Friday, February 24, 2017Dunedin

The head of Dunedin's St Paul's Anglican Church, the Bishop of Dunedin, Kelvin Wright, has today denied suggestions the church is in financial difficulties and troubled.

Bishop Wright moved to scotch any suggestion the church's 98 year old cathedral in the Octagon might be put up for sale.

Friday, February 24, 2017Queenstown

There will no doubt be plenty of blood, sweat and tears over the next week for three hundred athletes in the GodZone Adventure Race.
The race starts at seven o'clock Saturday morning on the main beach in Queenstown Bay.

Today, the athletes are making their last minute preparations.

Friday, February 24, 2017Invercargill

A community hub in Riverton has met its fundraising target to buy the building they operate from.

The South Coast Environment Centre has been working from the same estuary front location for 15 years.

Friday, February 24, 2017Dunedin

Otago Polytechnic has gone stripey for a good cause this week.

The school is the first institute of Technology and Polytechnic in New Zealand to gain Rainbow Tick certification.

Friday, February 24, 2017Invercargill

A man has died early this morning after being involved in a workplace accident at South Port, Bluff.

Emergency services were called to the scene at around 1:45am after receiving reports a worker had been seriously injured after being run over by a loader.

The 54 year old man died at the scene a short time later. Police are now in the process of notifying next of kin.

Friday, February 24, 2017Dunedin

A Dunedin hairdresser aiming to reach a world record for the most consecutive amount of haircuts in a 24 hour period didn't quite make the cut.

Starting at noon yesterday it was always going to be a long night for Stacey Warrington. She was attempting to break a Guiness World Record and raise money for the Otago Community Hospice at the same time. The only rules were that she must use scissors and clippers for the cut to count and a minimum of two centimeters had to be taken off.

Friday, February 24, 2017Queenstown

American professional golfer Heath Slocum leads a quartet of world-class players confirmed for next month’s New Zealand Open in Queenstown.

Slocum has seven professional wins to his name, including four on the PGA Tour.

The 93rd New Zealand Open is a NZ$1 million tier one event on the PGA Tour of Australasia, and is run in partnership with the Japan Golf Tour and Asian Tour.

Friday, February 24, 2017Oamaru

The North Otago A & P showgrounds in Oamaru will be heaving with people, animals, machinery and of course baking and preserves this weekend at its annual display of rural life.

Parents were busy dropping off lovingly made baking this morning to the showgrounds ready for judging ahead of a busy schedule. The A & P show is one of the most important events on the farming calendar and gathers people from all over North Otago

Friday, February 24, 2017Dunedin

For one man, Orientation 2017 holds a special significance, as it is OUSA events manager Dan Hendra's last year on the job.

Before he moves on from the role, he took some time to reminisce about his favourite orientation week memories.

Thursday, February 23, 2017Dunedin

A ship returning from the Antarctic on a mission to eradicate whaling has docked at the Dunedin wharf.

The SS Steve Irwin is one of two Sea Shepherd vessels patrolling the Southern Ocean for Japanese whale poachers. One of the first things the crew did after landing on terra firma was tuck into some local produce.

Thursday, February 23, 2017Queenstown

The Kingston Flyer steam train is in the process of being sold.

Owner David Bryce has confirmed to the South Today the flyer is ``under contract''.

The former tourist attraction has been in storage at the southern end of Lake Wakatipu since being taken out of service about four years ago.

Thursday, February 23, 2017Invercargill

A Riverton museum is benefiting from poker machine proceeds.

Te Hikoi Southern Journey has received around $70K over the last four years.

Thursday, February 23, 2017Queenstown

Central and local government organisations are working together on a scheme to improve public transport in the Queenstown area.

The improvements will reduce bus fares, and create better bus routes and timetables.

Thursday, February 23, 2017Queenstown

Tonnes of bait laced with 1080 poison have finally been spread over the Makarora, Wilkin and Young Valleys in the Mt Aspiring National Park.

The poisoning is part of the Department of Conservation's national ``battle for our birds'' campaign.

Thursday, February 23, 2017Invercargill

Invercargill photographers are getting the chance to showcase their work with the Invercargill City Council.

The photo competition is open to young, amateur and professional photographers.