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Thursday, July 20, 2017

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

Today's heavy rains have affected much of the South Island.

In Ashburton torrential rain swamped paddocks, and many roads while wild winds turned seas thunderous.

Otago's most fashionable teddy bears attended their annual picnic at Larnach Castle yesterday.

A kit set aeroplane arrived from the United States at Otago Polytechnic's engineering department this week.

A man once called the godfather of the Dunedin music scene has passed on.

Dunedin was struck by the forecast rain storm around 11 am, but by mid-afternoon it appeared that the city was coping well.

Butterflies at Otago Museum are being left to die in a $2.5 million dollar upgrade of Discovery World and the Tropical Forest.

Public feedback on the Queenstown Town Centre Master plan has begun.

Cancellation of planned power outages due to severe weather

A severe weather warning is in place for Dunedin and Central Otago.

A disabled man’s specially modified car was stolen from Kaitangata on Tuesday night.

Brodie Cook's white Holden VT Commodore was later found burnt out at the Wangaloa domain.

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.

The Dunedin City Council says information centres have been set up at the Mercy Room in Catholic Social Services in South Dunedin, and at the Fire Station Theatre in Mosgiel

Dunedin

  • Emerson's Brewery hosted cooking royalty last night.

    Masterchef winner Chelsea Winter appeared as part of the Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival.

    But many in Dunedin missed out on tickets to the event, which sold out in hours.

  • The Otago Regional Council is keeping an extra close watch on river levels over the next 36 hours.

    A significant rainfall has been predicted for coastal catchments including Dunedin from tomorrow morning.

    Over 100 millimetres is forecast to fall tomorrow and into Saturday, with rivers expected to rise, and surface flooding in low-lying areas, including South Dunedin.

    The ORC says the predicted rainfall is similar to that forecast just before Easter this year, but over a shorter period.

  • Southern and Waikato Police district investigators have seized approximately 130 grams of methamphetamine, worth $130,000, and an estimated $80,000 in cash.

    Officers searched addresses in rural Otago and Hamilton yesterday.

    They seized cannabis plants, dried cannabis head, and other items indicative of drug dealing.

    A 48-year-old man was arrested and charged with conspiracy to supply methamphetamine.

    He was due to appear in the Dunedin District court today.

  • The Highlanders team to face the Crusaders in the Quarter Finals of the super rugby competition has been named.

    It's shaping up as a classic southern derby, which Head Coach Tony Brown says the team is prepared for.

  • Dunedin children on holiday from school spent yesterday exploring the science of chocolate at Otago Museum.

    And free samples of chocolate ice cream made in an instant were provided by science wizard Amadeo Enriquez Ballestero.

  • A major low pressure system is heading towards the South Island and forecasters believe it may well create headlines later this week as severe weather bites some areas.

Invercargill

  • Department of Conservation Te Anau staff are "devastated" after a much-loved gecko at the local visitor centre was taken.

    Graham, a Marlborough green gecko, had been in his terrarium at the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre for 30 years.

    Staff noticed he was gone on Wednesday. The padlock to his terrarium was missing and marks on the latch pointed toward it having been forced or cut.

    DOC representatives say the gecko has lived in one place all its life, and it might now be subjected to uncomfortable experiences.

  • Around 70 people attended the MoreFM Southland Midwinter Swim held recently at Oreti Beach.

  • A major low pressure system is heading towards the South Island and forecasters believe it may well create headlines later this week as severe weather bites some areas.

  • It will be late next week before the National Party releases the list of those vying for the job of controversial Clutha-Southland Member of Parliament Todd Barclay.

  • Two Southern scholars have received Kupe scholarships in Wellington today.

    Invercargill born-and-bred Kane Johnson, and Dunedin based Laula-latoa-Sammy Seau received the prestigious scholarships from education minister Tim McIndoe at Parliament.

    Johnson is in his second year of a Bachelor of Primary Teaching at Otago University.

    While Seau is studying a Masters of Teaching and Learning also at Otago University.

  • It may be a small Southland business, but The Seriously Good Chocolate Company's owner Jane Stanton has big plans for taking her products to the world.

    They're working on very New Zealand flavours, and are looking at taking on more staff within the year.

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.