Otago

Queenstown Council acts on holiday rentals

Homeowners in Wanaka could be prevented from renting out their property after Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) proceeded with revised rules for Residential Visitor Accommodation. The decision was taken at QLDC’s extraordinary meeting last...... Read More

Tourists’ baby run over in Whangamata

A baby has been flown to hospital after the boy was run over in a Whangamata driveway.  The one-year-old boy was flown to Waikato Hospital this morning in a serious condition. Waikato police Senior Sergeant Ray Malcolmson says the child...... Read More

Three flown to Hospital in South Otago crash

Three people have been flown to Dunedin Hospital by helicopter with moderate to serious injuries as a result of a crash at Stony Creek near Balclutha, South Otago. The Serious Crash Unit are at the scene and while their inquiries are ongoing the road...... Read More

Traffic diversions after South Otago crash

Diversions are in place in South Otago after a crash near Balclutha earlier this morning. Motorists travelling south on State Highway 1 are being take the Station Road diversion via Kaitangata A police media spokesperson says the crash...... Read More

Search retraces missing woman investigation

Police are basing a search and rescue exercise in Dunedin this weekend on the case of a woman missing for two years. Denise Potter, who was 53 and from Alexandra, disappeared without a trace on 30 March 2015 from her daughter's home in Carroll Street. She...... Read More

SAR exercise based in missing woman case

A significant search and rescue training operation will take place in South Dunedin this weekend, based on the case of missing woman Denise Potter. The training exercise aims to upskill Southern District search teams and will involve more than 60 people. The...... Read More

Queenstown Council: ’We are not against Airbnb’

Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult is attempting to reassure home owners after the council unanimously agreed to a short-term rental clampdown. The revised rules, which include a proposal to restrict short-term letting in many residential areas of the...... Read More

Wanaka woman beats diabetes

Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders are the target of Diabetes Action Month in November as the campaign seeks to raise awareness of the disease across the country. For one Wanaka woman, it is a road she has already travelled. Kim Nichol, 47, was...... Read More

Big hole in Dunedin refugee support - advocate

A Dunedin refugee advocate is setting up her own support centre for the city's Syrian refugees because she believes not enough is being done to help them. At least 200 people from Syria have been resettled in the southern city since last April,...... Read More