It is not just farmers' fields turning brown in South Otago.
The weather held out and a crowd of more than 700 turned up, making this year's Lawrence Rodeo a great success, organisers said.
The weather could not have been more different for some farmers in Otago and Southland. While southerners struggle in the cold and wet, their northern counterparts wait for rain. Hamish MacLean and Sally Rae report.
Despite the efforts of an expert group working since September, the deaths of hundreds of dairy cows in Southland and Otago last winter remain unexplained.
Many reports claiming shonky driveway repairs in Otago by a Canadian tourist and his two sons could result in the man being given the boot from New Zealand.
The Canadian door-to-door driveway repair crew who left West Otago after a series of complaints on Monday appears to have been touting for business in North Otago on Tuesday.
Traffic through Lawrence has been steady over the holidays and weekends this summer, but questions are being asked about the quality of the signs promoting the town.
The Balclutha Centennial Swimming Pool will close for two days in February in what the Clutha District Council hopes to be the final shutdown to address technical issues that have plagued the swimming pool over the past couple of years.
Tapanui residents are offering to vacate their homes to accommodate Robert Redford and the expected 250 cast and crew shooting the Walt Disney Studios live-action remake of Pete's Dragon in April.
A 62-year-old Balclutha man was arrested yesterday, following three separate complaints in Owaka on Sunday afternoon.
Meat processing plants across the region are working overtime to clear a backlog of lambs brought to slaughter because of this summer's dry conditions.
Otago lambs are being sold to North Island farmers as arid conditions affect most of the South Island.
From the 1970s wallpaper to the children's scribbles on the walls, a Nugget Point crib has a special place in the heart of Kate Botting. Hamish MacLean discovers the reason for having a crib only 15km from home.
His display of shawls, dreamcatchers, hats and dresses could be one of the most colourful things drivers see as they tour the Southern Scenic route over the holiday break.
Gumboots are more part of Nigel Stirling's wardrobe than suits these days but the former journalist has not gone "cold turkey'' on his news background, despite the demands of farming life. He tells Hamish McLean about his return to the family farm in South Otago.
Staffing shortages, due to illness, have meant the Clutha District Council has funded its war memorial restoration programme from reserves rather than grants.