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Omarama’s Police and Land Search and Rescue volunteers have been commended and thanked for their rescue of eight students caught out by weather conditions while tramping in the Huxley last month. Last week, in an article in the Police magazine ‘Ten One’, Southern District Inspector James Ure said the operation reflected" the great work some rural officers undertook regularly" and, in this case, “with two Sar jobs happening simultaneously at opposite ends of the area”. He acknowledged the team’s “quality decision making and excellent work”. “There was a very high chance of serious risk or death occurring." He thanked all the volunteers "who put themselves in harm’s way that night". “The support ...provided to RCCNZ [ Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand] in coordinating this operation proved the value of local expertise and having a good volunteer group available.” About 11.30pm, Friday, October 18, barely two hours after returning home from searching for a man missing in the Waitaki River, near Duntroon, Senior Constable Nayland (Bean) Smith and the Omarama LandSar team were alerted that help was needed to find ...
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Melbourne Cup

Melbourne Cup celebrated in high style

IT’S THE RACE THAT STOPS TWO NATIONS But I “Vow and Declare” it stops our two heartland towns as well. Spring racing was celebrated in high style – who needs fashion in the field when “they’re putting on their top hats and polishing their nails” not to mention popping on their best frocks and flaunting a little frippery for Melbourne Cup 2019 in Omarama and Otematata - as seen at Boots & Jandals Hotel, Omarama, the Otematata District Club, Otematata Eatery, Bar & Lodging, CJ's Bar and Restaurant. And doesn’t everyone scrub up well?! Boots & Jandals award for best-dressed couple went to Bev and Lindsay Purvis and best dressed lady was Ann Patterson. Otematata District Club best dressed woman Lyn Stewart, best dressed man James Denniston and best horse???Rob Allen!

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