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Around 150 people have run for fun in the annual Marafun event.

The Southern District Health Board is seeking community consultation around maternity services.

The SPCA says the recent case of puppies dumped on a street could have been much worse.

The litter of puppies have been taken into foster care and are being nursed at a local vet clinic.

A local man is the best apprentice butcher in the country.

Ben Henry has taken out the award after placing second in the competition last year.

New University of Otago research suggests the country's social policies don't match the reality of many young New Zealander's lives.

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  • The Cancer Society's Daffodil Day saw collectors selling spring blooms in the streets of Dunedin today.

    Cancer Society member Emma Brown says the event went well, with volunteers selling thousands of daffodils, stickers and brooches despite the wet weather.

    There were 35 teams of volunteers out at different locations around the city, tasked with selling almost 100,000 daffodils.

    Brown says the Society did not have a specific fundraising target for the day, noting that every dollar counts.

  • International and domestic visitors are spending up large.

    Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates show visitors spent over $1.7b last month.

    That's an increase of $69m compared to July last year.

    Every region showed an increase, and Otago ranks second most improved, up 11%.

    Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says the results show tourism is booming.

    She says the Government is incredibly pleased all parts of New Zealand are benefiting.

  • Police and Search and Rescue have recovered a body from the Routeburn Track.

    The body is believed to be that of 27 year old Ondrej Petr, a Czech tourist who died following a fall.

    Mr Petr's partner Pavlina Pizova was rescued this week from the Routeburn Track.

    She says Mr Petr died in an attempt to reach Lake McKenzie Hut.

    The body is yet to be formally identified.

  • It's 150 years since Dunedin Hospital opened on Great King Street.

    A celebration was held in the hospital's Chapel to mark the anniversary.

    It included speeches from Commissioner Kathy Grant, along with staff serving and retired who shared their memories..

  • Venues for young bands to perform on a large stage have been scarce in Dunedin for a number of years.

    Dedicated 'youth' venues have come and gone, but now a local event co-ordinator has teamed up with young musicians and hopes a youth Bandstorm can become a regular event.

  • Shayne P Carter first rose to international fame with the band Straightjacket Fits in the late 1980s.

    In more recent times he played in Dimmer, and lately has been playing under his given name.

    And this weekend he's due to return to a familiar stomping ground.

Business

  • Fonterra has indicated it will increase its 2016/2017 farmgate milk price.

    The rise of 50c to $4.75 per kilogram of milk solids is seen as a positive signal for farmers.

    Federated Farmers dairy industry spokesperson Andrew Hoggard says the announcement will likely boost dairy farmer optimism, and make their bank managers 'more cheerful'.

  • The price of petrol is heading up, once again.

    The price per litre has increased 11c in just under a fortnight, to $1.88 for 91 octane.

    The rises have been attributed to the increasing cost of refining crude over the same period.

    Industry watchdogs are expecting the price to remain at the present level in the short term.

    A barrel of petrol is now costing more than $NZ82.

  • Beef and lamb exports to key markets have fallen.

    Statistics New Zealand figures show total exports were worth $4b in July.

    That's down 19% on the same month last year.

    The largest decrease was in lamb exports, which are down 29%.

    The drop has been attributed to record meat exports at this time last year, when they were 31% higher than the average over the previous five years.

    The United States and the EU are the largest export destinations for beef and lamb.

  • New figures show the number of people coming to New Zealand is increasing.

    Statistics New Zealand says more than 20,000 extra visitors spent time in the country during July, compared with the same month last year.

    The rise was due mainly to a 21% increase in holiday arrivals, from Australia, China and the United States.

    As well, visitor arrivals numbered 237,900 last month, setting a new July record.

  • Businesses with large electricity bills now have an option to contract their supply thanks to Dunedin company, Energy Link.

    The Energy Exchange is based on mathematical algorithms, capable of processing and analysing offers from thousands of sites on a single contract.

    Having all electricity retailer information available in one on-line platform is the first of its kind in New Zealand.

  • Silver Fern Farms shareholders have voted to merge with Chinese company Shanghai Maling.

    The vote was held after a lengthy meeting at the company's Otago headquarters.

    And despite much heated debate, just over 80% of shareholders were in favour of the merger.

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.