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Skydiver's family comfort in his 'beautiful peaceful resting ground' at Lake Wakatipu

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 06:05:05 +1200

The family of missing American skydiver Tyler Nii still want desperately to take him home. But if they can't, they have found some peace in the place where his life came to a tragic end. The 27-year-old and his tandem skydiving...



Hope for clearer view of 'Mycoplasma bovis' spread soon

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:30:00 +1200

Three lines of work to determine the spread of bacterial cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis will begin to return results next month, Ministry for Primary Industries officials say. Earlier this week, MPI confirmed three additional properties...



More farms hit with 'Mycoplasma bovis' notices in Southland

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:30:00 +1200

More properties in Southland have been placed under notices of direction and a further one under a restricted place notice as Mycoplasma bovis continues to spread in the South. The Ministry for Primary Industries confirmed last week...



Increase in farm sales in Southland bucks trend

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:30:00 +1200

Southland was one of two regions with increased farm sales at the end of 2017. Data released by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) showed for the three months ended November 2017, Southland had seven more farm sales...



Woman, 86, dies after Mini and 4x4 collide in Alexandra

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:54:21 +1200

An 86-year-old woman died in a car crash in Alexandra this afternoon. Emergency services were called to the two-car crash at the intersection of Ventry St and Clutha St at 12.48pm today. Alexandra police Senior Sergeant Ian Kerrisk...



NIWA: Record dry tipped to continue in Southland, Otago

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:30:00 +1200

On the back of Southland's driest year on record, there looks to be little reprieve for southern farmers, Niwa's seasonal climate outlook says. Recently, Environment Southland confirmed 2017 was the region's driest year on record, recorded...



'Ignorant pigs' defecating in trees prompt outrage in Queenstown

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:54:22 +1200

Queenstown Lakes District Council staff are having to physically pick up human waste being left by freedom defecators across the district. Council regulator manager Lee Webster is outraged at the mess council staff and members of...



Perendale ram tops South Island ram fair sale at $8600

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:07:23 +1200

South Otago farmers Howie and Marion Gardner topped the South Island ram fair in Gore this week, selling a Perendale ram for $8600. It was bought by the McKelvie family, from Wyndham, and Mike McElrea, from Edievale. It was a solid...



Police hold blessing at Lake Wakatipu for missing man Tyler Nii

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:32:05 +1200

A blessing has been held for missing man Tyler Nii following a tandem sky-dive that went terribly wrong. On Thursday police accompanied Nii's family to Lake Wakatipu where Southern District Health Board kaumātua Herewini Neho...



Lifejacket trade-in a warning about boating safety

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:50:09 +1200

The poor condition of hundreds of life jackets traded in last week in Otago-Southland is a big warning about boating safety. ''It's a wake-up call to actually look at what you've got on board and make sure it will service your needs...



Order to dismantle hut but no sign of builder

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:14:40 +1200

A former Queenstown resident who built a tree hut on a willow island in Lake Wakatipu has been ordered to take it down - but appears to have left for Australia. Glenn Raymond built the hut early last year so he could enjoy ''good...



Impaled man taken to Dunedin Hospital with serious injuries

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:55:32 +1200

A 63-year-old man has been to hospital after becoming impaled on a metal rod at a work site in Dunedin, Fairfax Media has reported. The contractor fell while working at a steep residential site on Fea St, Dalmore, just after 4pm...



Warmer Central Otago has many implications for climate change

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:30:00 +1200

When it comes to climate change, there is more to consider than sea-level rise, warmer temperatures and more pests for councils. The Central Otago District Council commissioned Bodeker Scientific to look at climate-change effects...



Lake Hayes scrub fire may have been sparked by mower

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:32:03 +1200

A grass fire which destroyed between 2ha and 3ha of land near Lake Hayes and came within metres of properties may have been started by a lawn mower. It came a day after Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fenz) imposed a total fire ban...



Truck driver killed in Otago crash was Balclutha man Nigel Patrick Beck

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:56:53 +1200

Police have named the man killed in a truck crash in Otago yesterday as Nigel Patrick Beck, of Balclutha. The 54-year-old was killed after his truck-and-trailer unit rolled at Beaumont , in the Clutha District around 6.30am. He...



New Far CEO well versed in industry

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:30:00 +1200

Alison Stewart has been appointed chief executive of the Foundation for Arable Research (Far). Dr Stewart, who is general manager forest science at Scion, takes over in mid-March from founding chief executive Nick Pyke, who has led...



Water conservation request to Otago farmers as rivers dry up

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:06:20 +1200

Farmers across Otago are being asked to conserve water, with some rivers across the region dropping to their lowest levels on record. Otago Regional Council data for October-December 2017 shows ''extremely dry'' weather conditions...



Dunedin rapist to be released on parole

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:20:05 +1200

A former Dunedin student jailed for raping and beating his partner - at one stage impregnating her during an attack - has been granted parole. James Tawhirimatea Frazer Moanaroa was jailed in 2011 for eight-and-a-half years after...



Touch rugby player disqualified from driving indefinitely after alcohol-fuelled drive

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:06:40 +1200

After sharing the field with Richie McCaw just hours earlier, a national touch rugby representative consumed an ''enormous'' amount of alcohol and drove wildly around Queenstown. Mackenzie Allan Haugh, 22, had represented the All...



Haast township lobbies for cellphone reception to save lives

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:07:22 +1200

Blair Farmer will never forget how a woman's life slipped away as he worked to save her on the floor of the Haast information centre. Yi-Chieh Feng, from Taiwan, had been flung from the rental campervan when the driver lost control...