Archaeologists yesterday battled against the tide to rescue 14th century moa bones from a ''significant'' historical settlement at Awamoa Creek, south of Oamaru.
The Mackenzie district has experienced the 10th highest population percentage increase in New Zealand, census figures have revealed.
Two years after Hollywood movie-makers finished filming Mr Pip, the final version will get something of a homecoming screening in Oamaru this week.
The Waimate trotting fraternity is confident racing at the township's racecourse will still go ahead this summer, but with uncovered stands.
Mariners leaving Oamaru Harbour will continue to head into open ocean without the reassuring presence of a coastguard vessel close at hand, a submission to establish a permanent Coastguard NZ unit having been dismissed on the grounds one was not warranted.
About 100 artworks will be judged behind closed doors at the Forrester Art Gallery in Oamaru as part of the two-yearly North Otago Arts Society Awards.
Local politics in Waimate entered a ''new era'' at the weekend, as the district returned its first new mayor in almost a decade.
Mackenzie Mayor Claire Barlow this weekend breezed back into a second term, after raking in a mountain of votes.
Following a three-year absence, Oamaru businessman and former deputy mayor of Waitaki Gary Kircher will return to local politics after being elected the new mayor of Waitaki.
Gary Kircher has been elected mayor of the Waitaki District, beating nearest rival Jim Hopkins by about 400 votes.
Rivers across Otago this week will be filled with the sound of jet-boats screaming across the water, as South Island racers take on the best the rest of the world has to offer in the 2013 UIM World Championship Jet Boat Marathon.
More North Otago-based conservation projects could be given the go-ahead, following a recent Department of Conservation restructuring that created a new Oamaru-based position.
Twizel residents still do not know when the township will have a water supply that will comply with New Zealand drinking water standards.
A final assessment of what it will cost to bring the Oamaru Courthouse up to earthquake standards is edging closer.
The Waitaki arts community has had a boost, with six groups and individuals receiving funding from the Creative Communities Scheme.
A new $150,000 search and rescue forward command unit that is expected to save lives across North Otago was officially revealed to the public at the weekend.
After two terms in office, ''the people's mayor'' Alex Familton was yesterday farewelled by Waitaki residents at a ceremony at the Oamaru Public Gardens.
Work on the second of two new bridges spanning the Waitaki River at Kurow has started and the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) says the $20.1 million project to replace the existing 132-year-old twin bridges will be finished before the end of next year.
Waitaki police are still firmly behind the use of a radio tracking system intended to help locate dementia patients who may have been reported missing, although Auckland police recently scaled back their involvement with a similar project in the North Island.
After five decades raising thousands of dollars worth of funds for the betterment of Oamaru, the Lions Club of Oamaru will this month mark 50 years since the club was first chartered.