Debbie Porteous

Rugby World Cup plans gather pace

The build-up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup (RWC) is gathering momentum in Dunedin, with plans progressing for entertainment, management and security of what is expected to be the biggest international event held in the city.

Icy Kilmog crashes investigation

Icy Kilmog crashes investigation

Three recent crashes on the same section of State Highway 1 north of Dunedin will be investigated in depth by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), after emergency services attributed the crashes to black ice.

'Zero Tolerance' successful

Southern police were pleased with the effect of their "zero tolerance" blitz on speed this weekend, but hoped the road toll would stay low as people returned home after long weekend marked by heavy rain, surface flooding and snow.

'Nice' to have work for police recognised

'Nice' to have work for police recognised

Like most things he does, Senior Sergeant Brian Benn, of Dunedin, took the news he was to be awarded a Queen's Service Medal in good humour.

Officers guilty of assault

Officers guilty of assault

Police have commended the actions of two Dunedin constables who laid a complaint about the behaviour of colleagues last night found guilty of kicking a man who was face down on the ground being restrained.

Taieri Mouth bar warning

Taieri Mouth bar warning

People using boats at Taieri Mouth over the holiday weekend are being warned to proceed with "great care", as the entrance to the river is no longer where it used to be.

No escaping the demon drink for alcoholics

No escaping the demon drink for alcoholics Next week is the AA's annual public awareness week. One Otago man shares his story, and his personal journey to recovery. And, he tells Debbie Porteous, it is a story that is surprisingly common.

Swann's fraud partner out of jail

Swann's fraud partner out of jail

The man dismissed last year as Otago District Health Board chairman after nearly $17 million was stolen from the board is "flabbergasted" one of the men involved is out of jail already.

Emergency kits prepare St John for worst

Emergency kits prepare St John for worst

St John staff in the South will be prepared for almost any scenario in a few weeks, after taking delivery of 16 large blue bins that will each hold enough supplies to triage 10 people in a mass injury emergency.

Search for dog after alpacas attacked

Search for dog after alpacas attacked

Dunedin police are appealing for sightings of a dog that attacked two alpacas, one of which was later put down, at a Dunedin property yesterday