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Women from around the country celebrated 124 years of women having the right to vote on Tuesday - by doing just that.

Caroline Bay's merry-go round horses are being prepared for a new lick of paint in time for summer.

The South Today spoke to one of the hardworking volunteers on the job.

The South Today presents a series of discussions with candidates standing in the Clutha-Southland electorate.

The South Today presents a series of discussions with candidates standing in the Clutha-Southland electorate.

Our latest instalment is the region's New Zealand First Party candidate.

A new three-week festival is coming to Invercargill, which is set to keep children entertained during the upcoming school holidays.

A new interactive exhibition using wifi-enabled umbrellas has popped up in Dunedin.

The project is the latest from the Dunedin Urban Dream Brokerage.

The Lightening Institute is UK-based organisation founded by Phil Parker, who developed his experiences into a philosophy for success.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has assured farmers his party will not tax irrigation water.

A new University of Otago study has found setting family rules which limit screentime, and food choices, can help in the war on childhood obesity.

Tomorrow is World Car Free Day; to celebrate the Dunedin City Council, New Zealand Transport Agency and Otago Regional Council are providing free busses in Dunedin.

Dunedin

  • A Dunedin institution will close its doors if it is not brought into compliance with new fire regulations.

    The Dunedin Musicians' Club is holding a concert to raise around $10,000, add a fire escape, and bring the building up to code.

  • The New Zealand Dental Association is partnering with a well-known oral healthcare brand to save teeth.

    Wrigley's and the NZDA have donated around $45,000 to support oral health for disadvantaged kiwis.

  • On a glance around Dunedin, it can appear as if we're a city of scaffolding, with many prominent buildings being worked on at present.

    One of the most impressive external structures is the spire at First Church, which The South Today was very fortunate to get to the top of...

    Darryl Baser discovered it's not that easy to climb 57 meters pretty much straight up..

  • Dunedin's Speight's brewery has just unveiled a new tour of the historic building.

  • Summerfruit New Zealand and the Meat Industry Association of New Zealand signed the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response Deed.

    The agreement strengthens their fight against pests and diseases which can significantly impact New Zealand’s economy.

    By signing the GIA Deed, Summerfruit NZ and MIA join the fifteen other industry sectors which have agreed to work with Government.

  • A Canterbury diesel mechanic has plead guilty to running a lengthy black-market paua operation.

    Appearing at the Christchurch District Court Forty-five-year-old Sefton man Michael Andrew Dickson received a sentence of four months community detention and 200 hours community work when he appeared.

    His offending was uncovered during a Ministry for Primary Industries investigation.

    The court heard that between the periods of January to May 2015 and September 2015 to May 2016, Dickson sold 346 rock lobster and 200 paua on the black market.

Invercargill

  • The Invercargill City Council’s new 12 million dollar Branxholme Water Treatment Plant was officially opened yesterday.

  • A new project to diversify Southland businesses is rolling out in Invercargill.

    The Awareness Project seeks to form new policies in workplaces to ensure an inclusive and diverse Southland workplace.

  • Members of Forest and Bird Southland have donned costumes to give a voice to penguins in need.

    Volunteers gathered at Invercargill’s Wachner Place to spread the warning that the yellow-eyed penguin could become extinct.

  • Next Tuesday marks the 124th anniversary of the Electoral Act becoming law, giving all New Zealand women the right to vote.

    That momentous occasion was marked in Invercargill this morning, with a Suffrage Day breakfast for women of all ages.

  • Staff and residents at Invercargill’s Peacehaven Village are displaying their artistic flair in a new exhibition.

  • Southlanders are now a little clearer about why Colombian refugees are heading their way.

    A meeting in Invercargill last night was addressed by former Colombian citizens, as well as Southlanders preparing to welcome the first refugees next year.

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.