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Friday, March 24, 2017
Friday, March 24, 2017

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It was the time of the youngbloods at iD fashion's Emerging Designer awards last night.

Nehma Vitols from Sydney’s University of Technology has just taken out the First Place prize at iD Emerging Designer with her collection, ‘XXX’.

The Dunedin City Council is calling on central government to redevelop Dunedin Hospital in the centre of the city.

Go Bus in Dunedin has welcomed the first four of 16 new buses for its urban routes, well ahead of schedule.

It was the time of the youngbloods at iD fashion's Emerging Designer awards last night.

Since 2012 St Leonards School has held an art auction, and it is that time of the year again.

Dunedin

  • Nehma Vitols from Sydney’s University of Technology has just taken out the First Place prize at iD Emerging Designer with her collection, ‘XXX’.

    Vitols used the scraps left behind in production process to de-construct classic wardrobe items.

  • A Dunedin department store joined the other outlets in the chain to take part in the Shave for a Cure event.

    $7,000 was raised in Dunedin, part of $50,000 raised across the South Island.

  • Since 2012 St Leonards School has held an art auction, and it is that time of the year again.

    This evening the school's historic hall will be filled with beautiful pieces, as art aficionados help to raise funds for the small school.

  • Go Bus in Dunedin has welcomed the first four of 16 new buses for its urban routes, well ahead of schedule.

    The 16 vehicles were originally slated for an August delivery from their assemblers Kiwi Bus Builders in Tauranga. They are now starting to appear on services as part of the company’s new contract with Otago Regional Council.

    The buses are part of a $7 million investment in the Go Bus urban fleet for the city; the largest investment in a Dunedin bus fleet since the 1980s.

  • The Dunedin City Council is calling on central government to redevelop Dunedin Hospital in the centre of the city.

    The council also wants a clear commitment that a top-flight teaching hospital will be retained for Dunedin and the wider Otago/Southland region.

  • Dunedin's iD fashion week is approaching the pointy end of the needle, with the Emerging Designers show this evening.

    However last night at the Dunedin Public Library patrons had a chance for a genteel stroll down fashion's memory lane.

Invercargill

  • Southland Girls' High School students are getting to know what Invercargill has to offer them - and what they have to offer Invercargill.

    It's the Year Sevens' Community Break -Out Week where they are making the most of their outside the classroom learning.

  • The Southern District Health Board has reportedly apologised to the family of a patient who died after information on a mass on her lung went missing.

    A report by the Health and Disability Commissioner said the woman went to a Southern DHB hospital emergency department with a cough and chest tightness, and was given a chest x-ray.

    Five days later a radiologist's report noted a significant nodule on the lung but the information was lost when a staff member went on leave. The woman was admitted to hospital 20 months later but died a short time after.

  • Information released by police to the Otago Daily Times shows National Member of Parliament Todd Barclay refused to co-operate with detectives investigating allegations he secretly recorded his electorate office staff.

    According to the Police Barclay did not return phone messages from a detective on the inquiry and had a lawyer contact police to say he would not be making a statement. Barclay has responded by saying Parliamentary Services were the legal employer of support staff, and it was his right not to make a statement.

  • The group representing Southland at the Trustpower National Community Awards has been announced.

    Koha Kai helps disabled adults get experience in cooking and growing food, and the project leader says it is humbling to get this recognition.

  • Westport woman Leanne Ryall left her Domett St home Friday morning and hasn't been seen since.

    50 year old Ryall is described as five foot, three inches tall, of solid build, with short, wavy, red/brown hair.

    She was last seen around 9am on Friday morning walking near the intersection of Derby and Cobden Street, a few blocks from her Domett St home.

    Police believe Ryall is still in the Westport area but are not ruling out the possibility that she has travelled further afield.

  • 38 teams stepped up to the plate in Invercargill today, trying to win the National Marching Championships.

    All of the competitors were putting their best feet forward.

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.