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Friday, July 19, 2019

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The small town of Waihola, just south of Dunedin, has upgraded the safety of it's lakeside children's playground.

Eight young men and women pitted their skills against each other in Bannockburn recently, for the title of 'Young Viticulturist of the Year.'

About 800 birds were on show at the '135th Oamaru Poultry, Pigeon and Canary Society Show,' over the weekend.

Pigeons were banned, but Geese were added to the flock for the first time.

A traveling Dutchman has finally completed the last leg of a '100,000km journey across the world, in an electric car.'


  • An exhibition based around James Cameron's deep sea diving expeditions, is set to open at Otago Museum.

    Challenging The Deep includes props from the movie and a large scale replica of Cameron's diving module.

  • Saturday marks 50 years since NASA's Apollo eleven astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first set foot on the Moon.

    The pivotal event influenced generations of astronomers, including Otago Museum's director Ian Griffin.

  • Children and their fluffy friends were treated to a tea party at the Larnach Castle Teddy Bears' Picnic on Thursday.

    Now in it's thirteenth year, the event has become part of the Enchanted Dunedin Festival.

  • Oceana Gold's five millionth ounce of gold has been delivered at Macraes Mine on East Otago.

    The mine's been in operation for nearly 30 years, and shows no signs of slowing down.

  • A Dunedin rest-home whose residents have been delighted by the arrival of three roosters is now appealing for a permanent abode for the gorgeous big birds.

    The friendly fowl have even been immortalised at the Leslie Groves Hospital in Wakari, in the form of their foot prints embedded in a new concrete path.

  • Two passers-by helped a woman and her daughter to safety as fire consumed their restaurant in Kaikorai Valley Wednesday night.

    The fire at the Satay Station restaurant in Kaikorai Valley Road, ripped through the two-storey building, leaving one woman with burns to her hands and the restaurant extensively damaged.


  • Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced recently Southland's Hump Ridge Track is set to get an injection of $5 million.

    The announcement comes with the three day hike joining ten others across the country with the status of being a "Great Walk".

  • Burning beehives would have to be one of the most difficult things for a beekeeper to do - it's also an experience, increasing number of Southland apiarists will have to face.

    The hives are being burned to stop the spreading of destructive bee-killing disease American Foulbrood.

    And one Southland beekeeper says ignorance is a major contributor to the disease being spread.

  • A cacaphony of bird calls and chirps could be heard at this weekend's Southland Bird Club's 57th annual show.

    More than 400 birds were on display, with members of the public invited to view different kinds of canaries, finches, budgies and cockatiels.

  • A new fire station in Southland has been built to withstand a magnitude eight earthquake and is believed to be a New Zealand first.

    Thornbury volunteer fire brigade was selected for the new prototype which Fire and Emergency New Zealand say will eventually replace other stations around the country.

  • Toddlers, octogenarians, and all ages in between, converged on Invercargill at the weekend, to see the creative Lego displays, of the fifth-annual Southland Brick-Show.

    There were queues outside Stadium Southland, as the show opened, with many eager to see displays by members of the Lego Users Group South.

  • Investigators have made their way to Invercargill to interview the three men who survived a helicopter crash in the Southern Ocean.

    The interviews will start an investigation which may include an attempt to raise the helicopter from the ocean.

    Meanwhile, pilot Andrew Hefford has been discharged from Southland Hospital and is on his way home.