‘‘Fun, friendship and frivolity'' is the catchphrase of a new group that has been set up in Central Otago.
Lynda van Kempen
The Alexandra and Districts branch of Red Cross will celebrate its 25th birthday with a lunch on March 10.
The Alexandra junior kayak slalom team has enjoyed its most successful competition, returning home with three national titles.
‘‘Rocketing'' pie sales are an indication that families are struggling financially, Roxburgh piemaker Dennis Kirkpatrick says.
Ward boundary changes within Central Otago have bumped up rates by between 40 per cent and 60 per cent for the owners of some properties near Alexandra.
It's a long and winding road but every corner of Alexandra's streets are being filmed on video this week.
Dutch Rotary study exchange group members were hosted by Cromwell Rotary last week. Pictured are (from left) Barbara de Vries , Adrienne Heal (Cromwell Rotary), Harold van Ginkle, Jantine van t Klooster (back), Cromwell Rotary president Jill Tapper (front), Marloes Korndewal, Albertine Perre-Bulder and Pieter Troosttheide. Watching a rugby match and having fish and chips for tea was one of the highlights for a Dutch Rotary group study exchange which visited Central Otago last week. The five-strong group and their leader, Albertine Perre-Bulder, are spending 30 days in New Zealand, while at the same time, a New Zealand group visits Holland.
The Central Otago Regional Orchestra is cultivating its own musicians, with a 31-strong training orchestra, which will perform alongside the ‘‘parent'' orchestra this weekend in Cromwell and Alexandra.
It was almost a clean sweep to Central Otago in the series of representative rugby matches played at Alexandra on Monday. The highlight of the day was the annual Topp Cup match between Central and Southern, with Central the victor for the second successive year.
Next crop of top wines: Hinton Estate Vineyard winemaker Howie Hinton was delighted to hear recently that Hinton’s 2006 pinot noir had won a gold medal in the International Wine Challenge. An Alexandra wine producer has gained recognition on the international stage, winning a gold medal in one of the world's largest wine competitions. More than 9000 wines were entered in the 2008 International Wine Challenge, which is based in England, and Hinton Estate Vineyard scored a gold with its 2006 Pinot Noir.
Cyclists turning into Clyde's Hazlett St from State Highway 8 are risking their lives, says a frequent user of the road, who describes the intersection as ‘‘just crazy".
Apprentice plumber Sam Mitchell is pretty good at keeping his cool. The 21-year-old Alexandra man recently won the plumbing section in the Otago regional final of World Skills New Zealand - a work skills competition aimed at measuring excellence.
THE Alexandra team that ‘‘only just'' made the cut for the final finished up winning the Macrae Trophy curling championship.
NEW road markings and a portable electronic traffic sign are just some of the new road safety tools being used in Central Otago.
More than 300 people turned out to celebrate a double golden jubilee at St John the Baptist Catholic Church in Alexandra on Sunday.