Oamaru Intermediate School deputy principal Deidre Senior is off to Malaysia next year as one of four New Zealand teachers selected to attend the Microsoft Asia Pacific Partners in Learning Innovative Teacher Conference.
Living History NZ producer Scott Elliffe is heading to Adelaide next week to make a presentation at the Interpretation Australia conference.
It is likely tenders will be called in mid-January for the new Waitaki Valley School, with construction to start in March.
Percy the penguin is one high-flying bird.
KB Irrigation Ltd was yesterday fined $20,000 and ordered to pay $83,000 to the widow and children of a man killed in an irrigation trench on a North Otago farm in 2006.
A visit to the graves of their respective great-uncles at the Cassino War Cemetery in Italy was particularly poignant for Oamaru couple Tony and Jane Campbell - the graves, in a remarkable coincidence, lie side by side.
"There's a lot of fuss over these new potatoes," Totara grower Marty Quennell said with a smile, as he viewed the first of the season's crop yesterday.
The deaths of five blue penguins, near the North Otago Golf Club, appeared to be caused by dogs, Department of Conservation ranger Kevin Pearce says.
Traditional woodworker Bill Blair has supplied twig brooms for the sci-fi martial arts film Power Rangers, a pole-lathe, shaving horse and grain shovel for The Lord of the Rings, and a half-size trug for Mr and Mrs Beaver and other tools for the Narnia series.
It is a long way from Oregon to Oamaru.
Young car enthusiasts will have the opportunity to show off their "pride and joy" at a Mags and Motors event in Oamaru on Saturday.
Waianakarua man Dave Hill says it is "most unusual" being able to hear again.
Fancy a piece of roading history? Blocks of stone from the historic Oamaru stone Waianakarua bridge, completed in 1874, will be sold at St John's Church in Herbert on Sunday between 1pm and 4pm.
National's law and order spokesman Simon Power says he is "terrified" at the prospect of nationalising a restorative justice programme that works in one community.
With some of the bolts costing $300 each, restoring a locomotive is not a cheap task.
A hostel for children with special needs in Kenya has captured the imagination of Altrusa members.
A 20-year-old motorcyclist, who led police on a pursuit up Severn St and around the Hayle, Solway and Oban Sts area on Saturday night, will be charged with drink-driving, dangerous driving and failing to stop for police.
The work of a group of Oamaru people with a passion for textiles is intriguing tourists exploring Oamaru's historic precinct. They include Chantel Jones and her partner Mike Anderson, who moved from Auckland three years ago, as Sally Rae reports.
More than 50 stallholders will attend a lifestyle expo in Oamaru next Sunday, October 19.
The home of the cure-all elixir Lane's Emulsion - remembered for the slogan "it's famous because it's good" - is now home to Dutch baker Ed Balsink.