Public health physician Julia Carr yesterday criticised as "barbaric" and "inhumane" the practice of "tying down" prisoners to protect them from self-harm or suicide.
A family sought refuge with neighbours as a "pretty bad" fire took hold of their house in Invercargill this evening.
The problem of countering religious and racial prejudice on social media is much tougher than simply banning ''extreme hate groups'' from Facebook, Associate Prof Colin Gavaghan says.
Researchers have donated several hundred parasitic worm specimens to the Otago Museum, many of them from the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital.
The Otago Museum is developing a $50 million master plan to cover the institution's long-term strategic development, including upgrading its many galleries.
Five of New Zealand's top young horticulturists were yesterday striving hard to win a national competition at the Dunedin Botanic Garden.
An Israeli committee system which allows for a degree of choice over a future baby's sex has resulted in "stable'' outcomes, a visiting Israeli academic says.
Generations mingled and some new skills were acquired yesterday when University of Otago student volunteers learned more about knitting from Dunedin Supergrans.
The commissioning of a new stained-glass window at a Dunedin church, to honour Sir Ernest Shackleton's chaplain the Rev Arnold Spencer-Smith, has attracted international interest and support.
After the Christchurch terrorist attacks, New Zealand must seize this "historic moment" to build peace, including through dialogue with groups considered to be extremist, Prof Kevin Clements says.
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum staff are about halfway through processing a six-year backlog of donated items which had built up from the museum's redevelopment.
Scientific analysis of shaped stone blocks found at Tautuku in South Otago, the Catlins and Stewart Island is shedding new light on early Maori settlers, and suggests voyaging links with Tahiti.
Contractors continue to remove material from the west bank of the Water of Leith, near the Dundas St Bridge this week.
Congregation members of the historic St James Church, in King Edward St, South Dunedin, will vote this weekend on whether they believe the church should be demolished.
The Dunedin City Council is adding rocks, bollards and trees to protect plantings in the Stuart St median strip after vandalism attacks by ''brainless morons'' last year.
Dunedin-based union representatives and employers have reacted with a mixture of delight and "real concern'' to the biggest single boost in the NZ's minimum wage - up $1.20 to $17.70.
The Otago Community Trust has awarded a $150,000 grant towards the planned third stage of a $2.6 million restoration project at Otago's historic Iona Church, overlooking Port Chalmers.
Murray McCulloch is making something of a habit of success in the Otago Wildlife Photography Competition.
As the skirl of the pipes sounded during the New Zealand Pipe Band Championships street march in Dunedin at the weekend, the international strength of the country's top bands was also on display.
A train carrying coal derailed at the South Otago town of Clinton yesterday morning, closing the main track between Dunedin and Invercargill.