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Views towards the city from the lookout at the Centennial Memorial on Signal Hill Dunedin Otago South Island New Zealand

St Clair residents evacuated from homes following landslip may be out for Christmas

The residents, who were evacuated last night, were allowed to return this morning to retrieve essentials.

Lemon Lime and Glitter is the newest concoction from Riwaka’s Hop Federation.

Otago University students drinking less, research finds

While the proportion of students who drank alcohol did not change, the proportion who drank to intoxication was substantially smaller.

Health Minister David Clark made the announcement today.

Section of new Dunedin Hospital fast tracked, current state won't 'last the distance'

The outpatient and day surgery building would finish early.

Dunedin, New Zealand - May 2, 2014: , New Zealand. People waiting for green light to cross the street.

Growing tension between motorists and cyclists in Dunedin

"What used to be a 10-minute city to get across has become a 20-minute city."

Serious crash involving motorcyclist closes off ramp near Mosgiel

Diversions are in place through Mosgiel southbound and Kinmont northbound.

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Some areas have seen up to four times the normal amount of rainfall.

Record November rainfall in South Island hits farmers and growers hard

Some areas have seen up to four times the normal amount of rainfall.

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The town could run out of water completely in a day or two.

Ōamaru to run out of water unless there is a drastic conservation effort

The North Otago town will run out of treated water in a day or two.

Queenstown (file picture).

Aussie groom charged after wading into Lake Wakatipu amid Queenstown stag do chaos

The Perth man punched a policeman trying to help him and was pepper sprayed.

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More than 100 rides each weekend are still going ahead.

Dunedin police still 'not able to stop' people using illegal taxi groups after five years

Police have prosecuted just two people caught offering under-the-table rides through the Dunedin sober drivers group, despite hundreds of rides being openly arranged each month.

A crew member died on the Emerald Princess when a gas cylinder exploded.

Cruise ship explosion: Company could face hefty bill for fatal blast near Dunedin

Allan Navales, a 32-year-old Filipino father, was killed in February 2017.

Otago Police promise more impaired driver checkpoints after 'disappointing' weekend

Police say it's clear the message is not getting through to some drivers.

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NIWA’s Chris Branolino explains all the bad weather and what’s yet to come.

It has been a wet spring across the country, with Dunedin having its dampest November on record

NIWA’s Chris Branolino says places in the North Island and South Island can expect to get a dumping of rain today.

Police car

'Unexplained' death overnight in Dunedin bar

The owner of the Carousel Bar, John Devereux, says the man appears to have fallen down the stairwell.

Young Otago man sacrificed own life to save niece, five, from drowning

A coroners report says Ben Gardner stayed afloat in the Kawarau River long enough to pass his niece to another family member.

Sewage-hit residents in Otago town begin clean-up after deluge

The rural community of Middlemarch has begun its clean-up after Tuesday's downpour transformed some streets into sewage ponds.

View of The University of Otago in Winter, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Otago University cheating probe leaves medical students 'incredibly anxious and stressed'

Third-year medical students don't yet know if they'll have to re-sit their exams.

Watch: Stunning aerial footage shows Otago's Clutha River flowing at levels not seen for nearly 20 years

Clutha Civil Defence is on standby after torrential rains in the region.

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A number of roads in the region remain closed or have warnings in place after flooding.

Pair rescued from roof of car stuck on flooded Otago road sparks police warning to obey signs

Police point out vehicles may not be covered by insurance if they are driven on a closed road.

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A number of roads in the region remain closed or have warnings in place after flooding.

Otago in clean-up mode after heavy rain causes widespread flooding

Businesses were kept busy sandbagging premises to keep flood water at bay.

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The deluge is causing headaches and concerns across the region.

Man rescued from car trapped in Otago floodwater

Poor weather conditions in the worst affected areas are expected to ease overnight.

Flooding in Henley.

Residents in parts of Otago urged to evacuate as floodwaters rise

The Dunedin City Council said people should stay off the roads to prevent washing floodwaters into properties.

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Shop owners in the Otago town sandbagged their front doors to try and keep floodwaters out.

Watch: Businesses evacuated as torrential rain floods Mosgiel's main drag

Shop owners in the Otago town sandbagged their front doors to try and keep floodwaters out.

Group of doctors in a hurry down the hospital hallway for emergency

Otago Medical School says some students training to be doctors broke rules during third year exams

"Professional behaviour that we would not expect to see from people training to be doctors."

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Further rain is forecast to hit already sodden parts of Otago this afternoon.

Further heavy rain and snow predicted as roads close in lower South Island

A king tide is expected to cause more problems for the sodden Clutha District.

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Harvey is in New Zealand for a family wedding, that no one was expecting to be a white one!

'Playing and eating snow' – Young Aussie tourist revels in first Queenstown snow experience, in November

Harvey is in New Zealand for a family wedding, that no one was expecting to be a white one!

Queenstown flights cancelled and power outages hit as wintry storm hits lower South Island

Dumping of snow on the ski fields will be wasted as it's so far out of season.

Dunedin rest home building a wall to stop future flooding

The Radius Fulton home in Hillside Road has twice now had to evacuate its 93 residents during the rain.

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