Waitaki Mayor Alex Familton has rejected a suggestion from
the Environmental Defence Society that land-use consents
granted by the Waitaki District Council for intensive
dairying in the Omarama and Ohau area are illegal.
When Greg Hill played his alphorn on the steps of the Opera
House yesterday, all that was missing was a herd of goats and
a lonely goatherd.
Volunteer fire brigades are a key part of small, rural
communities. Sally Rae talks to recently trained members of
the Otematata Fire Brigade to find out what it means to be a
The parliamentary commissioner for the environment has urged
Environment Minister Nick Smith to call in the controversial
dairy farm proposals in the Omarama-Ohau area.
"People just everywhere" in the Oamaru Harbour area at night
are causing problems for the resident blue penguin
population, environmentalist Lorraine Adams says.
"At the moment, all I want to do is go and hold everybody
that was close to me."
An amusing tale about an oil-rig toilet mishap could
hopefully encourage young men to take up reading again.
Education Minister Anne Tolley is satisfied Otepopo School
Volunteers at Totara Estate south of Oamaru are helping bring
the historic site alive each morning this summer.
The weather might be wild and the lake choppy - but there's
always Coronation Street.
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