Otago

Total fire ban for Otago and Southland

The sweltering heat many parts of the country are experiencing has Fire and Emergency calling for people to be extra vigilant, as the fire risk is higher than ever. A total fire ban was put in place in Southland on Sunday, as temperatures reached a...... Read More

Witnesses sought in Dunedin cycle incident

People who may have witnessed a hit and run at the intersection of George Street and Saint Andrew Street in Dunedin on Sunday are being asked to come forward. Senior Sergeant Darryl Lennane says the incident happened about 3.30pm. "A cyclist...... Read More

Truck driver killed in crash

A truck driver has died after his truck and trailer unit rolled at Beaumont, in the Clutha District. Emergency services were called to Rongahere Road, about 3km south of Beaumont, at 6.22am. The driver of the truck was trapped in the cab, and was...... Read More

Tourist still missing after skydiver accident

The search for an American tourist presumed death in a tandem skydiving accident at Lake Wakatipu is continuing. Californian Tyler Nii, 27, has not been seen since Wednesday following a tandem skydiving jump. His instructor was rescued from the water...... Read More

Otago fire ban being ignored

Outdoor fires are still being lit in the local area despite a total ban and warnings of the damage they could cause. Otago, Fire and Emergency New Zealand has currently prohibited all outdoor fires in Central Otago and the Queenstown Lakes District,...... Read More

Missing US skydiver named

Police can now release the name of the missing skydiver who fell into Lake Wakatipu on Wednesday 10 January.  He was Tyler Nii, 27 years old, from California.   Mr Nii was on holiday in New Zealand.  "Police are providing support...... Read More

Missing skydiver identified as US citizen

Police have confirmed the missing skydiver who fell into Lake Wakatipu on Wednesday is a United States citizen.  Otago Lakes central area commander Inspector Olaf Jensen says police continue to investigate options for locating...... Read More

Police cold-calling strategy labelled ’creepy’

A rights watchdog has called on police to stop a new cold-calling strategy designed to prevent burglaries, saying it's "creepy". Since late December, Dunedin police have been door-knocking previous offenders, asking about their situation...... Read More

Southern drivers urged to drive with care

As the summer holidays come to a close for many, Southern District police are urging drivers to take care if they are hitting the roads in the coming days. “We’re expecting the roads in the southern area to be very busy between today and...... Read More