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Hundreds of pairs of shoes are being sorted in a collection drive in Dunedin for suicide prevention.

The Otago University Students Association has disaffiliated itself from a controversial religious group, labelled a cult by some.

Pupils from Kakanui school are busy making a short film as part of local fundraiser.

A Queenstown native plant nursery is getting a fifty thousand dollar expansion, thanks to a grant from the Department of Conservation.

The Dunedin Performing Arts Competition Society and a warm audience welcomed more than 60 competitors to the Junior vocal competition this weekend.

At present cats which die on the road are simply collected by council and put in a landfill.

Monday was the first day of school performances for Polyfest 2017 which started with an opening ceremony at Stadium Southland.

An open day for disabled school children was held in South Dunedin today.

Pupils and their parents were able to find out more about the options they will have after they leave school.

Schools throughout the West Coast took part in the annual School Chess Tournament held at the Greymouth High School library earlier this week.

Stopping Violence Dunedin is to conduct its first ever street appeal in the city next week.

The organisation has been active in the community for more than 30 years.

Omakau residents have been promised a new water system by mid next year.

This comes as good news after residents have had to boil tap water for nearly a month.

Dunedin

  • The Dunedin town hall reverberated to the beats from the streets with NZCAF Otago and Southland hip hop dance championships.

    Dance crews from the region's school took part, alongside groups from the RASA and Jade schools of dance.
    The action was fast and frantic, as teams battled for over all supremacy.

    Queen's High School's The Dominant Minority won the secondary school competition over second place Fresh Prince from St Hilda's.

  • A resource consent has been lodged with the Queenstown District Council to build a community centre on the land beside Arrowtown’s St Patrick’s Catholic Church.

    The proposed Olive Leaf centre will be for the use of the Queenstown-Arrowtown Catholic church and the wider community.

  • National Party leader, Bill English and current minister of health visited Dunedin on Saturday to announce a billion dollar rebuild of Dunedin's public hospital.

    The visit wasn't without protest with members of the New Zealand nurses association remaining outside, while the official announcements were made before an invited audience.

    The National Party says if elected the rebuild will happen within 10 years, and cost between 1.4 and 1.8 billion dollars.

  • This Friday is Daffodil Day, marking the annual appeal for donations towards the research and treatment for cancer.

    The South Today encountered people on Dunedin's streets delivering the first daffodils of spring.

  • This morning Cadbury Confectionery's parent company Mondelez International committed to a 7 million dollar redevelopment of Cadbury World.

    The multi-national company says it'll create 25 new permanent roles, however the company admits around 300 shift work positions will be lost with the closure of the factory at the end of this year.

  • Two Dunedin residents say their Housing New Zealand houses are uninhabitable because dampness and mould are affecting their health.

    Maureen Scott and Gary Green claim they have had little or no success getting Housing New Zealand to solve their problems.

Invercargill

  • New Zealanders wanting to make voting easy for themselves in next month's general election should enrol before Wednesday.

    Wednesday is the deadline to be included on the printed electoral roll and to receive an EasyVote pack in the post.

  • Welcome back. Southland employers and supporters of the Invest in Youth initiative were thanked for their services to youth yesterday.

    A crowd attended a function hosted by Southland Youth Futures and the Southland Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Venture Southland.

    The guest speakers were Deon Aldridge and Bruce Munro, who teamed up to write a book for helping business owners overcome inter-generational differences.
    Awards were presented by the regional Mayors Tim Shadbolt and Mayor Tracy Hicks.

  • The Invercargill City Council has launched the city's new dream big brand.

    Hundreds of people attended the unveiling last night.

  • Invercargill’s annual Polyfest event begins next week but on Tuesday, Aurora College was given a sneak-preview of things to come.

    Student Ashante Taualofa-Crowe was announced as the winning designer of the t-shirts to be worn by all Polyfest organisers and volunteers during the event.

  • A large Southland dairy corporation and two of its managers were fined nearly $60,000 in the Invercargill District Court on Tuesday on charges of neglecting their dairy cows on farms at Lumsden.

    The prosecution was brought by the Ministry of Primary Industries and its Manager of Compliance Investigations Gary Orr spoke to Sharon Reece after the case.

  • Former South Island farmer-of-the-year Doug Avery was in Invercargill yesterday to launch his book about his struggles as a farmer.

    "The Resilient Farmer" is Avery’s emotional account of battling depression.

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.