Otago

Two Lotto players win $500,000

Two Lotto players fwill be popping the champagne after each winning $500,000 with Lotto First Division in tonight's live Lotto draw. The winning tickets were sold at Bayfair Lotto in Mount Maunganui and Alexandra New World in Alexandra. Powerball...... Read More

Unsecured goalpost falls onto field during match

An Otago mother’s concern over unsecured goalposts has led to a review of Central Otago Football safety guidelines for its clubs. At an under-10’s football match in Queenstown on Sunday, a gust of wind blew over a set of heavy steel...... Read More

Bloggers provoke anger with Roys Peak camp

Two professional travel bloggers have sparked outrage after camping overnight on Roys Peak. Australian couple Alesha Bradford and Jarryd Salem, who run a blog called NOMADasaurus, spent a night on the mountain to watch the sunrise and sunset and camped...... Read More

New species of ancient whale identified

University of Otago palaeontologists are rewriting the history of New Zealand’s ancient whales by describing a previously unknown genus of baleen whale, alive more than 27.5 million years ago and found in the Hakataramea Valley. The new genus...... Read More

Drugs, cash and firearm seized in Alexandra

Police have today seized cash, drugs and an illegal firearm following a search warrant in Alexandra this morning. Three people were arrested and a substantial amount of cash, several grams of methamphetamine, cannabis and an illegal firearm, along with...... Read More

No amount of apologies will give lost eyesight back - farmer

Kobe Brown lost vision in his right eye in September 2015 after waiting a year for a follow-up eye appointment that he should have received within six months. Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill said in a report today it was poor care by...... Read More

Eight skeletons exhumed at old Otago cemetery

Archaeologists have discovered eight sets of skeletal remains in an historic cemetery in the Otago town of Lawrence. University of Otago Department of Anatomy professor Hallie Buckley said DNA analyses of remains had led to interesting discoveries. "In...... Read More

Spit attack ’out of the blue’ say police

Two Dunedin police officers required medical treatment after being spat at by a Hepatitis C positive offender. The 35-year-old woman, who is known to police, was being processed at the Dunedin Central police station yesterday for an unrelated incident...... Read More

Action wanted on ‘dangerous’ junction

An Otago man is calling for action over the ‘dangerous’ intersection of Ballantyne Road and Riverbank Road. John Wellington, whose wife was involved in a serious accident there in 2014, said increased traffic and the road layout had...... Read More

Measles cases confirmed in Chch, Wanaka and Queenstown

Three cases of measles have been confirmed in the South Island. Canterbury district health board's medical officer of health Dr Ramon Pink said the cases were reported in Christchurch, Wanaka and Queenstown. All three people were likely to have...... Read More