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Shop owners on an Invercargill street are calling for authorities to make it safer.

The cause of a devastating house fire in central Dunedin is under investigation.

This Carroll Street home was destroyed by fire shortly before midday on Sunday.

A woman has serious injuries after being hit by a car in South Dunedin this morning.

The Shiel Hill pub, in the Dunedin suburb of the same name, has been a licensed establishment for more than half a century.

The inaugural meeting of the newly elected Dunedin City Council has taken place this afternoon.

More than 200 people gathered in the Tokomairiro district at the weekend for an educational celebration.

After two days of fierce competition, the perfect woman for 2016 has been found.

A Dunedin artist has opened an installation showcasing the many and varied qualities of plastic.

Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred near Wallacetown in Southland yesterday.


  • A large-scale installation at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery is showcasing a slice of Buddhist culture.

    The work is by Auckland artist Tiffany Singh who was commissioned by the gallery to create it.

    She was given permission from her Buddhist teachers in Auckland to use a mantra in Tibetan print.

    Singh made about 240 silk ribbons to fill the 23m by 7m space.

    A recording of the mantra is available for gallery visitors to listen to on headphones.

    Singh will be talking about her work at the gallery tomorrow.

  • City Rise residents are being warned about a child sex offender who has been released into the community.

    Some schools in the Dunedin suburb, including Kavanagh College, informed parents this week.

    Department of Corrections staff visited several City Rise schools in the last few days, advising staff of the offender's release.

    He's subject to 24 conditions including GPS monitoring, and he's not to associate with anyone under the age of 16.

    The offender is living within a 1.5km radius of Kavanagh.

    His neighbours have also been notified.

  • Research has proven that with less ozone, the sun is stronger in southern skies.

    For ten years now the Cancer Society has been delivering the SunSmart Schools programme.

    It's a strategy for promoting the early understanding of cancer prevention.

  • Just over eight weeks ago a litter of five newborn puppies was left in a cat cage at the gates of the Otago SPCA headquarters.

    At that stage the pups weren't weaned and still had their eyes shut.

    But now the happy and healthy young dogs are ready for adoption, thanks to some tender loving care.

  • A new commander for the southern police district has been appointed.

    Inspector Paul Basham will be based at the district headquarters in Dunedin.

    He's been the Kapiti Mana area commander for four years, and has also worked in Wellington and the Wairarapa.

    At one point he was in charge of the central Wellington CIB.

    His start date in the south hasn't been confirmed.

  • Dunedin authorities are trying to prevent a repeat of last year's severe flooding, which prompted a review of the stormwater system.

    A new screen has just been installed at the Portobello Road pumping station.

    And while there's no guarantee it will stop flooding, at least it will ensure the system works at full capacity.


  • Police are investigating a suspected arson at a nudist camp in Southland.

    The fire destroyed an old church building at Aparima just before 10pm last night.

    And with club members holding an open day this weekend, they're hoping the blaze won't put a damper on the event.

  • A Southland man is claiming he had 1080 poison dropped on him during a peaceful protest recently.

    He was up a tree in Te Anau within what he thought was a safe zone to film 1080 being dropped nearby.

    And now he's looking to authorities for answers.

  • The fate of an historic Invercargill property is open to public submission.

    Anderson House has been closed for nearly three years, needing earthquake strengthening.

    Now council and community groups are asking residents how the building should be used once upgraded.

  • A nudist club in Southland is opening its doors to the public.

    The Aparima Naturist Club in rural western Southland is calling for curious residents to drop by.

    And members say there are benefits to being naked that people might not have considered.

  • Professional investment company Forsyth Barr is celebrating 25 years in Southland.

    The company's leadership, including chairman Sir Eion Edgar made their way to Invercargill for a function last night.

    And they see great potential for growth in the future.

  • A southern cyclist is recovering in hospital with serious injuries after being involved in a collision with a car last night.

    The incident happened about 5pm at the intersection of Dalrymple and Ness streets in Invercargill.

    Police attended the crash, involving a car and a cyclist who was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

    Officers are looking into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

    They're hoping to speak with any witnesses, including anyone who assisted at the crash site.


  • 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.

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  • 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.