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Nurses from Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital rallied in Frankton this afternoon, demanding the Government to boost their pay.

Queenstown has acquired a new hotel that is a little more affordable than the usual hotels and motels in the resort town.

The Mid Canterbury Vintage Machinery Club had a fun day out today, grubbing up a paddock in preparation for a crop of barley.

On Anzac Day, he will honour the men and women who have fallen in war, but long-serving Queenstown volunteer Lyall McGregor will himself be honoured tonight.

The Invercargill Loss and Grief Centre will soon be offering their support to the wider Southland community.

Dunedin has seen the long-awaited new bowel cancer screening programme launched today.

Game bird hunters are being warned to avoid contact with the water at a popular duck shooting spot in Southland.

Dunedin

  • About one and half thousand runners and walkers took part in Dunedin's Surf To Stadium Run.

    This is the seventh time the ten kilometre event has been held in Dunedin.

  • A Dunedin artist is creating exotic glass sculptures in his backyard shed.

    Mike Crawford creates his artworks from scratch using a time-intensive glass kiln process.

  • Organisers of the annual Hyde Street Party expect the event to only get better next year after an awesome and almost incident-free party on Saturday.

    About 3600 students, in a multitude of colours and costumes, flocked to the annual North Dunedin street party.

  • The Food Science Department at the University Of Otago are developing a new type of food packaging that need not be thrown away.

    Instead it can be eaten by either humans or livestock, in a goal to help the environment.

  • Frustrated drivers were forced to run red lights in Dunedin recently, after some intersections only allowed two cars through, before the lights changed.

  • Another five levels of scaffolding are expected to be removed from the First Church spire in Dunedin this weekend, as repair work nears completion.

    Dooley's Masonry is coordinating the stone work, and the company's foreman says some of the historic stone work was severely damaged.

Invercargill

  • Southland drag racers wrapped up the racing season on Sunday at Southern Dragways' final points scoring round.

    Car enthusiasts were invited to Invercargill’s Teretonga Park to set some final times down the quarter-mile.

  • Some of Dipton's youngest primary industries experts are preparing for battle tomorrow.

    The school is sending three teams to the New Zealand Young Farmers Agrikids competition being held on Saturday.

  • Families who donated items to the Southland Museum and Art Gallery may have a chance to revisit their taonga.

    The museum board are developing an application process for families to access the items under special circumstances.

  • A Southland wrestler will be taking on a world champion in Invercargill this weekend.

    Southern Pro wrestler Kane Kahn will take on Progress Wrestling world champion Travis Banks at Battlelines on Saturday night.

  • An Invercargill dairy was robbed just before closing time last night when two men armed with hammers burst into the store.

    Sharon Reece has an exclusive interview with one of the employees.

  • Southland nurses held a protest in Invercargill's Wachner Place today to campaign for better pay and to address concerns about working conditions.

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.