Andrew Ashton

Stunning carvings playground legacy

Stunning carvings playground legacy

A discussion between an Oamaru businessman and a Picton carver about how to make use of two tree trunks at the Friendly Bay Playground in Oamaru will leave future generations with an artistic legacy lasting a century or more.

Tekapo Canal Rd changes

New traffic arrangements due to be implemented on Tekapo Canal Rd will mean anglers will retain road access to the Tekapo canal, but will no longer be able to use the road as a short cut from Lake Pukaki to Lake Tekapo.

Damaged seal on Severn St to be replaced

Damaged seal on Severn St to be replaced

A month-long project to fix potholes on a major Oamaru thoroughfare, at a cost of nearly half a million dollars, will start next week.

Boost for medical centre

Boost for medical centre

At the end of the official fundraising launch last night for a proposed new medical centre in Twizel it was revealed nearly half the $1.8 million needed had already been raised.

Consultation on stadium plans

Moves to provide Waimate with a modern sports stadium are finally pressing ahead, and a revamped facility could be up and running by the middle of next year - if the plan finds favour with ratepayers.

Fire-damaged trees danger on island

Fire-damaged trees danger on island

Motuariki Island on Lake Tekapo is still off-limits to the public two weeks after a fire ravaged the island's pine forest.

Taking to the water

Taking to the water

It was a perfect day for messing about on the water in Oamaru yesterday, as Oamaru Harbour played host to the annual harbour regatta and the Port FM Birdman competition.

Drilling divides mayor, lobbyist

Drilling divides mayor, lobbyist

After meeting representatives from Texan oil company Anadarko yesterday, Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher said he believed oil and gas exploration off the Otago coast could be an economic ''game-changer'' for the district, but Greenpeace says mayors across Otago are ducking the ''hard questions'' as to who really stands to reap the financial rewards.

$1.8m for new medical centre

About $2 million is needed to bring New Zealand's most isolated medical centre into the 21st century, the High Country Medical Trust revealed this week.

Dot's home to be a dream

Dot's home to be a dream

Gift-shop owner Dot Smith is about a year away from moving into her very own castle, but until then she can still pop up through a ''secret tunnel'' to see what progress the builders are making.