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Friday, February 23, 2018
Friday, February 23, 2018

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The Dunedin Dementia Prevention Research Clinic at the University of Otago was officially opened by Health Minister David Clark today.

A Queenstown-based boxer’s dream has come true.

The Dunedin City Council-owned company Aurora Energy announced this week that it could choose to ignore official information requests.

Eight out of ten people in the Wakatipu region are not fully prepared for a natural disaster.

A former New Zealand soldier is on a mission to raise awareness of mental health issues.

The University of Otago has created a new Centre for Pacific Health in their division of Health Sciences.

A ceremonial outrigger waka was specially carved for today's opening.

Dunedin

  • A new street artwork has materialised on a wall in Princes Street.

    International artist Bik Ismo has created a new piece of street art for Dunedin.

    It's a commission Dunedin Street Arts Charitable Trust chairman Scott Muir says has been years in the making.

  • The University of Otago has created a new Centre for Pacific Health in their division of Health Sciences.

    A ceremonial outrigger waka was specially carved for today's opening.

  • The Dunedin Dementia Prevention Research Clinic at the University of Otago was officially opened by Health Minister David Clark today.

  • The Dunedin City Council-owned company Aurora Energy announced this week that it could choose to ignore official information requests.

  • US preacher Reverend Billy Graham, who has died aged 99, visited Dunedin almost fifty years ago.

  • The Otago University Students Association showcased 60 clubs and societies on campus today as part of Orientation week.

Invercargill

  • A former New Zealand soldier is on a mission to raise awareness of mental health issues.
    Blair Benefield, of Mt Maunganui, is travelling from Stewart Island to Cape Reinga to raise funds for mental health services, and he’s doing it all on his skateboard.

  • A rare collection of historical racing cars is on display in Invercargill this month.

    The exhibition of Ford vehicles opened at Transport World last week.

  • Some of New Zealand's cycling legends have been putting in an appearance at the Invercargill velodrome this week, where the Elite and Under 19 Track National Cycle Championships are being held.

  • The country’s top cyclists are in Invercargill this week for the Elite and Under 19 Track National Championships.
    Cyclists will race at Invercargill’s velodrome over the 5 day event, which is regarded as the premier national track cycling event in New Zealand.

  • A new initiative rolling out through Invercargill is making it easier for cafe customers to make healthy food choices.

    The initiative is the work of the community-focused organisation, Healthy Families Invercargill, and 11 cafes have joined up.

  • The eradication of the cow disease Mycoplasma Bovis is still a viable option according to Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor.

    22 farms in the lower South Island have been found to be infected by the disease, and the minister was in Southland last week to listen to the concerns of farmers.

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.