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Members of Cargill’s Castle Trust are fuming after the landmark was graffitied at the weekend.

One of Canterbury's oldest buildings - the stone cottage at Hakatere in the Ashburton Gorge - has been restored and opened, with former station cook Joyce Grieve given the honours.

An online superstar chose to have a catnap instead of attending the first reading of a book about him yesterday.

These days it's generally frowned upon to take one's dog to the public house, however those on four paws were welcome upstairs at a Dunedin establishment for a recent fundraising event.

A church parish is set to celebrate a special milestone.

Firefighters spray water down the chimney of Carey’s Bay Historic Hotel after a chimney fire left the building smoke-logged this week.

Invercargill high school students and police officers took to the streets to spread the anti-bullying message

The historic launch of a space rocket from the Mahia Peninsula near Gisborne yesterday at 4.20pm is a success the South has some claim on.

The lack of affordable housing in Queenstown is taking its toll on the resort's young people.

If you're a southern Ed Sheeran fan who's missed out on tickets to the UK singer's two Dunedin shows, fear not.

Dunedin

  • Emergency services respond after a bus and car crashed in central Dunedin yesterday.

    They collided at the intersection of Stuart and Smith Streets just before 4pm.

  • The Dunedin City Council admits the cost of the harbour cycleways project has risen significantly.

    The initial forecast was $20,000,000, but the revised figure is more than double the original estimate.

  • The American owner of the Scenic Hotel Group, Earl Hagaman, died at his Christchurch home today.

    Hagaman bought his first hotel in Franz Josef in 1980 with partner Ralph Brown.

    Nowadays the company owns a dozen hotels in New Zealand - including Dunedin's Southern Cross - and employs over a thousand staff.

    Recently, Hagaman was involved in a defamation case against Labour Party leader Andrew Little.

    He was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2014 in recognition of his services to business, tourism and philanthropy.

  • One of Dunedin's longest serving train drivers has decided to make tracks.

    After around three decades behind the control for the Taieri Gorge Railway, Tony Fricker is calling it a day.

  • Tourism Minister Paula Bennett admitted in Queenstown on Wednesday the Government is playing ''catch-up'' over infrastructure to cope with the tourist influx.

    And after a meeting with Queenstown Mayor Jim Boult on Wednesday afternoon, Bennett told the media she is expecting another million tourists by 2022.

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

    Peters made the announcement at Dunedin's Forbury Park Raceway before a Greypower meeting this morning.

Invercargill

  • The Invercargill Fire Service were called out to the Unichem Waikiwi Pharmacy on North Road this morning to contain a mercury spillage.

  • Invercargill City Councillor Rebecca Amundsen is now officially the city's new deputy mayor.

    Mayor Tim Shadbolt announced Councillor Amundsen as his nominee at the Invercargill City Council's meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

    The council quickly accepted the proposal, passing it almost unanimously.

    Councillor Lindsay Abbott was the only councillor to openly question the decision, asking if it could be discussed, then abstaining from the process.

  • Tourism Minister Paula Bennett admitted in Queenstown on Wednesday the Government is playing ''catch-up'' over infrastructure to cope with the tourist influx.

    And after a meeting with Queenstown Mayor Jim Boult on Wednesday afternoon, Bennett told the media she is expecting another million tourists by 2022.

  • 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.

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.