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Skiing in Queenstown all year round

It's art from a different perspective.

Artsenta is holding its annual exhibition at the Dunedin Community Gallery.

An Oamaru goat has been tasered.

Senior Constable Carl Pedersen used the device in an unusual way yesterday, after being led on a wild goat chase through the town.

Delta and Aurora Energy staff have been seeking answers to questions of safety.

Meetings have been held between representatives of the lines companies, and the E tū union.

Dunedin

  • The motorsport of drifting is typically an outside event, however the sport's governing body D1NZ has brought racing to Dunedin's covered stadium.

    Drivers have been getting used to the indoor 800 tonne concrete track, and throttling their cars to within inches of blowing up.

    The South Today reporter Darryl Baser was just a little excited to get seriously sideways with the godfather of drifting.

  • There's a mobile crime wave, and you could be next.

    Dunedin Police are warning people to take extra care of their property, after a number of break-ins and stolen vehicles were reported around the city.

    And it's believed the offenders are travelling between suburbs to scope out unoccupied houses.

  • A Dunedin high school was evacuated this morning, after receiving a threatening call.

    Emergency services were called to Logan Park High School, and staff and pupils were evacuated.

    Butts Road around the school was cordoned off by police.

    The school has been affected by threats of this nature several times this year.

    And, several New Zealand schools have received suspected bomb threats which may be linked to an overseas hoax.

    Police say they're taking the calls seriously until they can rule out any threats.

  • The voice of Neil Collins was heard on Dunedin airways for 50 years.

    He can spin a yarn or two - especially when it comes to his impressive list of famous acquaintances.

    The recently retired radio personality is heading to Auckland next week to say goodbye to a very special friend.

  • This year's South Dunedin Street Festival should have gone ahead last month, but was cancelled for a variety of reasons.

    However rising like a phoenix from the ashes, the organisers have planned a busking festival for early next year.

    And all are welcome to enter.

  • Dogs in Dunedin will soon be seen wearing colourful bandannas on their daily walks.

    It's a city wide initiative between a local vet clinic and the SPCA.

    And it aims to make the public more aware of the temperament of our four-legged-friends.

Invercargill

  • A video of Tim Shadbolt on a scooter may have only been posted two days ago, but it's been watched over 300,000 times already.

    Our Invercargill reporter took to the streets to see what residents think.

  • Southern retailers shouldn't expect a big spend up from dairy farmers this Christmas, according to an expert.

    The comments come on the back of low dairy prices for the last two years.

    And despite international prices rising, Dairy NZ says it'll take a while to offset the damage and debts incurred over the last two years.

  • Southland Museum is calling for people to bring them huhu grubs.

    It's the annual food drive for the tuatara as they come into the warmer months and are looking to eat more.

    And the locusts just aren't cutting it for them.

  • A plan to encourage ten thousand more people to move to Southland by 2025 was launched in Invercargill today.

    The initiative is called the Southland Regional Development Strategy or SoRDS, and 500 people from business, charitable trusts, and local and central government attended the launch.

  • Police are investigating damage done to the Bluff police station last night.

    Eight windows were smashed between 5pm and 8pm but the station was not entered.

    No damage was evident to the Barrow Street building late this morning.

    Invercargill police inspector Mike Bowman says he is "disappointed" people had chosen to attack the building.

    Police would like to hear from anyone who might have seen anything suspicious around the station on Tuesday evening.

  • Medical students in Invercargill will get the next best training to practising operations and exams on a person.

    A new purpose built education facility is opening at Southland Hospital.

    And educators say it's amongst the best training young health professionals can get.

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.