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The Highlanders are hoping for a better showing in Sydney this weekend as they prepare to take on the Waratahs in week one of the Super rugby play-offs.

The day dawned bright for the latest edition of the annual Great Rangiora KidsFest Market on Tuesday.

There’s an element of mystery surrounding the latest exhibition at the Invercargill Public Art Gallery.

Dunedin's environment might be set to get a little cleaner after the addition of a new air quality monitor on Albany Street.

A senior fire officer is praising members of the public who rallied to help at the scene of a fatal Dunedin crash yesterday, before emergency services arrived.

The finance minister is in Queenstown with some simple advice: Think more like you're in Auckland.

It's one of the strongest pieces of advice Grant Robertson shared at a meeting today.

American Pulitzer Prize winning musician Kendrick Lamar continues his Australasian tour at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium tonight.

Dunedin

  • Picking up rubbish could get win you a prize, thanks to the efforts of a student at the Otago Polytechnic.

    The Click n' Pick Challenge encourages Dunedin people to pick up at least one piece of rubbish a day for twelve days, to go into the draw to win an original painting.

  • The International Science Festival continues this week in Dunedin.

    Members of the public were recently given the chance to see a live demonstration of the possible effects of climate change.

  • A goat in a coat, afloat in a boat; no joke.
    It reads like a Dr Seuss fantasy but for residents at the seaside village of Purakaunui, 30 minutes north of Dunedin, this is part of daily life.

    Purakaunui resident Dan, who declined to give his last name is known locally as Dan the goat man, after he adopted a young goat nine years ago as a pet.

    He says his goat, known as Alex Kidd, is house-trained, car-trained and boat-trained.

    The pair cross the Purakaunui inlet by boat, going over the bar and heading around Potato Point to go camping along the coast.

  • A visiting Melbourne Rebels rugby player has been bailed after an alleged assault in Dunedin yesterday.

    28-year-old Amanaki Lelei Mafi appeared in Dunedin's District Court this morning.

    Mafi is charged with Injuring with Intent to Injure following an alleged attack on a fellow team mate early on Sunday.

    Neither he nor Rebels team director Tony Thorpe had anything to say to the media as they left the courthouse.

    He has been remanded without plea until August the third and is excused from appearing at that date.

  • Work has begun on a seven million dollar connection that will eventually link the city and Port Chalmers.

    One part of the project which has raised questions from the public is a shared cycleway and walking bridge across the water of Leith.

  • Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger has made some big changes to the team named to play the Rebels in Dunedin on Saturday.

    He says they're more than ready to take on the Australian team.

Invercargill

  • Southland youth have been using different mediums of art to tell the stories of their history and culture.

    Storytelling is the theme for this year's Polyfest Arts Exhibition which has received over three hundred entries from early childhood classes through to Year 13 pupils.

  • Southland youth are being given a chance to hone their leadership skills with the ILT KidZone Festival.

    Over 150 volunteers of all ages are invited to join the festival every year, and for some, it has helped to shape their lives.

  • A Southland team of film-makers have once again made it to the grand finals of the 48 Hour Film Competition.

    Team Super Furious Ninja Dragons were yesterday announced as a wild-card entry into the grand-finals for the second year running.

  • A new physical activity and nutrition programme which incorporates traditional Maori techniques has landed in Southland.

    For the first time, He Pi Ka Rere has branched out from the North Island to help early childhood teachers develop activity-based lessons, embracing Maori tradition.

  • Department store franchise Kmart officially announced its intentions to open an Invercargill-based store to the Southland Express yesterday.

    The South Today reporter Sharon Reece set out to see what Invercargill residents think about the move.

  • Hundreds of families filed into Invercargill’s James Hargest College campus today for the first day of the annual ILT KidZone.

    The festival, in its 14th year, will see thousands flock through the gates over six days to participate in over 150 activities.

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.