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Wanaka man who died in paraglider crash not licensed to fly

A Wanaka speed flyer who died following a crash on Isthmus Peak on Sunday did not hold a licence to fly. He was 43-year-old James William Taylor, also known as Jimmy Keane. New Zealand Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association chief executive Evan...... Read More

Inmate called victim on prison phone more than 1000 times

An oversight by the Corrections Department allowed an inmate to use a prison phone to illegally contact his victim more than 1000 times. But the department is denying any fault. David Gordon Wilson, 37, appeared in the District Court in Dunedin last...... Read More

Man killed in speed flying crash named

Police can now release the name of the man who died in a speed flying crash at Isthmus Peak, near Wanaka, yesterday at around 9am. He was 43-year-old James William Taylor, also known as Jimmy Keane, of Wanaka, says a police spokesperson. ​​​​​​​"Police...... Read More

Speed flying crash at Isthmus Peak

One person has died following a speed flying crash at Isthmus Peak, near Wanaka, this morning. Emergency services were called to the scene about 9am. One man was flown to Dunedin Hospital with critical injuries. He sadly passed away as a result of...... Read More

SH6 reopened following crash

State Highway 6 just north of Devils Staircase, near Queenstown, has reopened in both directions following a fatal crash earlier today. There were 14 passengers and the driver on board the bus at the time of the crash. Not 40 as originally reported....... Read More

Fatal crash on SH6 south of Queenstown

One person has died after a bus and a car collided on State Highway 6 near Devils Staircase, south of Queenstown. Emergency services were alerted to the crash at 7.45am. A police spokesperson says one person in the car has died and no one else has...... Read More

Building materials recovered following search

A Wanaka man faces multiple burglary charges following the execution of a search warrant at Wanaka building site. The 22-year-old has been charged in relation to two building-site burglaries and two commercial storage-yard burglaries in the Queenstown...... Read More

Trying to trap lake snow info

Monitoring buoys on Lake Wanaka are one of the latest attempts to try to understand the particular conditions that could encourage the development of lake snow. University of Otago freshwater scientist Dr Marc Schallenberg deployed sediment traps...... Read More

Cyclist rides free after breaking boy’s leg in Dunedin

A cyclist who hit a three-year-old boy and broke his leg in Dunedin will not face charges. The boy was hit near Marlow Park, also known as the dinosaur park, last week. At the time, the family said the cyclist swore at them and rode off without providing...... Read More

New centre for health science students in Southland

A new University of Otago education and research centre is expected to increase research activity in Southland. The $1.5 million centre is being developed in partnership with the Southern District Health Board. More than 250 health sciences students...... Read More