Rare trollinger grapes identified on Central Otago vineyard


NZ Herald 25 January 2022 More than 150 years after Frenchman Jean Desire Feraud made his mark on Central Otago, his legacy lives on. The gold miner turned winemaker is widely credited as the original commercial winegrower in Central Otago. He planted more than 1200 vines in the Alexandra Basin at his Clyde winery, Monte Christo. When viticulturalist Sam Wood recently discovered an unidentified grapevine at the original site of Feraud's winery - the present-day Monte Christo Winery - he turned to the Bragato Research Institute, a specialist research centre for the New Zealand wine industry, for DNA testing. "We weren't [...]

Rare trollinger grapes identified on Central Otago vineyard2022-05-10T17:17:56+12:00

2022 Not for Profit Governance Essentials Course


Otago Community Trust is pleased to be supporting the Otago Southland branch of the Institute of Directors deliver a second Not for Profit Governance Essentials course to help build not-for-profit board capability. This course provides an opportunity for anyone on a not-for-profit board to gain a confident grasp of robust board processes, good decision-making, and board operations in a Not For Profit context. In this one-day course you will learn the roles and responsibilities of the board and directors from a not-for-profit perspective. Date: 25 February Cost $120 (inc. GST) This course covers the roles, responsibilities and liabilities of being a [...]

2022 Not for Profit Governance Essentials Course2021-11-23T15:09:46+13:00

Telling our stories – Oral history update


Lance Corporal John Hanrahan The Central Otago Heritage Trust received funding in 2019 for the Oral History Project. Our goal is to develop a collection of oral histories capturing the unique stores of Central Otago. At the heart of this project is a group of volunteers trained to national and international standards and best practice in oral history. There were exciting developments in the project over the summer period. We completed the first stage of interviewer training for 13 new volunteers who are now completing practice interviews in readiness for follow up training. We’re fortunate to have been gifted [...]

Telling our stories – Oral history update2021-04-12T12:01:08+12:00

What’s in a name? Linger and Die Reserve


Central Otago has its fair share of grim place names such as ‘Deadman’s Point’, ‘The Lonely Graves’, ‘Drybread Cemetery’ and the ‘Linger and Die’ reserve in Alexandra. We explore the origins of ‘Linger and Die’ and whether this bleak name is justified. The Linger and Die is a public reserve on the Manuherekia riverbank in Alexandra. According to the story board at the reserve the exact origins of the name are unknown but assumed to be related to the site’s unsuccessful mining history. Golden Link Dredge, Manuherekia, Alexandra Photo: Courtesy of the Alexandra Turnbull Library Between 1899 and 1902 [...]

What’s in a name? Linger and Die Reserve2021-04-12T11:11:44+12:00

Digging up mysteries at Drybread – Heritage Central Otago AGM


7pm Tuesday 9 February 2021 Alexandra Community House 14/20 Centennial Avenue, Alexandra GUEST SPEAKERS – PRIOR TO AGM BUSINESS Professor Hallie Buckley from Otago University and archaeologist Peter Petchey share their insights from the excavations of unmarked graves at Drybread Cemetery. ALL MEMBERS AND THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME Light refreshments will be served after the presentation. Please fill in the form below to confirm your attendance, or call Maggie on 0275702485

Digging up mysteries at Drybread – Heritage Central Otago AGM2021-01-25T12:48:53+13:00
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