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As well as sweltering under a hot summer the Mosgiel has also hosted the South Island Pony Club Show Jumping National competitions.

Work has begun this week to improve road conditions across Dunedin.

The new Curio Bay Tumu Toka Natural Heritage Visitor Centre opened to the public in December.

The intersection where a three-car collision happened near Queenstown yesterday is now under review by the New Zealand Transport Agency.

Lumsden’s town centre is getting a makeover to address issues which come with high numbers of tourists and freedom campers.

With the record-breaking hot weather over the past few days, Dunedin residents are being asked to conserve water to avoid compulsory restrictions.

The search for the body of missing skydiver Tyler Nii is being thwarted by Lake Wakatipu being deeper than previously thought.

Dunedin

  • A rare female takahē was admitted to the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital today.

  • Dunedin airport closed in on a record-breaking hottest January day today.

    Unofficial public gauges across Dunedin were showing very hot temperatures from early this morning.

  • The New Zealand and Pakistan cricket teams received a warm welcome on their arrival at Dunedin airport yesterday.

    The teams are here for a one day international cricket match this weekend.

  • Enterprise Dunedin says this year's cruise season has been one of the best yet.

    The season got off to a rocky start however with passengers contracting the norovirus while aboard ships which later arrived in Dunedin.

  • A 20-year heart study has found people who take infrequent holidays are more likely to experience a cardiac event.

    Rosel Labone took a break with lifecoach Jan Aitken to talk about the physical and emotional damage of our non-stop lives.

  • E. Coli levels at the Otokia Creek are currently unsafe, according to quality samples taken by the Otago Regional Council.

    Signage advising against swimming in the creek was installed on Thursday.

Invercargill

  • Southland organisations are ensuring no children are left bored this school holidays – no matter how far away they are.
    The Southland District Council School Holiday Programme has been delivering fun and games to rural Southland communities throughout the holiday period.

  • The southern timber sports circuit was held in Southland during the summer holidays, attracting wood-choppers from around the world.

    The six-day circuit is the region’s biggest woodchopping event for the year and sees some of the biggest names in timber sports.

  • Southland organisations are ensuring no children are left bored this school holidays – no matter how far away they are.

    The Southland District Council School Holiday Programme has been delivering fun and games to rural Southland communities throughout the holiday period.

  • Invercargill's hottest day on record was this Sunday, when temperatures soared to 32.3 degrees Celsius.

    Southland is in the grips of one of its driest summers on record, and temperatures are expected to stay high for some time.

  • Hundreds of beach-goers flocked to Curio Bay over the summer holidays for the sand, surf, and to find some hidden treasure.

    Curio Bay is on the Southern coast in the Catlins district and hosted its annual Big Dig in late December.

  • A Southland man is being hailed a life-saver after putting himself at risk to save three swimmers in early January.

    Shane Malloch of Omaui, 20 km southwest of Invercargill, battled rough waters to save three swimmers who were being dragged out to sea.

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.