Hi neighbours, the awesome efforts of local firefighters saved a Cromwell couple's home after a blaze erupted nearby on Monday.
Shane Marsh says thought a plane had crashed into the hillside when he heard an "almighty explosion" before the blaze broke out about 1pm. Black scorch marks can now be seen just a short distance from their home, showing how "hellishly close" the fire came.
Deputy principal rural fire officer Mark Mawhinney says: "We had helicopters and stuck appliances by the house and they stayed there the whole time ... It is a credit to the volunteers. They did a very good job. It never ceases to amaze me the dedication and commitment they show."
State Highway 85 between Palmerston and Ranfurly, deep in the heart of Central Otago, is travel writer Liz Carlson's favourite off-the-beaten-path spot.
What are you favourite under-the-radar spots in the South Island?
Another 10 double passes to SIX60 have been drawn for our Neighbourly members! We have 100 double passes to give away as well as an exclusive concert by one of the supporting acts from the SIX60 tour.
To be eligible, make sure you are a verified Neighbourly member (need a hand verifying your address? Click here). We’ll also need to see you being more Neighbourly, whether it’s posting to your neighbourhood, replying to questions or inviting your neighbour to join the site (we’ve put together a few ideas here).
We’re adjusting our electorate boundaries for the next two general elections.
By making sure each electorate has about the same number of people, we can give all New Zealanders equal representation in Parliament. It’s all balance.
If we move one of your electorate boundaries, you could end up in a different electorate to the one you’re in now – so we show you what we’re proposing before we make any changes and give you the opportunity to share your thoughts.
Have your say now at vote.nz