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The South Island now has an animal hospital to treat injured wildlife.

Wildlife Hospital opens in Dunedin

It will be able to treat up to 500 animals per year when staffed at full capacity.

The Police National Dive Squad is due to start work on finding and recovering the body of American tourist Tyler Nii in Lake Wakatipu.

Search begins for US skydiver at Lake Wakatipu

The man is presumed to have drowned in a skydiving accident.

The bats lived between 19 and 16 million years ago.

Giant bats used to soar above Otago

New Zealand used to be home to massive bats three times bigger than any you'd find today.

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'F**k Tha Police' broadcast over Dunedin police radios

Multiple versions of the N.W.A rap song have been transmitting over the past few days.


Farm animal massacre in Otago

There have been five incidents of cows and sheep being shot dead during the night.

Mt Roy, near Wanaka.

Man dies in Otago paraglider crash

A 54-year-old man crashed into Mt Roy near Wanaka.


Historic Otago homestead burns down amidst fire ban

The property is at the end of Skippers Canyon, one of the world's most notorious roads.

The vehicle hit a bridge between Herbert-Hampden and Woodburn Roads, police say.

Man dies in North Otago bridge crash

The vehicle hit a bridge between Herbert-Hampden and Woodburn Roads.

"It would not have been the kind of bird that someone could catch alive."

Man-high 'monster bird' fossil found in Otago

"It would not have been the kind of bird that someone could catch alive."


Teacher's registration cancelled after inappropriate relationship

"I think you're an amazing person and want to show you that," he told the girl.

The Dunedin man, in his 20s, had been drinking with a group when he was encouraged to swim out to a moored yacht.

Catlins midnight dip prompts big search

A big search was launched for a man who got into trouble swimming off the Catlins Coast early on Sunday morning.

Roxburgh the morning after the storm hit was underwater.

Student Volunteer Army rolls into Roxburgh

Students are turning up to shovel silt in flood-damaged Roxburgh this weekend.

A Yellow-eyed Penguin (Megadyptes antipodes), aka Hoiho, listed by the IUCN as Endangered, emerges from the ocean at Curio Bay, New Zealand and rests before proceeding to its nest at sunset

Set nets a major danger to rare NZ penguins

There are only 246 breeding pairs left in the South Island.

Jonty and Tiaan McKinnel were loving the new set of rapids.

Kayakers take to rapids created by Roxburgh flooding

Flash floods have turned the Clutha River into a water sports playground.

Ominous storm clouds have gathered over Roxburgh.

Storm clouds gather over devastated Roxburgh

As the clean-up continues, there are concerns more rain could be coming.

The small town has been ravaged by flash floods.

More rain heading for cut off Roxburgh

Six hundred people are without power and water in the Central Otago town.


Roxburgh starts recovery after weekend flash floods

The Central Otago town saw 42mm of rainfall within a couple of hours.

The tree can be seen smashing against the underside of the bridge.

Surging Roxburgh creek uproots huge tree amid flash flooding

A holiday maker captured incredible footage of the churning river.

Power and cellphone services have been cut.

Roxburgh flooding cuts power, phone networks

Seven houses have been evacuated.

The area of flooding between Roxburgh and Ettrick.

Slips blocking State Highway 8 near Roxburgh

The public is being asked to avoid the area.

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