John Lewis

Schools face funding cuts as ratings rise

Schools face funding cuts as ratings rise

The Ministry of Education has slashed funding to more than half of the schools on the Taieri by increasing their decile ratings in the latest decile review.

Garden theft believed to be by drug seekers

Garden theft believed to be by drug seekers

Dunedin Botanic Garden staff are on high alert following a break-in by someone they believe was looking for hallucinogenic drug-producing cacti.

Yachtsman relishes hot shower

Yachtsman relishes hot shower

Stanley Paris is now halfway between Barbados and Cape Verde in the North Atlantic Ocean, and revelling in being able to have hot showers again as he heads for the southern tip of South Africa.

Mighty space for learning

Mighty space for learning

Officially, it is referred to by the Ministry of Education as a Modern Learning Environment (MLE), but George Street Normal School principal Rod Galloway affectionately describes it as a $1.2 million ''big living room'' in the middle of his school.

More than just pedal power

More than just pedal power

Those out to win the Mahinerangi Madness Mountain Bike Race/Ride will no doubt have their heads down and their legs pumping.

Jasper's tops when it comes to writing

Jasper's tops when it comes to writing

Jasper Seddon can spin a pretty good yarn, but readily admits not even he could have come up with a tale this wild about a young boy's success.

Mosgiel woman found safe and well

Mosgiel woman found safe and well

An 18-year-old woman missing from her Mosgiel home for the past three days has been found safe and well.

Stadium transformed into a family-friendly cinema

Stadium transformed into a family-friendly cinema

It was cold, wet and windy outside on Saturday - perfect weather for a Gru-somely despicable time inside Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Homes go under the hammer

Homes go under the hammer

It started with a hammer, and it finished with one.