Africa's rare forest elephants, which play a key role in replenishing rainforests, will need almost a century to recover from an onslaught by ivory poachers because of their slow birth rate, a study shows.
Donald Trump has told Mexico's president the US has the right to build a border wall to halt illegal immigration, but the Republican presidential candidate did not bring up his demand that Mexico pay for it.
An Auckland liquor store has resorted to locking its front doors during evening shifts following a spate of robberies - one of which left a staff member in hospital.
Brazil's Senate has removed President Dilma Rousseff from office for breaking budgetary laws, ending an impeachment process that has polarised the scandal-plagued country and paralysed its politics for nine months.
Almost 100 people are now on the waiting list for gender-reassignment surgery, but they face waiting 50 years for the procedure under Ministry of Health guidelines.
Assaults, robberies and burglaries are on the rise in the South and the Police Association believes an ''under-investment'' in policing could be a factor.
The Dunedin man who died after falling from a fourth-floor balcony in Thailand earlier this week was only days away from returning home.
Six senior University of Otago pharmacy students have done ''amazing'' work to raise awareness about the benefits of the prescription subsidy card scheme.
Police attended three crashes in the Dunedin area yesterday morning.
Unseasonably warm weather will dominate Otago forecasts for the start of spring.
What do you know about the 11 candidates who are contesting the 2016 mayoral election? We put the questions to Scout Barbour-Evans.
It took more than manpower to move a fire engine which became stuck in mud yesterday after it was involved in the rescue of a man who reversed his car over a bank.
Seldom does Hekia Parata get an opportunity to wear gumboots.
The Dunedin City Council will probably go ahead with a plan to refurbish Ross Creek Reservoir, despite costs blowing out by about $2 million.
A spike in chimney fires in East Otago last month has firefighters asking people to get their flues, chimneys and fireplaces checked.
Seven bank staff and University of Otago staff volunteers pitched in early yesterday and quickly redeveloped and transformed a planter box vegetable garden area at Sara Cohen School, Dunedin.
Former Southern District Health Board chief executive Carole Heatly finished her four-year leadership of the health board yesterday.
Otago passed its first tsunami preparedness test yesterday with flying colours.
It will be an all-Otago final at the South Island secondary schools ice hockey final today.
Student celebrations involving dressing up and skylarking are nothing new in Dunedin, as a video from the 1950s shows.