Debbie Porteous

Making a drama is always a drama

Making a drama is always a drama

As New Zealand's future as the location for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit films teeters in the balance, Debbie Porteous and Naeem Alvi look at what the film industry is worth to Otago and ask local film and tourism figures how the films' departure would affect the region.

Farmers wary of road listing

Farmers wary of road listing

Moves to list remote Old Dunstan Rd in any district plans would be opposed, according to a prominent landowner on the historic Central Otago road that was last week added to the New Zealand Historic Places Trust's national register.

Over the moon at ring's return

Over the moon at ring's return

The mysterious return of a stolen diamond engagement ring has delighted its owner, who had given up hope of seeing it again.

No keeping felled farrier from show

No keeping felled farrier from show

His face has practically been rebuilt after he was kicked by a horse last Wednesday, but come the weekend Dunedin horseman Mark Isaacs will be at the mini show in Clyde, right where he wants to be.

Keeping a weather eye out

As winter exits and Otago begins to dry out, rural firefighters are keeping an eye on the weather.

Crimestoppers hotline proves useful

Additional information from the Crimestoppers hotline has been welcomed by the Southern police district's intelligence unit.

Tsunami exercise to test revised plan

Dunedin civil defence and emergency management experts' ability to respond to a tsunami will be put to the test tomorrow as part of a national exercise.

Runaway keeps cops on the hop

Runaway keeps cops on the hop

A large rabbit took over Sergeant Dave Scott's office after being rescued from a busy central Dunedin street on Sunday night.

Crashed helicopter sent no signal

Crashed helicopter sent no signal

The Civil Aviation Authority will investigate why a locator transmitter did not go off after a helicopter crashed, killing two men, at Bluff this week.

Dunedin study subject of TV series

A four-part documentary series on what the findings of the 38-year Dunedin multidisciplinary health and development study reveals about us is expected to screen on TVNZ early next year.