Tuesday, January 15, 2019Dunedin

An injured Fiordland crested penguin caught hopping along the rocks off the Dunedin coast is now in safe hands.

The Department of Conservation was called by members of the public, concerned for the safety of the penguin on a rock wall, below the Saint Clair Hot Salt Water Pool.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019Dunedin

More than three thousand doctors stopped work around the country this morning, with the strike leading to the postponement of hundreds of operations and appointments in the southern region.

All hospitals in the south have been affected by the strike, but remain open for emergencies and essential care.

A spokesperson says a junior doctor can be rostered on for fifty to sixty hours on an average week, but the demands of the job often see them working for longer.

Under the current proposal from district health boards, resident doctors face losing rostered days off for extended hours and weekend work.

DHBs say the organisations has been trying to negotiate an agreement, which enables clinicians and hospital managers to make decisions locally about work rosters.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019Dunedin

A forest on the Otago Peninsula is proving a popular spot for sea lion births.

Pup numbers have been steadily increasing over the past few years for a species that was virtually wiped out a few hundred years ago.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019Dunedin

An 8 year-old violin virtuoso is looking for 3 more maestros to help her perform a piece in the Dunedin's Chinese Garden.

The young and talented musician is set to play in February, as a start to the Chinese New Year celebrations.

George Street Normal School pupil Justine Hua has been honing her skills on the instrument for 3 years, practising 2 hours every day.

She is looking forward to performing at the Chinese Garden next month for Chinese New Year.

Justine's chosen to play the quick-fingered "Summer" from Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.

But the players originally set to play with her have pulled out, meaning she's now on the hunt for a new violin, viola and cello player.

Anyone interested in performing with Justine can contact her through her mother Feng-ping Lu through social media.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019Dunedin

An unusual zoological window display at a Dunedin auction house is causing a bit of a stir.

Proctor Auctions on George Street is displaying an assortment of exotic taxidermied animals in its front window before an auction later this year.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019Queenstown

The band, known for hits like Wandering Eye, took to the stage at John Davies Oval as part of their nationwide summer tour.

They were well supported, with alt-rock darlings Unknown Mortal Orchestra and legendary British DJ Norman Jay kicking things off before the main event.

The gig marks the start of a massive week of music in the resort, which includes the popular Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert on Saturday.

Monday, January 14, 2019Dunedin

Thousands of kilometres have been clocked up on Dunedin’s roads, footpaths and cycle lanes on Lime scooters since they were launched on Thursday.

But although they've taken Dunedin by storm, they're already generating police complaints and there's been at least one visit to the emergency department.

Monday, January 14, 2019Dunedin

Your parents didn't know how right they were - it turns out vegetables are even better for you than was previously believed.

University of Otago researchers have found a high-fibre diet is healthier than originally thought, and increases in intake could have significant benefits in reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer.

Monday, January 14, 2019Dunedin

A survey of the winding Welsh street challenging Dunedin's Baldwin Steet for the title of the world's steepest is complete but the methods used may be less than ideal.

Dunedin's claim to be the home of the world’s steepest street has been officially challenged by residents of the Welsh town of Harlech, who believe their street is steeper.

Friday, December 21, 2018Oamaru

Penguin Rescue volunteers south of Oamaru are on their toes following the discovery yellow-eyed penguin chicks at Moeraki are slowly starving.

This year has seen 53 chicks raised on the peninsula, but the adult penguins are struggling to catch enough fish to feed

Friday, December 21, 2018Oamaru

The hordes of red-billed gulls flocking to Countdown Oamaru's rooftop are slowly reducing, thanks to a concerted effort to deter the birds from setting up home on the popular nesting spot.

The number of gulls peaked at an estimated 900 a night during October... now only 600 gulls and 90 nests remain...

Woolworths New Zealand staff, in consultation with DoC and contractors, have been cleaning the roof three times a week...

They've also installed lasers, sonic deterrents and are installing spikes to discourage the birds from landing on the roof, as the breeding season comes to an end.

When it does, wires will be strung across the roof to stop the birds from re-establishing nests on the building again in the spring.

The gulls are protected under the Wildlife Act.

Friday, December 21, 2018Dunedin

The sport of parkour - which involves climbing and jumping across urban architecture - has intrigued a reporter working at the Otago Daily Times.

Journalist and some-time marathon runner Jono Edwards has received some introductory tips in the art of Pro-Motion Parkour from local coach Alex Pearson.

Friday, December 21, 2018Dunedin

Dunedin modelling success story Ella Barton-Buchannan has returned home for Christmans after strutting along some of the world's most famous catwalks.

She grew up surrounded by the industry as the daughter of Dunedin fashion stalwart Margo Barton, and is looking to possibly follow in her mum's footsteps..

Friday, December 21, 2018Dunedin

A Dunedin couple have started up a citizens survey to gauge people's thoughts on where electric scooters should be ridden.

Jim and Beth Moffat are spending an hour or so a day in central Dunedin asking passers-by whether they think e-scooters should be allowed to be ridden on footpaths.

The pair have been setting up in different locations around the city, including the main street.

Jim Moffat says participants are also being asked their age for demographic reasons.

He says the majority of respondents so far have been in favour of banning e-scooters from footpaths.

E Scooter company Lime are set to launch in Otago in the new year.

Thursday, December 20, 2018Dunedin

Dunedin's cycle network has just gone another step further, with the opening of a new pedestrian and cycle bridge.

Spanning the Water of the Leith next to the Forsyth Barr stadium, the bridge connects the State Highway 88 shared path to cycleways around the inner harbour and central city.