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Southern Newsweek 24 July 2020

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Dunedin

  • A nationwide company has begun cleaning playgrounds across the country for free.

    It's their attempt to tackle the rapid spread of the covid 19 corona virus.

  • A Dunedin clinical psychologist admits the global Covid-19 pandemic is causing panic around the world.

    However, Dr Kumari Valentine says while it's important to accept your feelings, there is no need to panic, and many things you can do to stay calm.

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    A Kaikorai Valley College old boy has donated a prize-winning wooden sculpture to his old school.

    However the sculpture's maker says he almost threw it in the fire shortly before completion.

  • A Dunedin hairdresser has made the difficult decision to close its doors for two weeks, in hopes of preventing the spread of Covid-19.

    Aurum Hairstylists and Barbers co-owners Ria and Sonna Reihana decided after a team meeting on Wednesday morning, they would close their salon until April 1st.

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    Dunedin Fringe Festival has been cancelled following the arrival of the Covid-19 outbreak in Dunedin.

    But one act intends to keep on rehearsing and make a recording of show for posterity.

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    A sprawling beach house at Ocean View, south of Dunedin, has been a long time coming but worth the wait.

    The owners spent three years living in the garage after the house originally on site was knocked down to make way for the new build.

Invercargill

  • Hundreds of visitors flocked to the Donovan Park grounds over the weekend, for a day full of all things country, at the 152nd Southland A&P Show.

    From performing donkeys, to cowboy challenges, wood chopping, and more sheep than you can shake a crook at, there was pretty much something for everyone.

  • While tractors on Invercargill roads are not the most unusual sight, Thursday’s convoy through the city stood out.

    Led by mental health advocate Mike King, about 20 farm vehicles began this year's nationwide 'Gumboot Friday Tractor Trek'.

  • The first essential services convoy to Milford Sound was cause for celebration, as it passed through the flood damaged highway on Saturday.

    Bringing relief to many people working in the Sound, as well as tourism operators.

  • The devastating effects of last week’s storm were made clear after a visit to Fiordland by the Civil Defence Minister yesterday.

    The minister was in a group of people who flew in to survey the damage..

  • The hum of motor bikes is a sound residents of Invercargill have become used to over the 14 years of the Burt Munro Challenge.

    Each year the motorsport event sees hundreds of spectators and participants ride to the south for the five day event.

  • Thousands of motor­cyclists have descended on Invercargill for the Burt Munro Challenge which kicked off yesterday.

    The annual event had a slower start this year, due to widespread flooding and road closures throughout Southland.