Andrew Ashton

Traffic lights at crossing wanted

Traffic lights at crossing wanted

Residents in Oamaru's north end, fed up with almost daily mishaps at a pedestrian crossing there, are taking their safety concerns to the Government.

Joint approach possible on alcohol licensing

Joint approach possible on alcohol licensing

A cross-district approach to the sale of alcohol is being considered in an effort to ensure a consistent approach to hotel and bar opening hours on both sides of the Waitaki River.

PHO denies GP shortage; new arrivals argue otherwise

Although new Oamaru residents are complaining they are being put on waiting lists or turned away completely when trying to enrol with some general practitioners, the Southern Primary Health Organisation (PHO) says people should not have an issue finding a doctor.

Locomotive back on track

Locomotive back on track

A six-year project to repair an 89-year-old steam engine finally came to a close yesterday, much to the relief of the unpaid volunteers who made it happen.

Irrigation costs double for farmers

Irrigation costs double for farmers

Kurow and Duntroon farmers will have to pay more for irrigation water from one of the Waitaki district's oldest irrigation schemes, and irrigators warn costs on other schemes in the district would also rise in the future.

Potential in cheese from deer's milk

Potential in cheese from deer's milk

An Oamaru cheese factory and New Zealand deer farmers could be in line to make ''huge'' export gains in Asia, if experiments in making cheese from deer's milk are successful.

Catholic schools tie event

Catholic schools tie event

After 120 ''fiercely, but fairly'' contested games of football, rugby, hockey, basketball and netball, it proved impossible to separate Oamaru's and Timaru's top teams in the inaugural Southern Catholic Colleges Tournament on Monday.

Stout follow-up for Anzac Day

Stout follow-up for Anzac Day

Anzac Day dawn services will this year be held at Hakataramea and Oamaru, and early risers attending the Hakataramea service will be able to enjoy a glass of World War 1 stout afterwards.

Census pilot part of 2018 planning

A census pilot scheme in Oamaru, which aimed to find ways of reducing the estimated $90 million cost to the Government of running the national census, will be used to plan the census in 2018, Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson says.

Organisers pleased with bigger hill climb entry

Organisers pleased with bigger hill climb entry

Organisers say there was a large increase in the number of drivers taking part in yesterday's Ngapara hill climb, the 50th running of the event.