Andrew Ashton

150 years of art history in exhibition

150 years of art history in exhibition

Research carried out by Hampden art lovers has brought together more than 150 years of the area's history that might otherwise never have been seen by local residents.

A place to slow down, relax

A place to slow down, relax

Life does not come much more laid-back than in the tiny North Otago village of Ngapara. In fact, it is so small it does not feature as a separate entity in either the recent national census or the local council count of rateable properties. Despite that, Andrew Ashton discovered its rural appeal.

Lake Waitaki spot attracts regular campers

Lake Waitaki spot attracts regular campers

Lake Waitaki, in North Otago, has always been a popular spot for summer visitors, but one camp site in particular has its own appeal for the hundreds of people who return there for summer holidays year after year. Andrew Ashton examines what makes the Fisherman's Bend Reserve so addictive.

Conditions not conducive

Conditions not conducive

Anglers making their regular pilgrimage to the Waitaki River mouth for a New Year fish, say shark not trout was on the dinner table on New Year's Eve.

Family used as 220kmh excuse

Family used as 220kmh excuse

A man caught driving at an alleged 220kmh, while more than twice the legal drink-drive limit, told police his wife and children had left him.

Rain no problem for jolly campers

Rain no problem for jolly campers

Holidaymakers in North Otago for Christmas and New Year are having a blast, despite a wet start to the holiday.

Sole engineer has powerful job

Sole engineer has powerful job

While most people take the chance to get away from it all by taking a camping trip over the new year, a Hakataramea engineer will have the sole responsibility for keeping three of New Zealand's largest hydro-electric power stations ticking over.

Stage two of canal work imminent

Genesis Energy has confirmed that a multimillion-dollar project to plug leaks in the lining of the Tekapo power canal will restart within weeks.

New licence regulations for pilots signal demise of airshow

New Civil Aviation Authority rules are said to be one of the reasons behind the cancellation of Twizel's Wings Over Water airshow this year.

New councillor knows issues

New councillor knows issues

Waitaki's newest councillor this week said water management would probably be the issue that would dominate the concerns of her Ahuriri Ward constituents.