Friday, August 18, 2017Dunedin

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.


Friday, August 18, 2017Queenstown

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.

Tim Miller was up before the dawn this morning, joining some very enthusiastic dogs on snow.


Friday, August 18, 2017Invercargill

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.


Friday, August 18, 2017Dunedin

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 campaign was introduced three years ago by national charity Inside-out.


Friday, August 18, 2017Dunedin

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.


Friday, August 18, 2017Dunedin

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 Southern DHB says their Building and Property are working hard to drain and refill the hospital’s water tanks, and they expect this process to be completed overnight.
It’s business as usual at the hospital over the weekend, and we hope to be fully operational with elective surgery by 8am on Monday morning.


Thursday, August 17, 2017Invercargill

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.


Thursday, August 17, 2017Dunedin

Scientists at the University of Otago have used DNA to debunk the idea that a particular species of penguin in Australian ever existed.

The South Today went to the Department of Zoology at the University of Otago to find out more.


Thursday, August 17, 2017Dunedin

Reacting to the contamination of the central city and north Dunedin water supply the Dunedin City Council is flushing 8 million litres of water through the system.

The first water purity tests came back negative for toxins or bacteria last night, but the council and district health board aren't taking any chances.


Thursday, August 17, 2017Dunedin

Reacting to the contamination of the central city and north Dunedin water supply the Dunedin City Council is flushing 8 million litres of water through the system.

The first water purity tests came back negative for toxins or bacteria last night, but the council and district health board aren't taking any chances.


Thursday, August 17, 2017Invercargill

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

Hundreds of people attended the unveiling last night.


Thursday, August 17, 2017Dunedin

New Zealand Post has announced the end of the 'Fast Post' service.

The E tū union says its an end of an era for postal services, but believes not all hope is lost, as online shopping may save some jobs.


Thursday, August 17, 2017Dunedin

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.


Thursday, August 17, 2017Dunedin

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

The South Today attended last night's launch.


Thursday, August 17, 2017Queenstown

The Queenstown Lakes District Council is considering putting on the market, development rights for land once earmarked for a fifty-two million dollar convention centre.

The proposed convention centre was to have included a
seven-hundred-and-fifty seat meeting room, a huge banquet-exhibition hall, and other facilities.

At its meeting today, the council decided to seek public feedback on selling development rights to four hectares of the ten hectare block - once occupied by Lake View Holiday Park.
The matter is due to be considered again by the council next month.