Sally Rae

Mayor defends factory farm consents

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.

Blowing his own horn

Blowing his own horn

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.

Dividends of being part of a culture of giving back

Dividends of being part of a culture of giving back

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 firefighter.

Smith urged to call in dairy proposals

Smith urged to call in dairy proposals

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.

Concern for penguin colony 'madness'

Concern for penguin colony 'madness'

"People just everywhere" in the Oamaru Harbour area at night are causing problems for the resident blue penguin population, environmentalist Lorraine Adams says.

Haiti missionary 'gutted'

Haiti missionary 'gutted'

"At the moment, all I want to do is go and hold everybody that was close to me."

Short stories for blokes

Short stories for blokes

An amusing tale about an oil-rig toilet mishap could hopefully encourage young men to take up reading again.

School may close after term one

School may close after term one

Education Minister Anne Tolley is satisfied Otepopo School should close.

History brought to life

History brought to life

Volunteers at Totara Estate south of Oamaru are helping bring the historic site alive each morning this summer.

Family not deterred by rain

Family not deterred by rain

The weather might be wild and the lake choppy - but there's always Coronation Street.