Michael Ardley and his wife Maureen have sold Oamaru’s Whitestone Funeral Services Ltd to Dunedin-based Hope & Sons Ltd. North Otago reporter Hamish MacLean catches up with Mr Ardley.
One of the South Island’s largest funeral businesses has invested in Oamaru — Dunedin-based Hope & Sons Ltd will take over Oamaru funeral directors Whitestone Funeral Services Ltd on February 1.
The Otago Regional Council will be keeping a close eye on river levels this weekend, in light of a severe weather watch issued by the MetService.
Efforts to improve the performance of the Waitaki District Council’s new parks maintenance contractor are ongoing, the council’s recreation manager says.
Strong winds played havoc with Aurora Energy’s aged network yesterday and cut electricity to more than 2000 customers across Otago.
The man who died in a farm accident at Cattle Creek has been named.
The Omarama farmer whose pivot irrigators' tyres were slashed at the weekend says he remains hopeful the culprit will be caught.
A 34-year-old Oamaru man faces multiple charges after a short pursuit, by car and on foot, ended with him being pepper-sprayed.
The growth of a summer school on sustainable skills in Oamaru is a matter of pride for its founder.
The Waitaki District Council's effort to curb the effect of rising visitor numbers is working, council regulatory services manager Lichelle Guyan says.
It will be almost four months before an investigation into safety improvements on a highway near the Moeraki Boulders is completed.
Residential care beds in Oamaru are at capacity and Oamaru Hospital has warned families could be faced with having to decide where outside the community to send relatives.
Quick thinking by an off-duty Dunedin firefighter helped save a small building in Palmerston from being damaged in a suspicious fire early on Saturday.
"Committed" offenders would have been drenched as they slashed the tyres on three pivot irrigators, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage, police say.
Police are investigating an attack on three pivot irrigators near Omarama.
All the talk is about how Oamaru has changed in recent years, but for some daily life in the North Otago town is much the same as it has been for years. Hamish MacLean talks to a North Oamaru stalwart.
The Waitaki District Council’s water mains renewal work programme on South Hill will begin next month.
While there is optimism from some that the protracted contract dispute between the SDHB and Waitaki District Health Services will soon be resolved, there is a lot of work to do before a deal is in place.
Recently released figures starkly highlight the major challenge faced by many Otago farmers and the Otago Regional Council in clearing a big backlog of "deemed" water permits before they expire in 2021.
Oamaru is fast becoming a birdwatcher’s paradise.