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As temperatures drop and winter starts to bite, several Otago Daily Times reporters received some winter driving training near Cardrona recently.

Some of the best ploughing exponents in the south pitted their skills against each other at the Upper Clutha Ploughing Championships at Hawea Flat over the weekend.

A Dunedin bartender and waitress has been spending her nights literally playing with fire.

A Dunedin family is warning others to stay vigilant after a large ornate angel went missing from an almost century old family headstone in the Anderson's Bay Cemetery.


  • Scientists have identified 63 native species of skink and 43 native species of gecko in New Zealand.

    Otago Museum recently received a donation of a quartet of skinks for its collection.

  • Despite southern gardens looking bleak and devoid of colour over winter, a Dunedin art gallery is full of flowering shrubs and trees this month.

    The colourful garden paintings at Milford Gallery are the continuation of life-long themes by Wellington artist Karl Maughan.

  • This month a Dunedin self defence instructor is offering classes for Muslim women.

    It's one of several courses run by Women's Self Defence Network accredited instructor Bell Murphy.

  • More than five hundred secondary school pupils from 17 schools around Otago and South Canterbury, got a chance to perform in the local Big Sing in Dunedin on Wednesday.

    The choirs are hoping to be selected to compete with the best of the best from across New Zealand, later this year.

  • The University of Otago opened its new Dental Clinical Services building in Dunedin on Tuesday.

    The new facility is one of the world's largest and most technologically advanced dental school.

  • The Rudolf Steiner school in the Dunedin suburb of Maia is continuing to grow, having raised $300,000 toward a new building project.

    Pupils have dug ceremonial holes for the development, but the school still needs more than a million dollars to complete the build.


  • A new fire station in Southland has been built to withstand a magnitude eight earthquake and is believed to be a New Zealand first.

    Thornbury volunteer fire brigade was selected for the new prototype which Fire and Emergency New Zealand say will eventually replace other stations around the country.

  • Toddlers, octogenarians, and all ages in between, converged on Invercargill at the weekend, to see the creative Lego displays, of the fifth-annual Southland Brick-Show.

    There were queues outside Stadium Southland, as the show opened, with many eager to see displays by members of the Lego Users Group South.

  • Investigators have made their way to Invercargill to interview the three men who survived a helicopter crash in the Southern Ocean.

    The interviews will start an investigation which may include an attempt to raise the helicopter from the ocean.

    Meanwhile, pilot Andrew Hefford has been discharged from Southland Hospital and is on his way home.

  • The chips were flying as the South Otago Town and Country Club hosted a timbersports demonstration over the weekend.

    Current and future wood cutting champions showcased their talents as spectators dined and relaxed in the sun.

  • Southern breeders are sending Limousin cattle to the annual bull trials, in Dunsandel.

    The Limousin breed of cattle are known for having a high feed-conversion efficiency rate.

  • A man has been rescued following frantic efforts to demolish a chimney which collapsed on his arm in Invercargill this morning.

    The incident has left him with serious injuries.