John Lewis

Minister hails NCEA results

Minister hails NCEA results

Education Minister Hekia Parata has praised the New Zealand secondary school sector as provisional NCEA data shows pupil achievement is continuing to rise across the country.

Chorus cabinets still to paint

Chorus cabinets still to paint

As the paint dries on the last of the Chorus utility cabinet murals, the Dunedin City Council is liaising with the telecommunications company to extend the project.

Quake family among the lucky ones

Quake family among the lucky ones

Five years on, shivers still rattle up Kelly Ennis' spine when she recalls the devastating earthquakes that shook Christchurch into a disaster zone.

Small eco-warrior having big impact (+ video)

Small eco-warrior having big impact (+ video)

Ashton Heptonstall may be only 6, but he already has a passion for environmentalism that could rival David Attenborough or David Bellamy.

Watering and the life cycle of vegetables (+ video)

Watering and the life cycle of vegetables (+ video)

Scooters, skateboards and even hoverboards - they all appear to be replacing the humble bicycle as a popular mode of transport for children these days.

More local flights to Auckland

More local flights to Auckland

An expansion of Air New Zealand's schedule of direct flights between Dunedin and Auckland could add significant value to the local economy and create jobs, the Otago Chamber of Commerce says.

School interventions lowest since 2007

School interventions lowest since 2007

The number of Otago schools requiring Ministry of Education intervention remains at its lowest level since 2008.

Intermediate schools full (+ video)

Intermediate schools full (+ video)

Recording its highest roll in "living memory'' has prompted Tahuna Normal Intermediate to discuss school expansions and enrolment zones with the Ministry of Education.

Trio of departing teachers 'big loss'

Trio of departing teachers 'big loss'

After teaching at the same school for 40 years or more, they say you almost become part of the furniture.

Woman passed out in shop

Woman passed out in shop

A Mosgiel woman was apprehended by Dunedin police on Saturday after she allegedly drove to a Mosgiel supermarket and passed out drunk in one of the store's aisles.