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Friday, August 18, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017

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This term Rangiora High School is being visited by 70 international students.

Thousands of students across New Zealand have kept silent today to acknowledge victims of homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying.

As the new Greymouth hospital is under construction, the community is getting behind a project to landscape the grounds.

Welcome back. Southland employers and supporters of the Invest in Youth initiative were thanked for their services to youth yesterday.

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More than 100 dogs and 30 mushers are taking part in the Wanaka Sled Dog Festival at the Snow Farm, on the Pisa Range, near Cardrona.

Dunedin

  • Thousands of students across New Zealand have kept silent today to acknowledge victims of homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying.

    In Dunedin, about 30 Logan Park High School students from Years eight to 13 took part in Day of Silence... a nationwide campaign to give a voice to young people who identify as lesbian, trans, intersex and bisexual.

    Students taped their mouths shut, held cards, and tattooed messages on themselves to highlight this year's theme - unlearning homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.

  • The DCC says the boil water notice which affected parts of Dunedin has been lifted.

    However, residents and businesses in the affected areas MUST FLUSH all taps at their properties for 10 – 15 minutes before drinking water from those taps.

    There are other things that need to be done to help remove any residual untreated water from their systems.

    The council asks that people visit the council's website for information and advice.

  • The Dunedin branch of Land Search and Rescue NZ now has a more highly visible and uniform appearance.

    After around a year of fundraising through quiz nights, street appeals and more, the 50 plus members have shiny new jackets.

  • The rescheduled World’s Steepest Street Party, and Jaffa race is due to begin at 11am tomorrow.

    At 12.30pm three Cadbury Jaffa Races will be run by Make-a-Wish, Surf Life Saving New Zealand and Parents Centre, with up to 25,000 Jaffa’s in each race.

    The free Jaffa Race buses will shuttle between Cadbury World (Cumberland Street stand 4) and Baldwin Street, regularly from 10.45am until 2pm.

    It's a sight you just have to see to believe. Grab a free bus to get down to the action early.

  • Next February will have Dunedin taking its turn to host the New Zealand Masters Games.

    The South Today attended last night's launch.

  • Patients at Dunedin hospital stepped out of their pyjamas and beds today.

    'Sit Up, Get Dressed, and Keep Moving' is an initiative by Southern DHB which aims to minimise the impact of being bed-bound while in hospital.

Invercargill

  • Welcome back. Southland employers and supporters of the Invest in Youth initiative were thanked for their services to youth yesterday.

    A crowd attended a function hosted by Southland Youth Futures and the Southland Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Venture Southland.

    The guest speakers were Deon Aldridge and Bruce Munro, who teamed up to write a book for helping business owners overcome inter-generational differences.
    Awards were presented by the regional Mayors Tim Shadbolt and Mayor Tracy Hicks.

  • The Invercargill City Council has launched the city's new dream big brand.

    Hundreds of people attended the unveiling last night.

  • Invercargill’s annual Polyfest event begins next week but on Tuesday, Aurora College was given a sneak-preview of things to come.

    Student Ashante Taualofa-Crowe was announced as the winning designer of the t-shirts to be worn by all Polyfest organisers and volunteers during the event.

  • A large Southland dairy corporation and two of its managers were fined nearly $60,000 in the Invercargill District Court on Tuesday on charges of neglecting their dairy cows on farms at Lumsden.

    The prosecution was brought by the Ministry of Primary Industries and its Manager of Compliance Investigations Gary Orr spoke to Sharon Reece after the case.

  • Former South Island farmer-of-the-year Doug Avery was in Invercargill yesterday to launch his book about his struggles as a farmer.

    "The Resilient Farmer" is Avery’s emotional account of battling depression.

  • Invercargill's James Hargest High school gym was packed with movers and groovers on Sunday for the Invercargill Rock 'n' Roll Club championships.

    Competitors dressed in their eccentric outfits - and some as young as five years old - showed off the moves they have been learning.

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.