Hamish McNeilly

Counting the cost of the bomb hoax

Counting the cost of the bomb hoax

The unidentified person who sparked a bogus rescue operation off the Otago coast last month may have cost the taxpayer $24,000, released information reveals.

'It is looking a bit scary'

'It is looking a bit scary'

Heavy rain across Southland yesterday cut off towns, closed roads, knocked out telecommunication links and saw floodwaters threaten to spill over stopbanks, with Civil Defence keeping a watching brief on the developing situation overnight.

Family turns out together

It was a family affair at the Mosgiel Anzac service yesterday.

Man who sparked bomb scare talks

Man who sparked bomb scare talks

An arts project by a 21-year-old Otago Polytechnic student, sparked a major bomb scare in Dunedin yesterday - the second scare in as many days.

Police seize gang house

Police seize gang house Inside the Mob's Dunedin HQ

Police raided and seized a Dunedin gang house yesterday - one of only two seizures of its kind in the country - and are warning other gangs they could be next.

Compo claim has risks for Bain

Compo claim has risks for Bain

David Bain, in his quest for compensation, runs the risk of being reconvicted in the court of public opinion, a law professor says.

Police target duck-shooters mixing alcohol and firearms

Police target duck-shooters mixing alcohol and firearms

Police have drinking duck-shooters in their sights, and warn they will be targeting anyone who consumes alcohol around firearms.

Quad bike crash causes identified

Factors contributing to death and injury from using quad bikes have been specifically identified by University of Otago research.

Stay put, would-be air travellers urged

Stay put, would-be air travellers urged

As travellers scramble to rearrange flights because of a volcanic ash cloud shrouding much of Europe, a Dunedin-based volcanologist is offering some free travel advice - don't risk it.

Plenty of work to be had in prison

Plenty of work to be had in prison

Organic gardening, constructing septic tanks, refurbishing photocopiers and printing business cards are just some of the business enterprises operated out of New Zealand prisons.