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Jacinda Ardern addressed parliament tonight in a victory speech thanking Bill English for his hard work, even though New Zealand First negotiations with National have concluded.

It's been a month since the general election and today is the day New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says he will announce the next government.

Chorus has granted a network of technology educators ninety thousand dollars to help create a new generation of tech-savvy youth.

A north Invercargill street was the target of a series of vandal attacks this week.

Residents awoke yesterday to find their fences and cars covered with spray paint.

Women’s networking group, the Glass Elevator, got close and personal with four of Invercargill’s female councillors yesterday.

Dunedin's two-week long Heritage Festival wraps up over the coming long weekend.

The South Today takes a look at two of events in store for Labour Day.

Oamaru's Rainbow Confectionery has expressed disappointment at the decision by international giant Mondelez not to produce confectionery in this country.

Dunedin

  • Iconic New Zealand confectionery lines jaffas and pineapple lumps are to be made in Australia.

    Mondelez International says it can't find a New Zealand manufacturer which could produce the necessary quantities.

    The multinational company says 360 Dunedin people will lose their production roles when the factory closes.

    Dunedin South MP Clare Curran has stated she doesn't believe Mondelez International ever wanted to keep the historic factory open.

  • Police have today released audio with Bill English in which he recalls a conversation with former MP Todd Barclay about secret recordings.

    The police investigation began after Mr Barclay's former electorate staff member Glenys Dickson complained Barclay had secretly recorded her private conversations.

    The release has been made on the day Winston Peters and NZ First hold a meeting to decide who to form the next government with.

  • An unnamed albatross is the last of celebrity albatross Toroa's brood of 23 babies at the Otago Peninsula Trust Colony to fledge this season.

  • The felling of a tree in Mosgiel has frustrated a woman on whose boundary the tree was growing.

    The tree shared a boundary with a property developer who wanted the tree gone.

  • The Public Health Association doesn't believe Dunedin's new hospital will be a magic panacea.

    A leading public health specialist says healthcare is a much wider picture than just bricks and mortar.

  • 60-year-old Stephen Findlay, of Seacliff has been jailed for 11 years for the murder of his neighbour.

    Findlay pleaded guilty in the High Court to the murder of 54-year-old Sharon Diane Comerford.

Invercargill

  • A team of Invercargill filmmakers has made the grand final of the 48 Hour Film Competition.

    The team Super Furious Ninja Dragons have been given a wild card entry into the final - thanks to Sir Peter Jackson.

  • The America's Cup has been sailing around southern regions over the past few days.

    The yachting world's top prize has been enchanting crowds in Oamaru, Timaru, Wanaka, and today made it to Bluff.

  • Property values in Invercargill and Bluff have seen a moderate rise over the past three years, according to Quotable Value.

    While the overall valuation rise for the city sits at just over 18%, some areas have increased more than others.

  • Invercargill's librarians have made international headlines over the weekend.

    To mark the 10th anniversary of American television series ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’, the Invercargill City Libraries and Archives staff posed for a tongue-in-cheek photo shoot.

  • A new raw milk business just north of Invercargill only officially opened three weeks ago.

    But already, the business is getting a shake-up thanks to 9 year old entrepreneur Charlie Johnson.

  • Southland businesses ventured into the world of speed-dating today.

    Encouraged by Venture Southland, tourism operators paired off for a few minutes with accommodation providers.

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.