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Port Chalmers Day

Celebrate Dunedin’s historic harbour village with a day out in Port Chalmers for the whole family. From 11am and you can enjoy the local shopping and cafes, the community and artisan markets, buskers, face painting and food trucks as well as lucky shopper prizes!

March 8, 2021

Gorilla loses appetite, lions develop cough after catching COVID-19 at Prague Zoo

A gorilla and two lions have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Prague Zoo, which is closed amid lockdown restrictions in the country.

March 4, 2021

Queenstown businesses prepare for further hardships

As Queenstown moves into its traditionally quietest time, businesses are preparing for more tough times ahead.

March 3, 2021


It’s a bucket-list off-road event with challenging yet achievable courses, which attracts close to 4000 participants a year.

March 1, 2021

Baarack from the brink: Wild sheep rescued in Australia shorn of 35 kg fleece

A wild and ailing sheep found in a forest in Australia, named Baarack by rescuers, has yielded a fleece weighing more than 35 kilogrammes – nearly half the weight of an adult kangaroo – after being shorn for the first time in many a year.

February 25, 2021

Wakatipu House Tour 2021

Ever wondered what was behind the doors of some of the beautiful houses in the Wakatipu? Join the Friends of Shotover (FoS) as they fundraise for Shotover Primary School.

February 23, 2021

Hundreds of fish found dead in estuary

Poor water quality could have contributed to the death of hundreds of fish in a Dunedin estuary at the weekend.

February 22, 2021

Silver monolith torched in Congo after mysterious appearance

The latest in a series of mystery monoliths to capture the imagination of science-fiction fans around the world met a fiery end in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday when it was torched at a roundabout in the capital.

February 18, 2021

No new wage subsidy for tourism businesses

Another wage subsidy’s been ruled out to help struggling tourism businesses in the Queenstown Lakes and beyond.

February 17, 2021

Options 2021 – Employment, Training & Careers

With over 40 organisations attending, pop in anytime between 1-4 pm to meet employers, recruitment agencies and career professionals who are happy to provide job-seeking advice.

February 15, 2021

Queenstown’s Canyon Explorers goes in to hibernation

One of Queenstown’s most intrepid operators has decided to pause operations amid an unusually quiet summer in the adventure capital.

February 11, 2021

COVID maths: All the virus in the world would fit in a coke can

All the COVID-causing virus circulating in the world right now could easily fit inside a single cola can, according to a calculation by a British mathematician whose sum exposes just how much devastation is caused by minuscule viral particles.

February 10, 2021

NZ House & Garden Tours – Dunedin

The NZ House & Garden Tours are Aotearoa’s largest charity house tours run in support of the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.

February 7, 2021

Archaeologists unearth 2,000-year-old mummies with golden tongues in northern Egypt

Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed more than a dozen 2,000-year-old mummies, including some with gold tongues in their mouths, according to the country’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

February 3, 2021

2021 Waitangi Day Commemorations

It’s a fun day full of family activities, demonstrations, workshops and exhibits set amongst the extensive museum grounds in the beachside village of Okains Bay, just 90 minutes from Christchurch or 20 minutes from Akaroa.

February 1, 2021

Firefighters in danger from unsafe drivers

Drivers have gone through crash sites and around cordons, and in some cases, hit firefighters as they worked at emergency scenes.

January 28, 2021

Lobster shell patterns make concrete stronger: Australian researcher

Inspired by the natural, twisting patterns of a lobster shell, Australian researchers say they have found a way, using 3D printing technology, to improve the strength of concrete for use in complex architecture.

January 26, 2021

Beer Appreciation Day Riverside

From local favourites Lakeman Brewing Co and The Rogue Bore to some absolute legends from out of the district there’ll be a whole bunch of beers never poured in Taupō before.

January 24, 2021

9.8% rates increase proposed

A nearly 10% rates rise has been proposed in the first year of a Dunedin long-term plan that includes $1.5billion in capital spending over its 10-year span.

January 22, 2021

Thailand serves up cannabis cuisine to happy customers

“Giggling bread” and “joyfully dancing salad” aren’t the usual dishes on a menu in Thailand, but one eatery is hoping its cannabis-infused cuisine can lure foreign tourists and take the taboo out of the recently legalised leaf.

January 20, 2021

Warning of longer lockdown if new strains reach community 3953 11 News National

A level 4 lockdown longer than that in March last year would be needed to stamp out new strains of Covid-19 which had potential for “explosive exponential growth” if they entered the New Zealand community, scientists say.

January 15, 2021

Extinct giant shark gave birth to ‘cannibal’ babies over 6ft 6in long

Megalodon sharks gave birth to babies bigger than most adult humans after they feasted on unhatched eggs in the womb, according to a new study.

January 12, 2021

Quote of the Day

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

– Charles Spurgeon

January 10, 2021

Silicon Valley elites are poisoning themselves with frog mucus, an ancient practice reported to increase physical and mental strength

Silicon Valley elites are employing an ancient Amazonian frog-mucus ritual to rid themselves of stress.

January 7, 2021

Weather misery continues, concern over rivers

MetService is warning there is a possibility of thunderstorms, hail and localised downpours in Central Otago, eastern areas from North Otago to Clutha, and Southland (north of Gore) tomorrow afternoon.

January 6, 2021

Trust the Chef

The idea of Trust the chef is to bring to the table present environmental issues and how food impacts our planet, so will be educational as our intention is to inspire change.

January 5, 2021

Quote of the Day

“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”

– Madeleine L’Engle

December 28, 2020

Colombian taxi driver and canine co-pilot spread Christmas cheer

People looking for a bit of Christmas merriment in the Colombian capital might find it in an unexpected place: the front seat of a taxi, in the form of a costumed canine co-pilot.

December 27, 2020

Aurora called ‘reprehensible’ over outages

A Roxburgh pharmacist says Aurora Energy’s scheduled power cuts on weekdays put customers at risk and strain on his business, and that the impact goes beyond the Teviot Valley.

December 23, 2020

Festive Feast at Bazaar

Get festively indulgent as we celebrate our annual decadent spread at Bazaar, re-opening exclusively for Christmas lunch.

December 22, 2020

Wearing someone else’s face: Hyper-realistic masks to go on sale in Japan

A year into the coronavirus epidemic, a Japanese retailer has come up with a new take on the theme of facial camouflage – a hyper-realistic mask that models a stranger’s features in three dimensions.

December 17, 2020

Solo sauna a hot favourite in Tokyo as coronavirus cases rise

The spread of the novel coronavirus may have slowed economies and closed many businesses worldwide, but it hasn’t been a damper on a newly opened Tokyo sauna that caters to solo customers.

December 15, 2020

Wanaka Sunday Craft Market

Handmade New Zealand Art Craft and Design, direct from the artists.

December 13, 2020

Beers on the beach blocked by booze ban extension

Christmas beers on Queenstown Beach have been banned after police prompted councillors to extend its booze ban due to horror stories from previous years.

December 10, 2020

Asteroid sample arrives in Japan after six-year space odyssey

Samples of an asteroid 300 million km from Earth arrived in Japan on Tuesday to applause and smiles, the climax of a six-year odyssey by a space probe pursuing the origins of life.

December 9, 2020

Nadia Reid’s Christmas Show 2020

Critically acclaimed Dunedin musician Nadia Reid is continuing her annual tradition at the Port Chalmers Town Hall.

December 8, 2020

Space oddity? Monolith in Utah desert mystifies helicopter crew

They were on a mission to count sheep when they found something they had not counted on.

December 3, 2020

Dunedin exposed: Thousands of homes face insurance hike

Thousands of Dunedin homes could face soaring insurance premiums — or even having cover pulled altogether — within 15 years.

December 1, 2020

Next Steps With Your Employment

Are you looking for a job? Lost at what to do next? Has your situation changed or you need some career support?

December 1, 2020

Pacific workers could be too late for Central Otago orchards

An influx of seasonal workers is a relief for the horticulture and wine industries with the government giving a border exemption to 2000 seasonal workers.

November 27, 2020

Singapore activist faces fine over one-man smiley face sign protest

Singapore is set to charge an activist with staging a one-man protest without a permit over an incident in which he held up a sign bearing a crudely drawn smiley face outside a police station.

November 26, 2020

Wakatipu Plunket Garden Tour 2020

The Annual Plunket Garden Tour provides you with access to some of the most beautiful and award-winning gardens in the Wakatipu.

November 23, 2020

Unconditional offer almost essential for home buyers

If you want to buy a house in Dunedin, you have to put in an unconditional offer or you are likely get nowhere, a leading real estate agent has suggested.

November 20, 2020

Clever rat sails to freedom on a piece of wood

This is the astonishing moment an intelligent rat escaped deadly floodwaters by using a piece of wood as a raft.

November 18, 2020

Wakatipu Plunket Garden Tour 2020

The Annual Plunket Garden Tour provides you with access to some of the most beautiful and award-winning gardens in the Wakatipu.

November 16, 2020

Some facing $876 power price rises

Some Otago residents are facing power price increases of up to $876 a year despite the Commerce Commission proposing to shave tens of millions off what Aurora Energy can spend on its dilapidated network.

November 13, 2020

Archaeologists uncover 1,000-year-old Viking ship burial site

Archaeologists in Norway have uncovered a unique Viking burial site, hidden deep underground, dating back over 1,000 years ago. Using only a radar, researchers identified a feast hall, cult house, farmhouse and the remnants of a ship.

November 12, 2020

LEGIT 2020 Job Energiser

Has COVID affected your job situation? Or perhaps you are just needing some energy? Feeling like you need a change of direction? Looking for work opportunities and feeling like some fresh ideas?

November 10, 2020

Residents kept in the dark furious about power cut

Aurora Energy has again sparked fury in Central Otago after an unscheduled power cut left Cromwell residents in the dark for almost seven hours on Wednesday evening.

November 6, 2020

Indian doctor duped into buying ‘Aladdin’s lamp’ for $41,600

Two men have been arrested in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh for allegedly duping a doctor into buying an “Aladdin’s lamp” that they promised would bring him wealth and health.

November 4, 2020