Otago

Snow down to 200m for lower South Island

MetService is forecasting snow down to 200 metres, wintry rain and thunderstorms for the lower South Island tonight. A heavy snow watch will be in force from 6pm. Meterologist Tui McInnes said a large trough sitting around the south of New Zealand...... Read More

Winter weather cancels Queenstown’s winter festival

Heavy snow has disrupted events at Queenstown's annual winter festival this morning. Snow is falling on the Crown Range and on ski fields in the Wakatipu Basin, prompting warnings for people to carry chains and drive to conditions. The weather...... Read More

Dunedin drivers to prepare for icy roads

Dunedin may be known for its warm hospitality, but it's a chilly greeting received by motorists in the city today. Police is advising drivers to take extra precautions with ice on the roads in the hill surburbs, and also in the city. "Icy...... Read More

All Dunedin residents can now access UFB

All Dunedin residents and businesses are able to connect to ultra-fast broadband (UFB) now the project to build the network’s infrastructure is complete, 19 months ahead of schedule. Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Clare Curran...... Read More

Otago farmer loses 200 sheep in one go

About 200 sheep have gone missing from a South Otago farm. Police were alerted yesterday after the farmer did a stocktake and realised he was missing 170 lambs and 30 ewes. The stock was valued at just under $30,000. Police urged anybody with information...... Read More

It arrived with a boom and lit up the sky...

It glowed like a meteor, boomed like a meteor, and therefore - applying the duck test - was probably a meteor. Social media pages across the Upper Clutha lit up on Monday night with postings of an extraterrestrial object in the sky to the west of Lakes...... Read More

Airbnb bans teen over ’out of control’ party

The teenager who booked an Airbnb property for an alcohol-fueled party in Dunedin has been kicked off the site. About 100 teenagers aged between 14 and 15 were at the party when the police shut it down about 8.30pm. Airbnb operator Jeremy Craw from...... Read More

Hope for ‘extinct’ bird

More than 100 reported sightings of the elusive South Island Kokako have given the Trust working to prove its existence hope that it is coming close. The South Island Kokako Charitable Trust launched a search for the bird, once thought to be extinct,...... Read More

Research identifies bug linked to bowel cancer

New Zealand scientists have identified a toxic bug they believe may cause bowel cancer and could lead to a life-saving vaccine or early detection test for the too-often deadly disease. The University of Otago, Christchurch, researchers found a toxic...... Read More