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A National Party promise to provide half the money for a birthing unit in Wanaka, if it is elected next year, would only partly solve maternity service problems.

About 100 Palmerston residents abandoned the town for the evening, setting up camp at Dunedin Airport to welcome home their world champion.

A central city Dunedin supermarket has reopened after it was swarmed by police, after an 'item of potential concern' was seen in a parked vehicle this morning.

A small but thriving colony of New Zealand sea lions discovered several years ago in a remote harbour on Stewart Island could eventually help boost the population along Otago coasts.

A tap dancing class from Ashburton has achieved an almost perfect score in their level one exams recently.

A Dunedin painter is one of ten artists around the country to have their work recognised and funded by Keep New Zealand Beautiful.

Dunedin

  • A small but thriving colony of New Zealand sea lions discovered several years ago in a remote harbour on Stewart Island could eventually help boost the population along Otago coasts.

    That's the opinion of Massey University professor Louise Chilvers, who says several of the pups born at Port Pegasus are visiting beaches around Otago.

  • About 100 Palmerston residents abandoned the town for the evening, setting up camp at Dunedin Airport to welcome home their world champion.

    Somehow Courtney Duncan held back the tears... only just.

  • A central city Dunedin supermarket has reopened after it was swarmed by police, after an 'item of potential concern' was seen in a parked vehicle this morning.

    However it was a bit of a fizzer, as a Dunedin man was simply handing in a practice mortar he'd be given by a friend.

  • A Dunedin painter is one of ten artists around the country to have their work recognised and funded by Keep New Zealand Beautiful.

    Claire Rye is one of ten winners of the 2019 Resene Nature Murals Competition

  • Tuesday saw schools and churches in Dunedin and beyond continued the tradition of ringing bells to mark the arrival of the season's first albatross.

    This year Dunedin Airport joined in with the fire crew letting rip with sirens, lights and water cannons to mark the occasion.

  • Ground crews battled freezing conditions and high winds on Dunedin's Flagstaff on Tuesday as they dampened down hot spots on the site of Monday's scrub fire.

    Gales twice reignited the blaze during the day before being brought under control.

Invercargill

  • A vehicle flipped onto its roof in a crash, in central Invercargill, this afternoon. The crash, at the intersection of Kelvin and Yarrow Streets, was thought to have involved 3 vehicles.

  • About 120 scooter riders dressed up as animals, aliens and magical creatures on Saturday for the Southern Scooter Challenge.

    Starting at Bluff the goal was to get to Queenstown by mid-afternoon, raising funds for cancer and a local hospice in the process.

  • Frequent visitors to the Monkey Island camping area are worried there won't be enough room to pitch a tent this summer.

    The Bailey family have been visiting the campsite for years, but the Southland District Council is now in the process of upgrading it and the family is concerned not enough grass area would be left to pitch a tent over Christmas.

  • A wearable arts event held in Invercargill on Tuesday consisting of a showcase themed around "forest and bird".

    The event was hosted by Able Southern Family Support as a fun occasion for people with mental illness and their supporters.

  • History was made, on Sunday night, as Invercargill Airport became the country's first non-international, regional airport, to get a regular jet service.

    The sold-out flight, from Auckland, touched down in the Deep South, just after 9:30pm on Sunday night, where the travellers were greeted by an enthusiastic crowd.

    Airport general manager, Nigel Finnerty, said: "people had worked really hard, for the last two years, to make it happen."

    The A-Three-Twenty service, is set to run five days a week, with the potential to air-freight over two tonnes of cargo.

  • 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.