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Friday, December 8, 2017
Friday, December 8, 2017

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Last Sunday saw the re-opening of a primary school in Gore after many months of renovations.

Weather Forecast Saturday 9 December 2017

A suggestion by former Ngāi Tahu chairman Sir Tipene O'Regan that Wakatipu should be spelled with an h and be pronounced Whakatipu has received mixed reviews in the resort town.

Another children’s hospital has benefited from funds raised by the Countdown Kids’ Hospital Appeal.

Gore was the recipient of some much needed rain today, with more showers on the way for other regions.

The discovery of a potential rat dropping on the island Whenua Hou has sparked a full-scale incursion response by the Department of Conservation.

Dunedin

  • Dunedin might prefer to offer a "happy holiday" greeting.

    But over the hill in Mosgiel, they're all about Christmas.

  • Santa’s pixies are back in Dunedin for another year.

    The Pixie Town exhibition opened at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum today and remains there until January.

  • Joshua Perry is launching a website for disabled dating called Enabling Love, and he's currently looking for help to run it.
    Now a Dunedin woman who's heard his story wants to pitch in.

  • The type of art made famous by Banksy was up for sale in Dunedin last night.

    Emerson's Brewery street art auction raised $20,000 to help artists add to the city's collection.

  • Central Dunedin was brought to a near standstill yesterday when a truck and a cyclist collided.
    The vehicle's driver was visibly shaken as he spoke with police in the moments after the collision.

  • It was only a matter of time before one of Dunedin's road riding skateboarders impacted with a vehicle.

    Yesterday a 20 year old skateboarder was hurt when he collided with a van.

Invercargill

  • The discovery of a potential rat dropping on the island Whenua Hou has sparked a full-scale incursion response by the Department of Conservation.

    The island, 3km off the coast of Stewart Island, is home to the Kakapo Recovery Programme, and specialists say a rat could “wreak havoc” on the island.

  • Another children’s hospital has benefited from funds raised by the Countdown Kids’ Hospital Appeal.

    Southland Hospital’s children’s ward received more than $80,000 on Thursday after 12 weeks of fundraising.

  • Southland is in the grips of its driest weather for twenty-seven years.

    Paddocks are cracking in the sun, water is being trucked to dairy farms and farmers are concerned at forecasts of even more dry weather to come.

    Sharon Reece reports.

  • Southland primary school pupils proved just how tough they are today at the Mitre 10 Mega Tough Kid event.
    40 primary schools from around the region came to Invercargill’s Rugby Park to take part in the gruelling challenge.

  • The alert over toxic algae in the Mataura River has been lifted after testing this week showed reduced levels of the algae.

    However, people are being warned to remain vigilant.

  • A Southland organisation is helping with the launch of New Zealand’s first orbital space vehicle.
    Venture Southland will be downloading important data from Rocket Lab’s Still Testing rocket when it launches later this month.

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.