Organisers of a Naseby New Year fireworks display that can claim roots in the 1880s say "bureaucracy" has led to its cancellation.
An Alexandra woman doesn't like them very much, but every Christmas she receives a gift of a garden gnome.
Cromwell will hold its first community Christmas lunch this weekend.
Tarras will have two extra portable toilets to serve busting travellers over the busy summer period.
The Maniototo Rodeo expects boosted numbers for its second outing.
An information session in Alexandra will give locals the rundown on the $15 million space-based research centre coming to the town.
Orchardists are hopeful there will be enough cherries for Christmas, but buyers can expect to pay a pretty penny for the good stuff.
Initial sentiment from some Bannockburn locals towards restoring an historic building and dam in the town seem positive and a plan could be finalised early next year.
Police officers and a speed camera operator have been recognised with long service awards.
Alexandra Rotary Book Sale organisers are shifting books by the crateful to help quench holidaymakers' thirst for reading material.
Concerns proposed small-scale accommodation for travellers and seasonal workers in Queensberry will encourage theft are ''derogatory and insulting'', an Alexandra surveyor says.
A fine-wool sheep now has a load off its shoulders after being relieved of its 21kg fleece.
Public enthusiasm will help determine how much work will be done to restore an historic stone cottage and dam near Bannockburn.
As well as 36 missions and 956 hours flying, a World War 2 Bomber Command wireless operator from Cromwell has also clocked 100 years.
Everyone's favourite red-nosed reindeer will be the inspiration for New Zealand children to write Christmas stories endorsing acceptance and diversity.
The Alexandra Blossom Festival is in the black seven years running.
A Nevis Valley cemetery thought to have been officially closed since the 1940s could become operational again after ground testing.
A uniform restricted fire season will be imposed throughout Otago fire zones this weekend as vegetation flourishing after recent rain dries out.
The Cromwell Community Board is holding out on further seed funding for a proposed Cromwell wine and food event until it talks to the wine industry.
The Millers Flat bowling club will have a new lease of life after being passed down to the next generation.