Dunedin & Otago

Lotto Powerball (file picture).

Lucky Lotto player from Central Otago wins $22.3m

The prize is the largest ever to be won from an online ticket sale, and also the largest South Island win ever.

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Dunedin police officer hit by courier van while at crash scene

The female officer was knocked to the ground and is recovering at home.

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The Dunedin pipe organ is set for global recognition as one the stars of a new documentary.

Meet Norma, the beloved Dunedin pipe organ still making a big sound after almost a century

Norma is set for global recognition as one the stars of a new documentary.

Queenstown Airport may double number of flights

But locals, like prominent businessman Eion Edgar, say the noise created by the airport was already impacting the quality of life for nearby residents.

Ramesh Kumar and his son, Rohit Ramesh.

First trainee pilot lands at Airline Academy at Ōamaru Airport

Being a pilot is not a new dream for 18-year-old Rohit Ramesh - he has wanted to be a pilot since he was four.

Sneak peek inside NZ's first 'smart hotel' in Queenstown, where phones become keys

The $15 million development is in the heart of the tourist town.

Cyclists in Otago.

Otago cycle trail network gets $13.5 million Government cash injection

It is hoped the investment will create more than 300 jobs.

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While here coaching language might be a bit colourful, netball is her passion and seeing women succeed is her goal.

Award-winning Dunedin netball coach does it to encourage 'confidence and self worth' in girls

Rua Hagan keeps on coaching despite two back surgeries and constant pain.

Taxi (file picture).

Dunedin taxi drivers owed $100,000 in unpaid wages after 'sham contracting'

Four Southern Taxis employee drivers were found to have been treated as contractors.

Masked would-be robber wields weapon at Dunedin dairy

The robber left the dairy on Pine Hill Road with nothing last night.

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Each year the number of foreign drivers on our roads increases.

Rally driver creates simulator to help tourists get to grips with Kiwi roads

Overseas drivers were involved in 24 fatal crashes last year in NZ.

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There are concerns for the tramper’s welfare given the looming bad weather in the region.

Rescuers express 'grave concerns' for tramper missing at Mt Aspiring

The Australian appears to have abandoned his sleeping bag and wet weather gear.

Southern right whale and calf a rare spectacle for Otago Harbour onlookers

The whales drew crowds in Deborah Bay near Dunedin over the weekend.

A photo taken in Dunedin, New Zealand, with an old church.

Is Dunedin at risk of an earthquake?

New faults have been uncovered in Dunedin and one fault extends closer to the city than previously thought.

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The AOS has long been a male stronghold - but last month, a record number of policewomen qualified.

Number of women in the Armed Offenders Squad more than triples in four years

A record number of women qualified for the male-dominated position.

Man charged over attempted robbery of Dunedin dairy

The 56-year-old is set to appear in Dunedin District Court next Friday.

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The eclipsed moon will appear a deep red during the celestial event which will be visible in southern parts of the country.

Professor explains where in NZ to watch the selenelion - a rare eclipse - tomorrow

The celestial event occurs when the moon is in Earth's shadow but can still be seen.

Rare celestial phenomenon to grace South Island skies this weekend

Both the sun and moon will be visible at the same time several minutes after 8am on Saturday.

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One estimate says one in four Omaruvians are now Polynesian – predominantly Tongan.

Oamaru fast becoming the most Polynesian town in NZ - 'It just feels like this is Tonga'

Many Tongans are heading down south from Auckland for jobs and cheaper housing.

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Matt Lauer 'doesn't want money' for access to Hunter Valley Station - lawyer

A NZ walking group wants uncontrolled vehicle access to the Otago land Lauer leased for $13m.

The NBC Today show anchorman snapped up the Hunter Valley Station, at a ratings value of $13 million.

Matt Lauer tells John Campbell attempts by NZ groups to get easement on his Otago land is because he's an 'easy mark'

The disgraced US TV anchor purchased the lease to Hunter Valley Station for $13 million last year.

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Matthew Wallis, son of Warbirds Over Wanaka founder Sir Tim Wallis, went missing on Saturday afternoon.

Lake Wanaka helicopter crash: Large item found in lake

Matthew Wallis, 39, was reported overdue on Saturday afternoon.

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A prominent member of the community, Matt Wallis, is missing feared dead in the accident.

Lake Wanaka search for crashed helicopter and pilot suspended until daylight

The helicopter pilot was 39-year-old Matthew Timothy Wallis, the son of Warbirds over Wanaka founder Sir Tim Wallis.

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The Rescue Co-ordination Centre started a search after the Robinson helicopter disappeared from its tracking system.

Police National Dive Squad to join search for missing helicopter and pilot at Lake Wanaka

The helicopter left Wanaka Airport around 1pm yesterday, headed towards Mount Aspiring National Park. The trip was expected to take 15 minutes.

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