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An on-campus spat is threatening to erupt further as students are speaking out and accusing the University of 'brand management'.

Invercargill residents are putting aside their electronic-book readers for the real deal this weekend.

This weekend will see the annual poultry exhibition being held in Dunedin.

The birds need to be washed and groomed before they go on display.

International ride sharing service Uber is due to launch in Dunedin at the end of the month.

Venture Southland is encouraging Southland youth to look skyward for their future career options.

This weekend four brothers from Balclutha will be playing on the same rugby field, however for opposing teams.

Dunedin

  • This weekend will see the annual poultry exhibition being held in Dunedin.

    The birds need to be washed and groomed before they go on display.

  • International ride sharing service Uber is due to launch in Dunedin at the end of the month.

    One taxi company estimates it could lose 50% of its business as the city's student population is set to flock to the technology based service.

  • An on-campus spat is threatening to erupt further as students are speaking out and accusing the University of 'brand management'.

    The student's claims are being called 'just nonsensical' by Otago University.

  • National Party leader Simon Bridges is on a whistle stop tour of the south, stopping in Central Otago this morning, and Dunedin this afternoon.

    His meeting in the Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre was well attended with up to 100 people in the church hall.

  • The South's two secondary school rugby giants have battled to a stalemate.

    Otago Boys' High School drew 14-all with Southland Boys' in the first XV match at Littlebourne in their traditional inter-school competitions yesterday.

  • Dunedin's Tech week is in full swing, as a part of that a talk was held on electric vehicles and the future of alternative fuelled cars.

    The South Today met with the guest speaker to talk about the future of electric vehicles in New Zealand.

Invercargill

  • Invercargill residents are putting aside their electronic-book readers for the real deal this weekend.

    The Rotary Club of Invercargill's annual book sale started today with around 30,000 books on offer.

  • Venture Southland is encouraging Southland youth to look skyward for their future career options.

    Southland secondary school pupils were given a tour of the Awarua satellite tracking station today for part of national Tech Week.

  • Bluff oyster boats are braving rough seas in preparation for one of Southland’s biggest events of the year.

    Up to 5000 people are expected to attend the Bluff Oyster and Food Festival on Saturday - rain, hail or shine.

  • The self-defence skills are now being passed onto new generations, as their proud parents look on.

  • An Invercargill entrepreneur is offering Southland businesses a new work space to collaborate on fresh ideas.

    On Tuesday, Louise Evans opened Cahoots, a co-working office space for small businesses in need of a creative boost.

  • New Zealand Petrol prices have reached record levels with a few southern towns recording some of the highest prices.

    Motorists in Queenstown are paying up to $2.45 cents a litre for 91 octane fuel.

    However, cheap petrol can be found in Invercargill with prices below $2.20 a litre.

Business

  • The median house price in Otago has reached a new high of $296,000.

    That's a $16,000 jump compared to this time last year.

    Prices are mostly up in rural areas but down in Dunedin, and overall sales volumes have fallen 7% in the last 12 months.

    Otago is one of six regions in the country to hit a new record high median sale price.

    Smaller increases are also being reported in Southland and the Queenstown Lakes area.

    There has been a large jump in sales volumes in Gore and commentators say demand from first home buyers remains solid.

  • Organisers of the iD Dunedin Fashion Week are looking at ways to cut costs after reporting an almost $55,000 loss.

    The society in charge of the annual fashion week just publicly confirmed the deficit.

    In the 2015 financial year it enjoyed a net profit of more than $120,000.

    But that's turned into a net loss of just under $55,000 following this year's event.

    Income dropped and expenditure increased for the society, disappointing members.

    They're blaming lower than expected ticket sales and are now looking at trimming costs and boosting sponsorship.

  • Otago is the second fastest growing region in the country in relation to tourism, according to the latest statistics.

    It's second only to the Nelson region, which has had 11.7% growth in tourism expenditure.

    The figure for Otago is 9.6%.

    That equates to $3.2b for the year to August.

    Wanaka led the country for individual towns and cities, experiencing a $16.3% increase.

    Dunedin's also had a winter tourism boom, thanks in part to a new promotion enticing Australians and New Zealanders to the city.

  • Port Otago has generated $7.3m for parent organisation the Otago Regional Council in the last financial year.

    The company's just publicly announced its latest annual performance, reporting a group profit of just over $34m.

    There has been an increase in export container volumes and higher valuations on investment properties.

    But the log industry has declined slightly, as have import container volumes and cruise ship numbers.

    Port Otago's well into its planned $45m infrastructure upgrade, spanning several years.

  • The latest stage of the Cromwell town centre redevelopment is beginning to take shape.

    Work on the Big Fruit Reserve started in July and is on schedule to be completed by November.

    And locals are hoping it'll entice passers-by to stop for more than just a photo opportunity.

  • A two-month Enterprise Dunedin campaign to entice people to the city is costing stakeholders almost $100,000.

    The city council's footing half the bill, with partner organisations covering the rest.

    Those involved say it's money well spent but the project is attracting scrutiny.

Local Sport

  • New Zealand Cricket and the New Zealand Cricket Players Association have agreed that women's cricketers will be paid more.

    A new three-year Memorandum of Understanding will see 15 of the country's best women cricketers offered annual retainers ranging in value from $20,000 to $34,000.

    Previously, only the top 10 players received contracts worth more than $10,000.

    The New Zealand Cricket Association says paying our best women's players more fits in well with the organisation's commitment towards inclusivity and diversity.

  • Despite a season-ending loss to the Lions at the weekend, the Highlanders are celebrating success, having 7 players selected in the latest All Blacks squad.

    All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen named his side for the upcoming rugby championship, with the now expected contingent of Highlanders making the cut.

    He says he and his fellow selectors are very happy with the squad and combinations they had come up with.

  • The Kia Toa Tigers have been crowned this year's Otago rugby league champions after defeating the East Coast Eagles.

    The side won 32 to 18 at Forsyth Barr Stadium taking home the coveted William Johnston Cup.

    And while there were a few stand-out players, the Tigers captain says it was very much a team effort.

  • All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will retain his position through to the next Rugby World Cup in 2019.

    His previous contract was set to expire next year following the British and Irish Lions three test tour.

    The 57 year old has been involved in the side's two back-to-back World Cup successes in the past eight years.

    And he's lost just three of 57 All Blacks tests as head coach.

  • After almost 20 years, Kaikorai is once again at the top of premier rugby.

    The side defeated Dunedin 29 points to 22 in Saturday's final at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

    And despite a slow start to the season, the winning captain couldn't be happier with how it's finished.

  • More than 100 children are participating in a football school holiday programme at the Edgar Centre.

    The importance of growing the sport at a grass-roots level is one of the main drivers behind the four day event.

    And although the football season's winding down, there's no let-up in local interest.