Eight ''everyday'' Southlanders who do ''exceptional things'' were recognised last night at the 10th annual Kiwibank Local Hero Awards in Invercargill.
Dunedin's dormant and historic Loan and Mercantile building will sparkle with life again in January when organisers of the Dunedin Midwinter Carnival light up the building with a mix of lanterns, projections, music and performance.
Fedor Konyukhov may be hundreds of kilometres from civilisation, but it will not stop the Russian rower from celebrating his birthday in style today.
Fifteen "everyday people who do exceptional things'' were recognised in Dunedin last night at the Kiwibank Local Hero Awards.
As another year winds to a close at Tainui School, teachers Kaye Ballantyne, Jenny Tavendale and Ruth Harley are starting to feel the finality of their decisions to retire.
As the distant roar drew nearer, unsuspecting George St shoppers and retailers looked skyward, wondering if it was a jet plane, thunder, or perhaps a volcanic eruption.
MetService is warning of the possibility of thunderstorms and hail about Dunedin and Balclutha this afternoon.
They say a good friend is a person who knows you better than you know yourself.
More than three years after losing its assembly hall to fire, Taieri College is putting the finishing touches on its new multimillion-dollar, multipurpose performing arts centre.
Once Fedor Konyukhov passes the International Date Line in the South Pacific, his closest and most reliable contact will be the International Space Station.
Wild weather across the southern region yesterday caused disruption and damage that could take up to two weeks to repair.
''Century-old'' spring weather records have been swept aside across the Otago region this year, after a season that had nearly 50% more rainfall than normal.
More than 380 customers are without power in the Otago Peninsula and a kindergarten was flooded for the 15th time since 2016 after the wider Dunedin region was battered with severe weather overnight and this morning.
The Otago Community Trust is supporting two further education projects, bringing investment from its Learning Impact Fund (LIF) to more than $1 million.
While many like the flexibility of NCEA, some would like the qualification to focus more on learning than assessment, a report from the NZ Council for Education Research has found.
When children start displaying uncharacteristically good behaviour, it can mean only one thing - Santa is about to make the first of his many visits to Dunedin between now and Christmas Eve.
Growers are starting to dump spring and summer fruit and vegetables as cool, wet weather dampens demand for them around Otago.
Painstaking attention to minute details has won South Otago High School pupil Kate Stewart the 2018 Otago Daily Times Secondary Scene Award for Excellence in Art.
Ella McGuigan has shown that sometimes, something good can come from a deeply traumatic experience.
Eastern Otago farmers are preparing for difficult and expensive times ahead following the wettest November on record.