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'Hilarious' mayors' debate raises $22K

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 04:30
Ready for the "Blood is thicker than water'' mayoral debate in Roxburgh on Saturday evening are (from left) Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan, Janet McDonald, of Roxburgh East, and Gerry Ekhoff, of Alexandra. PHOTOS: YVONNE O'HARA About $22,000 was raised during the "hilarious'', sold-out "Blood is thicker than water'' debate between two teams led by brothers Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan and Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan.
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Enduro fundraiser earns praise all round

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 04:30
A small village sprang up at Willow Park, Papakaio, on Saturday.
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Former St Patrick's pupils look back

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 04:30
Mary Toogood (left), Elizabeth Baggott, Shirley Hackett, Eileen Ross and Margaret Fletcher (seated) re-create the picture from the first jubilee in 1969. PHOTO: LUISA GIRAO The favourite teacher, the gathering at lunch-time and pranks such as sneaking away to smoke cigarettes were among the memories recalled by former St Patrick's pupils during the school's 75th jubilee celebrations over the weekend.
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Builder put in voluntary liquidation

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 04:30
A Queenstown building company has been placed in voluntary liquidation, but the licenser says all homes being built will be reassigned to another contractor.
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Community groups to go in search of national title

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 04:30
Southern  groups will go head-to-head in Tauranga later this month, vying to be named the national Supreme Winner at the annual Trustpower National Community Awards.
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$150K irrigation funding bid should be deferred: officer

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 04:30
A request for $150,000 funding towards improving irrigation at the Cromwell Racecourse should be deferred until a development plan has been prepared for the land in question, a Central Otago District Council officer has recommended.
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Oamaru-St Kevin's wins Borton Cup two years on end

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 04:30
Oamaru-St Kevin's made it two in a row in Borton Cup cricket when it beat Waitaki Boys' High School First XI by six wickets on Saturday.
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As lovely as a gum

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 03:30
The beautiful Albany red gum in the car park of the CCA Dunedin Branch Office at 29 Portobello Rd, between Portsmouth Dr and Andersons Bay Rd. Photos: Gerard O'Brien ''Albany'' is a charming old name for Scotland, coming from the Scottish Gaelic ''Alba'' and the Medieval Latin ''Albania''. In the US, Albany is the capital city of New York State, even though its population of 100,000 is tiny compared to New York City.
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Up hill and down dale

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 03:30
Recently retired and with time on his hands, John Fridd decided to hop on his bike and have a crack at the Cavalcade Push Bike Trail. Apparently, there’s a hint in the name . . .
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Artists in the pink

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 03:30
Anton Lambaart works on a piece for ‘‘The Nude’’. Photo: Gregor Richardson Dunedin’s Fringe Festival aims to bring experimental contemporary art to a wider audience, so the Otago Art Society has embraced an age-old practice with a twist in its latest exhibition, ‘‘The Nude’’,  Rebecca Fox discovers.
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The hazard of misunderstanding

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 03:30
There is good evidence physical activity actually makes osteoarthritis better, not worse. Photo: Getty Images What we understand about our illness has implications for how we go about addressing it.
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Forward to the past

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 03:30
Naseby today. Photo: Christine O'Connor As the 19th century drew to a close, a citizen of Naseby was transfixed by a vision of the glorious future awaiting the Maniototo goldrush town. Historian and writer Jim Sullivan recently stumbled upon that vision and has identified one or two discrepancies.
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Memories are made of this

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 03:30
The Rooms in the House (2016), digital video, of 15min 53sec duration, purchased in 2017 with funds from the Dunedin City Council. Photos: Collection of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Moving-image art and digital video has become an important part of gallery collections, writes Lucy Hammonds.
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The making of a killer

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 03:30
Ian Munro Last month, a 15-year-old Hawkes Bay schoolboy was sentenced to life in prison for murder. While such actions by people his age still occasion startling headlines, they're becoming just that much more commonplace and, in fact, this young man was the fourth teenager to be found guilty of murder in Hawkes Bay in 2018.
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Running on instinct

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 03:30
Invercargill ‘‘electroscum’’ duo Murgatroyd (Matt Hoffman (left) and Jordan Cossill) plays The Crown Hotel next Saturday. Photo: Supplied Fraser Thompson holds a Q&A with Invercargill duo Murgatroyd.
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Music Review: Jan Preston

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 03:30
Jan Preston is classically trained but after hearing Winifred Atwell playing boogie-woogie she was hooked.
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The Classics: Distant Beloved

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 03:30
Distant Beloved, Simon O’Neill (tenor), Terence Dennis (piano). Decca CD This is my first column in 2019, the gap because record companies were unable to send discs (or vinyl) for review.
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Dunedin Airport closed after report of suspicious package

Sun, 03/17/2019 - 22:00
Dunedin Airport is closed after a report of suspicious package, police have confirmed. 
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Crusaders respond to criticism of name in light of attacks

Sun, 03/17/2019 - 20:49
Crusaders fans show their support prior to the round four Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and Chiefs at Christchurch Stadium on March 09. Photo: Getty Images The Crusaders super rugby franchise says in light of the terror attacks in Christchurch and some public concerns, it will have future discussions about the club's name.
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'It was terrifying': Abused for wearing headscarves as country mourns

Sun, 03/17/2019 - 20:19
While the rest of New Zealand is comforting the Muslim community, two women at an Auckland railway station were subjected to vile abuse today for wearing hijab.
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