Community inspiration celebrated
Source: odt.co.nz It was the icing on a patiently and carefully constructed cake when the West Otago Health Trust won the supreme award at the 2015 National Trustpower Community Awards last month. South Otago reporter Samuel White takes a look how Tapanui, population 2300, stepped up to raise millions of dollars and why it needed a medical centre anyway. The West Otago Health Trust has been recognised for its inspiring work in galvanising a community to raise almost $4million for a medical...
Sun 10th Apr 2016Full post
A&P society gets behind recycling scheme
Source: odt.co.nz The South Otago A&P Society has joined forces with Fonterra to reduce excess waste as part of a recycling scheme. The society will be part of Fonterra's pouch recycling programme TerraCycle. The scheme was launched in August of last year and allowed New Zealanders to collect yoghurt pouches to be recycled into other products such as pencil cases, chairs and park benches. South Otago A&P society member Kate Wilson spearheaded the idea for the society to join up...
Wed 6th Apr 2016Full post
School celebrates 150th
Source: odt.co.nz The past and present collided at Kaitangata Primary School at the weekend as it celebrated its 150th year. Former principal Joyce Beck addressed a crowd of at least 250 ex-pupils and staff members at an opening ceremony for the school's jubilee on Saturday. She read a letter from one of the school's "most distinguished'' former pupils Carole McArthur, who now works at the University of Missouri as a teacher of immunology and was unable to attend. The letter said not to...
Mon 28th Mar 2016Full post
Migration continues to strengthen
Source: odt.co.nz New Zealand's net migration has gone from strength to strength during the past few years, consistently defying the most bullish of forecasts, Westpac chief economist Dominick Stephens says. It now looked ‘‘highly likely'' annual net migration would surpass 70,000 by June, taking the population growth rate to a post-1974 high of 2.1%. Commenting on the latest Statistics New Zealand migration and visitor numbers, Mr Stephens said strong population growth was...
Tue 22nd Mar 2016Full post
Volume up in Otago, prices in Lakes
Source: odt.co.nz Otago house sales in February continued "apace'', but with flat prices on a year ago, while in the separate Central Otago Lakes region prices climbed almost 14%, but with flat sales numbers. Otago house sales rose 16.7% from 263 a year ago to 307, while the Lakes region saw prices climb 13.7%, from $489,250 to $556,111, data released by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand showed. Compared with February last year, 10 regions recorded increases in sales volume, with...
Mon 14th Mar 2016Full post
Ferry to resume operations
Source: odt.co.nz The Tuapeka Mouth ferry will be back in action tomorrow after a four-week interval. The ferry, also known as the Tuapeka Mouth punt, was taken out of the water last month for maintenance. Work was originally supposed to have taken two weeks but was extended by another two. Clutha District Council northern contract supervisor James Allison said it should be operational tomorrow, granted it passed safety checks by contractors. ‘‘We've given it a coat of paint...
Mon 7th Mar 2016Full post
Asking prices on the up in Otago
Source: odt.co.nz Asking prices for houses around the country have notched up records in both Auckland and Otago last month, but are poles apart at $866,080 and $323,367 respectively. The Auckland record average asking price was an increase of $101,656, or 13.3%, for the past 12 months, according to data from realestate.co.nz, the website of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand. While Otago's average asking price was also a new high, it was up only slightly on the previous record of...
Sat 5th Mar 2016Full post