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Friday, July 19, 2019

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

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

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

NZSki chief executive Paul Anderson says a big dump of snow will be more than welcome, but visitor numbers at Queenstown's ski areas remain high.

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.

Dunedin

  • 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.

  • Otago Museum has been running a pop-up exhibition on climate change over the second week of the school holidays.

    Visitors get a chance to try out basic experiments to show the processes of how global warming could change the planet's climate in the years to come.

  • Young photographer Megan Hunt has been awarded the 'people's choice' award at this year's Otago Wildlife photography competition.

    While she was pleasantly surprised to receive the award, she's no stranger to success in the photographic world.

  • Dunedin Wildlife Hospital's highest-profile patients are about to be discharged.

    The last of the kakapo the facility has been treating will soon be released back into the wild.

  • The 'Otago Daily Times Enchanted Express' was fully laden with aspiring 'witches and wizards,' for its inaugural journey on Tuesday morning.

    The train trip is one element of the 'Enchanted Dunedin Festival,' organised by Allied Press to fill the gap left by the Cadbury Chocolate Carnival.

Invercargill

  • 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.