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Friday, January 19, 2018
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A feed of fish and chips during summer is a kiwi essential.

But lately there's been discussion stating some shops are skimping on their chip servings.

A leopard seal pup which was born off Dunedin's St Kilda Beach, in September and died several days later.
Its about to be taxidermied and put on display at Otago Museum.

Next Thursday will see a young man attempt to ride a pogo stick up the world's steepest street for charity.

Minister for Seniors, Children, and Internal Affairs Tracey Martin visited department offices in Dunedin today.

A former Southland pupil has proved he is in tune with success, after being accepted into two national youth music groups, for two different instruments.

Queenstown Lakes District Council has issued further water restrictions today for Lake Hayes Estate, Shotover Country and Arthur’s Point.

The Predator Free Dunedin partnership been selected as one of seven finalists for Predator Free 2050 funding.

Dunedin

  • A large Triffid-like plant has been found growing near Cargill's Castle.

  • Preparations for the second annual South Dunedin Busking Festival are well underway.

    Organisers say the prize pool for entertainers wishing to be judged on their performance has increased since last year.

  • The Government has confirmed tax relief is available for farmers who are experiencing hardship in drought conditions.
    But there are some regions of the country which aren't in an official drought yet.

  • The University of Otago is uncertain about how much support the new government will put behind the Predator Free 2050 campaign.

    Researcher Dr Mary McIntyre says the programme is on hold in Otago until financial backing is secured.

  • As well as sweltering under a hot summer the Mosgiel has also hosted the South Island Pony Club Show Jumping National competitions.

    The is hosted in Otago every 5 years, and this year's hosts are the Taieri District Pony Club, and these competitions have produced Olympic athletes.

  • Work has begun this week to improve road conditions across Dunedin.

    The NZ Transport Agency is advising people travelling to expect detours and some delays while work is done to make roads safer.

Invercargill

  • A controlled area notice has been announced in part of Fiordland in an attempt to stop the spread of an invasive seaweed.

    Environment Southland announced the controlled area within Breaksea Sound last month to reduce the spread of the Asian seaweed, Undaria.

  • In the midst of a heatwave in the South, Southland town Mataura has been suffering through a water shortage after a significant drawdown of water from its main water source.

    The level at the reservoir reached a low of 45 per cent on Sunday afternoon and a possible leak in the network could be to blame.

  • The new Curio Bay Tumu Toka Natural Heritage Visitor Centre opened to the public in December.
    The project was 15 years in the making, and aims to educate tourists about the significance of the area and its wildlife.

  • Lumsden’s town centre is getting a makeover to address issues which come with high numbers of tourists and freedom campers.

    Tourist numbers to the Southland town have exceeded expectations and the Southland District Council has taken steps to enforce its freedom camping rules.

  • Southland organisations are ensuring no children are left bored this school holidays – no matter how far away they are.
    The Southland District Council School Holiday Programme has been delivering fun and games to rural Southland communities throughout the holiday period.

  • The southern timber sports circuit was held in Southland during the summer holidays, attracting wood-choppers from around the world.

    The six-day circuit is the region’s biggest woodchopping event for the year and sees some of the biggest names in timber sports.

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.