Otago

Man assaulted after condemning racist abuse

Wanaka Police are appealing for sightings of black Mazda ute after an assault at Puzzling World on Saturday afternoon. Detective Alan Lee says the assault happened at around 3:30pm. "Three men assaulted an Australian tourist when he intervened...... Read More

Fatal Dunedin house fire

Police are working with Fire and Emergency New Zealand to determine the cause of a fatal house fire in Wesley Street, Dunedin this morning. Emergency services were called to the fire at around 5.20am. "Tragically, we found two occupants deceased...... Read More

Vitamin D deficiency concerning - study

New Zealand women and their babies are at greater risk of vitamin D deficiency and current health guidelines fall short of curbing this detrimental trend, new University of Otago research shows. The study, the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere,...... Read More

Two dead in Dunedin house fire

Two people are dead following a house fire in South Dunedin early this morning. Fire and Emergency says it got a call about a two-storey house well ablaze in Wesley Street at about 5.15am. Officers arriving could see the glow of the fire in the...... Read More

Dunedin resthome evacuated after fire

A Dunedin resthome has been evacuated after a fire started in a bedroom. Fire and Emergency were called to the Woodhaugh Rest Home at 2.20pm. Five trucks and their crew are battling the blaze. A fire investigator has been notified. ... Read More

Wanaka fire starters could face prosecution

The people who caused a blaze that ripped through a scrubby hillside in Wanaka for two days could be prosecuted under new legislation. It took more than 40 firefighters and eight helicopters with monsoon buckets to battle the blaze on 3 January. Fire...... Read More

Cause of fire unfortunate accident

The cause of the fire that burnt around 190 hectares on Mount Alpha on January 3-4 has now been established by Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ). FEMNZ Otago Southland regional manager Mike Grant said the fire was an unfortunate accident. “The...... Read More

Mum’s call for cemetery signs answered

A resident who asked for dedicated dog behaviour signs at Wanaka Cemetery has finally got her wish. Gena Konia lost her daughter Scarlett (pictured), aged seven, in March 2016, and a member of the family visits her grave every day. Ever since then,...... Read More

Blessing held for missing skydiver

A blessing has been conducted at Lake Wakatipu honouring missing skydiver Tyler Nii. Otago Lakes Central Area commander Inspector Olaf Jensen says police were at the ceremony today to accompany his family. "Kaumātua...... Read More

Dunedin’s hottest day

Dunedin is officially having its hottest day on record, hitting 35 degrees celsius. MetService forecaster Cameron Coutts said the heat was recorded at the airport at 3.12pm today. The city's previous hottest day was 34.9°C, and its previous...... Read More