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Hopes a new strain of the rabbit killing virus RHD might be released this autumn have been dashed.

Justin Bieber went from dancing shirtless with an elderly lady in Arrowtown on Monday night to swinging backwards 200 meters over the famous Shotover River in Queenstown.

iD Fashion Week judges in Dunedin are at this moment sifting through entries in the Emerging Designer category looking for winners.

After a hiatus of a year, Central Otago's Wool On Creative Fashion event is back.

Miki Brown and Sam Maxwell are two Queenstown-based musicians who have taken advantage of assistance from the Rock Formation Trust.

Dunedin's iD fashion week is approaching the pointy end of the needle, with the Emerging Designers show this evening.

The Geraldine Multi Challenge races were held at the Orari Racecourse near Geraldine, recently.

An event held at Dunedin Public Library at the weekend featured 15 different languages and performers, dance, puppets, music and song.

The Environment Court appeal against the proposed Lake Wanaka water sports facility is being heard this week by Judge John Hassan and two commissioners.

Heavy traffic is proving to be a "big challenge" for contractors working on the SH6 Kawarau Falls Bridge at Frankton.

Dunedin Members of Parliament David Clark and Clare Curran delivered petitions to the Beehive this afternoon.

Police are working to identify the people who died in a crash on the Te Anau - Milford Highway last night.

Fashion show delegates from Shanghai, emerging designers and models attended a special welcome breakfast event in Dunedin's Chinese Garden this morning.

Southland Girls' High School students are getting to know what Invercargill has to offer them - and what they have to offer Invercargill.

The Dunedin Multi Ethnic Council is planning to co-ordinate a meeting of city groups to discuss how the Edinburgh Of The South could look in 2040.

25 year old James Michael Linwood was caught driving with an excess blood alcohol limit of 350mg at Ranfurly on February 19. New Zealand's blood alcohol limit is 50mg for drivers over 20.

Estimated costs for the Waitaki District Council's cultural facility development project have increased by 33%.

Wanaka barman Ricky Barbara will represent New Zealand in an unusual event in the Netherlands in September.


  • Dunedin was mobbed this weekend by a group of flashers.

    But don't call the police just yet - it's only the Rock Choir invading the Wall Street Mall. The musical group hit the store at midday and gave the shoppers more than they bargained for.

  • Canines and their human counterparts put their best feet - and paws - forward at the Otago Anniversary weekend Gerry Boyle Memorial Dog Show.

    The show was named after the late Mr Boyle, who was instrumental in the fundraising and construction of the club's Forrester Park Complex.

  • An international travelling film festival is visiting Dunedin this week, promising a series of award winning documentaries.

    The Ocean Film Festival has been touring the world for months, and is bringing a former Dunedin film maker home.

  • Westport woman Leanne Ryall left her Domett St home Friday morning and hasn't been seen since.

    50 year old Ryall is described as five foot, three inches tall, of solid build, with short, wavy, red/brown hair.

    She was last seen around 9am on Friday morning walking near the intersection of Derby and Cobden Street, a few blocks from her Domett St home.

    Police believe Ryall is still in the Westport area but are not ruling out the possibility that she has travelled further afield.

  • Dunedin's Edgar Centre was the scene of the Armageddon Pulp Culture festival this last weekend.

    Amongst the events was of course Cosplay - where participants dress up as their favourite super hero.

  • About 700 students and prospective employees flocked to a Google recruitment drive at the University of Otago on Thursday night.

    American and Irish representatives of the company talked about the culture of one of the biggest businesses on the planet and offered pearls of wisdom on how to get through the front door.


  • The Southern District Health Board has reportedly apologised to the family of a patient who died after information on a mass on her lung went missing.

    A report by the Health and Disability Commissioner said the woman went to a Southern DHB hospital emergency department with a cough and chest tightness, and was given a chest x-ray.

    Five days later a radiologist's report noted a significant nodule on the lung but the information was lost when a staff member went on leave. The woman was admitted to hospital 20 months later but died a short time after.

  • Information released by police to the Otago Daily Times shows National Member of Parliament Todd Barclay refused to co-operate with detectives investigating allegations he secretly recorded his electorate office staff.

    According to the Police Barclay did not return phone messages from a detective on the inquiry and had a lawyer contact police to say he would not be making a statement. Barclay has responded by saying Parliamentary Services were the legal employer of support staff, and it was his right not to make a statement.

  • The group representing Southland at the Trustpower National Community Awards has been announced.

    Koha Kai helps disabled adults get experience in cooking and growing food, and the project leader says it is humbling to get this recognition.

  • Westport woman Leanne Ryall left her Domett St home Friday morning and hasn't been seen since.

    50 year old Ryall is described as five foot, three inches tall, of solid build, with short, wavy, red/brown hair.

    She was last seen around 9am on Friday morning walking near the intersection of Derby and Cobden Street, a few blocks from her Domett St home.

    Police believe Ryall is still in the Westport area but are not ruling out the possibility that she has travelled further afield.

  • 38 teams stepped up to the plate in Invercargill today, trying to win the National Marching Championships.

    All of the competitors were putting their best feet forward.

  • Hundreds of people have made their way to Invercargill to take part in competitive team marching.

    The New Zealand National Marching Championships have kicked off today and the organisers say the spectators will be in for a treat.


  • 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.

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  • 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.