Friday, October 19, 2018

Welcome back. Living in an eco-friendly house doesn't necessarily mean spending thousands on double glazing and mechanical ventilation systems, as one Dunedin couple have proven.

Ian Melvin and Helga Diettrich's Waitati home exemplifies how to be eco-friendly on a frugal budget.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Otago Volts batsmen Nathan Smith and Michael Rippon have served up a contender for worst run out of the week, amongst a competitive field.

Yesterday, Pakistan produced a brain fade on the third day of their second Test against Australia when Azhar Ali thought he'd scored a boundary but was runout while making small talk with his partner in the middle of the wicket.

This morning, the Volts produced a howler in their round two Plunket Shield match against the Wellington Firebirds.

In the Volts' first innings at the Basin Reserve, Michael Rippon clipped a ball off his pads down toward square-leg.

But as he turned for the second run, he slipped... Twice!

Compounding matters, his partner Smith made it halfway down the pitch before realising Rippon wasn't coming back, then slipped himself, falling flat on his back.

Smith was dismissed for arguably the most embarrassing duck of his career.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Dunedin was bursting at the seams today, as the city welcomed tourists from two large cruise ships on the same day.

Visitors from the Golden Princess, and Majestic Princess made anchor early this morning, and quickly filled the city as they took to the streets.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

It was a police rescue with a difference yesterday as the derring-do of two of Dunedin's finest saved the day for a family of ducks.

Calls to police came in about noon reporting a mother and her ducklings waddling along the barrier of a busy southbound lane on State Highway one by Green Island.

Police sped to the scene of the potential recipe for disaster...

Constables Chris Parsons and Matt Sheat, helped by members of the public, went about their work as cars
swept by alarmingly close to the tiny creatures.

Traffic was stopped and one duckling encouraged into a policeman's cap... but it showed remarkable agility and bolted back on to the road.

After a period in which the ducklings scattered in all directions, they were eventually encouraged safely off the side of the highway.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Emergency services were called after a car crashed into a barrier outside a South Dunedin business this morning.

The crash happened on King Edward Street at about 10.15 where the car almost hit Zodiac record store...

It came to rest on the footpath after crashing through a decorative barrier

Police say the road was closed and was reopened just after 11am.

Saint John say ambulance attended the scene but the patients' injuries were very minor and they were treated at the scene.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Survivors of sexual abuse tied ribbons of remembrance from around the world to the gates of St Joseph's Cathedral in Dunedin during a gathering this morning.

About thirty survivors, their supporters and representatives from the Catholic Diocese of Dunedin - including Dunedin Bishop Michael Dooley - were on hand for the event.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

And on that note, one of the oldest electricity substations on the Aurora Energy network is set to become history by the end of the year.

The almost seventy (70) year-old substation in Dunedin's Neville Street is to be replaced with a more modern version as Aurora continues to upgrade its network.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The work of anaesthetists has been highlighted with an annual event.

World Anaesthesia Day celebrates the medical discipline which has come a long way from the 1840s.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Kia ora Good evening Im HB,

The latest Dunedin City Council residents' opinion survey shows satisfaction with the condition of Dunedin's roads and flow of traffic at peak times has plummeted in the past year.

While most residents are generally pleased with the council's performance, it appears roads and traffic are areas which need a major overhaul.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The former dean of Otago University's Faculty of Law says he supports students' push to put the brakes on the university's ability to discipline students for off-campus behaviour.

The University's students' association is calling for Campus Watch and the proctor to no longer be allowed to discipline students off-campus, following last month's bong scandal.

Professor Mark Henaghan is leaving at the end of the year to take up a position at the University of Auckland, and says he supports the OUSA's stance.

He caught up with the ODT's Elena McPhee to explain his view.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A paradise duckling hurled from a moving vehicle has escaped injury, and is now one of a flock of more than fifty (50) ducklings and young ducks being looked after by Bird Rescue Dunedin.

Police were called after the duckling was thrown from the vehicle window near Dunedin's Queens Gardens on Sunday afternoon.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Otago rugby team won't be rushing the newest member of its trophy cabinet around the province as quickly as it did last time.

There's already been numerous requests from organisations keen to get their hands on the Ranfurly Shield.

But as the union begins to plan for a summer with the trophy, the first job is to make sure they stamp their mark on it...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Dunedin City Council has decided to knock down the old Tomahawk School in the suburb of Ocean Grove.

The council is inviting the public to come up with suggestions on what to do with the left-over land, plus two other nearby buildings.

Monday, October 15, 2018

The Rainbow Warrior has departed Dunedin and is heading for Stewart Island.

The Green Peace vessel has been in Port Chalmers over the weekend, as part of a tour of New Zealand to celebrate the Government’s off-shore drilling ban and to promote clean energy.

More than five thousand people visited the vessel as part of public open days during the tour.

Captain Fernando Romo says the response from New Zealanders to its visit has been heartwarming.

He says they always feel very welcome in New Zealand but it's been even better this trip.

Captain Romo says he was also impressed with Dunedin’s welcome, with a lot of people on top of the hill.

Following the Rainbow Warrior’s visit to Stewart Island, it's scheduled to head to Australia’s south coast where the crew will campaign against oil exploration in the Great Australian Bight.

Monday, October 15, 2018

It pays to get all your ducks lined up in a row when you’re running a plastic duck race.

Unfortunately, the ducks failed to launch at yesterday's charity race on the Water of Leith in Dunedin, leaving hundreds of onlookers scratching their heads...