Otago

Firefighters battling three wildfires in South Island

Rural firefighters in the South Island are battling three wildfires, prompting safety warnings from Fire and Emergency. Three helicopters were helping fight a scrub fire in Motanau in North Canterbury after receiving a call just after 11am. There was...... Read More

Arrest made in connection with Mosgiel fire

Dunedin Criminal Investigation Branch have arrested and charged a 30-year-old male in connection with a fire in Mosgiel late last year. The fire occurred at a property on Perth Street, Mosgiel, on 1 October 2017. "The property was vacant at the...... Read More

Decision to trade over Easter a success for Dunedin - Mayor

The decision to open shops over Easter was a success for Dunedin, the city's Mayor says. About 68,000 people visited Dunedin over the weekend, brought in by the Ed Sheeran concerts. Because of the influx, the Dunedin City Council allowed the town...... Read More

Warbird damaged during landing at WOW

A Yak 3 warbird has been damaged after landing at Wanaka Airport during the opening display at Warbirds Over Wanaka. The aircraft, owned by a Wanaka pilot, had touched down on the grass runway but soon afterwards a wing clipped a stationary cherry...... Read More

Dunedin Hospital struggling to find staff - union

Dunedin Hospital is gaining a reputation as a poor place to work and is struggling to recruit staff, a union representing junior doctors says. Deborah Powell from the Resident Doctors' Association said the lack of accreditation in key specialities...... Read More

Foreign investor bins plan to build cheap homes in Queenstown

A foreign investor has pulled out of a plan to build 200 cheap homes in Queenstown because of planned changes to overseas investment rules, a community housing group says. Proposed legislation would allow only citizens and permanent residents to purchase...... Read More

More commitment needed by local government

New research at University of Otago shows more commitment is needed by local government to help achieve central government’s Smokefree 2025 goal. The research, just published in the Health Promotion Journal of Australia, examined the 239 draft...... Read More

Former Otago student only kiwi to make Forbes list

Former University of Otago student, 27 year old Sam Stuchbury, has this week become the only New Zealander named on the prestigious Forbes “30 Under 30” list of 2018. The official website for the “30 Under 30” list describes...... Read More

Calls to change helmet rules ’ridiculous’

A Timaru woman says calls to change compulsory helmet rules are ridiculous, after a helmet saved her husband's life. Wade Rollo was cycling last week in a Dunedin cycle lane on Cumberland Street, when a pedestrian stepped in front of him - he couldn't...... Read More

Couple give up jobs to share zero waste secrets

  A couple who live their lives creating zero waste are coming to Wanaka to share their secrets. Liam Prince and Hannah Blumhardt, who have lived without a bin for three years, are touring the country to give talks on how everyone can cut down...... Read More