Helicopter crews train regularly to extract themselves from a crash into water, but dragging an unconscious mate from the cabin would have required quick thinking in difficult conditions.
They are bright orange, keep you warm and afloat, and are probably one reason the three survivors of Monday's helicopter crash stayed alive.
The pilot of the Southern Lakes Helicopters aircraft that crashed in the Southern Ocean has been discharged from Southland Hospital and is on his way home.
Being restructured out of the University of Otago's philosophy department has had a silver lining for a Dunedin poet.
Some of Dunedin's historic church buildings appear vulnerable to the sort of fire that badly damaged Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral on Tuesday.
Dunedin climate change activists joined an international protest yesterday, raising the issue of sea level rise by staging a dinner party in the Anderson Bay inlet.
Council and police officers today closed down a planned cannabis festival near Outram, but organisers have vowed the show will go on at a different site.
A Palmerston farmer has been fined $33,000 after an incident in which a truck driver was left with a skull fracture and significant head injuries.
More than $500,000 of fines and reparations have been imposed on the Southern District Health Board and a contractor after a man's arm was almost severed while working at the Dunedin hospital.
The new accord between the Government and construction sector should mean more Dunedin subcontractors pick up work and train locals to build the new Dunedin hospital.
The long-awaited State Highway 88 cycleway-walkway is about to go to tender, and work is expected to start soon.
The new director of Arts Festival Dunedin says he plans to increase community engagement to help spark the 2020 version.
A former business consultant now living in Alexandra is set to head the push to find the more than 1000 workers needed to build Dunedin's new hospital.
The Pop-up Globe is headed to Dunedin to give the city a taste of Shakespeare, without its building but with its 17th-century aesthetic.
A Hawea Flat writer is set to spend two months in Poland after winning a Unesco City of Literature residency in Krakow.
Dunedin Airport netted almost $1.7million in parking revenue in six months after a record in passenger numbers.
It's now a waiting game for Southern polytechnics that have submitted proposals demanding changes to Government plans to reform the sector.
Shaped stone blocks found at Tautuku in South Otago, the Catlins, and Stewart Island, support the theory early Maori settlers sailed direct from Tahiti over 4000km of open water.