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Thursday, June 29, 2017

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Visitors to Queenstown airport should experience fewer traffic snarl ups once four point six million dollars of roading improvements are completed.

The Southern Partnership Group has finalised preferred options for the redevelopment of Dunedin Hospital.

Southern Steel and Central Pulse captains and coaches checked out the ANZ Premiership trophy yesterday in Invercargill.

Police are urging drivers to be cautious this winter following a car crash in Invercargill this morning.

One person is dead and 10 others injured following a crash near Roxburgh this afternoon.

One person is dead and 10 others injured following a crash near Roxburgh this afternoon.

Schools in the Otago region are about to receive a $5 million investment from the Government.

This is in addition to the $19 million provided by this year's budget.

Changes to the Ross Ice shelf are on the agenda at the New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference in Dunedin this week.

A young Queenstown couple are speaking up over the lack of affordable housing in Queenstown.

Mosgiel residents are calling for safety improvements at an intersection where motorists crash weekly.

Police and LandSAR teams have completed another day of searching for a fisherman who was reported overdue on Sunday.

There are hopes a new University Student's Association scheme for measuring moisture levels in houses will compel landlords to take better care of their flats and their tenants.

Dunedin

  • A Fulton Hogan employee was injured when the "sucker truck" he was driving rolled on State Highway 1, between Waihola and Milton.

  • Dunedin's club rugby season is in the home stretch, with four teams looking certain to be contending the top spots.

    The chances of the top-four spots changing between now and the playoffs look remote.

  • Wellington-based organisation Education New Zealand has just held an international education event in Dunedin.

    Its roadshow follows on from an international student wellbeing strategy launched in the South earlier this month.

    CEO Grant McPherson says New Zealand's success in the international student industry is one of our best-kept secrets.

  • Police have commenced re-investigation of allegations that the private communications of an individual were intercepted by Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay.

    Assistant Commissioner of Investigations Richard Chambers says Police have started speaking to a number of individuals who may have relevant information.

    This will be a thorough process with oversight from a senior detective, however at this stage they are unable to put a time-frame on how long it might take.

  • Southern motorists are being urged to take extra care on the roads this time of year as areas of black ice emerge.

    After yesterday's big freeze, light rain on the roads turned to black ice in the Otago Lakes area, and elsewhere in the district.

    Police say although the roads look wet, and the sun may not be shining, this creates a false impression for drivers.

    Incidents on the roads this morning include two vehicles that flipped on Malaghans Road in the Queenstown area.

    These did not result in any serious injuries.

  • A mother who lost her Dunedin son to suicide says a government-led draft suicide prevention strategy is "spineless".

    Patrice Harrex, of Oamaru, was spurred to work in mental health as a community worker after her son Brad Anderson committed suicide at age 25, in 2010.

Invercargill

  • Phase one of the Ministry for Primary Industries removal of oysters from Stewart Island’s Big Glory Bay oyster farms has been completed.

  • Southern Steel and Central Pulse captains and coaches checked out the ANZ Premiership trophy today at ILT Stadium in Invercargill.

    Both teams are hoping to get their hands on the trophy after the grand final tomorrow night.

  • Police have commenced re-investigation of allegations that the private communications of an individual were intercepted by Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay.

    Assistant Commissioner of Investigations Richard Chambers says Police have started speaking to a number of individuals who may have relevant information.

    This will be a thorough process with oversight from a senior detective, however at this stage they are unable to put a time-frame on how long it might take.

  • Southern motorists are being urged to take extra care on the roads this time of year as areas of black ice emerge.

    After yesterday's big freeze, light rain on the roads turned to black ice in the Otago Lakes area, and elsewhere in the district.

    Police say although the roads look wet, and the sun may not be shining, this creates a false impression for drivers.

    Incidents on the roads this morning include two vehicles that flipped on Malaghans Road in the Queenstown area.

    These did not result in any serious injuries.

  • A search and rescue operation has been launched at Edendale in Southland after a fisherman was reported overdue late yesterday.

    The man was believed to be fishing from rocks in the Fort Rose, Stirling Point area.

    Police visited the area last night and the man’s car and some fishing equipment was found.

    A search was launched last night and a helicopter assisted with the search however nothing was found.

    The search resumed this morning on land with search and rescue volunteers along the Tokanui / Slope Point region.

  • Craft beer brewers from around the country have been in Invercargill this week for the Southern Malt Collective conference.

    The two-day event allows the brewers to share tips and tricks for improving their skill-sets, and to try new flavours.

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.