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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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A suspension bridge that collapsed during the floods last weekend is still awaiting a decision regarding its future.

The 60th annual dog sale was held in Gore yesterday.

Prices were up while the number of sheep dogs for sale this year was down.

Invercargill Police and fire services responded to an incident on Tyne Street, where cordons were in place for a couple of hours this afternoon.

The man behind an ambitious plan to save the Cadbury factory in Dunedin says he is now focused on establishing a craft chocolate company.

Invercargill high school students should have a better idea of their future prospects after spending time at Career-Fest Southland today.

Slips from last week's downpour have cut off the Royal Albatross colony at Tairoa Head.

However some staff have ventured out by boat to feed the albatross chicks.

Labour Leader Andrew Little last week promised Queenstown a thousand affordable houses over the next decade if he's elected Prime Minister in September.

Dunedin is set to host its second annual Hope Walk this Saturday.

The event aims to create more awareness of suicide prevention in New Zealand.

Dunedin

  • Dunedin artist Alan Hegan has a gift - autism.

    While many might hear the word and think such a diagnosis is a disability, Hegan is proud of what he's achieved, for many reasons.

  • The Ministry for Primary Industries is working with a South Canterbury dairy farmer to contain a cattle disease which has been detected for the first time in New Zealand.

    Mycoplasma bovis, which has been commonly found in cattle globally, including Australia, doesn't infect humans and presents no food safety risk.

    Ministry response director Geoff Gwyn says there is no concern about consuming milk and milk products.

    However, the bacterial disease can have serious effects on cattle, including udder infection, abortion, pneumonia and arthritis.

  • Due to damage caused by the recent rain event across the South Island, The Taieri Gorge Railway will not be operating its scheduled excursions over the next ten days.

    Dunedin Railways Operations Manager, Grant Craig, says maintenance staff are assessing the situation and planning repair work, so it can be operating as soon as possible.

    Dunedin had its wettest July day since records began in 1918 and the heavy rain caused slips and wash outs along the gorge track.

  • Some community members in Abbotsford are seeking reassurance their children and properties will remain safe when the Abbotsford Home reopens in Dunedin next month.

    The home is set to cater for youth offenders.

  • Otago Residents will have an opportunity to hear the latest about flood recovery work around Mosgiel and the Taieri Plain at a public meeting this evening.

    The meeting will be held at 7pm tonight in Mosgiel's Coronation Hall.

    DCC elected members and staff will be joined by Otago Regional Council representatives, who will talk about what is happening with water and infrastructure matters around the Plain.

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    Dunedin artist Alan Hegan has a gift. Autism.

    While many might hear the word and think such a diagnosis is a disability, Hegan is proud of what he's achieved, for many reasons...

Invercargill

  • Six hundred wrestling fans gathered at the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club on Saturday night for the Southern Pro Wrestling heavy weight title event.

  • The Ministry for Primary Industries is working with a South Canterbury dairy farmer to contain a cattle disease which has been detected for the first time in New Zealand.

    Mycoplasma bovis, which has been commonly found in cattle globally, including Australia, doesn't infect humans and presents no food safety risk.

    Ministry response director Geoff Gwyn says there is no concern about consuming milk and milk products.

    However, the bacterial disease can have serious effects on cattle, including udder infection, abortion, pneumonia and arthritis.

  • Two Invercargill organisations have agreed to make it easier for Southland's visitors to find their way around.

    The Department of Conservation and the Invercargill i-Site will work together from now on, so as to make information for tourists, more accessible.

  • Southland has a goal of attracting 10,000 more people by 2025 and efforts to make sure they get a friendly welcome have begun.

    The province has been selected as one of 5 regions to pilot the new ‘Welcoming Communities' initiative.

  • It's back to school on Monday for thousands of children - their parents now allowed a small sigh of relief.

    But, in Invercargill these last two weeks, holiday boredom has not been a factor.

    A number of the city's businesses provided plenty of ways to keep children entertained.

  • Invercargill Police have today made an arrest following an assault in Nith Street on June 29.

    The person arrested was a 21-year-old male.

    He will be appearing in Invercargill District Court on the twenty fifth of July charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

    Inquiries into the incident are ongoing.

    Police would like to thank those members of the public who came forward with information in relation to the assault

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.