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There have been plenty of ups and downs in New Zealand politics over the past six months — from Covid lockdowns to major law...

Managing aged care facility dream come true

When children are asked what they want to be when they are older, they might say a zoo keeper, a truck driver, or a...

At Moeraki’s The FishWife, less is more

When Nicky and John Pile first envisioned their Moeraki restaurant, The FishWife, they wanted it to be simple and small. While the restaurant’s size had...

At least two councillors not standing

Two Waitaki district councillors have confirmed they will not be seeking re-election this year. Deputy mayor and Oamaru ward councillor Melanie Tavendale and Corriedale ward...

Tavendale going out ‘with a wee bit of a bang’

After serving three terms as a Waitaki district councillor, Melanie Tavendale has decided it is time for a new adventure. The Waitaki deputy mayor has...

Laragas relieved to have gained visa

Last year, Immigration New Zealand introduced a new one-off 2021 resident visa, giving migrants a faster and more simple pathway to residency. Socorro Laraga,...

The surf’s (back) up for farmers

North Otago and South Canterbury farmers are enjoying being able catch a break. Since Surfing for Farmers returned to Kakanui last month, 20 to 30...

Big changes for new Rotary president

Incoming Oamaru Rotary Club president Sven Thelning says he gets more out of his involvement with the charity than he puts in. A career move...

Old barn given new lease on life

The options are wide open for North Otago couple James Hutton and Tara Taylor, and their picturesque venue Ben Lomond Barn. The 126-year-old schist barn...

Raybould enjoying the spontaneity of creating his own art

Art is an antidote for Dean Raybould. Raybould has worked his entire life as a graphic artist — creating art for other people. That changed when...

Tourism operators pleased with support

It appears to have been short but sweet for tourism operators in the Waitaki district this holiday period. Waitaki Tourism Association (WTA) chairwoman Jan Kennedy,...

Camp draws family year after year

It is not a bad life - catch the fish in the morning, fillet it and have it for lunch. Stroll down the beach and...

Cycleway project given grant

A coastal cycleway connecting Waikouaiti to Waitati is a step closer, thanks to a $28,750 grant. The Coastal Communities Cycle Connection group applied to the...

Dolls bring creative ideas to life

Cloth dolls have become Sharon Mitchell’s life passion, writes Kayla Hodge. In times of darkness there is always light to be found. When Sharon Mitchell’s...

Putting down roots in Oamaru

In the 1800s, many people immigrated to New Zealand looking for a better life. When David and Annie Dorward made the journey, they were...
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