Monday, July 8, 2019Dunedin

Two pearl cockatiels have became the latest inhabitants of Otago Museum's Tropical Forest.

The birds, which are native to Australia, have already proved to be a hit with museum visitors.

Monday, July 8, 2019Dunedin

Cash-strapped district health boards may be in for some financial relief, with Health Minister David Clark announcing changes to government capital charges.

Currently DHBs have to pay back the Government six percent of any capital funding they receive.

But that's set to change and could mean good news for Dunedin's new hospital build.

Monday, July 8, 2019Invercargill

A cacaphony of bird calls and chirps could be heard at this weekend's Southland Bird Club's 57th annual show.

More than 400 birds were on display, with members of the public invited to view different kinds of canaries, finches, budgies and cockatiels.

Friday, July 5, 2019Dunedin

The Otago Nuggets are back, well almost.

After five years in the wilderness, the franchise has been granted provisional entry to the National Basketball League in 2020.

Friday, July 5, 2019Queenstown

Some environmentally-conscious Queenstown residents are exploring ways to give their unwanted recycling bins a second life.

The Queenstown Lakes District Council has introduced three new bins to their kerb-side recycling system this week, making the old ones redundant.

Friday, July 5, 2019Dunedin

Dunedin-based singer songwriter Bronwyn's latest release has cracked the top 10 on the iTunes streaming site.

The singer has recently returned from America's home of country music, and is about to leave Dunedin in search of fame and fortune.

Thursday, July 4, 2019Dunedin

Young Dunedin wizards and witches are working together, to lure children to a spellbinding ride on the Otago Daily Times Enchanted Express.

The train ride, from Dunedin to Hindon and back, is one of the main features of the inaugural Enchanted Dunedin Festival being held during the July school holidays.

Thursday, July 4, 2019Dunedin

Youngsters at Halfway Bush in Dunedin have been treated to lunch cooked through an umu.

Celebrating Matariki, the event was designed to introduce local school and kindergarten children, to a method of Polynesia cooking.

Thursday, July 4, 2019Queenstown

Three mates are on a mission to get bums on seats in Queenstown pubs and eating spot, during quiet times.

Bar Hero is a new booking service in the resort, giving patrons bargain deals on food and drinks.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019Dunedin

A vagrant seal many miles from home was spotted on a beach near Dunedin on Tuesday in its species' first visit to Otago shores in recorded history.

Crab-eater seals are usually found on pack ice around the Antarctic, but a two-metre long female in apparently good health was found resting on a beach near Dunedin on Tuesday.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019Queenstown

Lake Hayes finally has a water monitoring buoy, five years after the lake's protectors first asked for one.

Otago Regional Council and Otago University scientists helped launch the $70,000, solar-powered buoy on Tuesday.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019Dunedin

The season of Matariki is set to be celebrated with a multicultural event in South Dunedin on Thursday night.

Hours of preparation are being put from organisers and performers alike, as they get ready for the Aroha Nui Festival.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019Dunedin

Two Dunedin restaurateurs have made a lifestyle change for the sake of their young family, by cutting back on the long, stressful hours they used to work.

The couple have swapped their St Clair restaurant which often stayed open past midnight, for a George Street cafe which shuts just after lunch.

And they say they haven't looked back.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019Dunedin

Fire crews have cleaned up a chemical spill in South Dunedin this morning which resulted in one person being taken to hospital.

The spill happened at PBT Transport Depot in Strathallan Street, with emergency services evacuating and ventilating the building.

The chemical is a concentrated and highly corrosive acid which an employee inhaled.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019Dunedin

A Dunedin self-defence tutor is sharing her knowledge with a group of Dunedin's Muslim women.

The aim is to build the womens' confidence, and the skills to protect themselves.