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Friday, September 22, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017

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National’s Hamish Walker was a clear winner in the Clutha-Southland electorate on Saturday night.
Walker held the seat with an election-night majority of 13,005 votes.

Dunedin

  • Four new smart parking signs are being trialed in Dunedin as from today.

  • Prostate Cancer kills over 600 New Zealand men every year.
    Every day in New Zealand, eight men are diagnosed with Prostate Cancer – one person every three hours

    For the past seven years the PlaceMakers chain has supported the Blue September awareness campaign, with staff dressing up, and selling blue foods...

  • Yesterday a group of enthusiastic staff from Bunnings Warehouse as well as other volunteers helped make a Dunedin walkway more beautiful.

  • A new University of Otago study has found setting family rules which limit screentime, and food choices, can help in the war on childhood obesity.

    Lead researcher Dr Tasileta Teevale believes paediatric obesity is a health priority for New Zealand as it has one of the world’s highest rates, particularly for Pacific New Zealanders.

    She says its necessary to better educate the next generation to stop the epidemic.

    The study is newly published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

  • Tomorrow is World Car Free Day; to celebrate the Dunedin City Council, New Zealand Transport Agency and Otago Regional Council are providing free busses in Dunedin.

    This initiative is being funded by the Regional Council with assistance from the New Zealand Transport Agency.

    All busses across the Dunedin network are free all day.

    Otago Regional Council Chief Executive Peter Bodeker says they're pleased to offer the free services, following the this week's changes to routes.

  • A new interactive exhibition using wifi-enabled umbrellas has popped up in Dunedin.

    The project is the latest from the Dunedin Urban Dream Brokerage.

Invercargill

  • The Southland Year 7 and 8 Table Tennis School Championships were held in Invercargill yesterday.

    16 teams from four Southland schools entered the championships.

  • Southland school pupils have been running their own mock elections this month as part of the Electoral Commission Kids Voting programme.

    Schools around the country were sent voting resources matching Levels 3 to 5 of the New Zealand Curriculum, to have a better understanding of the voting process.

  • Women from around the country celebrated 124 years of women having the right to vote on Tuesday - by doing just that.

    A small group of people gathered in Invercargill's Wachner Place to celebrate the right by having their say.

  • A new three-week festival is coming to Invercargill, which is set to keep children entertained during the upcoming school holidays.

    Venture Southland's Ice World New Zealand is bringing one last snap of winter chill to the city, while celebrating the arrival of Spring.

  • The Invercargill City Council’s new 12 million dollar Branxholme Water Treatment Plant was officially opened yesterday.

  • A new project to diversify Southland businesses is rolling out in Invercargill.

    The Awareness Project seeks to form new policies in workplaces to ensure an inclusive and diverse Southland workplace.

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.