Debbie Porteous

Lear jet on mapping flight

A Lear jet flying at 20,000ft, left for Christchurch about 3.30pm yesterday after completing 19 sweeps over Dunedin city and the Clutha district.

Deal to allow return to Oamaru courthouse

Deal to allow return to Oamaru courthouse

The Oamaru District Court is set to return to its old home in the 132-year-old Oamaru courthouse on Thames St.

Sewerage extension proposed

An extension to Kaka Point's sewerage system could future proof the area for future development.

Po’ boys, prawns and praline

Po’ boys, prawns and praline

It's Mardi Gras time in New Orleans. People get dressed up and dance and catch beads. They also eat. They might also travel to the other southern states, where they will also eat. Debbie Porteous finds they will encounter a mixed bag - but they won't go hungry.

Stray bullet prompts call for no-shooting signs

Stray bullet prompts call for no-shooting signs

Land Information New Zealand is to consider putting up signs warning people off shooting around the Bannockburn Inlet after a stray bullet struck a caravan in the area.

Shot hits caravan; spotlight ban call

Shot hits caravan; spotlight ban call

A Bannockburn woman who reported rabbit shooters to police after a caravan at a camping ground was struck by a stray bullet says spotlighting in the area must stop.

Utes collide in Manuka Gorge

Utes collide in Manuka Gorge

Two people are being treated for moderate injuries after a collision between two utes in the Manuka Gorge between Milton and Lawrence.

Housing shortage prompts appeal to speed process

Housing shortage prompts appeal to speed process

Construction of six-storey buildings in Gorge Rd, Queenstown, could be possible within a year, if a request to accelerate land-use rules is approved by the Environment Court.

Preparing to span river

Preparing to span river

Piers either side of the Tekapo River are prepared on Tuesday for the final part of construction of a footbridge that will span 115m across the river, joining the Lake Tekapo township to the Church of the Good Shepherd.

Community work for speeding shearer

Community work for speeding shearer

A Queenstown shearer who drove at an average speed of 149kmh along a treacherous gorge road has been sentenced to 300 hours' community work.