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The Coastguard say, "a man who swam away, after driving a car into Otago Harbour, at Broad Bay, was found in a hypothermic state, and risked drowning."

An Australian man, who asked his friend to shoot him with an air gun, is refusing to identify the other man.

Cromwell College pupils are adding their voices to fight against the invasive lake weed lagarosiphon in Lake Dunstan.

Ashburton Intermediate School hall was a hive of activity and concentration as it hosted an EPro8 Challenge semi final.

The Central Otago Young Winemaker of the Year competition was held in Cromwell recently.

Greymouth's new 80 million dollar hospital is nearing completion.

Construction began at the end of May 2016 and, after many delays, the new facility is expected to open next year.

Construction of Dunedin's latest co-housing scheme is well under way and should be ready for residents to move in by the end of next year.


  • Otago Boys’ High School won the final of the Otago premier schools competition on Saturday, beating King's High School 34-17.

    Otago Boys led 10-5 at halftime and pulled away in the second half.

  • Learning about farming bees and marketing resultant honey has been part of the school term for pupils at Waitahuna School.

    The school honey project came about after a local family discovered a large swarm of wild bees in one of the walls of their farm house.

  • Bayfield High School senior, Eva Hofmans, returned to Dunedin on Sunday bearing a gold medal for rowing.

    Only a week ago the 17-year-old was part of a four-woman team whose quadruple sculls crew finished first at the World Rowing Junior Champs in Tokyo.

  • Fear turned to an outpouring of joy, for a Mosgiel woman, after the dramatic rescue of her dog, from the face of a cliff, on Friday.

    Lynda Read was walking Benji, a five-year-old Maltese, around Andersons Bay Cemetery, when Benji dashed off, chasing a furry feed.

  • About 1200 school pupils from 48 Dunedin and Invercargill schools, are participating in a two-day event, celebrating the Ukulele.

    It's the 10th year the event has been run in Dunedin and organisers say it was time to move to a bigger location to celebrate the milestone.

  • African American writer and activist Elizabeth Eckford has visited Dunedin promoting a book that recalls her experiences.

    Including being the first student of colour in a white school in 1957, as de-segregation began in some American states.


  • Some '40 brave souls' took part in this year's Polar Plunge, at Oreti Beach, near Invercargill, on Saturday.

    And it seemed as though the sun came out especially to reward those taking part in the annual fundraiser.

  • A traveling Dutchman has finally completed the last leg of a '100,000km journey across the world, in an electric car.'

    He arrived in Bluff on Friday, having left Amsterdam three years ago, to showcase the advantages of sustainable mobility.

  • Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced recently Southland's Hump Ridge Track is set to get an injection of $5 million.

    The announcement comes with the three day hike joining ten others across the country with the status of being a "Great Walk".

  • Burning beehives would have to be one of the most difficult things for a beekeeper to do - it's also an experience, increasing number of Southland apiarists will have to face.

    The hives are being burned to stop the spreading of destructive bee-killing disease American Foulbrood.

    And one Southland beekeeper says ignorance is a major contributor to the disease being spread.

  • A cacaphony of bird calls and chirps could be heard at this weekend's Southland Bird Club's 57th annual show.

    More than 400 birds were on display, with members of the public invited to view different kinds of canaries, finches, budgies and cockatiels.

  • 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.