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A Queenstown helicopter rescue pilot has become a media star after featuring in a new Discovery Channel television series.

The record for the annual Wanaka Challenge triathlon was smashed at the weekend by Oamaru athlete Dougal Allan.

A diverse crowd was representing the changing face of Otago University as O-Week festivities kicked off today.

A new crop of Southland businesses are preparing to go through a course that boasts productivity improvements of at least 25 percent.

The Octagon rang out with the sound of bagpipes over the weekend for an event that's been run for the last 20 years.

Labour Leader Andrew Little made an appearance outside Cadbury today to speak with E Tu union members.

Christchurch Police have this morning arrested a 22-year-old man in relation to a telephone scam that has been targeting elderly people across New Zealand.

Dunedin

  • The potentially toxic blue-green algae cyanobacteria has been collected from the Tomahawk Lagoon in Dunedin, prompting a warning from the Otago Regional Council.

    People are advised to avoid contact with the waters of the lagoon in the meantime and to keep dogs away.Testing of a water sample taken from the lagoon yesterday by the ORC indicates the presence of high levels of the bacteria.

  • One person is dead and another seriously injured after a crash on State Highway 1 near Glenavy, north of Oamaru, this morning.

    Senior Sergeant Roy Apperly, of the Canterbury District Command Centre, said a car and truck collided close to Whitneys Creek around 9:45am. One person died at the scene.

    Serious Crash Unit and other emergency services are in attendance.

  • A vandal has burned an area of side netting on a rope bridge at Jonathan Rhodes Kindergarten, in North Dunedin. The netting was only upgraded and replaced a few months ago when $500 was spent replacing worn side-netting near a fort complex.

    Staff and parents were disappointed about the recent damage. A temporary repair had secured the affected section of netting yesterday but that may need to be replaced.

  • A local school is taking a fresh approach to healthy living.

    They've even started a parliamentary petition to help the environment. The school is introducing a raft of new initiatives to ensure pupils get the most out of their school day.

  • Do not adjust your set for this next story.

    Two artists have created a project described as a "re-imagined afterlife for obsolete technology."

    Planet Obsolescence is part of the Urban Dream Brokerage scheme, which lets artists use vacant retail spaces.

  • The E Tu Union is refusing to let its members at Cadbury be gagged by the company.

    Unions are vowing to fight to keep the iconic factory open.

Invercargill

  • New Zealand's longest serving mayor is turning 70 over the weekend

    Invercargill Mayor and icon Tim Shadbolt was surprised with a birthday celebration at an SIT orientation week event today, and he says he's still got a few more good years in him.

  • A Southland man is leading a programme to teach children how to deal with pests humanely.

    His course includes information on trapping equipment and techniques for survival in our native forests, and he's looking for support from the community to extend his reach.

  • A pair of kayakers had to be winched away by rescue helicopter after they became trapped on some rocks at Nugget Point yesterday.

  • Traffic disruptions at a busy Invercargill intersection will continue for another six weeks.

    The Invercargill City Council is installing traffic lights at the notorious intersection of Kelvin and Herbert Street. The intersection's rife for its near accidents and delays at peak hours.

  • Invercargill is experiencing a rise in student activity

    It's Orientation Week at The Southern Institute of Technology, and thus far students have taken part in bumperball, markets, sausage sizzles and have enjoyed live DJs. Tomorrow's scheduled activity is a lunchtime hot-yoga.

  • Over two hundred cowboys and girls came to Invercargill over the weekend to ride horses and rope cattle.

    The occasion was the 60th year of Southland Rodeo, and it comes at a time when calls for the sport to be banned appear to be growing.

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.