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Sixty years on 'a wonderful journey'

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
Ferg Mitchell, of Cromwell, belts out an old tune from his song book. PHOTO: ADAM BURNS After more than six decades of playing music, Cromwell country music figure Ferg Mitchell may be one of the more prolific entertainers in the land. Adam Burns spoke to the Central Otago music veteran about what drives his love of playing.
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Work on Lanes Dam starting soon

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
Remedial work at Alexandra’s Lanes Dam is to begin this week as water levels have fallen over the past few years due to a probable leak. PHOTO: ADAM BURNS The Central Otago District Council is hopeful of finding a solution to the water loss problem at Lanes Dam.
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Ridge to be stabilised

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
Pinnacle Ridge. PHOTO: NZ TRANSPORT AGENCY Contractors will spend 11 weeks securing Pinnacle Ridge, at the Nevis Bluff, after an inspection last June detected movement. 
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Getting ready for old age

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
When are you actually old? PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES At age 50, I keep telling myself I am young.
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Museum sleepovers popular

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
Otago Museum. Photo: ODT files Educational sleepovers by school groups at the Otago Museum continue to be a popular option 82 sleepovers having been held last year.
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Bridges fails to grasp chance (or better mug)

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
National Party leader Simon Bridges and his Leaning Tower of Pisa coffee cup at Otago Polytechnic on Thursday morning. PHOTO: GREGOR When you are a politician, even something as mundane as choosing a coffee mug can become accidentally significant.
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Bearing the weight of his world

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
Lynn Keogh with husband and carer Kevin. PHOTO: CRAIG BAXTER The Otago Daily Times series on ageing-related issues continues with a look at the concerns faced by unpaid caregivers. Mike Houlahan reports.
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Sector on the rise in South: survey

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
Virginia Nicholls Otago and Southland manufacturing has returned to expansion mode with "steady" construction sales and a buoyant hospitality sector.
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Emu attack among incidents faced

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
Health and safety-related incidents at Dunedin City Council. An attack by a wandering emu on a Dunedin City Council staff member has been a learning experience for the organisation.
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Work on robotic arm aimed at aiding man with cerebral palsy

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
Aspiring electrical engineer Hanri de Bruin poses with an automated arm, similar to the one she will be working on to help Blake Forbes-Gentle. PHOTO: LINDA ROBERTSON An electrical engineering student is undertaking a once-in-a-lifetime project at Otago Polytechnic, as she prepares to programme a $15,000 robotic arm for a young man with cerebral palsy.
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Queenstown's growing pains

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
Queenstown. Photo: Getty Images "It is an obvious fact that rates derived from a population of 2460 people are not going to be enough to pay for the establishment and maintenance of services." So said an editorial in Queenstown community newspaper Mountain Scene on March 21, 1974. 
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Primary produce exports booming

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
Strong pasture growth was a bonus for the primary sector; pictured, browsing rodeo horses above Lake Hawea, Central Otago. PHOTOS: STEPHEN JAQUIERY Following a strong production season and renewed surge in dairy and meat prices, primary industry export performance continues to outpace expectations for the year ending June 2019.
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Inkwise bought by Allied Press, Webstar joint venture

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
Allied Press chief executive Grant McKenzie Christchurch print operation Inkwise has been bought for an undisclosed sum by a joint venture with Otago connections, the sale conditional on Commerce Commission approval.
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The future finds its voice

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Sat, 03/16/2019 - 03:30
Young people are angry. Faced with global inaction over increasingly dire climate change forecasts, frustrated and fearful youth worldwide have seized the activist mantle. Bruce Munro examines the insurgent youth-led climate action phenomenon.
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Survivor's stories: 'I saw people drop dead in front of me'

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 21:53
A survivor of the Al Noor Mosque shooting has described how he ran for his life as the bullets flew.
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Christchurch terror attack: How to register missing persons

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 21:27
Police wish to notify the public of the Restoring Family Links (RFL) website where people can register missing persons or register themselves as alive.
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Global Insight: NZ's isolation no protection against terrorism

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 20:56
The mass shooting in Christchurch mosques today is a stark reminder that geographical distance is no protection, Professor Robert Patman says.
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Auckland bomb scare: Armed police at train station

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 20:38
Police are cordoning off Victoria St in central Auckland in a new scare on a day that has left New Zealanders on edge.
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Christchurch flights cancelled

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 19:57
Air New Zealand has cancelled all remaining regional turboprop flights out of Christchurch this evening, including to Dunedin, because of security issues, linked to the "shooting tragedy'' in Christchurch.
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NZ mosque shooting suspect Australian: Aust PM

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 19:13
gettyimages-1131283102.jpg Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Photo: Getty Images/ File photo An Australian-born citizen has been taken into New Zealand police custody over the Christchurch mosque shooting, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says.
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