A wide range of issues, from didymo to camping, will be outlined to Waitaki and Waimate District councillors and staff during a tour of the Waitaki River and lakes next Tuesday.
Recession - what recession? It's all right here in the Waitaki district, David Bruce reports from Oamaru.
Waitaki district ratepayers are now being asked what they think about the Waitaki District Council's budget for next financial year - which includes a 6.4% average rates rise.
The Waitaki district's economy is on a roll and the Waitaki Development Board expects it could get even better in the short term.
While most of the latest snowfall missed Ohau Skifields, general manager and owner Mike Neilson said that was "very fortunate".
The Waitaki District Council's proposed 6.4% rate rise next financial year could be lower by the time final decisions are made on June 24, Waitaki Mayor Alex Familton hinted last night.
‘‘An explosion of irritation'' is expected by Waitaki District councillor Jim Hopkins when people realise the extent of remodelling by Transit New Zealand of State Highway 1 through Oamaru.
Irrigation, new vineyards in the Waitaki Valley and the possibility of a $200 million cement plant at Weston are the key factors which will attract more people to live in the Waitaki district.
The ongoing problem of erosion along the North Otago coast, threatening roads and property, is being attacked on two fronts by the Waitaki District Council.
Oamaru-based furniture manufacturer Willetts Furniture Company Ltd has been placed in receivership, but managing director Colin Willetts believes it can trade out of its difficulties.
Glen Hollis may be a fan of cars - Ferraris in particular - but he is planning a petition calling on the Government to bring back a South Island passenger train service. The Oamaru man launched the petition in North Otago yesterday, but hopes his enthusiasm will spread and it will be picked up by other South Island centres.
Kurow's gymnasium is to get new heating as winter sets in, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Meridian Energy Ltd Waitaki Community Fund.
"It's a damn dangerous bridge," is crash victim Dunedin truck driver Nathan Anderson's description of the Deborah rail overbridge on State Highway 1
A new release of about 30 lots in a Waitaki Valley viticulture subdivision will add substantially to New Zealand's newest grape-growing area. Waitaki Valley Estates has put the Cricklewood stage 1 and 2 subdivision just west of Kurow on the market, having just obtained titles, with lots ranging in size from 4ha to 8ha and priced between $196,000 and $1.2 million, plus GST.
They may have cost only $14, but Kyla Thomas' new stilettos helped her win $1000 in the Mother's Day ‘‘Stilettos on Thames'' 100m sprint in Oamaru yesterday.
The Waitaki Valley grape picking season is drawing to a close with a prediction of some high quality wines and more labels this year.
Sixteen offence notices were issued in about two hours to motorists yesterday as the Oamaru police highway patrol continued to target the Deborah rail overbridge on State Highway 1 where two crashes have occurred within nine days recently.
Waitaki Valley patients have a new medical service, after the Kurow Medical Centre successfully lobbied the Rural Otago Primary Health Organisation for funding.
Reopening the Waiareka branch railway line, a vital component of the proposed $200 million Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd cement plant near Weston, will come under scrutiny at a Waitaki District Council resource consent hearing lasting three days from May 21.