John Lewis

Home-schooling in Otago falls without obvious cause

A 26% decline in the number of pupils being home-schooled in Otago during the past decade has left home-schooling organisations scratching their heads about what is behind the decline.

'Really good time' for folk

'Really good time' for folk

For Robbie Stevens, the best part about the Whare Flat Folk Festival is that he can play his banjo from dawn til dusk - except maybe when he is in the shower.

Tractor lifts pilot to flight record

Tractor lifts pilot to flight record

A Queenstown paraglider is crediting a farmer driving a tractor with helping him set the New Zealand record for the longest straight-line flight on a paraglider.

Cat came along fur the ride

Cat came along fur the ride

They say curiosity can kill a cat, but this one got lucky.

Win may hasten retirement

Win may hasten retirement

A Roxburgh couple are on a roll after striking it lucky with Lotto for the second time this year.

Sail failure scuppers record attempt

Equipment failure has again forced Stanley Paris to abandon his attempt to solo circumnavigate the globe.

Artists did not ask permission

Artists did not ask permission

The Otago Regional Council is annoyed a group of artists have painted a mural on a Water of Leith wall without first gaining council permission.

Plea to ensure cats, dogs do not starve

Plea to ensure cats, dogs do not starve

The SPCA has issued a timely reminder to make sure pets will be well looked after while owners are away on holiday.

Christmas joy

Christmas joy

'Tis the season to be jolly ... and those who aren't feeling the Christmas spirit should probably head to No 4 Roy Cres, Dunedin.

Luge: Excitement at cup win

Luge: Excitement at cup win

Tayla Ward is turning heads on the luging slopes of Europe after winning a major luging event in Austria this week.