Sarah Marquet

From North Korea into the light

From North Korea into the light

Kim Chol-su is depressed. He has no hope, no friends, no job, and no will to work. He knows he should but almost every waking moment is consumed with thoughts of his wife and son. Are they alive? Have they been starved? Raped? Tortured? Will he ever find out their fate?

Giving a voice to desperate cries for help

Giving a voice to desperate cries for help

Kim Sang Hun was born in North Korea but thanks to his father's foresight, the family moved south before the 1950-53 Korean War.

Halls face shaky future

Halls face shaky future

As the needs and wants of society change, so does the future of rural halls. No longer the focal point for communities, the halls are at risk of being abandoned or demolished due to new earthquake strengthening rules. Reporter Sarah Marquet finds out what lies ahead for some halls in Central Otago.

Council affected

In addition to community-owned halls, a significant number of halls owned by the Central Otago District Council are considered to be earthquake-prone.

Upgraded facility a success story

 Upgraded facility a success story

The Becks War Memorial Hall, which has served the tiny community for about 50 years, is a success story compared with some of its neighbouring counterparts.

Park, council to share mains upgrade cost

Highlands Motorsport Park near Cromwell needs to upgrade a Cromwell water main to continue its development and the Central Otago District Council has decided to share the cost.

Request for library cash

Request for library cash

Disestablishment of a library manager position last year, a development beyond the Central Otago District Council's control, came at a significant financial cost.

$30,000 ex gratia payment made

$30,000 ex gratia payment made

A $30,000 confidential ex gratia payment was made to the liquidators of the Molyneux Park Charitable Trust, records show.

Quake work ordered

Quake work ordered

Council-owned quake-prone buildings in Central Otago will be strengthened, likely to 34% of the national building code.

Cellphone outage grates

Cellphone outage grates

A cellphone tower damaged in Thursday's 50ha fire on Cornish Point was yesterday being assessed by Telecom staff but it was not known when service would be back to normal, causing frustration for some users.