Debbie Porteous

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.

Alcohol cheaper than water: study

Alcohol cheaper than water: study

A new University of Otago study provides evidence, its authors believe for the first time, that alcohol in New Zealand is more affordable than it was 10 years ago and that most of it is more affordable than bottled water.

Three remanded into CYF custody

Three 15-year-old Timaru youths who allegedly tried to evade police near Middlemarch for nearly six hours on Tuesday were remanded without plea into Child, Youth and Family custody when they appeared in court in Dunedin yesterday.

Tongan police officers in Dunedin

Tongan police officers in Dunedin

Having two staff members selected to provide ongoing assistance and advice to the Tongan police as part of a development programme between New Zealand, Australia and Tonga is a feather in the Southern police district's cap, says the district superintendent.

Mosgiel police warn of computer scam

A scam that has been operating in Australia and other parts of New Zealand for some months appears to have hit Mosgiel, where police have this week received reports from residents who received telephone cold-calls from companies wishing to check their "computer for viruses".

Logging accident under scrutiny

The exact circumstances of an accident in which two logging contractors were seriously injured at Mt Allan, near Dunedin, yesterday, is being worked through by an inspector from the Department of Labour.

Causes of house fires still under investigation

Causes of house fires still under investigation

A fire safety investigator is still working through the causes of two accidental house fires in Dunedin in the past week.