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Country lodge wins national award

Dome Hills Station High Country Lodge, in North Otago, has won the best nationwide hotel category in the Corporate Events Guide People's Choice Awards.

Dansey Pass trail ride roars into life

The North Otago hills were alive with the sound of almost 1000 motorcycles on Saturday as Australasia's largest one-day trail ride roared into life.

Test run for trolleys

Test run for trolleys

Calling all trolley enthusiasts. A trolley derby "test run" will be held on Tuesday on the Wansbeck St course, in preparation for the main event a week today, which is part of Oamaru's Victorian heritage celebrations.

Safety close to her heart

Safety close to her heart

"If you make a difference for one family, then it's worthwhile." Since the death of her teenage son in 2003, Oamaru woman Helen Algar has been involved in raising public awareness about text-message bullying.

Lavender farm finding favour

Lavender farm finding favour

It's hard to miss the bright purple gateway on the road through the Dansey Pass.

Penny-farthing tour begins

The pennies are going on parade. The penny-farthing tour leaves Kaiapoi today, arriving in Oamaru on Wednesday in time for the opening of the town's annual Victorian heritage celebrations.

Vintage Buick the sum of its parts

Vintage Buick the sum of its parts

When John Chynoweth and Sharon Chambers cruised into Oamaru yesterday afternoon in their gleaming 1918 Buick car, it was hard to believe it used to be "a heap of parts".

Pair's community service stint recognised

Pair's community service stint recognised

Two stalwarts of the Waitaki branch of Save the Children - who joined the same day - have received national recognition.

Tunnel power some years off

Tunnel power some years off

The first power from Meridian Energy's proposed new hydro-electric scheme on the north bank of the lower Waitaki River would probably not be generated until between 2018 and 2020.

Penny-farthing theft reported

Penny-farthing theft reported

Missing in action - one very large bicycle.