Community

Waitaki businesses encouraged to register through new online directory

The Waitaki District Council has launched a new business directory for residents to see which businesses are open and what services are available during...

Neighbourliness survives

Residents of Walbrook Cres in Oamaru grabbed their deck chairs and headed to their front lawns for a street "happy hour" on Saturday. After the...

About being ‘a wee bit creative’

Oamaru's Pasifika community had to be creative to celebrate the traditional day of church and family amid the Covid-19 lockdown yesterday. Masses were streamed online,...

0% rates rise backed

Waitaki district councillors have unanimously agreed to work towards a 0% rates rise in the 2020-21 financial year. An emergency council meeting was held on...

Support available amid isolation

While self-quarantines and social distancing increase isolation, the Covid-19 pandemic has also empowered communities to pull together. Hundreds of people in the Waitaki district are...

Age Concern seeking volunteers

Age Concern Otago wants to stay ahead of the curve. With Covid-19 posing a greater threat to people aged 65 and over, the organisation's Waitaki...

Waimate doctor’s words of wisdom

As New Zealand has moved to alert Level 4, people have a lot of questions about Covid-19. Waimate doctor Steven Fish shares some insights...

Keeping calm as we carry on

At a time when anxiety is high, wellness is vital. Rebecca Ryan chats to Oamaru yoga instructor, meditation guide and reiki practitioner Jae Omnetabout...

Overseas adventure includes sport, advocacy and mixing with royals

When Sene Naoupu moved to Ireland 10 years ago, she never imagined she would become one of the country's most high-profile international athletes. The former...

Women chosen for national ad campaign

Two Oamaru women might have just had their big break. Elise Blundell and Gina Buckley were recently selected to take part in a national advertising...

OE cut short by spread of Covid-19

It was not the overseas experience Molly Farrell was hoping for. Just five days after moving to Ireland, Miss Farrell (24) saw the country start...

‘Essential’ – farmers should keep working

It's official - farmers carry out essential work and should continue throughout the Covid-19 lockdown. Federated Farmers leaders were in talks with the Government on...

‘Thinking outside the box’

Oamaru businesses are bracing themselves as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to escalate. But, as Rebecca Ryan reports, uncertainty can be a breeding ground of...

Academy blesses, names new aircraft

The New Zealand Airline Academy celebrated the arrival of two new aircraft at Oamaru Airport on Monday. The two Tecnam P2008 aircraft, each worth about...

Council drawing from fund

"These are extraordinary times; we must find extraordinary solutions," Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher says. The Waitaki District Council has made plans to draw up to...
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