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The national Prime Minister's Scholarship to Asia recipients have been revealed.

One Dunedin student of fashion is about to set off for a one semester stay at a Chinese university.

The organisation behind Invercargill's inner-city redevelopment will pay homage to the city’s history by retaining some of the facades of its heritage buildings.

Rubbish collection and a new landfill site for the city are up for discussion this year, as the Dunedin city council embarks on a major review of its refuse services.

Parts of the former Cadbury Confectionery plant in Dunedin were removed today.

The NZ Transport Agency says it's fed up with motorists who keep hitting bollards on the cycleway near Queens Garden.

The Invercargill City Council is already gearing up for next month's Matariki celebrations and has invited Southland children to help with the preparations.

Sonny Bill Williams is set to defy the odds and take to the field in the third test against the French in Dunedin this Saturday.

Invercargill’s inner city redevelopment is the city’s “last chance” to flourish economically, according to the organisation behind the project.

Dunedin

  • Events marking World Juggling Day are likely to become an annual event, after the sun shone on activities in Dunedin over the weekend.

  • Highlanders co-captain Ben Smith is confident the All Blacks can put on a decent show against the French in his home town this Saturday.

    The team has arrived in Dunedin ahead of the third test at Forsyth Barr Stadium, and despite having the series wrapped up, they're determined to lift their performance.

  • It could be said some ways to jump on the marketing bandwagon are cheesier than others, and this one is, literally.

    The All Blacks are in town, ahead of their clash with the French team this weekend and the city decided to pit two delicacies against each other.

  • The public car park near Dunedin's Railway Station is going to be closed for repairs early next week.

  • A man has been rescued by workers from a fishing vessel in Otago Harbour this afternoon after the sailing dinghy he was in capsized.

  • The artificial sports turfs at Logan Park are a step closer to becoming a reality, following a healthy cash injection.

    The Lotteries Significant Project Fund has handed over a cheque for nearly $900,000 to Football South, which they say will be a game changer for the city...

Invercargill

  • Funding awarded to Emergency Management Southland will help to connect communities throughout the country for better preparedness in the case of civil defence emergencies.

    The Ministry of Civil Defence announced yesterday it would allocate $20,000 to the organisation to begin a nation-wide community resilience project.

  • A Southern Institute of Technology student is dedicating his studies to helping homeless people throughout New Zealand.

    Fashion Design student Simon Edwards is on a mission to give some comfort and safety to those living on the streets.

  • Southland school pupils are turning back the clock to revisit some crucial moments in New Zealand's history.

    Invercargill's Tisbury School will host their sci-fi stage performance, Sweet As, tomorrow night and are promising a show which will live up to its name.

  • A bid for Stewart Island to gain official status as a Dark Sky Sanctuary still has some "significant formal steps" to take, but the island's community has stepped up to get the ball rolling.

    The island's lighting plan must be officially changed in order to gain sanctuary status, and Rakiura residents are championing the change.

  • The abundance of cars at Invercargill’s Bill Richardson Transport World have been cleared from the floor to make way for a different kind of display.

    The FibreOctave Wearable Arts and Musical Extravaganza will be held at the venue this week, and preparations are well under way.

  • Pupils from Invercargill’s Verdon College will be dominating the stage at the Smokefree Rockquest Southland finals this week.

    A push from the school’s music department has seen more pupils than ever step forward for the competition.

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.