Monday, November 18, 2019Queenstown

The upgraded Lakes District Hospital in Queenstown was officially opened by Health Minister David Clark on Friday.

Consent for the upgrade was granted in June last year and was funded by the Southern District Health Board to the tune of 9.3 million dollars.

However, some of the upgrade's major assets, such as a state-of-the art CT scanner, has to be paid for with local donations and fundraising.


Monday, November 18, 2019Dunedin

Over 50 University of Otago medical students have had their qualifications withheld, after the tertiary institution found an overseas placement rort is 'much wider' than first believed.

The university says, it first identified the problem with just a handful of students involved, but has subsequently discovered it's a much bigger problem.


Friday, November 15, 2019Invercargill

Two southern rural fire officers who returned on Thursday from fighting Australian bushfires are describing the devastation as "heartbreaking".

The pair, who spent a week away working up to 14 hours a day, are happy to be back home for some well earned rest.


Friday, November 15, 2019Queenstown

Two southern rural fire officers who returned on Thursday from fighting Australian bushfires are describing the devastation as "heartbreaking".

The pair, who spent a week away working up to 14 hours a day, are happy to be back home for some well earned rest.


Friday, November 15, 2019Dunedin

After seven long years, a memorial to those who conscientiously objected to war has been given the green light.

The Archibald Baxter Memorial Trust has now received a $326,639 grant from Lottery Environment and Heritage fund towards a sculpture in north Dunedin.


Friday, November 15, 2019Dunedin

HMNZS Canterbury arrived in Dunedin on Wednesday, and is embarking on Operation Endurance.

The trip into the southern ocean is set to take them to the Auckland and Campbell Islands, with a contingent of army, navy and airforce personnel.


Friday, November 15, 2019Dunedin

Over the years there have been many collaborations between poets and painters.

One of the most notable examples being Colin McCahon and Charles Brash, and now two well known southern artists showing that bigger can be better.


Thursday, November 14, 2019Dunedin

Reverend David Brown has been a pillar of support for Dunedin's firefighters for 25 years.

Wednesday saw a special ceremony at being held as thanks for his service as a chaplain for the city's fire crews.


Thursday, November 14, 2019Dunedin

John Swan & Co owner Janette Armstrong is sick of people who urinate, vomit, smash bottles and commit vandalism in her Bath St car park at the back of the Moray Pl shop each weekend.

Not even CCTV cameras and a motion triggered light deter up to 30 people a weekend defiling her car park, many of whom she's caught on camera.

And a warning, this is a story about bodily functions, so viewer discretion is advised.


Wednesday, November 13, 2019Dunedin
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A ceremony at the Dunedin Southern Cemetery on Tuesday recognised the changes of fortune for an early Dunedin settler, who was once a Polish prince.

The recently restored grave of Polish Prince Alois Konstanty Drucki-Lubecki, who died in 1864, has now been officially consecrated by the Dunedin's Catholic Bishop.


Wednesday, November 13, 2019Dunedin

She may be only be seven years old, but Kayleigh Dryden has already proven she's not one to skirt around big issues.

The St Francis Xavier School pupil got sick of wearing her pinafore to school each day, so took some affirmative action.


Wednesday, November 13, 2019Dunedin

Touring American independent folk band Sneaky Bones are kicking off a nationwide New Zealand tour in Invercargill tonight.

The band's singer visited Dunedin and a few other centres around Aotearoa last year, and liked it so much, he bought the band back for this tour.


Wednesday, November 13, 2019Invercargill

Touring American independent folk band Sneaky Bones are kicking off a nationwide New Zealand tour in Invercargill tonight.

The band's singer visited Dunedin and a few other centres around Aotearoa last year, and liked it so much, he bought the band back for this tour.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019Dunedin

Firefighters were back at work in Lammerlaw ranges near Middlemarch on Tuesday.

Crews were out again searching for and extinguishing any remaining hot spots still burning after the massive vegetation fire at the weekend.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019Dunedin

Residents of a house in the Dunedin suburb of Halfway Bush were able to get out of their burning home safely, thanks to smoke alarms operating.

A fire crew officer says smoke alarms helped alert the occupants, who were able to get out of the house quickly.