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The long-running and popular Mid Canterbury Summer Singing School has kicked off again in Ashburton this week.

The Central Otago Racing Club has vowed to keep fighting hard, to keep its annual Omakau thoroughbred racing.

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.


  • 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.

  • More than three thousand doctors stopped work around the country this morning, with the strike leading to the postponement of hundreds of operations and appointments in the southern region.

    All hospitals in the south have been affected by the strike, but remain open for emergencies and essential care.

    A spokesperson says a junior doctor can be rostered on for fifty to sixty hours on an average week, but the demands of the job often see them working for longer.

  • An injured Fiordland crested penguin caught hopping along the rocks off the Dunedin coast is now in safe hands.

    The Department of Conservation was called by members of the public, concerned for the safety of the penguin on a rock wall, below the Saint Clair Hot Salt Water Pool.

  • Police say they were called to the crash on Leith Valley Road around 6am.

    Two patients were transported to Dunedin Hospital with minor injuries.

    The crash happened on Leith Valley Road near the overhead bridge, which is close to the intersection with State Highway one.

    It appears the car was travelling up the hill when the driver lost control.


  • 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.