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Southern News Week 17 May 2019

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Friday, May 17, 2019

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After three months of bonding with their puppets, it's time for the cast of Avenue Q to take to the stage.

Two hundred young Queenstown gymnasts could be without a floor to practise on in a matter of a months.

Year nine pupils from East Otago High School have visited Oamaru as part of a term-long, multi-subject project on sustainability.

Explorers have been mapping Queenstown's mountain ranges and forests for centuries, yet landscapes hidden in the dark depths of the mighty Lake Wakatipu remain something of a mystery.

Setting up an ocean conservation group in the middle of the mountains might seem odd at first, but Queenstown man Rob Dickinson has set up a chapter of the global group Sea Shepherd in his home tow

Do you know your Dumbledore from your Diagon Alley, or which dairy Hairy McLairy went to?


  • Auckland-based songwriter Otis Mace doesn't visit Dunedin to play music all that often, but when he does he likes to share a stage with old friends.

    He's in Dunedin this week, and set to play with a well-known local poet who he's shared many a stage with, over a fair few years.

  • Art and collected items from 14 different collections across Otago University have been pulled together for an exhibition at the Hocken.

    Curator Robyn Notman and artist Heather Straka are behind the project, which takes its inspiration from many sources.

  • Dunedin's annual Teddy Bear Hospital tries to make medical visits less anxious for preschoolers.

    The annual event is coordinated by the Otago University Medical Students Association who say it's becoming more popular every year.

  • Toni Adie-Kinraid is not about sugar-coating things or wasting time.

    The Dunedin 37 year-old is dying from bowel cancer, and wants to spend the time she has left alerting people to the signs of the disease - curable if detected early enough, but in her case diagnosed too late.

  • After battling the elements for more than two days, excavators have removed all but one of the recently found moa footprints from their three million-year Maniototo home.

    Heavy cutting tools were used to cut the historic prints out from the drained river bed.

  • A Helicopter landed at Green Island School on Thursday during a fundraising event.

    The day also allowed children to wear mufti, but it was the chopper which really blew them away.


  • 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.

  • The chips were flying as the South Otago Town and Country Club hosted a timbersports demonstration over the weekend.

    Current and future wood cutting champions showcased their talents as spectators dined and relaxed in the sun.

  • Southern breeders are sending Limousin cattle to the annual bull trials, in Dunsandel.

    The Limousin breed of cattle are known for having a high feed-conversion efficiency rate.

  • A man has been rescued following frantic efforts to demolish a chimney which collapsed on his arm in Invercargill this morning.

    The incident has left him with serious injuries.

  • Oyster fans can celebrate because the Bluff oyster season is officially under way.

    Wild weather in Foveaux Strait delayed the opening of the season last week, but good weather over the weekend allowed for oyster dredging.