Welcome to our new site

The digital revolution has just taken another turn for Otago Daily Times readers with the launch today of www.odt.co.nz, an open and free source of local, national, international and sports news.

We invite you on board the Otago Daily Times' multi-media platform at www.odt.co.nz - we guarantee it will be an exciting, entertaining and rewarding ride around your world.

Late last year we launched the successful motoring website drivesouth.co.nz, and from today www.odt.co.nz will be your first port of call for breaking news.

We'll update constantly throughout the day, bringing you the latest national and local news as well as features from throughout our region, New Zealand and the world.

The Otago Daily Times has been online for a long time. Indeed, we were digital pioneers. Our site was launched in July 1997, giving a snapshot of local and national news and a complete replica of the newspaper for our digital subscribers. You will still be able to access the digital edition of your favourite newspaper, but now there is so much more.

And, of course, it's all about you. We have designed the site for you, our readers. Now you can interact with the ODT in many exciting and different ways. So, let's have a conversation at www.odt.co.nz

You'll be able to comment on stories, vote in polls, send us your photographs, create your own news stories.

Your opinions will help shape the news as never before.

Don't be scared to contact us. We want both your feedback and your contributions _ stories, photos, events - and we now have the cyberspace to publish what we receive.

The ODT is rightly known for the depth of our local coverage, and we'll carry that even further online.

Not only will we replicate online the hyper-local stories found in the Regioins section of the print edition, but the site takes this further with a unique Your Town section.

Most of the towns in our area get their own home-page, complete with news stories, photographs, events, photo slideshows and weather.

If your school is staging a play and you've taken some photographs, send them in. If it snows, we want your pictures. Is there a community notice you want published? No problem - we've made it easy to submit your content.

We have also taken into account the importance of tertiary students to the region by creating an On Campus section, complete with news, photo slideshows, blogs and a gig guide.

Elsewhere on the site, our sport coverage will be as comprehensive as ever, ranging from grassroots local games to the most up-to-date news and results from around the globe.

For world news we have signed a partnership with international news giant Associated Press to deliver the latest news and photographs from throughout the world. Wherever news happens, AP is there, and we will be there with them.

We aim to provide depth as well as breadth. Make sure to check out our Opinion and Business section for independent thought and analysis.

Our bloggers will provide a slightly different flavour of opinion, but will certainly be entertaining.

Our Lifestyle pages will showcase the best food and wine coverage, along with ODT features, health stories and travel.

As you would expect from reading Play in the print edition, music, film, books and the arts will all be comprehensively reported and analysed in Entertainment.

And, of course, if Britney sneezes, we'll cover that too. Check us out at www.odt.co.nz

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