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He's battled countless blazes, attended plane crashes and car smashes, but after 25 years Lee-Roy Mullings still loves working alongside his firefighting

Mud turns into art in the hands of Central Otago ceramicist Robert Franklin.

Working with clay has been a life-long passion for the Bannockburn artisan.

Peel Forest Preschool in South Canterbury held a day celebrating children's pets.

Rapidly dropping wildlife numbers on Dunedin beaches has prompted an education campaign for dog owners.

The New Zealand premiere next week of a Dunedin produced show on orangutans is set to raise funds for the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital.


  • Temperatures will be rising in some Dunedin restaurant kitchens as their chefs prepare to go head to head in a competition first for Dunedin city.

    The Farm to Fork competition is part of the Great Kiwi Home and Living Show at Forsyth Barr Stadium in November.

    But while the chefs are embracing the Fresh Food Show cook-off, they're also full of admiration for their culinary colleagues.

  • Next year sees the celebration of 250 years since Captain Cook first visited New Zealand in 1769.

    One of the scientists on board was Swedish botanist Daniel Solander, who now has a trail in Dunedin Botanic Garden named after him.

    Today the Swedish ambassador visited the walk and spoke of upcoming plans for next year's anniversary celebrations.

  • A small but enthusiastic group have protested for better pay and conditions at Dunedin's courthouse.

    Ministry of Justice staff were joined by affiliated unions.

    Around ten workers left their posts at the Dunedin courthouse and joined supporters on Stuart street before walking to Castle street.

    Once there the protesters shook signboards, and received many toots from passing cars and trucks.

    The workers are protesting for better pay and conditions, and intend to 'work to rule' in the coming weeks.

  • Today marks one hundred and twenty five years since women successfully fought for the right to vote, making New Zealand the first country to allow women to do so.

    Southern region police have taken part in events to mark the milestone, including at Dunedin's Octagon.

  • Under cover of darkness, a huge crane worked away at the former Conservation House, on the corner of Cumberland and Lower Stuart Streets, in central Dunedin last night.

    The top three floors of the four-storey building are being developed into a nineteen unit boutique hotel.

    The building, built in nineteen ten, is category two listed and is on the council's heritage schedule.

    It was originally the premises of engineering company John Chambers & Son.

    The crane was used to remove building materials from the roof area.

  • School principals from across the country are visiting Dunedin this week to learn about Ngai Tahu history.

    The ninety five primary and secondary principals are part of a national collaboration called Te Ara Hou, designed to support Maori achievement and cultural responsiveness in schools.

    The visiting principals have spent two nights at Otakou marae, and yesterday were taken on a Parihaka tour with Otakou kaumatua Edward Ellison.


  • What is the best way to preserve bread? Who grows the fastest - boys or girls?

    Southland school pupils have been working to answer some of life's important questions and have presented their findings at the Southland Science and Technology Fair in Invercargill.

  • Up and coming cycling star Corbin Strong has received a hero's welcome in Invercargill.

    The eighteen year old returned home with a gold medal around his neck, following the UCI junior track cycling world championships in Switzerland.

  • The opening of Invercargill’s newest art gallery is a dream come true for one local artist.

    Greg McDonald has waited twenty years to open his own gallery...

    And among the traditional paintings and sculptures there's also some twenty first century digital art.

  • More than six thousand Southland and Otago pupils have embraced Maori and Pasifika culture in Invercargill this week.

    The annual Murihiku Maori and Pasifika Cultural Trust's Polyfest drew schools from far and wide to perform on stage.

  • A new campaign is using familiar faces in a bid to change attitudes towards bowel cancer.

    The Southern District Health Board's new campaign features eight well-known people from the south.

    The aim is to encourage more people to take part in the National Bowel Screening Programme.

  • After more than 60 years since losing their loved one, a Southland soldier's family has finally been put at ease.

    The nationwide repatriation of servicemen who died overseas includes the family of Allister Buchanan from Southland.