Eileen Goodwin

Weather for ducks, and fish

Weather for ducks, and fish

Warmer weather in recent months means the salmon smolt released to Otago Harbour at the weekend are in especially good condition, Salmon Anglers Otago Association committee member Wayne Olsen says.

Sth Island contestants stack up like pros (+ video)

Sth Island contestants stack up like pros (+ video)

A rainy Saturday provided the perfect weather for the inaugural South Island sport stacking tournament held in Dunedin at the weekend, as it was good to be indoors.

Union says caregivers left in limbo by Budget

A union is disappointed the Budget did not provide a settlement of the long-running equal pay case in aged care - or any indication of the Government's intentions.

Labour claims SDHB loses

Labour claims SDHB loses

The Southern District Health Board lost $5 million in "real terms'' in Budget 2016, the Labour Party says.

State house sell-off in 'disarray’ after pull-out

State house sell-off in 'disarray’ after pull-out

In a blow for the Government's state house sell-off, the Invercargill state house sale process has effectively collapsed because the Dunedin-based sole prospective bidder has pulled out.

Taken to task over health

Taken to task over health

The Government's attempt to deal with the growing pressure in health still leaves district health boards short by $131million, Council of Trade Unions economist Bill Rosenberg says.

No detail on implementation of reforms

No detail on implementation of reforms

The shape of the new child protection service and other social sector reforms is still largely unknown after a "low key'' Budget, a social sector leader says.

'Why not begin where it is worst?'

'Why not begin where it is worst?'

A bowel cancer screening campaigner was "beaming'' after the Budget announcement of a nationwide programme, but is disappointed Otago and Southland have not been prioritised. 

Debate clearly absent at DHB public meeting

Debate clearly absent at DHB public meeting

COMMENT: It has been nearly a year since a public committee meeting was held at Southern District Health Board. Health reporter Eileen Goodwin went along and found little by way of debate or questioning.

Housing crisis no figment: agency

Housing crisis no figment: agency People are sleeping in cars and garages in Dunedin and homelessness is a growing problem in the city, it is claimed.