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In the sporting realm there's not much Christchurch man Barry Gardiner hasn't done.

There's nothing like waiting for dawn to break over the runway at Dunedin's airport - and the public are invited to enjoy it with a brisk walk or run along the length of the tarmac.

One West Coast horse racing club is set to be a winner if the recommendations of a report into New Zealand's racing industry are implemented.

A third camping ground operator has joined the chorus of discontent over the new Queenstown Lakes District Council hub near Luggate.

Maniototo's brightest cricketing stars have been burning off some of their summer holiday energy.

A Dunedin potter's 32cm ceramic chicken first appeared in America, now it's causing a stir in Dunedin.

Dunedin

  • A Dunedin potter's 32cm ceramic chicken first appeared in America, now it's causing a stir in Dunedin.

  • Baleage swept along by November's flood and strewn over a rural road for months is being turned into compost.

  • There is no sign of completion for an Opoho man digitising the history of the South in his basement, one film reel at a time.

    And the only reward semi-retired Maurice Hayward gets for his twenty hours of work a week, is knowing important footage will live on for future generations.

  • An unusual zoological window display at a Dunedin auction house is causing a bit of a stir.

    Proctor Auctions on George Street is displaying an assortment of exotic taxidermied animals in its front window before an auction later this year.

  • An 8 year-old violin virtuoso is looking for 3 more maestros to help her perform a piece in the Dunedin's Chinese Garden.

    The young and talented musician is set to play in February, as a start to the Chinese New Year celebrations.

    George Street Normal School pupil Justine Hua has been honing her skills on the instrument for 3 years, practising 2 hours every day.

    She is looking forward to performing at the Chinese Garden next month for Chinese New Year.

    Justine's chosen to play the quick-fingered "Summer" from Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.

  • A forest on the Otago Peninsula is proving a popular spot for sea lion births.

    Pup numbers have been steadily increasing over the past few years for a species that was virtually wiped out a few hundred years ago.

Invercargill

  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in Southland today for the first time since taking office.

    She has officially reopened a fourth potline at New Zealand’s Aluminium Smelter at Tiwai Point this morning.

  • Hikers in Fiordland are set to get the chance to tramp across a piece of history again, with the Percy Burn Viaduct now officially reopened.

    More than fifty guests were flown to the remote landmark in the Southern Fiordland World Heritage Area on Friday to celebrate the occasion.

  • A group of street artists from as far away as Auckland are in Riverton this week to create a series of large murals.

    Eight New Zealand artists are painting areas of the town for the South Sea Spray Riverton permanent exhibition.

    Southland artist Danny Owen says murals are slowly becoming more popular in major cities throughout the country, and creating eight massive murals in the space of a few days is spreading vibrancy in one hit.

    He says while each artist has their own narrative as to what they create, the murals will compliment the town's seaside vibe.

  • The two pods are stranded at the southern end of Mason Bay, approximately two kilometres apart.

    Doc say half of the whales have had to be euthanised due to their condition, and the remote area they were found.

    The other half had already died.

    They say the likelihood of being able to successfully re-float the remaining whales was extremely low, so the most humane thing to do was to euthanise.

    Doc has notified local Ngai Tahu iwi and they're working together on next steps.

  • Children were schooled in a violence-free lifestyle today as the South Island White Ribbon Ride made its way to Invercargill.

    The annual motorbike ride both raises awareness and tackles the issue of domestic violence.

  • Every pair of shoes in Kevin Downie's extensive collection is laced with memories from his past.

    Now, the Invercargill footwear fanatic is sharing those memories, by showing just a fraction of his huge collection in an exhibition opening today.