Debbie Porteous

Ex-pupils assemble to mark 150 years

Lawrence is looking forward to a big weekend, with more than 300 people set to descend on the Tuapeka district centre to celebrate 150 years of schooling in the surrounding districts.

End of an era at church

End of an era at church

A 144-year physical presence of the Anglican church in Lawrence is about to end, but services will continue in the West Otago township.

How much is that doggy . . . ?

How much is that doggy . . . ?

Dogs make their owners very happy. But why is having a dog becoming more of a financial commitment than it ever was? Debbie Porteous takes a look at a Dunedin dog's world.

Council gift policy - 'Not everyone likes it'

Council gift policy - 'Not everyone likes it'

A new gift and hospitality policy at the Dunedin City Council has had a mixed reaction among staff.

Council to fund collection service

The Dunedin City Council will fund the central business district cardboard collection service following the contractor's decision to stop providing the service.

Hypothyroidism not as bad as it sounds

Hypothyroidism not as bad as it sounds

Health conditions, such as asthma and diabetes, affect many people in our communities. Debbie Porteous talks about her own personal experience of how hypothyroidism affects her life.

Identify car yards - dealers

Identify car yards - dealers

Dunedin motor vehicle dealers are anxious to dissociate themselves from the Citifleet fraud, saying the car yards involved need to be named publicly to stop suspicion falling on all.

Leaders have done 'pretty good work' to turn systems around

The Dunedin City Council has done some ''pretty good work in a pretty short period of time'' to turn its systems around, Deloitte partner Kyle Cameron, the lead investigator of the Citifleet fraud, says.

Bachop at 'centre of' other issues

Bachop at 'centre of' other issues

The Deloitte report into a more than $1.5 million fraud at the Dunedin City Council revealed it went beyond the sale of 152 council-owned vehicles.

Fraud: Weak council culture cited

Fraud: Weak council culture cited

A weak internal culture at the Dunedin City Council allowed a staff member to get away with spending $100,000 of ratepayers' money on personal items using a council fuel card, the company that investigated the fraud says.