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The call to prayer echoed across a packed Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Thursday.

Close to 1000 people gathered outside Dunedin's Al Huda mosque today to remember those who fell victim to last Friday's terror attack in Christchurch.

First five Marty Banks has been given the nod to lead the Highlanders around the field when they take on the Blues in Auckland tonight.

Dunedin

  • The Highlanders rugby team have paid tribute to the lives lost in last week's Christchurch terror attacks.

    The squad will miss tonight's vigil as they fly to Auckland for tomorrow's Super Rugby match against the Blues, but took some time earlier today to show their support to the local Muslim community.

  • World Hijab Day is traditionally held on February the first, but an event was held today following the tragedy in Christchurch.

    The Muslim students' association at the University of Otago hosted a Hijab Day, encouraging non-Muslim women to wear the religion's traditional head scarf.

  • A little more energy in the legs, but otherwise business as usual.

    That's how the Highlanders are approaching tomorrow night's game against the Blues at Eden Park.

  • The Maritime Union has been evicted from its Port Chalmers offices as Port Otago prepares to demolish the 1946 building.

    A few past and present union members met across the road recently, remembering bitter battles and better times.

  • Dunedin's multi-million dollar bus hub will be open for business on Thursday.

    There was a multi-agency official opening today with dignitaries, including Mayor Dave Cull, arriving by bus.

  • Authors of beloved books, such as The Book Thief and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, are Dunedin-bound for a celebration of literature.

    The programme for this year's Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival has been launched, to be held in the city in May.

Invercargill

  • A man has been rescued following frantic efforts to demolish a chimney which collapsed on his arm in Invercargill this morning.

    The incident has left him with serious injuries.

  • Oyster fans can celebrate because the Bluff oyster season is officially under way.

    Wild weather in Foveaux Strait delayed the opening of the season last week, but good weather over the weekend allowed for oyster dredging.

  • Education Minister Chris Hipkins's proposed shake up of the polytechnic sector appears to be frightening southern institutions.

    The Minister was heckled as he addressed a meeting at Invercargill's Southern Institute of Technology on Friday.

  • On Tuesday University of Otago student Hannah Morgan became the eighth person to swim across Foveaux Strait.

  • Fighting off sea-sickness, University of Otago student Hannah Morgan slogged it out yesterday, swimming across Foveaux Strait to raise awareness about mental health.

  • When Russell Crowe decided to auction off a variety of his personal belongings to help fund his divorce, few would guess it would lead to Invercargill hosting some of the most iconic items in the history of New Zealand cricket.