New book immortalises story of general store that survived against odds


The story of Gilchrist’s Store is one of endurance, community and surviving against the odds. For nearly 125 years, the store has been a cornerstone in Oturehua — and the wider Maniototo — servicing communities and providing a central hub for rural folks. It [...]

New book immortalises story of general store that survived against odds2023-08-21T12:45:59+12:00

Trust’s church purchase part of ‘long project’


A piece of Cromwell history has been given a secure future with its ownership being finalised. Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust chairman Warwick Hawker said the trust had completed the purchase of the former Methodist church at the corner of Donegal and Erris Sts. "It’s [...]

Trust’s church purchase part of ‘long project’2023-07-21T16:39:51+12:00

Reburial ceremony an important final step for cemetery project


Otago Daily Times, 22 May 2023 The remains of 12 early European and Chinese settlers were reinterred in Drybread Cemetery, Central Otago, on Saturday, marking an important final step for Southern Cemeteries Archaeology Project. Since 2016, a team of archaeologists led by Dr Peter [...]

Reburial ceremony an important final step for cemetery project2023-05-22T13:15:26+12:00

Panel defers decision on Earnscleugh consent case


Otago Daily Times, 18 May 2023 The restoration of Central Otago landmark Earnscleugh Castle inched forward yesterday with a resource consent hearing, in Alexandra, regarding the plastering of the building. The Central Otago District Council hearings panel, which was comprised of Crs Neil Gillespie, Martin [...]

Panel defers decision on Earnscleugh consent case2023-05-22T13:25:28+12:00

Homestead renovations supported


Otago Daily Times 11 May, 2023 A Council planner has given the thumbs-up to the planned renovations to the Earnscleugh Station homestead. A Central Otago District Council hearing is set to take place in Alexandra next Monday about resource consents being sought by the owners [...]

Homestead renovations supported2023-05-18T13:39:39+12:00

Cavalcade hosts ‘buzzing’


Otago Daily Times 4 May 2023 Stories of the last time Waikaia hosted the finish of the Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust Cavalcade are still being told, trail boss Bill Butler says. In 2024 the cavalcade will converge on the Northern Southland town. Mr Butler, [...]

Cavalcade hosts ‘buzzing’2023-05-15T10:40:08+12:00

 Let’s talk Central Otago Heritage


Warm up your winter with a healthy dose of heritage. Central Otago Heritage Trust has teamed up with our local museums to offer three events that put Central Otago’s heritage in the spotlight. For the price of a cup of coffee, we’ll make sure [...]

 Let’s talk Central Otago Heritage2023-05-15T10:41:18+12:00

Gold miner reaches final resting place


Otago Daily Times, 16 May 2022 Up to 300 people turned out in Cromwell on Saturday to farewell not only a complete stranger but a man who died generations before anyone in attendance was even born. The unknown gold miner’s remains were discovered buried [...]

Gold miner reaches final resting place2023-05-12T10:05:04+12:00

Grand plans for historic homestead


Haka Tourism Group founder Ryan Sanders first learnt the Earnscleugh Station Homestead was for sale when a staff member sent him the link as a possible site for luxury backpackers accommodation. He had other ideas, sending it to his husband, Marco Creemers, with a [...]

Grand plans for historic homestead2023-05-10T17:12:40+12:00

Hotere studio listed as historic place


Otago Daily Times - 25 April 2022 A unique art studio in Port Chalmers has been registered as a category one historic place. The studio at Observation Point belonged to the late Ralph Hotere, a New Zealand artist, who died in 2013. It was built [...]

Hotere studio listed as historic place2022-05-11T13:30:05+12:00
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