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Staying in Queenstown, around two hundred and fifty residents are set to receive a Christmas boost tomorrow afternoon, thanks to the generosity of the resort community.

It's official - Ben Smith is leaving.

The All Black and Highlanders outside back has signed with French club Pau and leaves New Zealand after next year's Rugby World Cup.

'You Are My Sunshine' was the last song sung at a vigil for slain English tourist Grace Millane in Dunedin's Octagon last night.

Dunedin

  • The Dunedin City Council has shared drone footage of a new footbridge being lifted into place at Ross Creek dam.

    Tracks around the dam have been closed while the council carries out work to strengthen the hundred and fifty year-old reservoir.

    The council shared video footage of a new footbridge being lifted into place on social media and has told a Dunedin resident it's hoped the tracks will be reopened by the end of the year.

    But there's more work to do on footpaths and fencing and the reopening date could be affected by weather.

  • Climate change campaigners have held a 'Carols Against Coal' event in the Octagon today.

    The protest was deliberately held at 12 noon, on the twelfth day of the twelfth month.

    The group says the number is significant, as some environmentalists believe the world has just twelve years left to reduce global warming.

  • One of the last remaining scarfie watering holes is now in the hands of students.

    The Otago University Students' Association has bought Starters Bar, and plan to keep it open as a safe place for students to drink.

  • More than six hundred graduands and their families took to Dunedin's main street to march in the parade before two University of Otago graduation ceremonies today.

    Crowds lined George street to applaud the granduands and wish them well.

    Those attending the one PM ceremony at the Dunedin Town Hall have graduated with qualifications mainly in arts, music, theology and with bachelor of applied science degrees.

    Those attending the four PM ceremony saw graduands get their qualifications mainly in commerce and law.

    About eighty others will graduate in absentia.

  • From Waldronville to Waitati, Dunedin homes are being lit up like Christmas trees as residents cover their homes in an assortment of colourful, flashing and festive light displays.

    For one Fairfield couple, their efforts are attracting thousands of visitors.

  • More than seventy businesses from around Otago have been praised at an awards ceremony in Dunedin for their courage and willingness to stand out.

    The Westpac Otago Business Awards have run biennially for the past 20 years, and this year received nearly a hundred and fifty entries from more than seventy businesses.

Invercargill

  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in Southland today for the first time since taking office.

    She has officially reopened a fourth potline at New Zealand’s Aluminium Smelter at Tiwai Point this morning.

  • Hikers in Fiordland are set to get the chance to tramp across a piece of history again, with the Percy Burn Viaduct now officially reopened.

    More than fifty guests were flown to the remote landmark in the Southern Fiordland World Heritage Area on Friday to celebrate the occasion.

  • A group of street artists from as far away as Auckland are in Riverton this week to create a series of large murals.

    Eight New Zealand artists are painting areas of the town for the South Sea Spray Riverton permanent exhibition.

    Southland artist Danny Owen says murals are slowly becoming more popular in major cities throughout the country, and creating eight massive murals in the space of a few days is spreading vibrancy in one hit.

    He says while each artist has their own narrative as to what they create, the murals will compliment the town's seaside vibe.

  • The two pods are stranded at the southern end of Mason Bay, approximately two kilometres apart.

    Doc say half of the whales have had to be euthanised due to their condition, and the remote area they were found.

    The other half had already died.

    They say the likelihood of being able to successfully re-float the remaining whales was extremely low, so the most humane thing to do was to euthanise.

    Doc has notified local Ngai Tahu iwi and they're working together on next steps.

  • Children were schooled in a violence-free lifestyle today as the South Island White Ribbon Ride made its way to Invercargill.

    The annual motorbike ride both raises awareness and tackles the issue of domestic violence.

  • Every pair of shoes in Kevin Downie's extensive collection is laced with memories from his past.

    Now, the Invercargill footwear fanatic is sharing those memories, by showing just a fraction of his huge collection in an exhibition opening today.