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The nearly 12 million dollar upgrade to Invercargill and Bluff's drinking water system is almost complete.

Dunedin's historic Regent Theatre has taken a turn for the ultra modern, when it comes to rest rooms.

Buster the penguin has put on his winter coat and returned home to Little Papanui Beach on Otago Peninsula.

The biggest tractor ever seen in Southland and Otago recently arrived at Agricentre South's Gore branch.

The Invercargill City Council is diverting traffic in the city centre at night this week.

The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is being marked by a special collections exhibition at the University of Otago.

iD Dunedin fashion week is over for another year, the designers have returned their workrooms, and the media returned to the news of the day.

Police are calling for information after staff discovered a cannabis plot at the Buckler Burn River Flats near Glenorchy.

New Zealand’s rugby community is mourning the loss of former All Blacks Head Coach Eric Watson, who passed away on Saturday, aged 91.

Dunedin

  • An exhibition that was brought to New Zealand by the Polish embassy in Wellington is now being shown in the Dunedin Community Gallery.

    It includes 21 posters from leading Polish artists, depicting the history of Polish theatre and indirectly, Polish politics.

  • It was a wrap this weekend at the 2017 iD Fashion Week.

    Friday and Saturday night saw the final catwalk shows at Dunedin's Railway Station and the concluding note of another year of fashion, food, and photography.

    But iD Dunedin Fashion Committee chairwoman Cherry Lucas said because of Adele's Auckland concerts, the event would end up at a significant loss similar to last years of nearly $55,000.

  • A local group seeking a permanent library in South Dunedin says a DCC announcement could be just days away.

    New initiatives like this weekend's Neighbours Day are a part of the movement, with supporters of a move to a permanent library turning out to share lunch and give feedback on what the hub means to them.

  • A resource consent has been sought to subdivide coastal land at Toko Mouth near Milton.

    The pending notified resource consent application was made by Toko Developments Ltd and there will be an official hearing on Monday.

    Resource consent is sought to subdivide a 4.6 hectare site at Toko Mouth into nine smaller allotments. Eight of the allotments will be for residential use and the ninth will continue to be used for farming.

  • A display of photography talent from around the region was made open to the public this weekend.

    The Otago Museum's annual Otago Wildlife Photography Exhibition is now in its 19th year, and is attracting more interest than ever.

  • A Dunedin department store joined the other outlets in the chain to take part in the Shave for a Cure event.

    $7,000 was raised in Dunedin, part of $50,000 raised across the South Island.

Invercargill

  • Invercargill's Blue River Dairy has taken out a handful of medals at this year's New Zealand Champions of Cheese Awards.

    Blue River Dairy produces a range of sheep milk products.

  • Southland Girls' High School students are getting to know what Invercargill has to offer them - and what they have to offer Invercargill.

    It's the Year Sevens' Community Break -Out Week where they are making the most of their outside the classroom learning.

  • The Southern District Health Board has reportedly apologised to the family of a patient who died after information on a mass on her lung went missing.

    A report by the Health and Disability Commissioner said the woman went to a Southern DHB hospital emergency department with a cough and chest tightness, and was given a chest x-ray.

    Five days later a radiologist's report noted a significant nodule on the lung but the information was lost when a staff member went on leave. The woman was admitted to hospital 20 months later but died a short time after.

  • Information released by police to the Otago Daily Times shows National Member of Parliament Todd Barclay refused to co-operate with detectives investigating allegations he secretly recorded his electorate office staff.

    According to the Police Barclay did not return phone messages from a detective on the inquiry and had a lawyer contact police to say he would not be making a statement. Barclay has responded by saying Parliamentary Services were the legal employer of support staff, and it was his right not to make a statement.

  • The group representing Southland at the Trustpower National Community Awards has been announced.

    Koha Kai helps disabled adults get experience in cooking and growing food, and the project leader says it is humbling to get this recognition.

  • Westport woman Leanne Ryall left her Domett St home Friday morning and hasn't been seen since.

    50 year old Ryall is described as five foot, three inches tall, of solid build, with short, wavy, red/brown hair.

    She was last seen around 9am on Friday morning walking near the intersection of Derby and Cobden Street, a few blocks from her Domett St home.

    Police believe Ryall is still in the Westport area but are not ruling out the possibility that she has travelled further afield.

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.