Thursday, May 23, 2019Dunedin

Otago Museum was the biggest winner at the ServiceIQ NZ Museum Awards in Wellington last night, gaining three prizes.

The awards were for most innovative education programme, most innovative public programme and the Arts Access Aotearoa Museums award.

Thursday, May 23, 2019Dunedin

Otago University researchers have discovered high-intensity exercise can reduce or reverse the loss in heart function, caused by type 2 diabetes.

The study has found three months of high-intensity interval training improved heart function in adults, without any change in medications or diet.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019Dunedin

The Dunedin District Court trial of a man accused of killing a sea lion is drawing the attention of marine conservationists across the country.

Jordana Whyte of the New Zealand Sea Lion Trust says the court case illustrates our commitment to protecting endangered species.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019Dunedin

Scientists hope to find the answers to South Dunedin's geological history and discover clues to its future by looking deep beneath a local sports field.

A joint drilling programme between the Otago Regional Council and GNS Science has begun, which scientists hope will provide a better understanding of what sediment lies beneath coastal Dunedin.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019Queenstown

A performance by a world-class string quartet has heralded the launch of a new Queenstown charitable trust which aims to nurture young musicians.

The Turn Up The Music trust was officially launched in the resort on Saturday night.

Thursday, May 16, 2019Oamaru

Year nine pupils from East Otago High School have visited Oamaru as part of a term-long, multi-subject project on sustainability.

Their main port of call was the Waitaki Resource Recovery Park, looking for inspiration amongst the myriad of recycling materials.

Thursday, May 16, 2019Queenstown

Two hundred young Queenstown gymnasts could be without a floor to practise on in a matter of a months.

Queenstown Gymnastics Club has until July to find a new venue, or it will be forced to close its doors after more than 20 years of coaching and competitions.

Thursday, May 16, 2019Queenstown

After three months of bonding with their puppets, it's time for the cast of Avenue Q to take to the stage.

Showbiz Queenstown's season of the award-winning R16 musical is set to open tonight at the Queenstown Memorial Centre.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019Queenstown

Explorers have been mapping Queenstown's mountain ranges and forests for centuries, yet landscapes hidden in the dark depths of the mighty Lake Wakatipu remain something of a mystery.

A marine biologist nicknamed Pirate Pete and a German-born geologist are hunting for natural, underwater treasures, plunging valleys and steep mountain ranges.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019Queenstown

Setting up an ocean conservation group in the middle of the mountains might seem odd at first, but Queenstown man Rob Dickinson has set up a chapter of the global group Sea Shepherd in his home town.

He spoke to ODT Queenstown reporter Miranda Cook from off the coast of West Africa.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019Dunedin

Toni Adie-Kinraid is not about sugar-coating things or wasting time.

The Dunedin 37 year-old is dying from bowel cancer, and wants to spend the time she has left alerting people to the signs of the disease - curable if detected early enough, but in her case diagnosed too late.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019Dunedin

Dunedin's annual Teddy Bear Hospital tries to make medical visits less anxious for preschoolers.

The annual event is coordinated by the Otago University Medical Students Association who say it's becoming more popular every year.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019Dunedin

Art and collected items from 14 different collections across Otago University have been pulled together for an exhibition at the Hocken.

Curator Robyn Notman and artist Heather Straka are behind the project, which takes its inspiration from many sources.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019Dunedin

Auckland-based songwriter Otis Mace doesn't visit Dunedin to play music all that often, but when he does he likes to share a stage with old friends.

He's in Dunedin this week, and set to play with a well-known local poet who he's shared many a stage with, over a fair few years.

Monday, May 13, 2019Queenstown

Two Queenstown youngsters have kicked their competitors to the curb to win podium places at the New Zealand Open Karate Championships.

Mackenzi Jackson and Gemma Thomas say their success is a fitting tribute following the death of their much-loved sensei last year.