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The central city ASB building was evacuated at around 10am this morning when an alarm was raised.
Many workers from the multi-story building were forced into the street.

Kirsteen McLay-Knopp (NOPP) is a former volunteer with the Salvation Army and has also been helping refugees integrate into New Zealand society.

A recent car cruise has netted a record amount for the Otago Community Hospice.

The long awaited new bridge across the Kawarau River in Queenstown was officially opened on Sunday.

The announcement that Dunedin's iD fashion show is to move from the Railway Station to the Town Hall has sent shockwaves through the fashion community.

Former Invercargill police officer Benjamin McLean was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 17 years in the Invercargill High Court this morning.


  • It may be a bit early but a chap in a familiar red suit has been seen around the south.
    In Dunedin a man answering to the name Santa Clause was spotted in a mall, and later near a school.

  • The mysteries of the teenage brain are being unlocked by neuroscience educator Nathan Wallis.
    Wallis took to the schools of Dunedin this week to share the tools and tips for raising healthy teenagers in the 21st Century.

  • Drop-in sessions were held by the Dunedin City Council this week to address concerns about work on stormwater and wastewater pipes in North East Valley.

    Almost 13 kilometres of pipes are being replaced from next year.

  • University of Otago graduates were advised at their graduation ceremony yesterday to keep pace with technology.

  • The population of wild rats is growing in seaside areas such as Portobello and Anderson's Bay this summer according to reports on social media today.

  • They got the about- bit right - it was a shame about the round.

    Go Bus yesterday took one of its vehicles for a test drive around a new roundabout at a busy intersection in St Clair, and things did not go exactly to plan.


  • A Southland woman has stepped in to ensure Invercargill’s big Christmas Day lunch event carries on this year.

    Melissa Aitken has picked up the job after Mayor Tim Shadbolt, who has organised the lunch for the past three years, dropped out due to personal reasons.

    [ Anyone wishing to donate food to this event should contact ]

  • A grant of nearly ten-thousand dollars was handed over to the Invercargill MenzShed yesterday.
    The not-for-profit organisation opened its doors in August to give men, and women, the space and tools to pursue their hobbies.

  • A former Invercargill police officer pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder when he appeared in the Invercargill High Court this morning.

    Benjamin Peter Mclean, a police officer for 10 years, shot and killed his wife, and wounded her new partner, on Anzac Day.

  • A former Invercargill police officer pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder when he appeared in the Invercargill High Court this morning.

    Benjamin Peter Mclean, a police officer for 10 years, shot and killed his wife, and wounded her new partner, on Anzac Day.

  • Disturbing video footage has come to light of a North Island greyhound trainer allegedly using live rabbits as bait during training session with his dogs.

  • The Invercargill City Council is calling for volunteers to roll up their sleeves and help clean up the central business district next year.

    A large working-bee is set to paint and polish buildings in the city centre in time for the Burt Munro Challenge.


  • The median house price in Otago has reached a new high of $296,000.

    That's a $16,000 jump compared to this time last year.

    Prices are mostly up in rural areas but down in Dunedin, and overall sales volumes have fallen 7% in the last 12 months.

    Otago is one of six regions in the country to hit a new record high median sale price.

    Smaller increases are also being reported in Southland and the Queenstown Lakes area.

    There has been a large jump in sales volumes in Gore and commentators say demand from first home buyers remains solid.

  • Organisers of the iD Dunedin Fashion Week are looking at ways to cut costs after reporting an almost $55,000 loss.

    The society in charge of the annual fashion week just publicly confirmed the deficit.

    In the 2015 financial year it enjoyed a net profit of more than $120,000.

    But that's turned into a net loss of just under $55,000 following this year's event.

    Income dropped and expenditure increased for the society, disappointing members.

    They're blaming lower than expected ticket sales and are now looking at trimming costs and boosting sponsorship.

  • Otago is the second fastest growing region in the country in relation to tourism, according to the latest statistics.

    It's second only to the Nelson region, which has had 11.7% growth in tourism expenditure.

    The figure for Otago is 9.6%.

    That equates to $3.2b for the year to August.

    Wanaka led the country for individual towns and cities, experiencing a $16.3% increase.

    Dunedin's also had a winter tourism boom, thanks in part to a new promotion enticing Australians and New Zealanders to the city.

  • Port Otago has generated $7.3m for parent organisation the Otago Regional Council in the last financial year.

    The company's just publicly announced its latest annual performance, reporting a group profit of just over $34m.

    There has been an increase in export container volumes and higher valuations on investment properties.

    But the log industry has declined slightly, as have import container volumes and cruise ship numbers.

    Port Otago's well into its planned $45m infrastructure upgrade, spanning several years.

  • The latest stage of the Cromwell town centre redevelopment is beginning to take shape.

    Work on the Big Fruit Reserve started in July and is on schedule to be completed by November.

    And locals are hoping it'll entice passers-by to stop for more than just a photo opportunity.

  • A two-month Enterprise Dunedin campaign to entice people to the city is costing stakeholders almost $100,000.

    The city council's footing half the bill, with partner organisations covering the rest.

    Those involved say it's money well spent but the project is attracting scrutiny.

Local Sport

  • New Zealand Cricket and the New Zealand Cricket Players Association have agreed that women's cricketers will be paid more.

    A new three-year Memorandum of Understanding will see 15 of the country's best women cricketers offered annual retainers ranging in value from $20,000 to $34,000.

    Previously, only the top 10 players received contracts worth more than $10,000.

    The New Zealand Cricket Association says paying our best women's players more fits in well with the organisation's commitment towards inclusivity and diversity.

  • Despite a season-ending loss to the Lions at the weekend, the Highlanders are celebrating success, having 7 players selected in the latest All Blacks squad.

    All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen named his side for the upcoming rugby championship, with the now expected contingent of Highlanders making the cut.

    He says he and his fellow selectors are very happy with the squad and combinations they had come up with.

  • The Kia Toa Tigers have been crowned this year's Otago rugby league champions after defeating the East Coast Eagles.

    The side won 32 to 18 at Forsyth Barr Stadium taking home the coveted William Johnston Cup.

    And while there were a few stand-out players, the Tigers captain says it was very much a team effort.

  • All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will retain his position through to the next Rugby World Cup in 2019.

    His previous contract was set to expire next year following the British and Irish Lions three test tour.

    The 57 year old has been involved in the side's two back-to-back World Cup successes in the past eight years.

    And he's lost just three of 57 All Blacks tests as head coach.

  • After almost 20 years, Kaikorai is once again at the top of premier rugby.

    The side defeated Dunedin 29 points to 22 in Saturday's final at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

    And despite a slow start to the season, the winning captain couldn't be happier with how it's finished.

  • More than 100 children are participating in a football school holiday programme at the Edgar Centre.

    The importance of growing the sport at a grass-roots level is one of the main drivers behind the four day event.

    And although the football season's winding down, there's no let-up in local interest.