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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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Members of Dunedin's Syrian community have been going through English language courses to help them integrate into New Zealand life.

Dunedin police confirm one person is dead following a crash on the Southern motorway near Mosgiel on Tuesday morning.

The North Canterbury town of Waiau is bracing itself for winter, as residents struggle to keep warm in earthquake damaged homes.

The New Zealand Transport Agency plans to create a safe passageway for drivers in an effort to make a dangerous intersection near Queenstown safer.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has today announced the candidates for seats in Dunedin North and Dunedin South.

The residents of Holmdene rest home are happy at the news the Clutha District Council will fix cracked footpaths in Balclutha.

Dunedin

  • One of Dunedin’s oldest schools will be rebuilt at a cost of $6,700,000 as part of the Government’s bid to modernise New Zealand’s school infrastructure.

  • Albatross fans who have followed a Dunedin chick online since it hatched in January are being given the opportunity to name the bird.

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    Dunedin police confirm one person is dead following a crash on the Southern motorway near Mosgiel this morning.

  • A good old-fashioned queue formed at the Regent Theatre booking office this afternoon.

    About 50 people were trying, without the aid of a computer, to get their hands on tickets to one of British singer Ed Sheeran's two Dunedin concerts.

  • Tipping - sometimes we do it, most times we don't.

    But now Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett has gone on record as saying we should.

    Should tipping be made mandatory? The South Today took that question out onto the streets of Queenstown.

  • A South Dunedin school is hoping to share its passion for music with others for New Zealand Music Month.

    Last week, pupils from Bathgate Park School put on a performance at Halfway Bush School, and plan to venture to the other side of the hill this week.

Invercargill

  • Tipping - sometimes we do it, most times we don't.

    But now Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett has gone on record as saying we should.

    Should tipping be made mandatory? The South Today took that question out onto the streets of Queenstown.

  • Paul Dee was killed on 28 April 2017 in an ATV side by side buggy roll-over, a stone’s throw from his Waihao Downs home, near Waimate.

  • Key findings of a just-released report from Otago Fish & Game, suggests South Otago streams still face major problems from sediment run-off caused by winter cropping practices.

    Otago Fish & Game officials say sediment pollution damaged fish and other aquatic life have been a growing concern for a decade.

    A major source of in-stream sediment is winter cropping practices such as strip grazing of stock with insufficient riparian buffers or on land that is too steep.

    Fish & Game want the Otago Regional Council to ramp up its monitoring and compliance work.

  • Southland District Council is going back to the drawing board with the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail.

    After a costly battle with Fish and Game, the council has dropped its High Court appeal to keep the initial route for the trail.

  • A Southland dairy farmer is encouraging rural people to get involved in volunteering locally

    Katrina Thomas won the Dairy Women’s Network’s award for community leadership and says it's been an honour to be recognised nationally for her efforts.

  • An Invercargill policeman accused of murdering his wife Verity and attempting to murder the man she was living with, Garry Duggan, made is first appearance at High Court today.

    Benjamin Peter McLean did not enter a plea when he appeared in the Invercargill High Court via video link today.

    His lawyer Bill Dawkins says a pleas would be premature as the investigation is ongoing.

    McLean has been remanded in custody until July 18 when it is expected he will enter a plea.

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.