Thursday, September 19, 2019Dunedin

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

Wednesday, September 18, 2019Dunedin

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.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019Dunedin

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.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019Dunedin

A large scrub fire that ripped through scrub and gorse on a hill above Dunedin City was brought under control shortly before 7pm on Monday.

However, the success of fire crews controlling the blaze did not come before a precautionary evacuation of half a dozen semi-rural properties in the suburb of Helensburgh.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019Dunedin

A young boy from Abbotsford is up and walking with the help of a frame - just three months after major spinal surgery in the USA.

The parents of four-year-old Harry Finch are hopeful he might be able to walk to school when he starts in June next year.

Monday, September 16, 2019Invercargill

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.

Monday, September 16, 2019Dunedin

Dunedin's annual Autospectacular recently drew crowds at the Edgar Centre.

The event gave the public a chance to take a look at over three hundred cars plus a number of motorbikes from across the lower South Island.

Monday, September 16, 2019Dunedin

An old church pedal organ is being offered free to a good home, after failing to be sold at auction recently.

Dunedin music and singing teacher Elizabeth Bouman has been looking after the instrument for the past twenty years, but now it's time for the antique instrument to find new lodgings.

Monday, September 16, 2019Dunedin

Otago Polytechnic will be celebrating girl power at this year's Home and Living Show, as female apprentices and tradeswomen collaborate to put together the country's first climate safe house.

The project is a partnership between the local polytechnic and Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust, and has attracted several sponsors in the community.

Monday, September 16, 2019Dunedin

Fire and Emergency New Zealand have evacuated a number of properties, threatened by a major scrub fire, in the hills behind Dunedin. The fire, which started just before 1:00pm, near the Pineapple Track, on Flagstaff Hill, created a large column of smoke, with flames, along the ridge line.

Monday, September 16, 2019Dunedin

Dunedin's bells will ring tomorrow to celebrate the first northern royal albatross to return for the summer breeding season at Taiaroa Head.

Monday, September 16, 2019Dunedin

A woman has been charged after allegedly ramming police with a stolen car during a pursuit near Dunedin at the weekend.

Monday, September 16, 2019Invercargill

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.

Friday, September 13, 2019Dunedin

A Dunedin bar is taking the unusual step of promoting blood donation to its punters.

The management of Zanzibar, in George St, says if 100 people sign up to a NZ Blood Service recruitment drive he'll reward them with a big surprise.

Friday, September 13, 2019Oamaru

The historic Holmes Wharf in Oamaru is undergoing much needed repairs, thanks to a visiting maritime construction crew.

The much needed work comes after last year's discovery 40 of the wharf's old wooden piles were deteriorated.