Andrew Ashton

Hydro-electricity refurbishing under budget

Hydro-electricity refurbishing under budget

A $45 million project to refurbish the Waitaki Dam and powerhouse is on schedule and below budget - despite a slight delay caused by one of nature's own construction projects.

Rates may rise to fund rural roading work

Early indications are pointing to a possible rate rise of 2.6% in Waitaki next year to help pay for a $2.9 million upgrade of the district's crumbling rural roads.

Hovercraft consent

Cyclists taking on the 315km Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail will soon be able to complete the trail by either air or water, after consent was granted for a hovercraft to operate on the Tasman River.

CT scans could go local

CT scans could go local

Patient costs for Oamaru residents needing CT scans could be reduced if the Southern District Health Board passes on more work to regional hospitals, a report from the Waitaki District Health Services (WDHS) says.

Changes to retirement village funding

Funding for a new multimillion-dollar retirement village in Oamaru could be two-thirds complete, if Waitaki ratepayers approve a financial structure which differs from what they have previously been consulted on.

Temporary court site hopes

Temporary court site hopes

A new ''porta-court'' could still be used for Oamaru District Court hearings by the end of this month - if wrangles over where to place it can be resolved.

Disaster averted as truck goes up

Disaster averted as truck goes up

Oamaru firefighters believe they may have saved several vehicles and equipment worth ''hundreds of thousands of dollars'', after they turned out to a fire at a heavy goods yard workshop yesterday to find ''black, black smoke'' billowing from ''everywhere''.

Considering council loan for village

Considering council loan for village

A third of the money needed to build a $15 million retirement village in Oamaru could be funded from council savings.

Historic look just right for making ad

Historic look just right for making ad

The 108-year-old Quinn's Arcade building in Waimate was yesterday transformed into a 1950s construction site as part of a Japanese television commercial production shoot.

Last seat on Fairlie board filled

The remaining vacancy on the Fairlie Community Board was filled this week following a by-election.