Friday, June 23, 2017Dunedin

Emergency services were called to a gas leak in Stuart Street this morning.

It was later discovered a gas hob was left on at a restaurant overnight.


Friday, June 23, 2017Dunedin

A yellow-eyed penguin found sick and underweight in the Catlins last month has been returned to the wild after recovering in Penguin Place on Otago Peninsula.

The Department of Conservation was alerted to the penguin by members of the public at the end of May.


Friday, June 23, 2017Invercargill

Craft beer brewers from around the country have been in Invercargill this week for the Southern Malt Collective conference.

The two-day event allows the brewers to share tips and tricks for improving their skill-sets, and to try new flavours.


Friday, June 23, 2017Queenstown

Hundreds of people gathered at Queenstown Bay last night to watch the Queenstown Winter Festival opening ceremony.

Meena Amso was there filming the special Maori welcome by a Kapa Haka Group.


Friday, June 23, 2017Dunedin

Following feedback from some sectors of the community a decision has been taken to extend consultation on the draft Dunedin Destination Plan by two weeks.

The draft plan is now open for consultation until Friday Seventh July at five pm

This extension enables groups forming collective submissions more time to consult within their own networks or hold meetings to discuss the draft plan in more detail.

The Enterprise Dunedin Team are available to attend meetings or have a conversation with anyone who has any questions or wishes to discuss any aspects of the draft plan in more detail prior to providing their submission.


Friday, June 23, 2017Dunedin

The NZ Transport Agency has announced a $5.4 million upgrade of State Highway 1 from Lookout Point, Dunedin, to Mosgiel.

Improvements include new safety barriers an "high performance" road markings to improve visibility at night and in wet conditions.

Two people died and 34 were seriously injured on this section of highway between 2006 and 2015, with nearly 90 per cent of serious crashes caused by vehicles running off the road and hitting a ditch or embankment.

Work will begin in July and should be completed by Christmas.


Friday, June 23, 2017Dunedin

Tomorrow evening the centre of Dunedin hosts the 20th annual Midwinter Carnival.

Two decades ago Paul Smith was one of the founders of the event, he's now the chairperson of the Dunedin Midwinter Celebrations Trust.

He says the festival has come a long way in two decades.

From 5:30 tomorrow evening, 22 giant lanterns, as well as hundreds of owls, flax, and koru lanterns will be paraded around the Octagon.

Organisers expect more than 200 volunteers, as well as a number of performers to entertain the expected crowds.

The event has a rain delay day of Sunday 25th June.


Thursday, June 22, 2017Dunedin

A gas leak sourced at Cafe Rue in Stuart Street is currently being investigated by Police and Fire.

Firefighters and police turned up to the scene at around 8:40 am this morning.


Thursday, June 22, 2017Dunedin

Otago Country came away from Waikaia with a confidence-boosting 19-10 win over Southland Country yesterday.

Otago Country started off strongly, with centre Rhys Harrold crossing inside the first minute, then converting from the touchline.


Thursday, June 22, 2017Invercargill

Otago Country came away from Waikaia with a confidence-boosting 19-10 win over Southland Country yesterday.

Otago Country started off strongly, with centre Rhys Harrold crossing inside the first minute, then converting from the touchline.


Thursday, June 22, 2017Oamaru

Otago Country came away from Waikaia with a confidence-boosting 19-10 win over Southland Country yesterday.

Otago Country started off strongly, with centre Rhys Harrold crossing inside the first minute, then converting from the touchline.


Thursday, June 22, 2017Queenstown

Otago Country came away from Waikaia with a confidence-boosting 19-10 win over Southland Country yesterday.

Otago Country started off strongly, with centre Rhys Harrold crossing inside the first minute, then converting from the touchline.


Thursday, June 22, 2017Dunedin

Presbyterian Support conducted their 2017 Octacan appeal in the Octagon today.

Volunteers came from all sectors of the community, from schools to businesses, to help with the collection.


Thursday, June 22, 2017Queenstown

Convicted drink-drivers can expect to see their name, age and alcohol levels on the front page of Queenstown's Mountain Scene newspaper.

The paper has begun a campaign to highlight the escalating drink-driving issues in the resort town.


Thursday, June 22, 2017Dunedin

The Dunedin City Councillor trying to keep the Cadbury factory going has withdrawn his bid for a manufacturing contract with Cadbury owner Mondelez.