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International flights end, for now

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 04:30
Virgin flight VA9552, bound for Brisbane, takes off from Queenstown Airport just after 5pm on Saturday with a small number of Australian citizens on board. It will be the last international flight from Queenstown for at least three months.PHOTO: TRACEY ROXBURGH A single passenger came through Queenstown Airport’s arrival doors at 4.35pm on Saturday, under police escort, and walked to a waiting car.
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Three injured in yurt blaze

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 04:30
A local fire chief is calling on families to be more vigilant following a blaze that injured three people and completely destroyed a tent home in Hawea last week.
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Neighbourliness survives

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 04:30
PHOTO: GUS PATTERSON Residents of Walbrook Cres in Oamaru took their chairs and headed out to their front lawns for a"happy hour" on Saturday.
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Dunstan Hospital clarifies role in caring

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 04:30
Dunstan Hospital. Photo: ODT files Dunstan Hospital has clarified its role regarding three cases of Covid-19 in Central Otago, of which one patient was transferred to Dunedin Hospital on Friday.
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Use of pepper spray found unreasonable

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 04:30
Marty Gray A police officer who pepper-sprayed a Balclutha man who was on the way to feed his horses has been found to be at fault.
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Fire leaves family of three with nothing

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 04:30
A fire at a flat in Waikaka has left three people with only the clothes they were wearing and with limited ways of replacing their belongings.
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Forbidden activities put rescuers at risk

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 04:30
PHOTO: CHRISTINE O’CONNOR The lockdown message seems not to be getting through to some people.
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Ministerial duties done digitally from Dunedin bubble

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 04:30
Health Minister David Clark works from his Dunedin home during the Covid-19 lockdown. Photo: Supplied Almost every New Zealander is now living inside their bubble, and Health Minister David Clark is no exception.
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Living in the bubble: March 30

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 04:30
Sick of your own company yet? Well how about sharing some of your daily lockdown activities with our Otago Daily Times readers.
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Walter mindful overseas opportunities lost for Otago players

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 04:30
Rob Walter A lot of promising cricketing careers began in the hallway or the backyard.
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Drainage work at oval deferred

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 04:30
University of Otago Oval. Photo: Christine O'Connor Crucial work needed to upgrade the University of Otago Oval has been put on hold.
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MetService hits pause on Otago weather radar

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 04:30
MetService has halted construction of its $2.8million weather radar in Otago as a result of Covid-19 and the country going into lockdown.
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Neighbours get together (apart) for worker salute

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 04:30
Clapping for essential workers while practising social distancing, standing 2m apart, are Waverley neighbours (from left) Renna Idrus, Peiter Du Plessis, Jacqui Whibley, Pauline Hockney, Jeanette Robinson-Tromop, Craig Whibley, Sophie Whibley, Eva Speizer, Cam Fraser (15), Tracey Fraser and Jim Mann. PHOTO: CHRISTINE O’CONNOR A group of Waverley residents came together to show their appreciation for essential workers — through clapping.
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About being ‘a wee bit creative’

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 04:30
Reading from the Bible are the Vai family (from left) Lute, Akolotu, Tevita and Lea Vai. PHOTO: SUPPLIED Oamaru's Pasifika community has had to be creative to celebrate traditional day of church and family amid the Covid-19 lockdown yesterday.
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An art to profit us all

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 03:30
Toothfish stands in front of a completed composition on a disused George St shop window. Photos: Peter McIntosh The icons of a politically charged environmental spirituality are taking to the street, writes Tom McKinlay.
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Life holds promise

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 03:30
Photo: Getty Images Leaving fossil fuels unburned remains the first urgent priority of climate action, but protecting and restoring natural ecosystems will also be critical, according to a recent review of the scientific literature. Lead author on that review, climate scientist Dr Mike Morecroft, of Natural England,  explains to Maureen Howard what nature-based solutions have to offer.
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Seeds of hope

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 03:30
Wakatipu Beech Seedling Project manager Hilary Lennox, of Ahika Consulting Ltd, on site above the lake. Photo: Supplied As our climate and ecological crises deepen, attention has been turning to viable and efficient ways to restore natural ecosystems. Maureen Howard finds out what is being learned by volunteers restoring native beech forest to the slopes of the Wakatipu Basin.
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A power that runs deep

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 03:30
Assoc Prof David Campbell, of the University of Waikato, in the field researching peatlands. Photo: Supplied When it comes to sequestering carbon, New Zealand’s peatlands  are champions. Maureen Howard finds out why.
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Fired up about wood

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 03:30
Prof Michael Jack is working with schools to replace their old coal-fired boilers. Photo: Peter McIntosh We still burn a lot of coal to ward off the cold and to fuel industry, despite the price in carbon emissions. But as Maureen Howard reveals, there’s a cleaner, plentiful alternative ready and waiting in the wings.
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A celebration of abundance

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 03:30
Kale and white miso pesto. Photos: Linda Robertson Autumn is harvest time, and what better way to celebrate the abundance of our fertile earth, than through sharing meals, savouring natural flavours and textures of locally grown vegetables, herbs, fruit and nuts? Hagar Ozri provides some suggestions.
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