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Thursday, November 28, 2019

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Next year's Highlanders rugby squad had a team bonding session, miles away from their home sports ground.

Rain continues to fall in Wanaka resulting in the closure of some lakefront shops and streets in the town as lake levels continue to rise.

Over 150 people visited Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium on Wednesday morning to help re-sow the turf with grass seed.


  • Burnt pans, ripped clothing and empty vodka bottles are just some of the items Dunedin charity stores are spending thousands taking to the tip.

    With landfill charges set to increase, some charity shops are worried about what this may cost them.

  • On Tuesday, the Otago Daily Times published a cartoon making reference to the measles crisis in Samoa.

    The newspaper's editor Barry Stewart has apologised and says the content and timing of the cartoon were insensitive.

    He says it should never have been published.

    This apology came before protesters stood outside the newspaper's headquarters, calling for heads to roll.

  • In some societies a smaller physique is sought after, but in some cultures bigger is better.

    When it comes to fledgling sea birds, being a big record breaking fatty is a good thing.

  • After a hectic year at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium, the turf is now being ripped up and re-sown, hopefully creating a lush field of grass by February.

    The re-turfing was scheduled for the end of next year, but has been brought forward to fit into a break between events over the next two months.

  • Led by the ministry of education, The Tuia Matauranga roadshow made a stop in Dunedin yesterday.

    The event commemorates the first waka hourua and European ships arriving in Aotearoa.

  • Taieri Beach School pupils made an expedition to the local river mouth for the annual whitebaiting trip recently.

    The event gave the children the chance to see first hand what they've been learning in the classroom regarding the life cycle of the tiny native fish.


  • With less than a month to go before Christmas, towns and cities around Otago and Southland have already started holding their annual Santa parades.

    This weekend saw the streets of Oamaru, Dunedin and Invercargill filled with floats, in a celebration of both Christmas and the local communities.

  • Invercargill and Southland are the winners following the latest round of funding announcements from the Provincial Growth Fund.

    Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones was in Invercargill yesterday, announcing a further $3.6 million from the fund going to Southland.

  • Invercargill's city council consent processes looks likely to undergo an independent review following complaints raised at a regulatory committee meeting on Tuesday.

    Invercargill lawyer Liz Henry says she surveyed over 60 people of which almost 80 percent said their dealings with the council had been unsatisfactory.

  • Two southern rural fire officers who returned on Thursday from fighting Australian bushfires are describing the devastation as "heartbreaking".

    The pair, who spent a week away working up to 14 hours a day, are happy to be back home for some well earned rest.

  • Touring American independent folk band Sneaky Bones are kicking off a nationwide New Zealand tour in Invercargill tonight.

    The band's singer visited Dunedin and a few other centres around Aotearoa last year, and liked it so much, he bought the band back for this tour.

  • As spring brings warmer weather to the South, swarms of bees are being reported around the region.

    Southland Bee Society member Geoff Scott says he's been called out several times already, to pick up swarms of honey bees and their queens searching for a new place to form a colony.