, decided when she got to 85 she probably had no further need for her heavy traffic licence, so she gave it up.

    A meaningless look at nihilistic tourism


    David Loughrey spent last week at the Trenz tourism conference in Rotorua, where he learned about niche tourism marketing, and had a very good...

    David Loughrey spent last week at the Trenz tourism conference in Rotorua, where he learned about niche tourism marketing, and had a very good idea.

    Kircher defends harbour master plan process


    Gary Kircher. A step has already been missed in the creation of a master plan for Oamaru Harbour - and the $200,000 process may also be behind...

    Gary Kircher. A step has already been missed in the creation of a master plan for Oamaru Harbour - and the $200,000 process may also be behind schedule.

    Climate scientists gather for conference


    Scientists (from left) Dr Manu Mahieu, of the University of Liege, Belgium, Tyler Wizenberg, of the University of Toronto, and Dave Pollard, of Lauder, examine the solar trackers at the Lauder Atmospheric Research Station. The scientists were part of an...

    Scientists (from left) Dr Manu Mahieu, of the University of Liege, Belgium, Tyler Wizenberg, of the University of Toronto, and Dave Pollard, of Lauder, examine the solar trackers at the Lauder Atmospheric Research Station. The scientists were part of an international and national group which visited the Lauder station after a conference in Wanaka this week. PHOTO: PAM JONES Talk about your acronyms.

    Pipeline work starts


    One of the pipelines will improve water supply to Alexandra. Photo: ODT files Photo: Stephen Jaquiery Construction of two major water pipelines in Central Otago is under...

    One of the pipelines will improve water supply to Alexandra. Photo: ODT files Photo: Stephen Jaquiery Construction of two major water pipelines in Central Otago is under way.

    Take five: Stewart Island/Rakiura


    The fish is always fresh, seeing a kiwi is likely and the place is fuelled by the energy of its...

    The fish is always fresh, seeing a kiwi is likely and the place is fuelled by the energy of its people.

    Cruise ship plan under development


    Caledonian Sky became the first cruise ship to visit Riverton in December last year. Photo: Environment Southland Environment Southland will develop a safety management plan for Fiordland and Stewart Island ahead of next year's cruise ship...

    Caledonian Sky became the first cruise ship to visit Riverton in December last year. Photo: Environment Southland Environment Southland will develop a safety management plan for Fiordland and Stewart Island ahead of next year's cruise ship season.

    $250K boost for Otago construction


    The Provincial Growth Fund grant will go towards training and securing construction workers.jpg A $10billion pipeline of construction work in Otago has received a welcome quarter-million-dollar boost to prepare the way to train and secure workers...

    The Provincial Growth Fund grant will go towards training and securing construction workers.jpg A $10billion pipeline of construction work in Otago has received a welcome quarter-million-dollar boost to prepare the way to train and secure workers for a multitude of projects.

    Employment Relations Authority breaks new ground over collective agreement


    John Farrow. The decision of "Jacs Hardware & Timber Limited v First Union Inc." is the first time the Employment Relations Authority has fixed the provisions of a collective agreement being bargained...

    John Farrow. The decision of "Jacs Hardware & Timber Limited v First Union Inc." is the first time the Employment Relations Authority has fixed the provisions of a collective agreement being bargained for.

    Petitions useful way to make point to MPs


    Joshua Perry hands over his disabled rights petition to Michael Woodhouse to present to Parliament. PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON It is a common refrain that politicians never listen to the...

    Joshua Perry hands over his disabled rights petition to Michael Woodhouse to present to Parliament. PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON It is a common refrain that politicians never listen to the people.

    Pohutukawa trees likely replacement for felled sycamores in Tyne St


    The sycamore trees in Tyne St in Oamaru that have since been removed and are likely to be replaced by pohutukawa. PHOTO: HAMISH MACLEAN Pohutukawa trees in planter boxes could replace the sycamores the Waitaki District Council removed in Tyne St...

    The sycamore trees in Tyne St in Oamaru that have since been removed and are likely to be replaced by pohutukawa. PHOTO: HAMISH MACLEAN Pohutukawa trees in planter boxes could replace the sycamores the Waitaki District Council removed in Tyne St earlier this year.

    Issues remain over possible uses of RSA building


    The former RSA building in Itchen St, Oamaru. Photo from ODT files. More than two years after any future use of Oamaru's North Otago Returned and Services Association (RSA) building was called into question, the Waitaki District Council has yet to...

    The former RSA building in Itchen St, Oamaru. Photo from ODT files. More than two years after any future use of Oamaru's North Otago Returned and Services Association (RSA) building was called into question, the Waitaki District Council has yet to resolve the issues that have left the premises vacant.

    Cheaper option for Severn St wall


    Oamaru’s landmark 80-year-old Severn St wall can be reconstructed for much less than originally thought, Waitaki District Council acting assets group manager Michael Voss says. PHOTO: REBECCA RYAN Survey says ... rebuild the...

    Oamaru’s landmark 80-year-old Severn St wall can be reconstructed for much less than originally thought, Waitaki District Council acting assets group manager Michael Voss says. PHOTO: REBECCA RYAN Survey says ... rebuild the wall.

    Online battling makes mayor 'cringe'


    Oamaru Hospital. Photo: ODT files A social media brouhaha has erupted between a Waitaki District Council contractor and members of an advocacy group for services at Oamaru...

    Oamaru Hospital. Photo: ODT files A social media brouhaha has erupted between a Waitaki District Council contractor and members of an advocacy group for services at Oamaru Hospital.

    Spatial plan information withheld for now by council


    The Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) is working on a spatial plan for the district but is unwilling to say what it...

    The Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) is working on a spatial plan for the district but is unwilling to say what it is.

    Work to begin on Lake Dunstan trail


    Lake Dunstan. Photo: ODT Construction of the next of Central Otago's new network of trails is about to get under...

    Lake Dunstan. Photo: ODT Construction of the next of Central Otago's new network of trails is about to get under way.

    Moves to keep gulls off rooftops


    The red-billed gulls have caused trouble for Countdown Oamaru by nesting on the roof. PHOTO: ODT FILES After up to 900 red-billed gulls nesting atop Countdown Oamaru caused the supermarket grief, its plans to ensure its rooftop is not again...

    The red-billed gulls have caused trouble for Countdown Oamaru by nesting on the roof. PHOTO: ODT FILES After up to 900 red-billed gulls nesting atop Countdown Oamaru caused the supermarket grief, its plans to ensure its rooftop is not again inundated are nearly complete.

    Restoration from the ashes of a homestead


    The homestead’s charred remains, with the surviving accommodation wing at left. PHOTO: PARADISE TRUST Thursday was the fifth anniversary of a fire that destroyed the 133-year-old homestead at the Paradise Trust property, near Glenorchy. Guy...

    The homestead’s charred remains, with the surviving accommodation wing at left. PHOTO: PARADISE TRUST Thursday was the fifth anniversary of a fire that destroyed the 133-year-old homestead at the Paradise Trust property, near Glenorchy. Guy Williams asks the trust’s key figures about their memories of a calamitous day, and the remarkable team effort that restored the property’s accommodation capacity by the next summer.