Thursday, September 12, 2019Queenstown

Favourite TV and movie theme songs will ring out for this year's Star on Ice fundraiser.

The event will see Queenstown skaters take to the ice rink dressed up and performing to the music of television theme songs.


Thursday, September 12, 2019Dunedin

Dunedin's Edgar Centre has welcomed many visitors this week with the city's annual Polyfest.

The showcase of southern schools' pacific cultural groups is always a noisy and colourful affair with this year's event even bigger than in previous years.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019Queenstown

Some Queenstown residents are angry after two trees in the town centre were felled to make room for bus stops.

Three existing bus stops, on Camp Street, will move to Stanley Street to minimise disruption during upgrades to O'Connells Mall.

On Monday morning two large birch trees on Stanley Street were cut down, to make way for the new bus stop.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019Queenstown

School pupils were busy on Tuesday planting flaxes and grasses at the Matakauri Wetlands near Queenstown.

Coming from nine different Central Otago schools, the pupils visited Queenstown on Tuesday as part of a hui on climate change


Wednesday, September 11, 2019Dunedin

Women motorcycle enthusiasts the world over have are taking part in a global baton relay to raise awareness of women riders.

The black, leather-clad group taking part in the New Zealand leg of the event roared through Oamaru and Dunedin on Tuesday.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019Oamaru

Women motorcycle enthusiasts the world over have are taking part in a global baton relay to raise awareness of women riders.

The black, leather-clad group taking part in the New Zealand leg of the event roared through Oamaru and Dunedin on Tuesday.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019Queenstown

A war of words has erupted over the proposed Wanaka airport expansion.

This follows an accountant's analysis saying to be commercially viable, the airport would need a jet flight every ten minutes.

Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult says the report is fundamentally wrong.

But the report's author says the airport and council council are either hiding something or do not have all the information.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019Dunedin

Around 50 youngsters with varying disabilities took part in an all in sports day at Forsyth Barr stadium on Tuesday.

The day was run by Parafed Otago, and the Halberg Foundation, and brought together youngsters from across Otago and Southland.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019Queenstown

Central Otago's creative felters are gearing up for the biggest event on their craft calendars, in recent times.

More than 90 registrations have been received, for the 15th convergence of felters, affectionately dubbed "Felting Frenzy".


Tuesday, September 10, 2019Dunedin

The government's deal to create Kiwibuild homes in Wanaka's was not in the best interest of first home buyers.

That's according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, as the government lifts restrictions on who can buy the unsold Kiwibuild houses in Wanaka's Northlake subdivision.


Monday, September 9, 2019Queenstown

Minister of Education Chris Hipkins visited Queenstown last week to announce plans to pump $27 million into Otago and Southland schools.

The intention is to cater for growing school rolls and includes $17 million to build a new primary school near Queenstown.


Monday, September 9, 2019Invercargill

Frequent visitors to the Monkey Island camping area are worried there won't be enough room to pitch a tent this summer.

The Bailey family have been visiting the campsite for years, but the Southland District Council is now in the process of upgrading it and the family is concerned not enough grass area would be left to pitch a tent over Christmas.


Monday, September 9, 2019Oamaru

The Countdown supermarket in central Oamaru has added a new weapon to its arsenal against seagulls nesting on the roof.

Along with spikes on the rooftop's perimeter and a light laser, the company is now releasing ozone gas to encourage the birds to go elsewhere.


Friday, September 6, 2019Dunedin

A 24-year-old man was taken into custody near Dunedin last night after a Subaru Forester SUV he was driving collided with a police car, and he allegedly approached an officer in a threatening manner.


Friday, September 6, 2019Dunedin

More than two hundred and fifty workers at Port Otago are refusing to work overtime from Friday.

The strike is the result of stalled negotiations between two maritime unions, and Port Otago regarding concerns over safety, and the demand for a four percent wage rise.