Dunedin & Otago

Summary: The sockeye's impressive spawning run is drawing crowds near Twizel.

'It's come as a huge shock' - act of vandalism sees 6000 salmon released from Otago farm

The attack on High Country Salmon's Twizel farm saw holding nets slashed.

Heavy snow warning now lifted after polar blast turned Otago into winter wonderland

Caution is still being urged on the roads as the wintry weather created treacherous conditions.

Inmate taken to hospital after incident at Otago prison

Police are investigating an incident at Otago Corrections Facility that led to a prisoner being taken to hospital.

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Nick Rodger from the NZTA is braving blustery the elements on Dunedin's Northern Motorway today.

Tractor lends helping hand to rescue vehicles struggling in Dunedin's icy conditions

NZTA's Nick Rodger was braving the elements to help keep commuters moving.

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Dunedin has been blanketed in heavy snow this morning and it's expected to keep falling until at least midday.

Watch: Heavy snow falls in Dunedin hill suburb forming beautiful, eerie white landscape

Halfway Bush Road is covered in snow, which is a sight many are seeing across Otago this morning.

Second Ed Sheeran show in Auckland announced after frenzied rush for early bird tickets

Early bird tickets for his second show will be on sale at 3pm.

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The find surprised scientists who've spent over one year studying the marine mammals.

Rare whale among large number discovered off Otago's coast

Scientists believe the area has the second highest whale numbers after Kaikoura.

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The public are being asked to help, with a website set up to log records of sightings of the playful parrots.

Cheeky kea steadily on the decline

The public are being asked to help, with a website set up to log records of sightings of the playful parrots.

02:02
Ubco has partnered with an American technology group to help launch the bikes overseas.

Kiwi electric farm bike ready to go global

Ubco has partnered with an American technology group to help launch the bikes overseas.

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The Dunedin Prison building is now a site for a game where people have to use their wits, to escape.

Take a look inside the game taking life in Otago's historic prison

The Dunedin Prison building is now a site for a game where people have to use their wits, to escape.

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Mondelez International has taken more than $100 million in dividends out of New Zealand in recent years.

Cadbury denies stripping assets before Dunedin factory shutdown decision

Mondelez International has taken more than $100 million in dividends out of New Zealand in recent years.

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Fire crews work to extinguish blaze in Dunedin's CBD

Emergency services were called to Moray Place around 11:20pm.

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One person died at the on Test Street, South Hill address today.

One person dead after house fire in Oamaru

Police were called to the fire in South Hill at about 8.40am today.

An image from a webcam at Lake Dunstan near Alexandra provided by Contact Energy, taken just after 6am this morning.

Cold snap hits the country with Alexandra dropping to -3.1C overnight

Despite the very cold temperatures, much of the country can expect a clear and still day today - but parts of the South Island could be in for gales.

Watch: Snow angels and fun galore as huge early dump hits Cardrona

Cardrona gets an early season half metre, with opening day still 41 sleeps away.

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The young woman, understood to have been surfing, suffered leg injuries at Curio Bay in the Catlins.

Rescue Helicopter rushes young surfer to Dunedin Hospital after shark attack

The young woman, understood to have been surfing, suffered leg injuries at Curio Bay in the Catlins.

Police chase on Dunedin motorway ends when fleeing car breaks down

Three people are in custody and police are looking for items thrown from the car.

Watch: The moment NASA launches super pressure balloon from Wanaka

After seven failed attempts, NASA has succesfully launched a stadium sized balloon from Wanaka airport this morning.

Fish and chips may hold key to human DNA critical to development

Elephant sharks, which are commonly served in fish and chip shops around NZ, may explain origins of a form of DNA.

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Ann Stokes says faulty equipment and over-stretched staff are putting patient safety at risk.

Watch: 'Very frightening' – former nurse shocked at staff conditions at Dunedin Hospital

Former nurse Ann Stokes was shocked to see doctors and nurses running, faulty equipment and other issues.

Workmates 'absolutely devastated' by death of qualified and experienced paraponter

Ben Letham died yesterday after he crashed into Queenstown Primary School grounds.

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Bill English says he thinks he'd know if a current or former head of state was bound for the tourist town.

Obama would be 'most welcome' but PM only adds to mystery over VIPs tipped to visit Queenstown

"There's no head of state or former head of state turning up in Queenstown."

Man's death in Dunedin 'unexplained'

A male was found dead shortly before 3pm today at a North Dunedin address.

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