Lynda van Kempen

Easter visitors spoilt for choice

Easter visitors spoilt for choice

Rabbits, racing and riesling will be the focus for thousands of visitors to Central Otago at Easter.

Festival licence 'clarity' sought

In an unusual move, the organiser of this weekend's Clyde Wine and Food Harvest Festival has appealed decisions granting one special liquor licence for the event but declining another.

Methamphetamine 'candy' warning a hoax

Methamphetamine 'candy' warning a hoax

A child, Youth and Family staff member, duped by a hoax email about flavoured methamphetamine that looked like strawberry popping candy, warned Central Otago, Queenstown and Wanaka schools to be on the lookout for the ''drug lollies'' this week.

Alcohol policy under fire

Alcohol policy under fire

Strong criticism of Central Otago's draft local alcohol policy by a health professional this week prompted the district mayor to claim his council was being ''bullied'' about its stance.

Mercy dash for injured motorcyclist

Mercy dash for injured motorcyclist

A Roxburgh woman was airlifted to Dunedin Hospital yesterday morning after her motorcycle crashed into a road barrier near Butchers Dam.

Major global player to buy Otago vineyard

Major global player to buy Otago vineyard

The potential investment in a Central Otago vineyard by a global luxury goods group is ''ecstatically good news'' for the region, a wine industry leader says.

Festival permitted to sell glasses of wine for tasting

Festival permitted to sell glasses of wine for tasting

Glasses of wine are back on the menu at the Clyde Wine and Food Harvest Festival at Easter but a question mark hangs over bottled wine sales.

School revamp makes pupils 'keen'

School revamp makes pupils 'keen'

A think-tank, fairy lights, a lime-green chalkboard and bean bags are among the things pupils love about Poolburn School's $230,000 makeover.

Chinese miners' headstones unveiled

Chinese miners' headstones unveiled

The final resting place of Chinese gold miners buried in the Ida Valley - Moa Creek cemetery - more than a century ago is now marked.

Meeting about E. coli levels

Meeting about E. coli levels

A public meeting yesterday to discuss high levels of the bacteria E. coli in the Taieri River at Waipiata was not about ''finger-pointing'' but rather about taking a collective approach to solve the problem, those at the meeting were told.