Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Lions, tigers, and bears - some of Otago Museum’s most exotic animals are set for a spruce-up.

One of the improvements is the addition of LED lights to save energy and to preserve the stuffed animal displays from light damage.

While the renovations are occurring, the ever-popular Animal Attic will be closed to the public.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Dunedin residents blanketed the grass of Queen's Gardens yesterday in observance of this years' Anzac day.

Speakers commemorated the passing of a hundred years since 1917, considered the darkest year for New Zealanders in the First World War.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

New Zealand’s leading journal of arts and literature, Landfall has announced the winner of the inaugural Charles Brasch Young Writers’ Essay Competition.

New Zealand student Andy Xie, currently studying at the University of Columbia in the United States, takes the $500 prize with his essay ‘The Great New Zealand Myth'.

The award is named in honour of Dunedin poet and literary figure Charles Brasch, who founded Landfall in 1947, the new competition is an annual award open to New Zealand writers aged 16 to 21.

Landfall editor David Eggleton says the 48 entries received were a throng of lively, opinionated, argumentative essays, brimming with ideas.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Chilly weather is heralding winter's approach, with frost and snow likely for the south of New Zealand next week.

Meteorologists are stopping short of describing it as an Arctic blast, but say the cooler air coming from the South Pole will be widely felt, with temperatures plunging by 5 to 10 degrees Celsius.

Niwa meteorologist Ben Noll says there will be two blasts of cold weather - one early next week with another more aggressive one at the end of the week.

Noll says expect frost and some snow on the mountains.

Monday, April 24, 2017

It was up, up and slowly away for the kites and kids out at Larnach Castle's Flying Penguin competition this weekend.

The castle developed the idea of a contest for kids and professional kite-flyers last year.

Monday, April 24, 2017

A new online app was released today, designed by Youthline.

Called Good2Great, it helps young Kiwis build their self-confidence and leadership skills within a safe and anonymous environment.

The Good2Great programme is aiming to have 5,000 young people complete the online course in 2017. The programme will be supported by weekend workshops around the country, starting in Oamaru on May 20-21.

Good2Great ambassador Stan Walker will make a special appearance.

Monday, April 24, 2017

About 100 protesters marched against the University of Otago's proposed $50 million animal testing laboratory.

Placards carried messages saying that animal testing is archaic and unnecessary. The march co-incided with Dunedin's Earth Day event, in support of science.

Monday, April 24, 2017

It's now over 100 years since the advent of World War I, and 2017 is a year of particular importance to the Otago region.

A display at Toitū Settler's Museum is focusing on the Belgium campaign and October 12 1917 - known as New Zealand's worst day.

100 men from Otago and 2700 New Zealanders were killed or wounded at Bellevue Spur in just four hours.

Monday, April 24, 2017

A record number of men, women, children and canines showed up for Dunedin's annual Town Belt Traverse this weekend.

Over 800 people brought their bicycles, prams, and pets to the free event, which is part of the Wild Dunedin Festival. Participants could download an interactive map to learn more about the history and biodiversity of the area.

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Highlanders are in Invercargill ahead of their game against the Sunwolves tomorrow night.

While staying, they have been making the most of their time in the city.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Thousands of collectors lined the streets nationwide today to raise funds for Poppy Day.

Volunteers and returned servicemen were selling the red poppies for a donation to support current and ex-service personnel, including the NZ Police, and their families.

Friday, April 21, 2017

This week English Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election nearly three years ahead of schedule.

The South Today went to central Dunedin to hear what people thought.

Friday, April 21, 2017

The public has the opportunity to name one of the jewelled geckos rescued from a German tourist who tried to smuggle a pair to overseas in 2010.

The male is the only survivor after the female died in quarantine.

The as yet un-named male has been living at the Otago Museum since returning to Otago in December last year. Otago Museum is inviting people to suggest a name for the jewelled gecko / moko kākāriki.

Anyone can submit a name and their reasons for it, to Otago Museum by May 19th.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A ceremony was held today to celebrate Dunedin's Edinburgh Stone moving to a new home.

The stone, which was gifted to the city in 2011, was relocated in a ceremony today to the steps on the Western bank of the Leith, opposite the University of Otago clocktower.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A fleet of cars left Invercargill yesterday - running on less than the smell of an oily rag.

To promote electric vehicles, the Leading the Charge road trip of around 20 electric and hybrid vehicles is travelling from Bluff to Cape Reinga.