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.
Te Kuiti shearer James Fagan - fresh from success at the Merino Shears last weekend - will be back in action at the Waimate Shears on Saturday.
Waitaki Development Board chief executive Mark Jurisich is leaving Oamaru this month for a new job on the West Coast.
Tribal dance, drumming and singing will soon come together in Oamaru's "Spirit of Spring" extravaganza. Sally Rae reports.
GLENAVY: Alexandra couple Bruce and Ngaire McSkimming say they are reaping their Wild Oats - not sowing them.
Oamaru teenager Laura Grundy has people flocking to her for advice on what brand of energy efficient light-bulb to buy.