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Twenty-three long days after the worst night of her life, Anna’s Johnstone’s first memory is her dinner that night. A ham and cheese toastie, not to her knowledge, but the same dinner she had every night prior. Lying in her uncomfortable Dunedin hospital bed, Anna flicked through

Climate goals may require change in diet

  Kiwis may need to rethink what they eat if New Zealand is serious about its goal of being carbon neutral by 2050, warn climate experts gathered in Christchurch this week. About 120 scientists and experts are in the city for the next five days to work on an Intergovernmental Panel for

Waimakairiri rubbish bags among most expensive in the land

Rubbish bags in the Waimakariri District appear to be among the most expensive in the country. At $2.90, the retail price of a single Waimakariri rubbish bag is higher even than in Auckland, where the Auckland City Council advertises its bags at only $2.30 each. The Wellington

Clarence River residents fear being trapped by weather-dependent access route

Clarence residents are gearing up for an isolated winter and the possibility of being trapped if heavy rain floods the only road out. Shirley Millard has enough venison in the freezer to last a few months, just in case. She has stocked up on food in the likelihood

Night-owl students hail initiative

Stressed-out Otago University students now have somewhere on campus to go when they feel the need for some late-night study at exam time. Tom Kitchin went in search of night-owls for the Otago Daily Times. It’s shortly before 2am on a Thursday. Students of the University of Otago are

Nelson’s newest citizens welcomed at Civic House ceremony

Nelson has a diverse bunch of new citizens following a ceremony which saw 31 people from around the world declare their allegiance to New Zealand. Daria Fechney, originally from the Czech Republic, became a citizen after six-and-a-half years living in Nelson. Nelson felt like the right choice for Daria and husband

Community Law cuts hours in Marlborough

An essential community service in Marlborough is operating at reduced hours and with reduced staff due to budget shortfalls. Community Law Marlborough has lodged a submission to the Marlborough District Council in the annual plan for $10,000 to cover the deficit. Community Law Marlborough manager Stephanie Moses said

Tasman man plants 17,000 native trees on his property to bring back birds

A Tasman district man is undertaking the mammoth task of restoring native habitat to three hectares of his property. Steve Anderson bought the land in Ngatimoti about a year ago and has since planted over 17,000 native plants of 40 different varieties, in an effort to support

Seven months after the 7.8 quake, Graham Collins still finds broken pipes in his farm paddocks

As Graham Collins walks around his Kaikoura dairy farm, he still finds broken pipes underneath paddocks. Wells he only recently cleared had three metres of sediment in them. It is almost seven months after the November earthquake destroyed his milking sheds and irrigation systems. His grain silo, with 20 tonnes of

Feeding ducks ruffles feathers

A Christchurch river-care group is calling on council to do more to stop people feeding the city’s ducks. Feeding ducks is an age-old tradition, but the Opawaho-Heathcote River Network says it harms waterways – and ducks. Network co-chair Karen Whitla said the group had tried using social