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Festival chance to laud artists, says director

Celebrating local talent is at the crux of the Waitaki Arts Festival, director Frances McElhinney says. New Zealand artists tended to be humble, but the...

New look for town’s Trade Aid

A new-look Trade Aid shows the company believes Oamaru is worth investing in, manager Delwyn Cox says. The Thames St shop reopened on Monday after...

Mayor backs Covid vaccine push

Getting 90% of the eligible Waitaki population fully-vaccinated is about much more than a "Top Town" competition, Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher says. It is about...

New role uses ‘all those wee skills’

Keeping busy is in Rosalie Hyslop's DNA. The newly-appointed New Zealand Groundspread Fertilisers Association executive officer said landing the job "all stems back to Nana",...

Trainee vaccinators passionate about Pasifika health

The Oamaru Picific Community Group's (OPICG) Covid-19 vaccination clinics have been about more than just administering the vaccine. They have brought the community together, helped...

Young people leading the way in region’s vaccination effort

Making informed decisions. That is what Oamaru's youth are doing when it comes to the Covid-19 vaccine, North Otago Youth Centre manager Amanda Acheson says. In...

New store and old job to bring new life to old...

Ben Blair is following his passion, and in his father's footsteps, opening an antiques store in Oamaru. Today, Vintage Ben Antiques opens in Thames St,...

Workshops encourage new scene’

The great thing about creating zines is there are no rules and no bounds, artist Rachel Fenton says. Since October 12, Fenton has been holding...

Passion for food developed in Oamaru

On the surface, medicine and baking might not appear to have a lot in common. But mental health doctor Alby Hailes says balanced nutrition and...

Adjusting to life under lockdown

Melbourne has claimed the unenviable title of the world's most locked-down city. Rebecca Ryan chats with former Oamaru Mail reporter Gus Patterson who moved...

Grand piano to get grand outings

Much like a voice, a Bechstein piano has a very unique sound with different tones and moods. So it comes as no surprise that Bruce...

‘This is a life and death thing’

Vaccination is critical, Waitaki District Health Services chief executive Phil Jamieson says. "It's critical for protecting yourself, it's critical for protecting your family and community,...

Fireworks fundraiser postponed

Covid-19 has once again extinguished plans for the annual Weston School fireworks fundraiser. For the second year in a row, the Home and School Association...

‘Real shortage’ of rental homes

Quality rental properties are in short supply for families in the Waitaki district. Families are having to rely on emergency accommodation in motels and campgrounds,...

First awards celebration of excellence, innovation

The inaugural Oamaru Business Collective Awards were a wonderful celebration of the excellence, innovation, and success of businesses in Waitaki, Cara Tipping Smith says. With...
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