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Members of a Dunedin-based group supporting public bus users are highlighting problems with a new route.

Work on Dunedin's historic courthouse is beginning in a couple of weeks.

The government's committing $20m to the earthquake strengthening and restoration project.

Organisers of the iD Dunedin Fashion Week are looking at ways to cut costs after reporting an almost $55,000 loss.

Invercargill residents are being enticed into the city centre by a new gastronomic initiative.

Food Truck Fridays are being held at Wachner Place.

Otago is the second fastest growing region in the country in relation to tourism, according to the latest statistics.

Staff and students of the languages and Culture department at the University of Otago are celebrating the arrival of spring.

Fishing season is kicking off around New Zealand tomorrow.

With Southland home to the most fishers per capita in the country, it's a mad rush to get everything ready in time.

As local body elections draw closer, the Queenstown Lakes District Council is hoping for better voter participation than last time.

A 57-year-old tale of eight missing high school students is behind an offering in this year's Dunedin arts festival.

Almost 1000 gymnasts from all over the country are in Invercargill for the national championships.

Traffic lights are to be installed at a busy intersection in Invercargill, following public consultation.

For some children school holidays means hours in front of the television or trips to the movies.

But in the south, something a little more unique is on the agenda.

Today is the day when New Zealand police officers formally acknowledge their colleagues who've died on duty.

A local branch of a national organisation is about to celebrate its 35th anniversary.

Rape Crisis Dunedin has been supporting survivors of sexual violence since the early 1980s.

Two people are injured following a paraglider crash near Queenstown this morning.

Dunedin

  • The future of the country's bus and coach industry is being discussed in Dunedin this week.

    More than 200 operators from around the country are in the city for the Bus and Coach Association's annual conference.

    Safety systems, CCTV cameras for vehicles and the latest industry technology is being explored during the event.

    There are several top-of-the-line buses on display, as well as a variety of trade stalls.

    The transport minister is among key speakers scheduled to address delegates during the week.

  • This year the New Zealand Paralympian team won the most medals in the world on a per-capita basis.

    The six Dunedin-based athletes arrived home at the weekend to a warm community welcome.

    And now they're receiving civic recognition.

  • The contributions of senior members of Dunedin's Chinese community are being recognised.

    A special lunch has been held for the volunteers at the Dunedin Chinese Garden, where many have been involved in events and ceremonies.

    It was an opportunity to give back to those who share their culture so freely.

  • It's hoped a chilli cook-off being held in Dunedin this weekend can raise enough funds to have children's books translated into Pacific languages.

    The event organiser is busy preparing for the competition, which is open to community cooks of all pedigrees.

    And a seasoned international judge is getting his taste buds ready for determining a winner.

  • Increasing use of electronic devices is likely to lead to eye strain and long-term retinal damage according to optometrists.

    Nine in every ten optometrists in New Zealand are concerned about the number of people they're seeing with eye damage related to digital device use.

    They say some children as young as five years old are presenting with problems as a result.

    Dunedin optometrist Peter Dick says strained vision, headaches and sleep deprivation are all linked to high energy blue light emitted by flat screens.

  • University of Otago researchers are uncovering the secrets of some remarkable isolated plants.

    They say mega herbs on remote subantarctic islands use heat to survive in the bleak conditions.

    And theirs is the first evidence of that happening outside the tropics.

Invercargill

  • Almost 1000(a thousand) gymnasts from all over the country are in Invercargill for the national championships.

    The five-day contest has just kicked off, and everyone's excited to see how it plays out.

  • A crash victim is recovering after being trapped in a vehicle in the Invercargill CBD.

    The crash occurred near the corner of Nith and Eye streets just before 3pm.

    One person was trapped and had to be cut from a car.

    A person was taken from the scene in a stretcher, although no-one else appeared to be seriously injured.

    The two-car crash is believed to have been caused by the driver of a blue vehicle pulling out of a car park into oncoming traffic.

    Two fire appliances, three police cars and an ambulance were at the scene.

  • A new app for first home buyers is hitting the market.

    It's been developed by an Invercargill lawyer who says she's trying to combat a lack of general knowledge about property law.

    And she's hoping her solution will make the purchase process less intimidating.

  • It's nearly October, when New Zealanders are given extra encouragement to stop smoking through a month-long challenge.

    This is the third year the government's teaming up with health professionals for Stoptober.

    And southern organisers are hoping families and friends will support loved ones in taking up the challenge.

  • A 50-year-old woman remains in a serious but stable condition at Dunedin Hospital, following a shooting in Invercargill last night.

    Police have identified the 29-year-old man they believe is responsible, as Kevin Johnston.

    His body was found by officers inside an Otatara Road house just after midnight.

    Police say he appeared to have suffered from a self-inflicted injury and his death has been referred to the coroner.

    There are reports the 50-year-old woman is his mother.

    Police haven't confirmed that, saying only that the two were related.

  • Invercargill primary school pupils are preparing for a journey across Foveaux Strait.

    Year 6 students at Sacred Heart School are fundraising for an upcoming camp on Stewart Island.

    And they've been learning a valuable lesson in the process.

Business

  • 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.

  • Fonterra has indicated it will increase its 2016/2017 farmgate milk price.

    The rise of 50c to $4.75 per kilogram of milk solids is seen as a positive signal for farmers.

    Federated Farmers dairy industry spokesperson Andrew Hoggard says the announcement will likely boost dairy farmer optimism, and make their bank managers 'more cheerful'.

  • The price of petrol is heading up, once again.

    The price per litre has increased 11c in just under a fortnight, to $1.88 for 91 octane.

    The rises have been attributed to the increasing cost of refining crude over the same period.

    Industry watchdogs are expecting the price to remain at the present level in the short term.

    A barrel of petrol is now costing more than $NZ82.

  • Beef and lamb exports to key markets have fallen.

    Statistics New Zealand figures show total exports were worth $4b in July.

    That's down 19% on the same month last year.

    The largest decrease was in lamb exports, which are down 29%.

    The drop has been attributed to record meat exports at this time last year, when they were 31% higher than the average over the previous five years.

    The United States and the EU are the largest export destinations for beef and lamb.

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.