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Organic whisky distillery launched in central Otago

"We can go from -10degC to 10degC in a day - fantastic for maturing whisky."

The wall is made of rocks and soil

South Island town takes freedom camping problem into own hands

They've built a wall to keep the campers out.

One in seven New Zealanders have had a long-term affair.

More than a quarter of Kiwis are cheaters - survey

People in Otago were more likely to cheat.

Sustainability doesn't mean sacrificing luxury.

Super sustainable luxury camp opens in Glenorchy

It's owned by a US couple who promise to inject profits back into the community.

Otago Regional Council plans to release the RHDV1 K5 later in March.

Carrots laid to lure rabbits to deadly virus

The virus could reduce the region's rabbit population by 40 percent.

Two options for Otago marine reserves as advisory group fails to agree

Two options left for Otago marine reserves

After three years of talks, an advisory group has failed to come to a consensus.

The CCTV image.

CCTV photo released by police not of missing man

Christopher Bates has not been seen since February 11.

A speed camera.

Crash-prone areas get new speed cameras

Thirty-three cameras will be installed as part of a $10 million safety initiative.

Rodeo has been the centre of protests all summer.

Rodeos don't use electric prods, tail-twisting - Michael Laws

The rodeo industry has denied using most of the controversial practises the Govt is investigating.

Heavy rain and gale-force winds are expected to hit the South Island on Sunday.

Extreme winds and wet weather for South Island on Sunday

Parts of Westland, Canterbury, Otago and Fiordland are expecting up to 200mm of rain.

Frankton Bay, Lake Wakatipu is contaminated with high E.coli levels.

High E.coli levels found at Lake Wakatipu

Public advised not to swim in the Frankton area.

Christopher Bates

Alexandra man missing for a week

Christopher Bates was last seen in a Z petrol station a week ago.


One person dead after crash near Cromwell

State Highway 8 is closed.

Magnifying glass over a newspaper classified section

Pop-up job expo kicks off in Dunedin

The venue hosts job seekers, employers, recruitment agencies and career professionals.

A 25-year-old woman alleges an off-duty police officer slammed her face into the bonnet of a car before dragging her down a driveway in July last year.

Southern policeman faces probe

An assault allegation against a South Otago police officer is not going to court but an employment investigation is under way.

Another two properties have been confirmed to have the disease.

Two more properties confirmed with cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis

A farm in Southland and Waitaki are now confirmed to have the disease.

The Department of Conservation estimate there are 250 breeding pairs of the penguins, or hoiho, as their breeding season comes to an end.

Yellow-eyed penguins mysteriously dying

Breeding pairs of yellow-eyed penguins are down from previous years on the Otago/Southland coast and unexplained deaths are at the root of the cause.

Downpours and heavy winds slammed the country on Thursday.

NZ weather: Dozens trapped in cars await rescue

Today's clean-up will include rescuing 100 trapped motorists from their cars.


Southland, parts of Otago all in drought

The Government has pledged $130,000 in support.


Blistering heat continues to scorch South Island

It's been another blistering hot day across the country, with temperatures of 30degC recorded on both islands.

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