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Storm wrecks havoc in Ecosanctuary

1 hour 44 min ago
July 25, 2017

A ranger fears some rare native wildlife may have drowned in their burrows following the worst ever storm damage in the ten-year history of Dunedin’s Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

Head ranger Kelly Gough said the ecosanctuary sustained "significant damage" from the storm on Friday, and water had lifted the mesh of the predator fence, causing at least three small breaches.

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Flood clean-up begins in Dunedin as state of emergency lifted

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 17:50
July 24, 2017

The state of emergency in Dunedin was lifted at 9 o'clock this morning as Civil Defence moved into recovery following the weekend's flooding.

More than 100mm of rain and heavy winds battered much of eastern Otago on Friday and Saturday.

The situation was updated at a press conference earlier this afternoon.

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Power restored following storms

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 17:02
July 24, 2017

Aurora Energy report that they have restored all power that had been lost during the weekend storms.

Because of flooding, power was turned off to 21 properties in Henley for safety reasons, but that has now been restored.

Customers in Otokia are currently being supplied power by emergency generator whilst crews replace a damaged power pole.

News: Dunedin
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States of emergency declared as winter storm hits the south

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 18:10
July 22, 2017

Several roads and highways remain closed due to flooding in Dunedin, and several roads in the Central Otago District are also affected by snow. The NZTA advises the many state highways were closed at 2.15pm.

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Power maintanence outages cancelled due to stormy weather

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 18:44
July 21, 2017

Cancellation of planned power outages due to severe weather

A severe weather warning is in place for Dunedin and Central Otago.

The extreme weather has caused some planned power outages to be cancelled today and all planned power outages to be cancelled tomorrow.

Areas which would have been affected by planned outages tomorrow include Cromwell and South Dunedin.

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Otago Polytechnic plane set to take off

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 18:39
July 21, 2017

A kit set aeroplane arrived from the United States at Otago Polytechnic's engineering department this week.

Polytechnic students will have the opportunity to put the plane, a Vans RV12, together themselves under the supervision of an aircraft engineer.

News: Dunedin
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Storm warnings for Dunedin, North Otago and South Canterbury

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 18:39
July 21, 2017

The Dunedin City Council says information centres have been set up at the Mercy Room in Catholic Social Services in South Dunedin, and at the Fire Station Theatre in Mosgiel

The DCC has activated the Civil Defence Bunker

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Dunedin's Roi Colbert dies

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 18:33
July 21, 2017

A man once called the godfather of the Dunedin music scene has passed on.

Roy Colbert ran music shop Records Records in Stuart Street during the heyday of what's known as "the Dunedin Sound".

His passing is being felt not only by those closest, in his hometown, but also around the world.

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Dunedin prepares for possible flooding

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 18:17
July 21, 2017

Dunedin was struck by the forecast rain storm around 11 am, but by mid-afternoon it appeared that the city was coping well.

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Dead Otago Museum butterflies will not be replaced

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 18:05
July 21, 2017

Butterflies at Otago Museum are being left to die in a $2.5 million dollar upgrade of Discovery World and the Tropical Forest.

The Museum says no new butterflies will be released during construction and those in the forest will be left to live out their natural lives.

Birds and tarantulas will remain in an animal-friendly construction zone.

News: Dunedin
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Emerson's Brewery hosts Masterchef winner

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:53
July 20, 2017

Emerson's Brewery hosted cooking royalty last night.

Masterchef winner Chelsea Winter appeared as part of the Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival.

But many in Dunedin missed out on tickets to the event, which sold out in hours.

News: Dunedin
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Heavy rain and rising rivers warning for eastern coast

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:04
July 20, 2017

The Otago Regional Council is keeping an extra close watch on river levels over the next 36 hours.

A significant rainfall has been predicted for coastal catchments including Dunedin from tomorrow morning.

Over 100 millimetres is forecast to fall tomorrow and into Saturday, with rivers expected to rise, and surface flooding in low-lying areas, including South Dunedin.

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Police confiscate large haul of meth and cash

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:01
July 20, 2017

Southern and Waikato Police district investigators have seized approximately 130 grams of methamphetamine, worth $130,000, and an estimated $80,000 in cash.

Officers searched addresses in rural Otago and Hamilton yesterday.

They seized cannabis plants, dried cannabis head, and other items indicative of drug dealing.

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Highlanders name a strong pack to take on Crusaders

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:55
July 20, 2017

The Highlanders team to face the Crusaders in the Quarter Finals of the super rugby competition has been named.

It's shaping up as a classic southern derby, which Head Coach Tony Brown says the team is prepared for.

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School holiday programme fun offers a taste of chocolate science

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:46
July 20, 2017

Dunedin children on holiday from school spent yesterday exploring the science of chocolate at Otago Museum.

And free samples of chocolate ice cream made in an instant were provided by science wizard Amadeo Enriquez Ballestero.

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Snow and gales forecast for the South

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 19:04
July 19, 2017

A major low pressure system is heading towards the South Island and forecasters believe it may well create headlines later this week as severe weather bites some areas.

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Kupe scholarships for Southern scholars

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 17:18
July 19, 2017

Two Southern scholars have received Kupe scholarships in Wellington today.

Invercargill born-and-bred Kane Johnson, and Dunedin based Laula-latoa-Sammy Seau received the prestigious scholarships from education minister Tim McIndoe at Parliament.

Johnson is in his second year of a Bachelor of Primary Teaching at Otago University.

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Bison Group receives financial boost

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 17:17
July 19, 2017

Southland private equity fund Invest South and some Dunedin investors have provided a capital boost to Dunedin company Bison Group.

The company is a pioneer in the development of ways to weigh shipping containers.

Bison has recently added the likes of Nasa, Virgin Galactic and the US Army and Air Force to its list of customers.

News: Dunedin
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Six arrested following serious assaults in Dunedin

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 17:12
July 19, 2017

Police have arrested six men in relation to two serious assaults in Dunedin late last month involving members and associates of the Dunedin chapter of the Black Power gang.

The first incident was a fight between two groups of men in the early hours of Sunday June 25.

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Designers and models hit the catwalk for Chocolate Carnival fashion

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 17:11
July 19, 2017

The Cadbury Chocolate Carnival is in full swing for its 17th year, with one fashion event a standout on the annual calendar.

The Couture Wearable Art Show at Dunedin Town Hall last night raised more than $10,000 for Youthline Otago.

News: Dunedin
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