Friday, September 21, 2018Dunedin

A precious native bird has been given a second shot at life thanks to Dunedin wildlife experts.

The young kakī, or black stilt, is one of only a hundred and thirty two adults remaining in the wild, and went under the knife at the Wildlife Hospital this morning.

Friday, September 21, 2018Dunedin

A young man has been spied stealing a charity collection jar, thanks to an in-store surveillance camera.

Crystal-clear footage of the theft of a jar of cash from the Waikouaiti Fish Inn at the beginning of the month has been released by the owner, in the hope of identifying the culprit.

The video shows the man pacing around while waiting for his order of fish and chips.

He's wearing a black singlet and sporting distinctive tattoos.

While trying to use a plastic straw to clean his teeth, he casually moves the honesty jar down to the floor and out of sight of staff.

Despite spotting the surveillance camera, he takes his order and leaves the shop... but after staff have turned their backs, he darts back in to grab the jar of money before leaving a second time.

The jar contained about a hundred and twenty dollars in cash and police say the offender is yet to be identified.

Friday, September 21, 2018Dunedin

Dunedin's two-yearly arts festival is ready and raring to take to the stage today after problems with everything from finding venues to finding missing paint have been resolved.

Performers are arriving in the city, with technicians working hard to prepare venues.

And for festival director Nicholas McBryde, managing his stress levels is simply part of the job.

Friday, September 21, 2018Dunedin

Arts Festival Dunedin opens tonight with performances in various venues around the town...

One of the acts is a one-woman play called Jane Doe, written by New Zealand playwright Eleanor Bishop.

The play addresses the topics of rape, feminism and empowerment.

But, despite the dark subject matter, actress Karin McCracken says the hard-hitting drama is, at times, funny and ends with the audience being given the chance to share tea and biscuits with her.

Friday, September 21, 2018Dunedin

A group of forty five young musicians have been honing their craft around Dunedin city in an effort to improve their performance.

The Logan Park High School Orchestra, along with the school's choir, took their talents to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery today for a lunchtime concert...

Friday, September 21, 2018Dunedin

This year marks a century since the flu pandemic killed an estimated fifty to a hundred million people globally.

Dunedin alone saw over two hundred and seventy people die in just a few weeks.

Among those were husband and wife Annie and Tom Holt, who left behind five young daughters.

Thursday, September 20, 2018Dunedin

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

Orangutan Jungle School, produced by Judith Curran, will screen at the Regent Theatre on Tuesday.

Thursday, September 20, 2018Dunedin

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

The city-wide campaign advises people on how to make sure their four-legged friends do not scare or kill wildlife when they're enjoying the beach.

Thursday, September 20, 2018Queenstown

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

The forty nine year-old Arrowtown resident has been presented with a medal acknowledging quarter of a century of volunteering with the town's fire brigade.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018Dunedin

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.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018Invercargill

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.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018Dunedin

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.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018Dunedin

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.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018Dunedin

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.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018Queenstown

Just eleven customers remain without power in Glenorchy following Monday's big snow dump in the Queenstown Lakes region.

This footage, shot by a local resident, shows the volume of snow which fell in Glenorchy earlier in the week.

Aurora Energy says it battled extreme conditions to try and restore power to three thousand properties.

Heavy snow fell on trees, causing branches and power lines to fall on Glenorchy Road.

The township was cut off for a day while crews cleared the blocked road and it reopened to both lanes of traffc on Tuesday night.

An update on the Aurora Energy website says the remaining outages are affecting eleven customers in the wider Glenorchy area,

It's asking people to keep clear of fallen power lines or damaged electrical equipment and treat them as live at all times.