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James now living his real life

James did not realise he was a boy until he was 16 years old. Before that, he lived his life as a female, struggling with...

Family business going strong despite Covid

For Oamaru-based clothing brand Moke, Covid-19 has meant a pivot of sorts, but as the saying goes, when a door closes, somewhere a window...

Waitaki people urged to vaccinate

"Get in, get it done." That was the message from Dr Jon Scott on Tuesday, when Central Medical opened its new Covid-19 vaccination clinic at...

Creative fibre group celebrating 50 years

North Otago Creative Fibre members spun plenty of good yarns on Monday. About 50 people, including 10 founding members, gathered at the Brydone Hotel to...

Aquatic centre again hosting schools canoe polo champs

Despite not having any local canoe polo teams, Oamaru has managed to secure hosting rights for the South Island secondary schools canoe polo championships...

Nominations open for business awards

The Oamaru Business Collective Awards are an "amazing opportunity" to show local businesses some love, Cara Tipping Smith says. Nominations for the inaugural awards open...

Petitioning for small dog park

Small dogs deserve better, Deborah Mills says. Dr Mills has established an online petition urging the Waitaki District Council to establish a small breed dog...

Experience pays off for top dancer

Olivia since she was 3 years old. She entered her first competition at age 5, and 10 years later is still at it. Earlier this month,...

Leading Waitaki into the future

Alex Parmley is well aware of the challenges that lie ahead for local government in New Zealand. But the new Waitaki District Council chief executive...

Pull of family draws author back

Celebrated author Pauline Cartwright has returned to her North Otago roots for her retirement. She shares with Ashley Smyth some of the wisdom she...

Dancers drawn to Opera House

The New Zealand Highland and National Dancing Championships were a reel success. Last weekend, 271 dancers jigged their way to Oamaru from all over the...

Focusing on waste minimisation

When faced with the choice between a job she was "born to do" and a job she loved, Lucianne White did not have to...

He might be young, but he means business

Devin Familton is not your average 23-year-old. He opened his first business, Baarkers Dog Grooming, at 19, is a real estate agent and is in...

Making art for art’s sake

Luzette Crossan has one term of children's art lessons under her belt, and is loving it. Possibly best-known in Oamaru for her face-painting business Pop...

Yes, you shall go to the ball

Money should not be an obstacle to looking "fabulous", Alisha Hodges says. The Oamaru woman, who started her business Cinderella's Wardrobe NZ from her home...
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