Regional

Happy Chinese New Year

  In 2018, Chinese New Year falls on Friday February 16. The celebrations usually last for over two weeks.  A group of Chinese visiting from a province near Shanghai came to the piano in Pilot Bay, Mount Maunganui, on Thursday evening to sing...... Read More

Wapiti statue to get new home

After a decade greeting visitors driving into Te Anau, the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation's life-size statue of a wapiti stag will find a new home in front of the Fiordland Events Centre next month. The prominent statue, located at the entrance to Te...... Read More

Wetland restoration work underway

Site preparation work has begun on returning the piped stream through D’Oyly Reserve in Stanmore Bay back into wetland. At present, D’Oyly Reserve consists of mown grass on top of what was historically a stream. Recreational activities...... Read More

’Housing affordability not a single number’

Wellington City Councillor and Housing Portfolio leader Brian Dawson says a single number for housing affordability is not the right approach. A media report this week stated $650,000 as the figure for what makes a house “affordable” in...... Read More

Medals galore for the Masters

Ashburton master swimmers have returned home with a fistful of medals from the Masters Games in Dunedin. The club, which swims out of the EA Networks Centre, sent a team of five to the event, all returning with medals. Steve Prescott was the first...... Read More

Spike in thefts from vehicles in Papamoa

Papamoa Police have noticed a spike in theft from vehicles at the Kaiate Falls Carpark and the Otawa Trig Carpark in the Papamoa area.  In the past ten days there have been six vehicles broken into and items stolen, says Sergeant Tristan Murray. “Police...... Read More

Gathering the good oil

A touch of Mediterranean lifestyle is taking hold at Whakapirau where the odd olive tree in the garden has sparked plans for an annual festival. Local resident Jacky Caddick, realised her backyard olive grove had produced far too many olives to preserve...... Read More

Pekatahi Bridge set to close again

Motorists are being warned of temporary closures of Pekatahi Bridge, which is set to create detours through the Whakatane township. The bridge will be closed while NZTA conducts maintenance on it from February 23 to 26 and again on March 3. As a result...... Read More

No support for lake proposal

The Guardians of Lakes Manapouri, Monowai, and Te Anau will not support a Meridian Energy proposal to be able to lower Lake Te Anau an additional 20cm beyond its absolute minimum in an extreme circumstance. After a year of ongoing discussions, the Guardians...... Read More

Mid Canterbury dominates on the greens

North Otago proved no match for Mid Canterbury on the greens of Ashburton on Saturday when the two sides met in their annual representative fixture. Played across three greens around Ashburton and in four separate divisions, Mid Canterbury won three...... Read More