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Otago Boys’ High School won the final of the Otago premier schools competition on Saturday, beating King's High School 34-17.

Learning about farming bees and marketing resultant honey has been part of the school term for pupils at Waitahuna School.

Bayfield High School senior, Eva Hofmans, returned to Dunedin on Sunday bearing a gold medal for rowing.

Fear turned to an outpouring of joy, for a Mosgiel woman, after the dramatic rescue of her dog, from the face of a cliff, on Friday.

Dunedin

  • About 1200 school pupils from 48 Dunedin and Invercargill schools, are participating in a two-day event, celebrating the Ukulele.

    It's the 10th year the event has been run in Dunedin and organisers say it was time to move to a bigger location to celebrate the milestone.

  • African American writer and activist Elizabeth Eckford has visited Dunedin promoting a book that recalls her experiences.

    Including being the first student of colour in a white school in 1957, as de-segregation began in some American states.

  • Dunedin has acquired a new $15 million air ambulance helicopter making Otago's rescue helicopter service one of the best in the country.

    The Airbus H145 twin-engine helicopter bought by Helicopters Otago is set to enter service on Wednesday.

  • A Dunedin high school pupil spent many late nights on a research project, only to find the results are inconclusive.

    It's something he's done before; but this time his work has set him apart from his fellows.

  • Flooding was a conversation point in South Dunedin recently as residents met with scientists, engineers and policymakers to discuss flooding issues hitting their low-lying area.

    In 2015, floodwaters damaged more than 1000 homes and businesses, with sewage contamination forcing some South Dunedin residents out of their homes, which happened again last year.

  • Near misses on pedestrian crossings across the country could become a thing of the past, thanks to a Dunedin invention.

    A crossing outside Tahuna Intermediate is trailling a new device, alerting drivers to pedestrians approaching.

Invercargill

  • Some '40 brave souls' took part in this year's Polar Plunge, at Oreti Beach, near Invercargill, on Saturday.

    And it seemed as though the sun came out especially to reward those taking part in the annual fundraiser.

  • A traveling Dutchman has finally completed the last leg of a '100,000km journey across the world, in an electric car.'

    He arrived in Bluff on Friday, having left Amsterdam three years ago, to showcase the advantages of sustainable mobility.

  • Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced recently Southland's Hump Ridge Track is set to get an injection of $5 million.

    The announcement comes with the three day hike joining ten others across the country with the status of being a "Great Walk".

  • Burning beehives would have to be one of the most difficult things for a beekeeper to do - it's also an experience, increasing number of Southland apiarists will have to face.

    The hives are being burned to stop the spreading of destructive bee-killing disease American Foulbrood.

    And one Southland beekeeper says ignorance is a major contributor to the disease being spread.

  • A cacaphony of bird calls and chirps could be heard at this weekend's Southland Bird Club's 57th annual show.

    More than 400 birds were on display, with members of the public invited to view different kinds of canaries, finches, budgies and cockatiels.

  • A new fire station in Southland has been built to withstand a magnitude eight earthquake and is believed to be a New Zealand first.

    Thornbury volunteer fire brigade was selected for the new prototype which Fire and Emergency New Zealand say will eventually replace other stations around the country.