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Love your backyard was the Department of Conservation's catch cry for Conservation Week, last week.

But, what happens when your backyard consists of thousands of hectares of native bush?

Dunedin

  • People have just a few more days to make suggestions what should happen to Dunedin's historic Sammy's building.

  • A Dunedin musician who sparked a bomb scare in central Dunedin has been found not guilty of a committing a criminal offence.

    Dene Barnes told a judge in the Dunedin District Court today his actions were about experimental music, risk taking and artistic expression.

  • The Otago Regional Council is looking for new blood to take over from departing chief executive Peter Bodeker.

    Bodeker is near the end of his five-year-term, but ORC chairman Steven Woodhead says the next appointee should come from outside of the organisation.

  • Unions are pleased with the decision made by New Zealand First and its leader Winston Peters last night.

    Just before 7pm Peters announced New Zealand First would go into a coalition with the New Zealand Labour Party.

    This afternoon Jacinda Ardern announced which MPs will have cabinet positions, David Clark and Clare Curran are among the names.

  • The South Today canvased people on the street today in Dunedin, asking what their reaction was to the new political status of the country.

    With the exception of one National Party supporter who did not wish to appear on camera, the result was overwhelmingly enthusiastic.

  • A man whose jeep ended up in the Otago Harbour yesterday says the accident happened because he swerved to avoid ducklings.

Invercargill

  • The Southern Institute of Technology hosted its annual Health Expo yesterday.

    First year Bachelor of Nursing students set out to bust the myths surrounding mental and physical health.

  • Unions are pleased with the decision made by New Zealand First and its leader Winston Peters last night.

    Just before 7pm Peters announced New Zealand First would go into a coalition with the New Zealand Labour Party.

    This afternoon Jacinda Ardern announced which MPs will have cabinet positions, David Clark and Clare Curran are among the names.

  • Invercargill city councillors have decided to get more involved in the issues around euthanasing and
    re-homing dogs.

    At a meeting on Tuesday night, it finalised plans for an advisory panel.

  • Jacinda Ardern addressed parliament tonight in a victory speech thanking Bill English for his hard work, even though New Zealand First negotiations with National have concluded.

  • A north Invercargill street was the target of a series of vandal attacks this week.

    Residents awoke yesterday to find their fences and cars covered with spray paint.

  • Women’s networking group, the Glass Elevator, got close and personal with four of Invercargill’s female councillors yesterday.

    Hosted by the Southland Chamber of Commerce, Breakfast with the ICC Women saw Southland women sit down for a meal and a chat with like-minded business women.

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.