Hamish McNeilly

Crews battling large blaze near Tarras

Crews battling large blaze near Tarras

Firefighters are battling a large fire near Tarras this afternoon.

Rooftop escapade sparks armed response

Rooftop escapade sparks armed response

Two balaclava-wearing men seen jumping from roof to roof in Dunedin's central city sparked an armed response from police.

Seized vessel set for scrapyard

Seized vessel set for scrapyard

A seized vessel with a chequered history of illegal fishing practices and rodent and lice infestations, is set to leave its Dunedin berth to be dismantled in Asia.

Neighbour to rescue in dog attack

Neighbour to rescue in dog attack

A heroic neighbour fought off a pair of bull mastiff-cross dogs mauling two women out for a walk in south Invercargill this afternoon.

Dozens of police faced disciplinary procedures

Dozens of police faced disciplinary procedures

Complaints about bad language and bullying are just some of the reasons for disciplinary actions against some Southern district police officers.

'Ratbag' offender sought by police

'Ratbag' offender sought by police

Police are hunting for a ''ratbag'' offender who grabbed groceries from a disabled man with a walking frame.

Payment dispute comes to head

A contractor tried to do a burnout on a driveway following a long-running dispute over payment and the quality of his work, police say.

Missing Gore teen found 'safe and well'

Missing Gore teen found 'safe and well'

Police who had concerns for the safety of a Gore teenager say she was found safe in the Southland town today.

Fewer drink drivers

Fewer drink drivers

There had been a ''noticeable decrease'' in the number of drink drivers apprehended in the South since lower levels were introduced, police say.

Filching feline's fluffy fascination

Filching feline's fluffy fascination

It's a tale of two kitties.