TODAY |

Jess Cartwright

01:48
It’s the only region in the country with its own charge.

Stewart Island locals fear proposed visitor levy hike will deter tourists

Southland District Council says the $5 fee is not enough to maintain the island's infrastructure.

01:27
Samson is back to his cheeky self, after he was badly injured in a bird survey.

Samson the Fiordland kea 'looking really alert' as he returns to the wild, nine months after concussion

Samson is back to his cheeky self after he was badly injured during a bird survey.

01:44
The vines are burned to produce a unique form of charcoal.

Ancient process adopted by Kiwi farmers allowing grape vines to transform into fertiliser

The vines are burned to produce a unique form of charcoal called biochar.

00:19
Located on Lake Wakatipu, the playground cost $1 million, up from an original estimate of $670,000.

Take a look at Queenstown's new million-dollar playground

The stunning new playground went up in cost, but will delight the young and young at heart.

01:39
One man has been arrested following one fatal stabbing in Christchurch.

Man charged with murder after woman fatally stabbed in Christchurch - 'the tone of this neighbourhood has changed'

A 31-year-old man is also in a serious but stable condition after being stabbed before 8pm last night.

Cardrona general manager Bridget Legnavsky says she's never seen so much snow in May.

Woman and man injured in paragliding and skydiving accidents in Central Otago

A woman is seriously injured and a man has moderate injuries after separate accidents.

01:49
The camps in Otaki and Roxburgh are closing next month, the charity running them says a lack of funding has forced their hand.

Families devastated about closure of support villages for kids with emotional trauma

The charity running the camps in Otaki and Roxburgh says a lack of funding has forced their hand.

01:45
Microplastics are one of the biggest threats to oceans, and synthetic textiles are a huge contributor to the problem.

Merino and natural fibres could help clothing companies battle scourge of microplastics

Tiny plastic fibres from clothing are a major issue for oceans and marine life.

00:39
The council is banning freedom campers from Lake Hayes reserve and the Shotover delta.

Queenstown cracks down on freedom camping at two popular sites

The council is banning freedom campers from Lake Hayes Reserve and the Shotover Delta.

01:56
But fears tighter immigration policies will make harvest even harder have been extinguished by government.

There's plenty of cherries - but not enough cherry picker in Otago

Many growers are concerned the new government’s tougher stance on immigration could cause problems.

02:04
The iwi is also celebrating the 20 year anniversary of its settlement with the Crown.

Ngai Tahu celebrate election of first woman leader during hui in Christchurch

The iwi is also celebrating the 20 year anniversary of its settlement with the Crown.

01:41
More than 800 athletes from 38 countries have descended on Queenstown for the event.

Kiwi alpine ski team get the chance to shine on their own slopes at Winter Games

More than 800 athletes from 38 countries have descended on Queenstown for the event.

Jess Cartwright

Jess is a 1 NEWS reporter based in Central Otago.

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