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Fans of American recording artist George Thorogood & The Destroyers may be disappointed to hear the musician isn't coming to New Zealand.

New Zealand's largest A&P show was held in Christchurch last week at Canterbury Agricultural Park in Wigram.

The idea of establishing a toilet museum in Dunedin has been suggested by the city council's archivist Alison Breece.

Otago Polytechnics end of year fashion show on Friday included designs from Shanghai.

Some cellphone users can expect a text with an unusual sound this Sunday between 6pm and 7pm.

A Southland church will hold its last service later this month.

Last week saw a bowling tournament being held in Gore.

Last week saw thousands of visitors flock to a display of patchwork quilts in Geraldine.

Queenstown’s new public transport system Orbus launched yesterday with organisers offering free GoCards and free bus rides.

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Cigarette butts, bottle caps and a pair of black bikini bottoms were just some of the rubbish picked up from the beaches of Lake Wanaka by volunteers at the weekend.

A car worth one million pounds sterling is to be displayed in Dunedin at the weekend.

A Dunedin high school has a 6-year-old Holland Lop rabbit to reduce anxiety among students.

Three Otago residents were made Members of the Order of St John during an investiture ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral at the weekend.

More than 5000 people turned out over the weekend to enjoy Oamaru's Victorian Fete.

One of the highlights was the annual World Stone Sawing championship.

Near perfect conditions delivered five new race records at the Queenstown International Marathon on Saturday.

The sport of basketball is growing in Waitaki region thanks to the influx of basketball fans from the Philipines.

Invercargill has joined the disc golf community by launching its own 18-basket course.

The development is one more step forward for a sport that first came to New Zealand in the 1990s.


  • Relics from Christmas past are being showcased at the Dunedin Public Library's Reed gallery Heritage Christmas exhibition.

    Staff at the library have been digging into the archives, searching for old-fashioned highlights of the festive season.

  • Organisers of this Sunday's charity car cruise in Dunedin say they're hoping to give more than $5000 to the Otago Communuity Hospice.

    The annual fundraising car cruise has raised more than $24,000 dollars in its seven-year history.

  • Rabbit numbers have reached plague proportions at Moeraki.

    Residents who can't shoot the pests in urban areas are looking forward to the release of a new rabbit killing virus.

  • This week has been Psychology Week, with lectures and events held across the country.

  • Throughout the nation teams of cycle safety instructors visit primary schools to educate youngsters in safe cycling.

    This week it was south Dunedin's Bathgate Park School who the city council's cycle safety team visited, where they found varying skill levels...

  • Alternative Country is a term for modern-day musicians whose musical style is inspired by the likes of Johnny Cash.

    The South Today caught up with one such artist who started off in Dunedin but is now carving out a musical career in Australia.


  • A Southland-born graffiti artist has progressed from tagging Invercargill walls to his own exhibition in Riverton.

    Danny Owen is the first artist featured in Riverton’s newly established Vault Pop Up Gallery.

  • Back in 1938 a young lad called Jock Paterson picked up the bag pipes for the first time.
    And today, 79 years later, at the age of 90, he's still blowing strong.

  • Cordons were put in place on an Invercargill street today after a callout for the Armed Offenders Squad.

  • Invercargill is gearing up for the arrival of a group of Columbian refugees early next year.

    Community group South Alive hosted the first of three meetings today to give members of the community a chance to better understand what will be involved in the resettlement.

  • A national conference was held at Invercargill’s Stadium Southland today to discuss the ever-changing workforce in New Zealand.
    More than 400 careers advisers from around the country have come to hear from Southland-based speakers about change and how to deal with it.

  • An Invercargill filmmaker has won a top award in the 48 Hour Film Competition.

    James Wilkinson’s work as director of photography on the film The Black Ballet was recognised as the best of the best, at a function in Auckland on Saturday night.


  • 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.