Oamaru Harbour is enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. PHOTO: ODT FILESOamaru was once notorious for drownings and shipwrecks, but the town's 1872 Heritage New Zealand category 1 historic breakwater has kept Oamaru Harbour safe for generations. This week, the Waitaki District Council pushed "go'' on its Oamaru Harbour Space Masterplan project and quadrupled the project's budget, from $50,000 to $200,000. A zipline proposal for Oamaru Harbour has proven both popular and hotly contested. PHOTO: SUPPLIEDThe dozen groups to "keep informed'' include the Otago Chamber of Commerce, Forest & Bird, tourism operators, accommodation providers, Oamaru Steam and Rail, and Friends of Oamaru Harbour.
Tom BrookingThe family of University of Otago Emeritus Prof Tom Brooking is praising the CPR skills of a friend after the academic suffered a serious cardiac event. His daughter, Rachel Brooking, told the Otago Daily Times Prof Brooking was with friend and former student James Beattie, who called for help and then administered CPR - helped by another passer-by - until paramedics arrived. The family were "exceptionally grateful'' for the efforts of Mr Beattie, who knew CPR and could help Prof Brooking, as well as the passer-by, emergency services, hospital staff and well-wishers. Prof Brooking retired as a lecturer late last year, ending a 40-year career teaching history at the University of Otago. Ms Brooking said the actions of her father's friend, in performing CPR, underscored the value of people learning the skill.
A group of Mount Aspiring College pupils jump off the Albert Town Bridge yesterday in defiance of the signs banning people from doing so. They are (from left) Hadley Tamati (15), Micah Cousins (15) Tana Hansen (15), Dylan Rimmer (15), Kahu Nepia (15), Oliver Prince (15), Olly Thomas (16), Ethan Carleton (16) and Scarlet Norman (14). PHOTO: SEAN NUGENTAn online petition asking to overturn the decision to ban jumping off the Albert Town Bridge is quickly gaining momentum. But Albert Town Community Association chairman Jim Cowie described it as an "overreaction'' and "heavy-handed''. Now, a change.org petition seeking to overturn the ban has more than 3500 signatures, just three days after it was started.
Mr Kircher said the workshops were following the "golden rule'' - and no decision-making occurred behind closed doors. The council had a recent "strategy day'' when the amount of time spent in workshops was discussed, he said. And the concern is that sometimes we're ending up having workshops on things that ... aren't actually that strategic. According to the information provided by the council, councillors averaged just under 10 hours a month in workshops. "The question as to whether councillors themselves are finding that they have the right balance, that's a question really more appropriately asked of the mayor.''
The Otago Daily Times yesterday reported - as stated in the Ministry of Health's monthly financial reports - that the SDHB's deficit was $29.9million. The SDHB has reined in its deficit in the past few weeks. Mr Fleming said the year to date result had dropped to a $22.8million deficit, $7.6 million over budget. Industrial action and pay settlements had affected the SDHB, as it had all DHBs, Mr Fleming said. "That is just starting to flow now,'' Mr Fleming said.
About 1500 street light systems across the Clutha district will be converted from sodium vapour to more energy-efficient, low-maintenance LED lights. The work, expected to take about four months to complete, recently got under way in the Catlins and crews will progressively work their way through the district. Clutha District Council service delivery group manager Jules Witt said the work was being undertaken as the result of a government initiative to offer councils a subsidy for converting from sodium vapour lights. "Once the lights are installed council will be able to achieve savings in power consumption and in street light maintenance.'' A separate project to replace lights on state highways and some of the council's larger roads will be carried out later.
PHOTOS: STEPHEN JAQUIERYTwo athletes managed to beat the clock in the return of the annual Clocktower Race yesterday, racing around the building before the last chime resounded around campus. Cameron Miller (19), a member of Hill City-University club, won comfortably in 48.66sec, followed by second-placegetter Jake Paul, who finished in 50.8sec. The only female entrant in the field of eight runners was Hill City-University club member Emma Doyle. He wanted the race to return next year and hoped it would once more become a staple of Orientation Week. The race was open to all athletes who wanted to enter, not just students, Monk said.
Isabelle Jenkins (21) models Company of Strangers’ summer 2020 collection at the St Clair Hot Salt Water Pool yesterday. PHOTOS: STEPHEN JAQUIERYA model plucked from the shop front found herself in hot water by the seaside yesterday. Company of Strangers director Sara Munro said Ms Jenkins worked for the company in its Dunedin store. Ms Devereux suggested Ms Jenkins, who is studying politics at the University of Otago, was good in front of a camera. The St Clair Hot Salt Water Pool was chosen for yesterday's shoot because it was "a cool venue'', and because a signature print in the collection was marbled, and looked as if it was under water.
PHOTO: NZ TRANSPORT AGENCYA burst water main washed some gravel into new water pipes being installed as part of an upgrade to a notoriously dangerous intersection near Queenstown. NZ Transport Agency senior project manager Phil Dowsett said the water main burst "some weeks ago'' at the Tucker Beach Rd/State Highway 6 intersection, causing gravel to wash into the new pipes. "These pipes have since all been cleaned out and checked with cameras to ensure no gravel remained, and they meet both transport agency and Queenstown Lakes District Council standards for freshwater pipes.'' Council property and infrastructure general manager Peter Hansby said he was made aware of the burst water main as soon as it happened. He said the burst main was associated with trenching work that was happening alongside it.
The Warriors have opened their account for 2019 and there was a lot to like for coach Stephen Kearney. DARRIAN TRAYNOR/GETTY IMAGES Warriors halfback Adam Keighran in action during the trial against the Storm. All the outside focus heading into the match was on the Warriors' young halves and Harris-Tavita ensured they made a confident start. Melbourne were left a rue a poor restart, though, as the Warriors pounced on a loose ball. Warriors 12 (Neria Fomai, Hayze Perham tries; Adam Keighran 2 goals) Storm 6 (Cheyse Blair tries; Ryan Papenhuyzen goals).
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Vector has confirmed 250 west Auckland households are without power following an outage on Friday night. A power cut has left hundreds of west Auckland households in the dark on Friday night - but it's not due to the first wet weather for a few months. A Vector spokesman said the network fault meant about 250 households in the Kumeu area were without power. Despite wind and rain being forecast for Kumeu on Friday night, the spokesman said the outage was not weather-related. READ MORE:* Auckland residents could face another week without power following storm* 11,000 Auckland homes still without power, heavy thundery rain on the way* Many homes still without power following storm* Power outage affects Snells Beach, north of Auckland* 800 still without power in AucklandDespite the outage not being weather-related, the country's still due to get a wet spell after weeks of dry weather.
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An 18-year-old university student in Dunedin has sparked a measles watch. Health authorities have issued the warning over the possibility of symptoms breaking out after the case of measles was confirmed on Friday. Early last year, at least 15 people contracted measles, a highly infectious illness, during an outbreak in the South Island. Public Health South is working to identify those close to the University of Otago student to determine their immunisation status and offer vaccination. People are considered immune if they have received two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, have had a measles illness previously or were born before 1969.
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Lydia Ko fires five-under second round at Honda LPGA ThailandGETTY IMAGES Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko climbed up the leaderboard in the second round of the Honda LPGA Thailand on Friday. Kiwi golf star Lydia Ko has rocketed up the leaderboard at the Honda LPGA Thailand event with an impressive second round. She managed to avoid any bogeys in her second round, achieving par in her other 13 holes for the day. Australia's Minjee Lee, South Korea's Eun-Hee Ji, and Lizette Salas of the United States are a further shot back at 10-under. She blotted her copybook in her second round with a double bogey and five bogies to card a five-over 77 for a two-round tally of 148.
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The Highlanders win another game late, defeating the Reds in Dunedin. READ MORE:* Super Rugby: Stuff rugby writers' wishes for the weekend* Chiefs welcome Damian McKenzie back for Super Rugby clash with Brumbies in Canberra* Highlanders expect ex-All Black Brad Thorn's Reds to be 'relentless' in Super Rugby match* Super Rugby: 10 talking points ahead of round two"We had a plan to move their big pack around and when we did it well it worked but when we were a little bit loose we didn't quite execute the opportunities that we created." DIANNE MANSON/GETTY IMAGES Matt Faddes of the Highlanders fends off Reds halfback Moses Sorovi. The Otago playmaker has landed 10 of his 11 kicks in Super Rugby this year. He also fired a shot at referees over the officiating of the powerful Reds scrum.
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Photo: Getty ImagesThe Highlanders have beaten the Reds 36-31 in a thrilling match at Forsyth Barr Stadium. Best for the home team were backs Matt Faddes, Josh Ioane and Ben Smith while forward Hunt and Shannon Frizell were industrious. The Highlanders scored the first try through Rob Thompson after a nice angle from Ben Smith opened up the gap for Thompson to score. The Reds though did not sit back and scored through winger Chris Feauai-Sautia after some sloppy defence by the Highlanders. The home team replied with tries to flanker Shannon Frizell and Ben Smith.
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