Community

Picnickers ignore the Covid risk

Life under Covid-19 lockdown was never going to be a picnic. However, some Oamaru residents have decided the time is right to do just that...

Volunteer Otago’s new branch on hold; help still wanted

Volunteer Otago’s plans to open a Waitaki branch have been put on hold, but now is the perfect time to put your free time...

Milking continues as normal

Cows have no idea there is a pandemic, Natural Dairy co-owner Bethan Moore says. The 12-cow organic dairy farm in Alma, near Oamaru, is continuing...

Police back PM’s ‘be kind’ messaging

Oamaru's top police officer is echoing the words of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and urging residents to “be kind”. Senior Sergeant Jason McCoy, of Oamaru,...

Taxis delivering meals on wheels

Whitestone Taxis has come to the rescue of Meals of Wheels in Oamaru. Last month, all of the meal service’s delivery drivers were instructed to...

Penguin rehabilitation goes swimmingly

The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony’s rehabilitation centre has never been busier. While the colony is closed for evening viewings or tours, a small number of...

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...
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