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An estimated 3000 people lined Queenstown's waterfront yesterday to watch a Queenstown Winter Festival opening ceremony with a strong cultural flavour.

The forty-fourth Queenstown Winter Festival kicks off tonight.

No less than seven Highlanders have made the match-day squad for the All Blacks as they prepare to take on the French in Dunedin this weekend.

Over a hundred Southland women gathered in Invercargill on Wednesday night to celebrate a hundred and twenty five years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.

Dunedinites decided to put others first today, bringing together a collection of food for the less fortunate in the Octagon.

A major milestone has been reached in the long-awaited Arrowtown Sports and Community Centre project.

A new world-class landing bag will be installed on the slopes of Cardrona skifield this season, as snow sport athletes start working towards securing a podium finish at the next Winter Olympics.


  • A significant reduction in the number of parking spaces outside the Otago Museum is starting to affect visitors to some of Dunedin's biggest attractions.

  • The national Prime Minister's Scholarship to Asia recipients have been revealed.

    One Dunedin student of fashion is about to set off for a one semester stay at a Chinese university.

  • Rubbish collection and a new landfill site for the city are up for discussion this year, as the Dunedin city council embarks on a major review of its refuse services.

    The Council has announced its looking at the feasibility of a new landfill site as the Green Island facility reaches the end of its life.

  • Parts of the former Cadbury Confectionery plant in Dunedin were removed today.

  • The NZ Transport Agency says it's fed up with motorists who keep hitting bollards on the cycleway near Queens Garden.

    They say the amount of maintenance work it has to do is causing delays.

  • Sonny Bill Williams is set to defy the odds and take to the field in the third test against the French in Dunedin this Saturday.

    The midfielder has completed a remarkable recovery from knee surgery and is now in line to make his first test appearance of the year.


  • The organisation behind Invercargill's inner-city redevelopment will pay homage to the city’s history by retaining some of the facades of its heritage buildings.

    HWCP unveiled plans for the two hundred million dollar project on Monday, which shows the redevelopment isn't entirely out with the old.

  • The Invercargill City Council is already gearing up for next month's Matariki celebrations and has invited Southland children to help with the preparations.

    For the second year the city will celebrate its Matariki Festival to bring in the Māori New Year and the rise of the Matariki star cluster.

  • Invercargill’s inner city redevelopment is the city’s “last chance” to flourish economically, according to the organisation behind the project.

    HWCP director Scott O’Donnell said spending and structure were key elements in preventing a downward spiral for Invercargill’s economy.

  • Funding awarded to Emergency Management Southland will help to connect communities throughout the country for better preparedness in the case of civil defence emergencies.

    The Ministry of Civil Defence announced yesterday it would allocate $20,000 to the organisation to begin a nation-wide community resilience project.

  • A Southern Institute of Technology student is dedicating his studies to helping homeless people throughout New Zealand.

    Fashion Design student Simon Edwards is on a mission to give some comfort and safety to those living on the streets.

  • Southland school pupils are turning back the clock to revisit some crucial moments in New Zealand's history.

    Invercargill's Tisbury School will host their sci-fi stage performance, Sweet As, tomorrow night and are promising a show which will live up to its name.


  • 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.

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  • 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.