Sally Rae

Fashion show and ball talk of the town, organisers say

Organisers of a steampunk fashion show and ball in Oamaru on Saturday say it is going to be an "awesome" event.

Mopping up continues with 50 roads still closed

Mopping up continues with 50 roads still closed

"It came quickly and left just as fast," Waitaki Civil Defence spokesman Scott Ridley said yesterday, as floodwaters disappeared across the district.

Damage assessed as rain eases

Damage assessed as rain eases

The rain might be over, but motorists in the Waitaki district have been reminded there are pot-holes and debris "everywhere" as a result of the prolonged flooding.

'Idiot' driver arrested

'Idiot' driver arrested

Police arrested at least one driver near Hampden on Saturday after motorists' frustration at having to wait for flooded roads to be reopened boiled over.

Civil Defence keep watch on flooding

Civil Defence keep watch on flooding

Waitaki District Council communications officer Scott Ridley believes he has appeared on every television network and radio station in New Zealand this week.

Cash help for Haiti

A fund-raising dinner at The Homestead, in Oamaru, on June 13 will raise money for the emergency relief initiative Project HHH - Hearts and Hands for Haiti.

Plenty to do despite closure of school

Plenty to do despite closure of school

It was business as usual at Five Forks School yesterday as children swapped tales about enjoying the novelty of two days at home.

Rural women resilient in adversity

The theme of Rural Women New Zealand's conference this week - "Diversity in Action - Resilient Rural Communities" - proved apt as conference goers spent two days with no heating.

Maori rock art undamaged in huge rock fall

Maori rock art undamaged in huge rock fall

Rare examples of Maori art have survived the dramatic collapse of a rock outcrop at the Takiroa rock art site, near Duntroon in North Otago.

Gardeners look forward to weekly visit

Gardeners look forward to weekly visit

Every Wednesday, Waitaki Community Gardens co-ordinator Annie Beattie looks forward to the weekly visit from the crew from Idea Services.