Otago

Dunedin resthome evacuated after fire

A Dunedin resthome has been evacuated after a fire started in a bedroom. Fire and Emergency were called to the Woodhaugh Rest Home at 2.20pm. Five trucks and their crew are battling the blaze. A fire investigator has been notified. ... Read More

Wanaka fire starters could face prosecution

The people who caused a blaze that ripped through a scrubby hillside in Wanaka for two days could be prosecuted under new legislation. It took more than 40 firefighters and eight helicopters with monsoon buckets to battle the blaze on 3 January. Fire...... Read More

Cause of fire unfortunate accident

The cause of the fire that burnt around 190 hectares on Mount Alpha on January 3-4 has now been established by Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ). FEMNZ Otago Southland regional manager Mike Grant said the fire was an unfortunate accident. “The...... Read More

Mum’s call for cemetery signs answered

A resident who asked for dedicated dog behaviour signs at Wanaka Cemetery has finally got her wish. Gena Konia lost her daughter Scarlett (pictured), aged seven, in March 2016, and a member of the family visits her grave every day. Ever since then,...... Read More

Blessing held for missing skydiver

A blessing has been conducted at Lake Wakatipu honouring missing skydiver Tyler Nii. Otago Lakes Central Area commander Inspector Olaf Jensen says police were at the ceremony today to accompany his family. "Kaumātua...... Read More

Dunedin’s hottest day

Dunedin is officially having its hottest day on record, hitting 35 degrees celsius. MetService forecaster Cameron Coutts said the heat was recorded at the airport at 3.12pm today. The city's previous hottest day was 34.9°C, and its previous...... Read More

Total fire ban for Otago and Southland

The sweltering heat many parts of the country are experiencing has Fire and Emergency calling for people to be extra vigilant, as the fire risk is higher than ever. A total fire ban was put in place in Southland on Sunday, as temperatures reached a...... Read More

Witnesses sought in Dunedin cycle incident

People who may have witnessed a hit and run at the intersection of George Street and Saint Andrew Street in Dunedin on Sunday are being asked to come forward. Senior Sergeant Darryl Lennane says the incident happened about 3.30pm. "A cyclist...... Read More

Truck driver killed in crash

A truck driver has died after his truck and trailer unit rolled at Beaumont, in the Clutha District. Emergency services were called to Rongahere Road, about 3km south of Beaumont, at 6.22am. The driver of the truck was trapped in the cab, and was...... Read More

Tourist still missing after skydiver accident

The search for an American tourist presumed death in a tandem skydiving accident at Lake Wakatipu is continuing. Californian Tyler Nii, 27, has not been seen since Wednesday following a tandem skydiving jump. His instructor was rescued from the water...... Read More