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North Taieri sire Raise The Flag is doing as his name suggests across the Tasman.

Sixty years ago today, four men lost their lives in little Lake Emma, deep in the Ashburton Gorge.

Motorists will be spared delays with the construction of Dunedin's new bus hub.

Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters says changes to immigration policies throughout New Zealand will help Southland to retain more skilled workers.

Sixteen years of planning came to fruition yesterday with the official opening of Curio Bay’s Tumu Toka Curioscape.

Four members of Queenstown's Sky City Stampede ice hockey team have been suspended, following a brawl during last weekend's match with the West Auckland Admirals.

Dunedin

  • North Taieri sire Raise The Flag is doing as his name suggests across the Tasman.

    The White Robe sire is flying the flag for southern-bred stock, and is set to complete a remarkable achievement on the Australian sires' table.

  • Motorists will be spared delays with the construction of Dunedin's new bus hub.

    The construction of the 4 million dollar project will largely take place outside business hours, to cause as little disruption as possible.

  • The multi-million dollar development of Dunedin's waterfront has come closer to being a reality today.

    The Government's announced an eight hundred and twenty thousand dollar cash injection for the project from the Government's Provincial Growth Fund, with a further sixty thousand going to the development of Otago's Economic Development Strategy.

    The announcement was made by Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones at Toitu this afternoon.

  • Smoke at a coffee roastery in Dunedin resulted in a fire call out this morning.

    Luckily, by the time the fire had extinguished itself by the time emergency services with two fire appliances arrived.

  • Dunedin students were treated to a special delivery from a group of young volunteers today.

    As part of a wider programme to integrate refugees into the community, the youngsters were taught about kindness.

  • Dunedin-based food processing company Harraways and Sons has gifted a hundred thousand dollars to bring food science experts to New Zealand.

    The first of those visitors is Proferssor Marc Hendrickxs from Leuven in Belgium.

Invercargill

  • Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters says changes to immigration policies throughout New Zealand will help Southland to retain more skilled workers.

    Peters was in Invercargill on Wednesday night where he said modifications to immigration policies were just months away.

  • Sixteen years of planning came to fruition yesterday with the official opening of Curio Bay’s Tumu Toka Curioscape.

    The opening of the $2.5million visitor centre will go towards educating visitors to the Catlins about the history and wildlife of the area.

  • Southlanders are being told to get in quick if they want a piece of the government’s Provincial Growth Fund.

    Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters has been in Invercargill to talk about regional development opportunities for Southland at a dinner hosted by Venture Southland.

  • Two Invercargill musicians are on a mission to put Invercargill on the map for touring bands.

    Southland Musicians Club members Jordan Cossill and Matt Hoffman have been transforming the club to attract more bands, and to help the Southland music scene flourish.

  • There’s an element of mystery surrounding the latest exhibition at the Invercargill Public Art Gallery.

    The exhibition, titled Untitled, Undated, Unknown, features works from the gallery’s collection, all of which are missing some vital information.

  • Southland youth have been using different mediums of art to tell the stories of their history and culture.

    Storytelling is the theme for this year's Polyfest Arts Exhibition which has received over three hundred entries from early childhood classes through to Year 13 pupils.

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.