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February is usually the height of summer, but visitors to the Southern Lakes area could be forgiven for thinking otherwise.

Weather Forecast Thursday 22 February 2018

Oamaru is hosting New Zealand's clay target shooting championships this year.
The event has attracted competitors from across New Zealand as well as overseas.

University of Otago Chemistry and Biochemistry researchers have discovered how New Zealand glowworms produce their glow.

The country’s top cyclists are in Invercargill this week for the Elite and Under 19 Track National Championships.

Spokes Dunedin hosted the fourth annual Go By Bike Day
Breakfast in the Octagon today.
The breakfast was free for anyone who arrived in the Octagon by bike.

Following on from the previous story...The remnants of ex-tropical cyclone Gita have dropped a solid amount of rainfall across the country.

Cyclone Gita made its impact felt across New Zealand yesterday and last night, including the northern part of the South Island.

Cyclone Gita made its impact felt across New Zealand over yesterday and last night, including the northern part of the South Island.

Weather Forecast Wednesday 21 February 2018

Both lanes of Queenstown's new $22 million dollar Kawarau falls bridge connecting Kelvin Heights and Frankton are expected to open in May.

Airbnb and the Queenstown Lakes District Council are engaged in a game of public relations by video.

The last ewe fair of summer was held last week in Sheffield.
More than 120 people flocked to pay prices for ewes that were much higher than in previous years.

A new initiative rolling out through Invercargill is making it easier for cafe customers to make healthy food choices.

The Pulse Energy Highlanders meet the Blues at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Friday in their first match of the 2018 Super Rugby competition.

Dunedin celebrated the Chinese New Year on Friday, with festivities including a parade winding its way through the central city.

The eradication of the cow disease Mycoplasma Bovis is still a viable option according to Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor.

Inside Forsyth Barr Stadium last night four thousand tertiary students listened to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, while outside 30 protested again the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.

A man accused of setting fire to a South Dunedin house after murdering two people inside, has retained name suppression.

Dunedin

  • English popular recording artist Robbie Williams entertained a large crowd at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday night.
    One fans blunt invitation paid off earning her a duet with the tattooed father of two.

  • A tent village has been set up on the Otago Museum reserve for orientation week.

    Today was the beginning of a week of events designed to ease the annual crop of tertiary students into a year of hard study.

  • It's not Tinder, it's not Facebook, but it does put people with common interests in touch with each other and gets them out from behind the computer and meeting face to face.

    And for a Dunedin man with special interests, Meetup.com has been the perfect fit.

  • The New Zealand Gardens Trust has renewed the six-star award for the Dunedin Botanic Garden.
    The award recognises gardens of international significance.

  • A light and sound show instead of fireworks will ring in the Chinese Year of the Dog in Dunedin tonight.

    Letting off fireworks was considered too big a risk in the year of the long hot summer.

  • A musician who spent four of his musically formative years in Dunedin is returning this weekend to introduce new friends to older ones.

    As a student at Otago University Simeon Boyadjiev played music with many musicians, before leaving for Melbourne, and he's back in town with some pretty famous people.

Invercargill

  • The Ministry of Health is urging former sawmill workers to take up its offer of free health checks.
    The object is to find sawmill workers who were exposed to the hazardous substances such as pentachlorophenol, commonly known as PCP.

  • Retiring National Party leader Bill English was on centre stage at the Southern Field Days at Waimumu, just outside Gore today.

    The race to fleece one sheep each was down to the last few blows.

  • The Southern Field Days in Waimumu wrapped up today after one of its biggest years to date. Over 750 exhibitors displayed their agricultural-based products to tens of thousands of people.

  • The Invercargill City Library is playing cupid this month, to ignite a passion for books in Invercargill residents.
    The librarians hope to set up every library-goer on a blind date with the perfect book.

  • Invercargill students started the year with a welcoming performance from one of New Zealand’s biggest names in R&B.
    As part of the Southern Institute of Technology’s O-Week, students were treated to a performance by musician, Che Fu today.

  • Grape pickers are in hot demand in Central Otago vineyards as harvest season looms.

    The harvest season is two to three weeks earlier than normal and as Meena Amso reports the industry is getting desperate.

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.