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Events cancelled around the country

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 09:39
Several major events around the country will not be going ahead today following the deadly mosque attacks in Christchurch.
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Mosque terror: World leaders react

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 08:44
US President Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters (file) Leaders around the world have expressed sorrow and condemnation of the killing of 49 people in the terror attack on two Christchurch mosques.
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Dunedin's Muslim community in shock

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 08:41
Flowers and candles were left outside Dunedin's Al Huda mosque this morning. Photo: Vaughan Elder Dunedin's Muslim community is in shock following the mass shooting in Christchurch.
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Suspect may have been in Dunedin for some time

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 08:25
somerville_street_scene.jpg Police on Somerville St this morning. Photo: Tim Miller A man facing a murder charge for the terrorist attacks on two Christchurch mosques may have been living in Dunedin for some time.
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Mosque terror: NZ mourns shooting victims

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 07:33
mosque_0.jpg Christchurch residents react in horror after the mass shootings at two mosques in the worst terror attack in New Zealand. Photos: AP The nation is in mourning after the deadly massacre at two Christchurch mosques - a day which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as a "terrorist act" and "one of New Zealand's darkest days".
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Developing home ground connections

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
Waitaki’s Lowe and Purvis families have teamed up to tap into Oamaru’s ‘‘humming’’ real estate market; Grant Purvis (left) of Herbert, daughters Brooke (12) and Holly (9), and wife Vikki Purvis (centre) with Brian Lowe, of Oamaru, his son Mike Lowe and Mike’s partner Kristina Levings, of Oamaru, are the team behind a planned 50-lot subdivision at the top of Holmes Hill. PHOTO: HAMISH MACLEAN After living in Austin, Texas, population 1million, the thought of returning to Otago ‘‘just wasn’t quite right’’ for Oamaru’s Mike Lowe. But he is now back in his home town, where he is working with his father and a childhood friend. Hamish MacLean reports.
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New staff join space centre

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
A cube satellite similar to the ones that had been planned for the Centre for Space. Photo: Belgian Institute of Space Aeronomy. Another round of staff appointments has been made at Alexandra's Centre for Space Science Technology, although the head of research position remains vacant.
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In with the new

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
Stand Children’s Services staff members (from left) Paula Hutton, Judy Dunick, Timea Welsh and Carol Hastie run the shop at yesterday’s jumble sale at the old children’s village in Roxburgh which announced it was closing last year. Photo: Adam Burns Stand Children’s Services staff members run the shop at yesterday’s jumble sale at the old children’s village in Roxburgh which announced it was closing last year.
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Parking at centre of foreshore debate

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
A lack of driver licences and the cost of fuel push hundreds of Mount Aspiring College pupils to bike to school and around town, head girl Peta McKay (left) and fellow year 13 pupil Kate Richards say, but they believe some form of car parking in the town centre should remain. PHOTOS: SEAN NUGENT The year 2019 could be crucial to understanding what the future will hold for Wanaka. The Queenstown Lakes District Council is busy writing reports, preparing plans and trialling ideas for the Wanaka town centre, lakefront, and its surrounds. A pedestrianised town centre is being trialled, while potentially large changes and development along the Roys Bay foreshore could begin in the coming months. Reporter Sean Nugent talks to locals, young and old, new and long-term residents, to see what they believe the future of the town centre should hold.
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Colony confident of penguin survival despite rain event

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
Oamaru’s little penguins have survived in relatively high numbers despite stormy weather late last year that had the potential to knock back penguin numbers. PHOTO: HAMISH MACLEAN After heavy rain hit Oamaru in November little penguins abandoned their nests, but fears of a repeat of the "disastrous" 2015 season have not materialised.
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SDHB in favour of hospital restructure

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
Oamaru Hospital The Southern District Health Board has thrown its support behind a controversial Waitaki District Health Services restructuring proposal for Oamaru Hospital.
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Most happy with meal quality: survey

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
Inpatients at Oamaru Hospital and people using the town’s Meals on Wheels service are happy with the quality of food. Photo: File. A survey has revealed the majority of inpatients at Oamaru Hospital and people using the town's Meals on Wheels service are happy with the quality of food being provided since the hospital's kitchen was closed and food preparation outsourced.
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Sixty years on 'a wonderful journey'

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
Ferg Mitchell, of Cromwell, belts out an old tune from his song book. PHOTO: ADAM BURNS After more than six decades of playing music, Cromwell country music figure Ferg Mitchell may be one of the more prolific entertainers in the land. Adam Burns spoke to the Central Otago music veteran about what drives his love of playing.
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Work on Lanes Dam starting soon

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
Remedial work at Alexandra’s Lanes Dam is to begin this week as water levels have fallen over the past few years due to a probable leak. PHOTO: ADAM BURNS The Central Otago District Council is hopeful of finding a solution to the water loss problem at Lanes Dam.
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Ridge to be stabilised

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
Pinnacle Ridge. PHOTO: NZ TRANSPORT AGENCY Contractors will spend 11 weeks securing Pinnacle Ridge, at the Nevis Bluff, after an inspection last June detected movement. 
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Getting ready for old age

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
When are you actually old? PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES At age 50, I keep telling myself I am young.
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Museum sleepovers popular

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
Otago Museum. Photo: ODT files Educational sleepovers by school groups at the Otago Museum continue to be a popular option 82 sleepovers having been held last year.
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Bridges fails to grasp chance (or better mug)

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
National Party leader Simon Bridges and his Leaning Tower of Pisa coffee cup at Otago Polytechnic on Thursday morning. PHOTO: GREGOR When you are a politician, even something as mundane as choosing a coffee mug can become accidentally significant.
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Bearing the weight of his world

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
Lynn Keogh with husband and carer Kevin. PHOTO: CRAIG BAXTER The Otago Daily Times series on ageing-related issues continues with a look at the concerns faced by unpaid caregivers. Mike Houlahan reports.
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Sector on the rise in South: survey

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:30
Virginia Nicholls Otago and Southland manufacturing has returned to expansion mode with "steady" construction sales and a buoyant hospitality sector.
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