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Friday, February 24, 2017
Friday, February 24, 2017

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The North Otago A & P showgrounds in Oamaru will be heaving with people, animals, machinery and of course baking and preserves this weekend at its annual display of rural life.

American professional golfer Heath Slocum leads a quartet of world-class players confirmed for next month’s New Zealand Open in Queenstown.

A Dunedin hairdresser aiming to reach a world record for the most consecutive amount of haircuts in a 24 hour period didn't quite make the cut.

A man has died early this morning after being involved in a workplace accident at South Port, Bluff.

Otago Polytechnic has gone stripey for a good cause this week.

The school is the first institute of Technology and Polytechnic in New Zealand to gain Rainbow Tick certification.

A community hub in Riverton has met its fundraising target to buy the building they operate from.

The head of Dunedin's St Paul's Anglican Church, the Bishop of Dunedin, Kelvin Wright, has today denied suggestions the church is in financial difficulties and troubled.

There will no doubt be plenty of blood, sweat and tears over the next week for three hundred athletes in the GodZone Adventure Race.

In Queenstown a woman had her driving licence immediately suspended in the early hours of the morning.

For one man, Orientation 2017 holds a special significance, as it is OUSA events manager Dan Hendra's last year on the job.

Dunedin

  • It was with a mixture of colour and academic pride that pasifika health science students were welcomed to a new year of studies yesterday.

    Special guests spoke about their challenges and successes growing up, and a gift was presented to acknowledge management at the University of Otago Pacific Islands Centre.

  • A ship returning from the Antarctic on a mission to eradicate whaling has docked at the Dunedin wharf.

    The SS Steve Irwin is one of two Sea Shepherd vessels patrolling the Southern Ocean for Japanese whale poachers. One of the first things the crew did after landing on terra firma was tuck into some local produce.

  • Toga-clad University of Otago students filled Fosyth Barr Stadium last night as part of orientation week festivities.

    The crowd were adorned in their finest bedsheets, with a few taking more liberties with costuming than others.

    For some it was all about being best dressed, while others were making the effort to stay upright and hydrated in the crowd.

  • Dunedin Police are investigating four separate assaults in the North Dunedin area last weekend.

    Police say the assaults took place in early hours of Sunday February 19th. Two took place on Hyde Street, one on Dundas Street and the other on Castle Street. Two of the victims were taken to hospital with moderate injuries.

  • E tū was forced to withdraw from today’s Mayoral forum on the proposed closure of Dunedin’s Cadbury factory, citing legal concerns.

    This afternoon’s meeting, called by Dunedin’s Mayor Dave Cull, was attended by key local business organisations, Dunedin MPs, and social welfare officials, as well as three Mondelez representatives.

    As the meeting broke up, the media was ejected from the council building by Dave Cull with no explanation.

  • The ancient art of tapestry is looming large over Dunedin.

    A group of needleworkers are bringing stitching back. They're meeting at Toitu Settlers Museum to put the finishing touches on panels which will eventually end up in a permanent collection.

Invercargill

  • There was a final farewell in Invercargill today to a man who loved trains.

    About one hundred people gathered at the city's railway station for the funeral of Kingston Flyer engineer and stalwart Russell McLennan Glendinning

  • Invercargill photographers are getting the chance to showcase their work with the Invercargill City Council.

    The photo competition is open to young, amateur and professional photographers.

  • A Riverton museum is benefiting from poker machine proceeds.

    Te Hikoi Southern Journey has received around $70K over the last four years.

  • Invercargill rest-home residents were treated to musical entertainment recently by local primary school kids.

    Singing, talking, and just a little dancing were on the cards for the residents of Cargill Care Home and year three and four students from Windsor North and Otatara Schools.

  • The living wage is set to increase from July this year.

    Many employers pay their staff at the current living wage of $19.80. However, their employees will soon be paid more than twenty dollars an hour.

  • One person was seriously injured and another received moderate injuries, in a two-car crash near Lorneville, north of Invercargill, shortly before 11am today.

    Emergency services say two ambulances went to the scene, on the Lorne-Dacre Rd, apparently about a kilometre from the Lorneville roundabout. The two patients were taken to Southland Hospital.

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.