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Friday 28 Feb


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  • Judge slams ‘abhorrent’ racist tirade — A woman who made expletive-laden anti-Muslim comments in an Octagon bar says she is not a racist.
  • Potting mix danger alert after deaths — The Alexandra Garden Club believes the way compost and potting mix is packaged and stored in the baking Central Otago sun makes it potentially lethal.
  • Spiral into 'party scene' led to $400k ecstasy import — ben_mitchell.jpg Ben Mitchell (28) was found with an array of illegal substances and drug paraphernalia when police raided his home. PHOTO: ROB KIDD A Mosgiel man’s spiral into the "party scene" resulted in him being an accessory to a $400,000 import of ecstasy, a court has heard.
  • Man threw chemicals at workmate to give him ‘a fright’ — A makeshift bottle bomb that caused a man chemical burns was a "stupid prank that went horribly wrong", according to the culprit.
  • Memorial service unwanted — Members of the Muslim community are unhappy about a planned service to mark one year since the Christchurch terror attack.
  • ODT quiz: February 28 — Test your local and general knowledge by taking the Otago Daily Times quiz for Friday, February 28.
  • ‘A pretty good show’ — Gillian Vine enjoys a rosy weekend in Greymouth. 
  • Your garden: February 28 — Vegetables
  • The ancient giants among us — The stately broad-leaved lime tree, Tilia platyphyllos, that dominates the west side of the lower garden on the Great King St boundary is estimated to be 140 years old. Photo: Peter McIntosh Sometimes, we can’t see the wood for the trees. As humans, we often don’t reach much more than 2m tall and at these heights it’s easy to focus on life at eye level or below. Obviously, we need to look where we’re going. However, when you visit Dunedin Botanic Garden a good portion of the plants are growing well above eye level so there are times you need to stop and look up.
  • Steel searching for consistency — Southern Steel coach Reinga Bloxham. Photo: Getty Images Time to find that consistency.
  • Frew named assistant coach — Wendy Frew Wendy Frew is back with the Southern Steel, although in a different role.
  • Versatile Blast squad picked — A versatile Southern Blast squad has been named for this year’s Beko Netball League.
  • It’s not cricket without words — Radio cricket commentary is aural imagery — word pictures that add a unique layer to play. PHOTO: REUTERS New Zealand needs live radio cricket commentary, writes Gavin Ellis. 
  • Losing track of an important debate — If keen recreational whitebaiter and Southland Fish & Game councillor Ken Cochrane had valid points to make about the national Whitebaiting Working Group process, they got lost in the noise over his remarks about "chick scientists".
  • Owner delighted at big reveal — house_2_270619.jpg PHOTOS: PETER MCINTOSH A home hidden underneath a giant scaffold on the corner of Grendon St and Highgate, in Dunedin, has been revealed to all, including the owner.
  • Wasp season slow to start, exterminator says — Flurries of black and yellow pests can be seen on Southland properties as the wasp season starts.
  • Flooding means relearning riverbeds — Typical lower Taieri willow-grubbing water is slow and deep, of course with overhanging willows. It’s an obvious place to go fishing. PHOTOS: MIKE WEDDELL Rivers have continued to fall over the past week and most are now at a fishable level as fine weather makes it more pleasurable to fish for trout.
  • Home built with 20% recycled material — Andrew McColm has built a tiny home in his Milton workshop. Photos: Peter McIntosh Andrew McColm has gone from demolisher to creator.
  • Farmers call for ORC rates detail — Simon Davies Federated Farmers says back-to-back annual rates increases from the Otago Regional Council should come with a more detailed plan of what benefits would come from farmers’ money.
  • Calibre Contracting placed in liquidation, owing 50-plus creditors — Graham Smolenski Calibre Contracting Equipment, a company owned by Queenstown businessman Graham Smolenski, has gone into liquidation owing more than 50 creditors.