Follwing a 40-year career as a Salvation Army minister working to help reduce child poverty and mortality in South Asia, Ethne Flintoff recently came home to Oamaru, after helping save the organisation from expulsion from Bangladesh, and picking up the Sallies' rarest of accolades on the way.
Oamaru residents have only a few days left to sample what is proving to be the Forrester Art Gallery's best-received exhibition in recent times.
A record number of 100 yachts are expected to take part in this year's Aviemore Classic sailing event to mark the 25th anniversary of the largest trailer yacht freshwater event in New Zealand.
Seventy-three-year-old Bill Mullin was a teenager the last time he saw his younger brother.
A new motor-trades education scheme yesterday began work to provide better learning opportunities for Waitaki youngsters who ''fall between the cracks'' of traditional education and training systems and it is completely community-funded.
Freezing workers laid off from the Alliance Group's Pukeuri meat processing plant more than a month ago, after the abattoir had its certification to export to China revoked, will be back at work next week - but the plant will not be sending meat to China.
Oamaru-based reporter Andrew Ashton travelled to Waimate yesterday to see how the residents were coping in the aftermath of the town's worst storm in almost 40 years.
Plans to build a retirement village in Oamaru costing more than $15 million appear to have widespread support from the community.
Workers made redundant at the Alliance Group's Pukeuri freezing works have been granted a base payment from the company, but are still struggling financially after almost a month without work.
Police are investigating what might be the first violent disagreement between North Otago whitebaiters in 26 years, following an alleged assault on a first-time whitebaiter on the Kakanui River.
Despite constant talk of recession and a so-called ''manufacturing crisis'' people in rural Otago are still better placed now than at any time since the introduction of Rogernomics in the 1980s to set up in business, an Oamaru cheese manufacturer says.
The Waitaki District Council headquarters in Oamaru is one of just two council-owned buildings known to be potentially earthquake-prone, according to the preliminary results of a seismic rating survey.
Smugglers caught taking endangered Otago wildlife out of New Zealand could soon face up to five years in prison, after a Select Committee report recommended harsher deterrents.
Port Otago and the Port of Timaru are both thought to be among New Zealand ports vying for a potential $100 million investment from cement firm Holcim New Zealand Ltd, after the company announced it would stop making cement in New Zealand, as it was cheaper to import it.
Three management jobs at the Waitaki District Council are on the line after plans to introduce a more streamlined organisational structure were revealed yesterday.
One of Oamaru's most prominent backdrops - Cape Wanbrow - could undergo a major visual change, under a proposal to be considered to fell its pine forest because it is so dangerous.
An investigation to find the contamination source responsible for an outbreak of the viral disease hepatitis A in Oamaru last month has failed to identify a specific cause, but has managed to rule out any link to the town's swimming pool.
More than 200 meat workers at the Alliance Group's Pukeuri meat works, who were laid off temporarily last week when the plant's exports to China were halted, still have no idea when they can return to work.
Efforts to reduce air pollution from smoking chimneys in Waimate are having success in reducing the amount of contaminants in the air, and Environment Canterbury (ECan) says the town's air could be virtually pollution-free by 2016.
A second phase of investigation into the death of Elderslie farm worker Justin McFarlane is under way by police to send a ''clear message'' to anyone who may have helped or harboured any of the accused.