Rebecca Fox

Barking dogs save family from fire

Barking dogs save family from fire

A Dunedin family and three relatives escaped their burning Flagstaff-Whare Flat Rd home on Christmas morning thanks to their two dogs.

Fire risk soaring in Otago

Fire risk soaring in Otago

The Fire Service has warned one small spark could start a serious wildfire, as much of Otago is at risk of fire.

Christmas blaze destroys Dunedin home

Christmas blaze destroys Dunedin home

A Dunedin family home is uninhabitable after fire destroyed much of it this morning.

Opinion awaits Doc response

An ombudsman's opinion criticising the Department of Conservation's approval of a concession application ''raises some interesting questions'', Doc deputy director-general, policy, Doris Johnston says.

Tough times for hoiho penguins

Tough times for hoiho penguins

Finding a tale of survival against all the odds is not hard when looking at Otago's endangered yellow-eyed penguin population.

Ombudsman slates Doc park decision

Ombudsman slates Doc park decision

A decision by Doc to allow a 66% increase in overnight guided walkers daily on the Routeburn Track ''drives a horse and carriage through'' the Mt Aspiring National Park Plan.

Two Otago beaches on 'caution' list

Two Otago beaches on 'caution' list

Two of Otago's coastal recreation spots are among 14% nationally where water quality is considered to be at high risk for swimming.

Sun possible for Christmas Day

Sun possible for Christmas Day

Get out the sundresses and shorts for Christmas Day but keep the umbrella and cardi handy.

Rivers at near minimum levels

Rivers at near minimum levels

A close watch is being kept on Otago rivers as they drop steadily and little relief from rain is in sight.

Christmas Day showers possibility

Christmas Day showers possibility

Christmas Day could bring showers and partly cloudy weather across Otago, according to a MetService 10-day forecast issued yesterday afternoon.