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Friday, August 23, 2019
Friday, August 23, 2019

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A controversial proposal for a floating hotel on Oamaru Harbour has been scuppered.

Artworks featured in the Otago Art Society's premier art awards are on display at the society's rooms at the Dunedin Railway Station.

Dunedin chef Greg Piner has been a very busy man the last few days, supervising a menu for around 150 guests at special event on Friday night.

Dunedin poet, writer, reviewer and former Burns Fellow David Eggleton has been appointed as the latest New Zealand Poet Laureate.

Mystery surrounds the future of a large Dunedin site containing a design firm, flats and warehouses.

University of Otago scientists are about to announce the findings of a study into the existence of the Loch Ness monster.

Dunedin

  • Mystery surrounds the future of a large Dunedin site containing a design firm, flats and warehouses.

    The property at Anzac Avenue and Harrow Street changed hands on Monday after its owner reached an agreement to sell in June.

    The site includes the Miller Creative building which is leased until next year.

    It also contains a workshop leased to Otago Polytechnic, three student flats, a four-bedroom house, and a small warehouse.

    It was investigated by the Otago Regional Council for their new headquarters, but the ORC was unsuccessful in securing the site.

  • Artworks featured in the Otago Art Society's premier art awards are on display at the society's rooms at the Dunedin Railway Station.

    The group says the first award for first prize attracts entrants from around the south island.

  • Dunedin chef Greg Piner has been a very busy man the last few days, supervising a menu for around 150 guests at special event on Friday night.

    However, Vault 21 chef enjoys the challenge and says the city's dining experiences are constantly on the improve.

  • Dunedin poet, writer, reviewer and former Burns Fellow David Eggleton has been appointed as the latest New Zealand Poet Laureate.

    He says the honour is something he never dreamed of as an outsider, a performance poet who was considered almost outside of traditional poetry circles.

  • University of Otago scientists are about to announce the findings of a study into the existence of the Loch Ness monster.

    Professor Neil Gemmell is scheduled to speak at a media conference on the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland next month

    Last year the geneticist visited Scotland to investigate the waters of Loch Ness, leading to speculation that evidence of the fabled monster would be found.

    By examining environmental DNA in the water, researchers aim to catalogue all current life in the lake.

  • A piece of Dunedin's nightlife is set to go under the hammer this weekend.

    Two years after Sammy's closed for good, the neon sign which sat above the entrance to the nightclub from 1984 will go up for auction on Sunday at Hayward's Auction House.

    But it's only one of many treasures on offer.

Invercargill

  • Some '40 brave souls' took part in this year's Polar Plunge, at Oreti Beach, near Invercargill, on Saturday.

    And it seemed as though the sun came out especially to reward those taking part in the annual fundraiser.

  • A traveling Dutchman has finally completed the last leg of a '100,000km journey across the world, in an electric car.'

    He arrived in Bluff on Friday, having left Amsterdam three years ago, to showcase the advantages of sustainable mobility.

  • Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced recently Southland's Hump Ridge Track is set to get an injection of $5 million.

    The announcement comes with the three day hike joining ten others across the country with the status of being a "Great Walk".

  • Burning beehives would have to be one of the most difficult things for a beekeeper to do - it's also an experience, increasing number of Southland apiarists will have to face.

    The hives are being burned to stop the spreading of destructive bee-killing disease American Foulbrood.

    And one Southland beekeeper says ignorance is a major contributor to the disease being spread.

  • A cacaphony of bird calls and chirps could be heard at this weekend's Southland Bird Club's 57th annual show.

    More than 400 birds were on display, with members of the public invited to view different kinds of canaries, finches, budgies and cockatiels.

  • A new fire station in Southland has been built to withstand a magnitude eight earthquake and is believed to be a New Zealand first.

    Thornbury volunteer fire brigade was selected for the new prototype which Fire and Emergency New Zealand say will eventually replace other stations around the country.