The final phase of a $150 million project to future-proof the Tekapo power canal by fixing leaks in the waterway's lining remains on schedule to start next year.
Power supplies knocked out by Tuesday's storms in Waimate are expected to be restored today, as life slowly returns to normal for Waimate, but at least one farmer is caught in an irrigation ''disaster'' affecting the whole of Canterbury.
Despite being frozen out of the Chinese export market for a month because of a labelling mistake, the Oamaru Lean Meats meat processing plant will not have to stand down any workers.
Products from a second Oamaru meat plant are being prevented from entering China.
An Invercargill mother and her child yesterday walked away unharmed from a serious crash in Oamaru.
If you did not already know the Waitaki Valley was home to ''one of the rarest plants on earth'', you should after tonight, Department of Conservation (Doc) ranger Graeme Loh says.
The efforts of about a dozen Oamaru volunteer firefighters sent to tackle the biggest blaze of their lives, with no extending ladders, no breathing equipment and no back-up, in the 1960s, is part of a new exhibition at the North Otago Museum.
A year after suffering a heart attack at work, Oamaru metalworker Dave Snow was yesterday learning how to possibly save someone else's life, following the conclusion of a year-long fundraising effort by workers at Gillies Metaltech to pay for a portable defibrillator.
The number of endangered black stilts in the Mackenzie Basin is set for a huge boost, because of the release of more than 90 birds in Pukaki and Tekapo.
About 100 brand-new books in North Otago are about to go on journeys to encourage more people to experience the joy of the written word.
Voters in Waitaki will be spoilt for choice for mayoral candidates in October's local elections, with seven candidates vying for the mayoral chains - but voters in one council ward will be unable to vote for a single council representative.
The Chinese Government is being asked to accept products from Alliance Group's Pukeuri meat-processing plant, despite the Ministry for Primary Industries continuing an inquiry into the plant management's breaching of export regulations twice in a month.
A decision on whether carp can be used to control aquatic weeds in man-made irrigation structures in North Otago is expected to be made next month.
An outbreak of hepatitis A in Ashburton could now have reached as far South as Oamaru, after three cases of the infectious viral disease were reported in Oamaru - but the source of the outbreak is still a mystery.
A Waimate man is facing several charges following what police described as a ''serious road rage'' incident that resulted in a vehicle being rammed into a set of petrol pumps at an Oamaru service station.
A voluntary organisation already credited with the arrests of two people, even before their crime was reported to police, is seeking extra members so it can double the time it spends patrolling the streets of Oamaru.
Caravan enthusiasts in Oamaru are being warned to beware of cut-price offers for top-of-the-range caravans, after police uncovered a possible fraudulent advertisement in a local newspaper.
Just hours after thrilling classical music lovers in Oamaru by mingling with the audience after their first show in the town for two years, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra was treated to some reciprocal hospitality when a hotel fire forced the musicians into the streets.
A $20 million project to build new twin bridges across the Waitaki River is also creating extra employment for workers in Kurow.
Pupils at two Oamaru high schools will now have a chance to learn Mandarin.