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Eighteen contenders are counting down to Queenstown’s annual Thriller charity boxing event, on Saturday night.

The event raises money for the Queenstown Branches Charitable Trust.

here's something for plant lovers to look forward to this summer...

Thousands of toys will be disappearing from Dunedin shelves after Christmas as Dunedin's Toyworld is set to close in January 2018.

A petition with twelve thousand names supporting the establishment of a Ronald McDonald House at Dunedin Hospital was presented to the Southern District Health Board today.

A new Japanese rental car company in Queenstown is focusing on providing Asian tourists with a state-of-the-art fleet, designed to keep motorists safe on the road.

The circus is coming to town in Dunedin, treating audiences with extraordinary feats of acrobatics.

The Invercargill City Council has voted to establish a backup water supply for the city.

An Invercargill woman is asking Southlanders to send some love to the elderly this Christmas as part of a nationwide movement of kindness.

After four years of planning and five months of construction, Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre is nearing completion, with the doors set to open to the public on Saturday 16 December.

Dunedin

  • Port Chalmers residents have taken to social media following an incident where a log came off a truck which witnesses say had to stop suddenly.

  • Members of First Church and Presbyterian Support Otago joined forces and placed over 300 ribbons on the church grounds this afternoon, as a visual reminder of White Ribbon Day.

  • The front windows of Dunedin's Community Gallery are currently framed with bright yellow ribbons.

    It's another event under the Life Matter suicide prevention trust banner, but this one has been organised by a younger volunteer with a passion for visual arts...

  • Last month in Gore saw budding young automotive engineers taking part a challenge to design, build and race a go-kart.

  • A computer animation company based in Dunedin has created a video of what the new America's Cup racing yachts will look like.

  • The idea of establishing a toilet museum in Dunedin has been suggested by the city council's archivist Alison Breece.

    The local archivist says underground toilets in the Octagon will live on through old photos, but are unlikely to be reintroduced in Dunedin.

Invercargill

  • A toxic algae has been detected in the Mataura River this week.

    A species of cyanobacteria was detected by Environment Southland during monthly monitoring of the river and people are being warned to be vigilant.

  • A toxic algae has been detected in the Mataura River this week.

    A species of cyanobacteria was detected by Environment Southland during monthly monitoring of the river and people are being warned to be vigilant.

  • A Southland church will hold its last service later this month.

    Thornbury Presbyterian Church, 10km northeast of Riverton, is due to be demolished as maintenance issues grow and the number of church goers declines.

  • Invercargill has joined the disc golf community by launching its own 18-basket course.

    The development is one more step forward for a sport that first came to New Zealand in the 1990s.

  • A Southland-born graffiti artist has progressed from tagging Invercargill walls to his own exhibition in Riverton.

    Danny Owen is the first artist featured in Riverton’s newly established Vault Pop Up Gallery.

  • Back in 1938 a young lad called Jock Paterson picked up the bag pipes for the first time.
    And today, 79 years later, at the age of 90, he's still blowing strong.

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.