Flights into Dunedin International Airport were diverted to Invercargill last night because no traffic controller was available for the airport.
The North Island MP pushing for harsher penalties for animal cruelty says he has a better understanding of the challenges facing Otago SPCA following a visit to Dunedin on Thursday.
Rural hospital managers are not convinced by the Otago District Health Board's insistence that centralising health staff who co-ordinate community care packages for the elderly will improve services.
Air New Zealand may seek compensation for the disruption to its flights caused by Thursday's air-traffic control outage at Dunedin International Airport.
Some patients scheduled to undergo day surgery requiring a general anaesthetic at Dunedin Hospital have been put off or sent to other hospitals due to a shortage of anaesthetists.
The elderly might as well commit a crime and go to prison, because they'll get better care "inside", Grey Power national health spokesman Dick Stark says.
Plans to drastically cut housework for elderly in Otago and Southland need to be slowed down, housework providers urged the Otago and Southland district health boards at a special meeting yesterday.
Otago Southland Regional Employer Support Council chairman Julian Smith congratulates Marty Hughes, of Otago Business Equipment, and his wife, Marian, after Mr Hughes was named regional winner for most supportive employer to an employee in the New Zealand Army Territorial Force or Royal New Zealand Navy Reserve.
The Otago District Health Board was not a "collection of heartless bastards" abandoning the elderly, but had to stop overspending, chairman Errol Millar told yesterday's board meeting.
An Otago Peninsula yellow-eyed penguin attacked by a shark at the end of January is welcomed home to Dunedin by Department of Conservation biodiversity ranger Mel Young yesterday, while Willis Ratahi, of Air New Zealand, looks on.
A high proportion of single strain swine flu vaccines targeted at high-risk groups in Otago and Southland will most likely not be needed, Public Health South medical officer of health Dr Marion Poore says.
Telecom and its troubled XT network has been put on notice by the Otago and Southland district health boards.
John McGlashan College pupils (from left) James Phizacklea (10) William Archer (11) and Ryan Neill (10) work together to take a water sample at the Kaikorai estuary in Dunedin this week.
Otago Regional councillors yesterday voted to consult the public over a possible merger between Port Otago and Lyttelton Port, despite deeming such a move to be insignificant.
Telford Rural Polytechnic is considering merging with Canterbury's Lincoln University, as the tertiary shake-up and funding cuts squeeze the Balclutha institution.
The Otago and Southland district health boards will monitor rest-homes which may be struggling with lower occupancy rates, planning and funding regional general manager David Chrisp told the disability support advisory committee yesterday.
"Vulnerable" young Southlanders risk missing out on health care because the Southland District Health Board will not fund Invercargill's youth health clinic, Southland Youth One Stop Shop manager Jocelyn Johnstone says.
The Southland and Otago district health boards say they are satisfied with Telecom's assurance its beleaguered XT network will be fixed.