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A group of nimble-fingered sewing experts in Wanaka are putting their skills to good use by making colourful quilts for a good cause.

The artist behind the murals on Waimate's twin grain silos has finally finished his artwork.

The project began in March and depicts notable people from the Waimate area.

New Brighton Village was visited on Sunday by experts in elderly care.

The self-defence skills are now being passed onto new generations, as their proud parents look on.

An Invercargill entrepreneur is offering Southland businesses a new work space to collaborate on fresh ideas.

New Zealand Petrol prices have reached record levels with a few southern towns recording some of the highest prices.

There were no muggles allowed at the Invercargill Public Library on Saturday night, for its first Harry Potter-themed teen event.

Dunedin

  • Aeroplane cockpits on trailers, trucks galore, emergency vehicles and more were some of the vehicles on show during the Greg Donaldson Contracting Wheels Week Plus parade around Ashburton's central business district.

  • Dunedin's Community Gallery is currently the venue for an exhibition featuring four of Dunedin's commercial photographers.

  • If you're passing the Dunedin City Library this Sunday you may hear a bigger racket than you imagined for a usually quiet space.

    The Dunedin City Library will hold the third nook and cranny music festival, with local and touring musicians filling the building with sound.

  • A group of schoolgirls from Hawea Flat are developing a face-painting business that is friendly to the environment.

    The business avoids use of plastic microbeads that can be harmful to marine life.

  • Dunedin's Salmon hatchery was attacked by vandals for the second time in five months.

    Just like in January equipment was turned off and fish died as a result.

  • Today several pupils from Otago Girls' High School bravely had their hair shaved off for charity.

    Leukaemia and Blood cancer New Zealand will receive over $14,000 from the event.

Invercargill

  • A number of businesses along an Invercargill street were the target of vandals in the early hours of this morning.

    Nith Street business owners arrived at their properties to find smashed windows and thousands of dollars worth of damage.

  • The Invercargill Youth Council are helping to raise awareness surrounding bullying in Southland.

    The young councillors held a Pink Shirt Day afternoon tea to address the issue.

  • A one-off grant allocated to Stadium Southland will keep the facility running smoothly, according to chairman Alan Dennis.

    The Invercargill City Council decided to grant the stadium $300,000 at a meeting on Tuesday.

  • An Invercargill school is helping to keep the arts alive in Southland after the closure of the Southland Museum and Art Gallery.

    Southland Girls High School has answered a call to host an exhibition on behalf of the museum.

  • Air pollution in Invercargill is a cause for concern, according to Environment Southland.

    After just one week of the organisation’s winter air quality monitoring, Invercargill recorded its first exceedance of the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality.

  • Another demonstration was held in Invercargill on Sunday to protest the closure of the Southland Museum and Art Gallery.

    Protest group Open the Museum gathered in front of the museum for the second time in two weeks, but the Invercargill City Council says it is standing firm on its decision.

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.