Some psychiatric staff at Dunedin's Wakari Hospital did not want to prevent locked-in psychiatric patients smoking, while some patients used a toaster to light up during a ban, internal Southern District Health Board meeting notes and emails reveal.
Waitati School's Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has been granted $900 by the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board for an "experiment" whereby a fireworks display will be held in September rather than November.
The trains have long since stopped running, but history lives on in the Hyde Railway Station, which is for sale. Eileen Goodwin reports.
The Otago-Southland Cancer Society has appointed Mike Kernaghan its new chief executive, and has moved on from the issues around the resignation of his predecessor, says chairman John Walsh.
Emergency services were put on standby at Dunedin International Airport last night after the pilots smelt something "abnormal" on a flight to Invercargill, an Air New Zealand spokeswoman said last night.
Residents' ideas on deterring boy racers from using Warrington domain will be collected after Thursday's public meeting and sent out as a survey, Waikouaiti Coast Community Board chairman Alasdair Morrison says.
Ashburn Clinic's new eating disorders contract from the Southern District Health Board goes some way towards alleviating its stressed financial position, as well as providing an exciting new opportunity, business manager Lindsay Smith says.
Unfunded chemotherapy drugs should be offered to paying patients in the public sector in Otago and Southland, rather than by doctors "profiteering" in the private sector, says Dr Chris Jackson, the medical oncologist making the case for the Southern District Health Board's controversial proposal.
Using a bit of humour to pit buyer against buyer in an "emotionally charged" setting is the mark of a top auctioneer, says Dunedin's Chris Kennedy, who this week won a national auctioneer's title in Auckland.
Waikouaiti Volunteer Fire Brigade failed to muster a crew last month, for the first time in fire chief Anthony Nally's 28 years with the brigade.
Comprehensive chemotherapy for private patients in Dunedin will reduce the need for travel to Christchurch or further afield for cancer sufferers, says Mercy Hospital chief executive Richard Whitney.
The woman chosen for a date with a man who advertised his desperate and dateless status on the street this week says she was too shy to ring up and got her sister to do it.
Seeking: Dinner date for newly single 31-year-old.
Crohn's disease sufferer Anna Rawlings Blackmore considered leaving her University of Otago course to move to another area where she could get access to a drug not funded in Otago.
Dunedin's Ashburn Clinic is losing nearly 10 full-time equivalent staff, combining two inpatient wards and mothballing a hostel to make up a $900,000 funding shortfall.
The Southland teenager suffering meningococcal disease has had her right arm amputated.
Boy racers tearing around Warrington domain are terrorising residents and swift action will be taken to combat the problem, Waikouaiti Coast Community Board chairman Alasdair Morrison says.
The first day at school can be terrifying for any child, but when it is the school's first day as well it is quite an ordeal, says Corstorphine School first-day pupil Dave Brook, who attended the school's send-off on Saturday.
Seeking hospital host volunteers for Dunedin Hospital are (from left) Southern District Health Board diagnostic and support services group manager Sonja Dillon, St John volunteer AzlynLind and St John area executive Pam Hall.
Criteria for referring patients for abdominal and pelvic ultrasounds graded "non-urgent" are to be tightened by the Southern District Health Board in a bid to cut waiting times.