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Alexandra's historic Vallance Cottage could overlook a new commercial venture, as expressions of interest are being sought for land surrounding the cottage.

After a month of early mornings and seven failed launches, there was a sense of relief among the NASA super pressure balloon team based in Wanaka.

Anzac day was commemorated yesterday across the country.

The South Today's regional reporters were on duty from Oamaru to Invercargill to give their stories.

Lions, tigers, and bears - some of Otago Museum’s most exotic animals are set for a spruce-up.

Dunedin residents blanketed the grass of Queen's Gardens yesterday in observance of this years' Anzac day.

47-year-old Invercargill policeman, Benjamin Peter McLean, has been charged with murdering his wife Verity McLean and the attempted murder of a man.

A Southland police search and rescue team have recovered the bodies of two climbers from an area below Marian Peak in the Darren Mountains in Fiordland.

New Zealand’s leading journal of arts and literature, Landfall has announced the winner of the inaugural Charles Brasch Young Writers’ Essay Competition.

Chilly weather is heralding winter's approach, with frost and snow likely for the south of New Zealand next week.

Dunedin

  • It was up, up and slowly away for the kites and kids out at Larnach Castle's Flying Penguin competition this weekend.

    The castle developed the idea of a contest for kids and professional kite-flyers last year.

  • A new online app was released today, designed by Youthline.

    Called Good2Great, it helps young Kiwis build their self-confidence and leadership skills within a safe and anonymous environment.

    The Good2Great programme is aiming to have 5,000 young people complete the online course in 2017. The programme will be supported by weekend workshops around the country, starting in Oamaru on May 20-21.

    Good2Great ambassador Stan Walker will make a special appearance.

  • About 100 protesters marched against the University of Otago's proposed $50 million animal testing laboratory.

    Placards carried messages saying that animal testing is archaic and unnecessary. The march co-incided with Dunedin's Earth Day event, in support of science.

  • It's now over 100 years since the advent of World War I, and 2017 is a year of particular importance to the Otago region.

    A display at Toitū Settler's Museum is focusing on the Belgium campaign and October 12 1917 - known as New Zealand's worst day.

    100 men from Otago and 2700 New Zealanders were killed or wounded at Bellevue Spur in just four hours.

  • A record number of men, women, children and canines showed up for Dunedin's annual Town Belt Traverse this weekend.

    Over 800 people brought their bicycles, prams, and pets to the free event, which is part of the Wild Dunedin Festival. Participants could download an interactive map to learn more about the history and biodiversity of the area.

  • The Highlanders are in Invercargill ahead of their game against the Sunwolves tomorrow night.

    While staying, they have been making the most of their time in the city.

Invercargill

  • A new online app was released today, designed by Youthline.

    Called Good2Great, it helps young Kiwis build their self-confidence and leadership skills within a safe and anonymous environment.

    The Good2Great programme is aiming to have 5,000 young people complete the online course in 2017. The programme will be supported by weekend workshops around the country, starting in Oamaru on May 20-21.

    Good2Great ambassador Stan Walker will make a special appearance.

  • Invercargill software company Digital Stock is embracing the ubiquitous nature of technology by teaming up with a graffiti artist to create unique artworks for people in the city to interact with.

    The company and artist Deow say it’s just the beginning of what can be achieved by merging media.

  • The Highlanders are in Invercargill ahead of their game against the Sunwolves tomorrow night.

    While staying, they have been making the most of their time in the city.

  • A fleet of cars left Invercargill yesterday - running on less than the smell of an oily rag.

    To promote electric vehicles, the Leading the Charge road trip of around 20 electric and hybrid vehicles is travelling from Bluff to Cape Reinga.

  • It has been 40 years since the last new hotel was built in Invercargill.

    The Invercargill Licensing Trust announced plans to build another hotel for the city yesterday. The South Today spoke to tourism stakeholders about what they think of the proposal.

  • The 5th bi-annual Pork Pie Charity Run saw almost 60 Mini cars make the journey from Kaitaia to Invercargill.

    Following in the tyre marks of the classic 1981 New Zealand movie Goodbye Pork Pie (and its more recent remake), the group roared into the Dunedin and Gore en-route to the end of the road at Invercargill.

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.