North Otago Legends – Allan McLay


Allan McLay is another North Otago Legend:

Allan Mclay moved to North Otago when he was 15 and never left. He has done so much in, around and for North Otago it’s hard to fit it all into one podcast. The two term Mayor, businessman, visionary and entrepreneur has left his mark on Oamaru.

North Otago Legends – Chris Dennison


Chris Dennison is another North Otago Legend:

Chris Dennison started well when he rocked up with a coffee for Gary and I. To be fair I had my apprehensions about how interesting talking about wheat for 45mins would be, but how wrong was I. Chris’s natural communication gift along with his interesting life stories led to a fascinating podcast. Chris is in the ‘Guinness World Records’ and that story alone is well worth the listen. 

North Otago Legends – Lindsay Purvis


Damien Goodsir and Gary Kircher interview North Otago Legends:

He’s an Omarama local and North Otago Legend. Lindsay Purvis is a good man to know, not just for the easy going personality but for the wealth of knowledge he brings to the community. You may remember him as a farmer in Waianakarua or businessman in Omarama but his legacy will be the work he is currently doing with the ‘Otago Rural Support Trust’

North Otago Legends – Bruce Albiston


Bruce Albiston is another North Otago Legend:

There are not too many in North Otago that know as much about our history as Bruce Albiston. Bruce’s passion for Historic buildings and local history is contagious. From owning Burnside Homestead to planning the ‘Scott Centenary’ Bruce has left his mark for future generations to come. 

North Otago Legends – Ele Ludemann


Sharing previous podcasts of North Otago Legends hasn’t needed any second thoughts.

They’ve featured interesting people talking about interesting lives.

I hesitated about this one though.

What persuaded me to share it was the knowledge that every time I’ve talked about the short lives and early deaths of my sons, and my daughter’s diagnosis with ovarian cancer, it’s helped someone.

So here it is:

The highs and the lows have never stopped Ele Ludemann but the tough times have defined her and made her stronger. Ele is open and honest with Gary and me on the podcast and also shares her involvement within the community. Chatting with Ele today was good for the soul and helps you appreciate the many blessings we take for granted.

North Otago Legends – John MacDonald


John MacDonald is another North Otago Legend:

How many people in their eighties can still play tennis three times per week? Well John MacDonald can and he still hits a few winners. John also talks about changes in the district after WW2 and what a young lad had to do to earn one shilling and what that would buy in town.

North Otago Legends – Russell Goodsir


Russell Goodsir is a North Otago Legend:

Today we interviewed Russell Goodsir and recorded some important history of our district. Russell helped build the rail bridge across the Waitaki and worked on the Benmore dam. He has built the retaining walls around Oamaru and laid thousands of pavers for St Kevins drive. On top of all this he was a New Zealand tug-of-war champion and a keen fisherman. 

North Otago Legends – Graeme Clark (Clarkie the Sparkie)


Graeme Clark is a North Otago Legend:

If an event is happening in Oamaru there is every chance that Graeme Clark is involved behind the scenes somewhere. From Victorian heritage celebrations to the Penguin Club. Clarkie is the Chair of the ‘Whitestone Civic Trust’ that does a lot of great work preserving our heritage buildings for future generations. Find out what his favourite heritage building is and why.

North Otago Legends – Adair Craik


This week’s North Otago Legend is Adair Craik:

Heart of gold is how I would describe Adair Craik. Adair is a multi talented sports women and business leader in North Otago. She is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get things done. A big part of her business is focused on non-profit organizations and a big part of her spare time is helping the next generation of athletics have all the opportunities available to them.

North Otago legends – Jock Webster


Jock Webster is another North Otago legend:

Scientist, farmer, director, trustee and QSM, Jock Webster is a busy man in our community. In today’s podcast we talk about the many benefits that irrigation has brought to North Otago and the humble sunflower that has helped create a successful business. Jock is a family man and has passed onto his children a legacy that continues to bless the community.

Jock’s son and nephew featured on Country Calendar a few weeks ago, you can watch the episode here.

North Otago Legends – Derek Beveridge


Derek Beveridge is a North Otago Legend

It’s Sergeant Beveridge. Many young people have uttered the words ‘It’s Sergeant Beveridge’ over the last 36 years, some because they were on the wrong side of the law and others because it was Derek who believed in them and was there when they needed someone they could trust. Derek has helped more teenagers than he cares to remember, and North Otago is glad he did. Thanks Derek. 

North Otago Legends – Al Bell


Al Bell is a North Otago Legend:

Ko te joker e pai ana ki te ora (The joker who enjoys life) He calls himself the class clown or joker but in truth Al Bell just loves life and doesn’t take it too seriously.

Today’s podcast was a laugh and if Mr Bell taught you over the years you’ll know why. Al shares about teaching in the district and opens up about his art and why it’s a passion.  


North Otago Legends – Kristy Jennings


Kristy Jennings is a North Otago Legend:

From ‘Beauty Queen’ to ‘Godzone’  Kristy Jennings (Wilson) shares with us where life can take you when you say yes. A truly remarkable story of opportunities and persistence, overcoming fears and pushing yourself to the limit. Kristy is humble in her achievements and still a proud North Otago girl.

North Otago Legends – Win Stephens


Win Stephens is a North Otago Legend.

Four rowers, one cox and an exceptional coach put North Otago on the map in 1962. Win Stephens and his crew had the support of the entire district as he chased Gold at the Commonwealth Games.

North Otago Legends – Logan Docherty


Logan Docherty is chasing an Olympic rowing dream and an up and coming North Otago Legend:

How far can you push your body, what is a normal heart rate for a competing athlete? On todays podcast we chat with Logan Docherty a young man chasing an Olympic dream.

North Otago Legends – Barry Wilson


Barry Wilson is a businessman, a hunter, a practical environmentalist and a North Otago Legend:

A Businessman, hunter, and good bloke. Today we set out to chat with Barry Wilson about hunting in North Otago but got so much more. Barry shares some history of the district when recounting his first job and we found out what it takes to create a wetland for the community to enjoy. 

North Otago Legends Sally Ann Donnelly


Sally Ann Donnelly is a buisnesswoman,  a philanthropist and a North Otago Legend:

Every town needs a Sally Ann Donnelly. Someone who is hard working, a visionary and generous. Sal is unique and always puts others 1st, she has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity and gives freely of her own time to see the community blessed. Sal, North Otago loves you.                  

North Otago Legends – Kelli Williams


From accounts clerk to District Councillor, via an Air Froce helicopter pilot, Kelli Williams is a North Otago legend:

Dr. Seuss said it best when he said: “Kid, you’ll move mountains!” “Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.” “Oh the places you’ll go! – We think this sums up Kelli Williams, and after listening to her podcast you’ll see why.

North Otago Legends – Ian Hurst


Oamaru rowing coach and pastor Damien Goodsir and Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher are recording podcasts of local legends.

A conversation to help pass the time has sparked an idea that could benefit generations to come.

Over summer, Damien Goodsir spent hours driving between Oamaru and Twizel for rowing regattas, alongside Win Stephens, who was part of the 1962 Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning four.

After Mr Stephens started sharing stories from his rowing days, and Mr Goodsir heard his own father, Russell’s, stories about building the Waitaki Rail Road Bridge, he thought, ‘‘Who else knows all this?’’.

It inspired him to create a new podcast, Local legends, up and comers and a bit of history, interviewing North Otago people who have done something interesting. . . .

In this one: 

Gary and Damien interview Ian Hurst, former All Black and North Otago legend. Ian tells a good story and shares about his first All Blacks tour and what it was like playing alongside some of the greats. Ian also answers the question circulating around about a hole in one on a world famous golf course. 



Neat Places in Oamaru and Waitaki


Neat places featured include:

Clay Cliffs


Del Mar

Elephant Rocks

Grainstore Gallery

Inc Design Store

Steampunk HQ

Whitestone Cheese

You can learn more about what to see and do in the Waitaki District here.

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