PHOTO: REBECCA RYANBefore he ran the Fort Enfield Tavern, Johnny Rogers spent 22 years in the New Zealand Army as a chef. New Zealand Army chefs fulfil the vital role of keeping soldiers sustained and Mr Rogers worked in dining halls across the country and mobile and tented field kitchens overseas, including operations in East Timor and Afghanistan. The army had been a big part of Mr Rogers' life, so he enjoyed remaining connected as a New Zealand army reservist. This month, Mr Rogers and his wife Amber celebrated a year in business at the Fort Enfield Tavern. We've turned it into a destination, with people coming out from Oamaru and then we've got the Alps 2 Ocean [cyclists] as well," he said.
April 25, 2019 16:41 UTC
Kathy DedoIt is time for the public to "tune in" before some big decisions over the future look and function of the Wanaka town centre. It and members of the Wanaka Community Board are "testing" ideas put up for inclusion in the Wanaka town centre master plan, which looks ahead 30 years and is likely to have a major impact on vehicle access and parking. Some ideas from QLDC planners were presented to the public as options during an experimental closing to vehicles of two important town centre streets last month. Ms Dedo said the process now was to turn the options into a single preferred plan for the town centre. The preferred plan is scheduled to be put before the public before the end of next month.
April 25, 2019 16:35 UTC
Quentin CurrallA recent new website promoting Clutha has come in for vehement criticism. During last week's Lawrence-Tuapeka Community Board meeting, board member Quentin Currall lambasted Clutha Development chief executive Linda Moore regarding the effectiveness, content and functionality of the Clutha NZ website launched last August (cluthanz. Mr Currall described the website as "shockingly bad", and a "waste of $20,000", for which "someone's backside needs kicking", and for which Clutha Development should "apologise to council". Ms Moore told the ODT she rejected the vehemence of Mr Currall's criticisms, describing them as "one man's opinion". He declined to comment on Mr Currall's specific criticisms until Clutha Development had completed that process.
April 25, 2019 16:32 UTC
PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSHDunedinVeterans were acknowledged in dozens of Anzac services and events across Dunedin yesterday. About 80 people took part in the 16th Anzac Memorial Run and Walk from Bayfield High School to the Otago Trooper's Memorial and back. The University of Otago and the university students' association also held an Anzac Day service for staff and students outside the University Staff Club. CluthaCrisp, clear conditions greeted people commemorating Anzac Day at a total of 17 traditional services and parades throughout South and West Otago yesterday. OamaruSecurity was tight as people from around the Waitaki district gathered to commemorate Anzac Day yesterday.
April 25, 2019 16:32 UTC
John Lambeth (second left) and Lester Stevens (far right) are helped into Southland Hospital following their helicopter crash in the Southern Ocean. Photo: Giordano StolleyThe man in charge of the Otago rescue helicopter service says co-ordination of the search for three men found alive after a helicopter crash this week was "absolutely stunning". But the rescue of three men following a helicopter crash in the Southern Ocean near Enderby Island on Monday showed lessons had been learned. "I think it's an absolutely stunning, world-class service that RCCNZ [Rescue Co-ordination Centre New Zealand] are providing." It is responsible for co-ordinating all major maritime and aviation search and rescue missions within New Zealand's search and rescue region, as well as land-based missions arising from someone activating a distress beacon.
Photo: Getty ImagesA Dunedin man who attended the dawn service at Gallipoli on Anzac Day says there was no panic and the mood was "very safe" following a terrorist threat to the commemorations. Dunedin man Chris Morland said security was strict, but he thought it was essentially "no different from other years". "We had the dawn service this morning, and we walked up to Chunuk Bair," he said. The feeling was "unbelievably safe", knowing the person who made the threat had been caught while still "miles away" from the services, Mr Morland said. RNZ reported that Parliament's Speaker Trevor Mallard told crowds at the dawn service the experiences shared by New Zealanders and Australians at the Gallipoli landing in 1915 had come to symbolise much about the two countries.
PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERYTheir season of The Jungle Book is over, but young members of the Dunedin Repertory Society will unleash their wild sides again this weekend. A cast of children and young adults will be walking the Town Belt as part of the week-long Wild Dunedin Festival, then helping people with eco-activities during the "Making a Change" expo in Woodhaugh Gardens in North Dunedin. The theme of the play - the human and natural world interacting with one another - fitted well with the environmental ideas behind Wild Dunedin. They would also be conducting a clean-up of the green belt during the Town Belt Traverse. The Jungle Book ended on April 21.
Highlanders looshead prop Daniel Lienert-Brown warms up for the match against the Hurricanes at Forsyth Barr Stadium earlier this month. Photo: Getty ImagesHighlanders prop Daniel Lienert-Brown is happy to say bigger is proving to be better. The veteran of more than 60 Super Rugby games for the Highlanders, Lienert-Brown has put on more than 5kg over the off-season and is making it pay in his game. The Sunwolves had plenty of Highlanders connections through players and management and Lienert-Brown said they had the utmost respect for the Japanese side. "We need to build on that performance and this is a good test for us.
Chris Knight has been collecting Lego bricks since last year and has more than 10,000 in his house. Builder Chris Knight had his passion for the toy bricks rekindled a year ago and has been happily building since. He was taken with the colourful building blocks at a Lego show last year. They spent hours building creations and planning projects. The plastic brick has a legion of Southland fans who will gather at ILT stadium in Invercargill tomorrow at The Southland Brick Show.
Former Highlanders first-five Hayden Parker has been kicking superbly for the Sunwolves this season. Photo: Getty ImagesPlayers in tonight's match in Tokyo should be extra careful of giving away penalties as it could be costly. Hayden Parker, who has played 47 games for Otago and 30 games for the Highlanders, has kicked 34 goals from 36 attempts. The Highlanders' goalkicking duties have been shared between Josh Ioane, Bryn Gatland and Marty Banks. Banks has successfully kicked all his 13 attempts while Gatland has missed one of his three attempts this season.
Queenstown airport in October last year. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERYThe lead story on Tuesday, April 16, related to the possible relocation of Queenstown Airport. On many past occasions, proposals have been put forward to relocate Queenstown Airport. And remember, about 20% of the traffic at Queenstown Airport is actually locals travelling for business and pleasure. Let me reiterate that Queenstown airport is not seeking to relocate general tourism traffic to Wanaka but merely for Wanaka to service its own customer base.
PHOTO: MARK PRICEThe Australian national anthem was played at the Anzac dawn service on the lakefront at Wanaka yesterday, and a small group were heard to be singing along. Mr Wood said Anzac day was important to him because it recognised the service of an earlier generation. Mr Wood's father was 19 when he joined up, although the minimum age without parental consent was 21. He thought he might get his father's signature but "he knew he wouldn't get his mother's signature". He served from 1939 until 1946, a youthful Mr Wood observing his father had obviously survived the war.
Gillian Vine fights to get things to grow in dry shade. Dry shade is the bane of a gardener's life, and it can be a battle to find suitable plants. Clivias, once established, will grow in dry shade. Probably the most drought-tolerant small fern, it loves the challenge of dry shade. Taller perennials for dry shade include meadow rue (Thalictrum), monkshead (Aconitum napellus), foxgloves, Astilbe, Astrantia and Japanese anemone (Anemone hupehensis var.
Bill South, Warrant Officer Class 1, a veteran of Malaya and Vietnam, has led the dawn parade in Invercargill for the past 45 years. PHOTO: GIORDANO STOLLEYEvery year for the past 45 years there has been only one man leading the Anzac dawn parade in Invercargill at the Cenotaph, and that man is Warrant Officer Class 1 Bill South. But it was not not a task that the the veteran of Malaya and Vietnam signed up for. And every year without fail he has attended an Anzac parade, even before he became parade marshal. No-one has been appointed yet to replace him at next year's dawn parade.
So this is how GI coaches Moeahu and ``V'' watch games now, swanning around in deck chairs at Kettle Park. Varsity crushed Taieri up front to make it two straight but is still four points out of the four. But the occasion was marvellous - country rugby at its finest. The GI Spannerheads (12-) visit the Magpies and I'm picking they upset the comp leaders if they contain Mackenzie Haugh. The Hawks (12-) are at Pipi Park and might have the all-round game to get it done over Varsity.