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Here’s today’s news stories from a few of the journalism students: ALLEGRO A-GO GO By Wetini Rapana – Ballet fans in Invercargill will be enjoying the Allegro show at the Civic Theatre tonight. The musical theatre fans in Invercargill have been strongly supporting Invercargill Musical Theatre Incorporated, Invercargill Civic Theatre Operations Manager Garnet Ashbrook said.
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Traveller’s tales stack up well

He’s seen Elvis, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles in concert, Muhammad Ali fight Joe Frazier, and was in the Caribbean when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, but Thomas “Davey” Craig calls Southland home. ASHLEIGH REID profiles a Scottish wanderer.

Travel a good bet for Kaito

Kaito Suzuki has seen more of the world in seven years, than many will see in their entire lives. JOE OELOFSE sits down for a chat.

Flurry of colours welcome Southland Olympic heroes Flurry of colours welcome Southland Olympic heroes

An abundance of colours lined the streets as Invercargill was hit with a wave of exhilaration as Southland’s Olympians paraded their achievements. EMMA SOMERVILLE reports.

Sonia trounces Hokonui opposition

Hokonui Fasion Award winner Sonia Trounson nearly missed her moment in the limelight when she won her second award for the night. HANNAH MCLEOD reports.

Welfare Fraud Prosecutions Down

By Jessica Smith – The total number of prosecutions of local people fraudulently claiming benefits has come down from 16 people in the 2012/2013 year to seven in the 2013/2014 year. Nationally it went down from 957 prosecutions, to 893. “This government has put in place a package of reforms to get smarter with the
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From Winton With Love

By Sharon Reece – Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt is pushing for a James Bond-styled blockbuster to be filmed in Southland aimed at cashing in on movie-hungry Chinese audiences. Behind the scenes, Shadbolt has gone as far as to suggest plots for an estimated $5 million-plus 3-D spy thriller, documents obtained under the Local Government Official
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Netball Semis Tonight

By Jonny Turner – Southland’s top four netball teams will battle for grand final berths in the semi finals of the Southland wide netball league in Gore tonight. Top qualifiers St Mary’s Men take on fourth seeds Ex-High in the first of two matches at the Gore’s MLT events centre. Second-placed United take on third
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Dawson Takes Suspension On The Chin Dawson Takes Suspension On The Chin

by Sharon Reece – Former Southland Sharks basketballer Gareth Dawson has copped a 12-month suspension after the Sports Tribunal found his taking of a prohibited substance was not for performance-enhancing purposes. Dawson said while he was disappointed that he couldn’t play until May next year, he was relieved it was over and he could move
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Back On The Box

Thanks to our talented  first year SIT Bachelor of Digital Media students Corey and Tyler and the journalism students, we’re proud to present inSITu back on the box on CUE TV’s South Tonight. Here’s the first two clips, which aired tonight: Click here for Matt Coley on the PlanetLabs Awarua project And Wetini Rapana with Verdon filmmakers.
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Hargest Trio Miss Out On Finals

by Rhys Crampton – James Hargest College’s chamber music trio were unlucky to miss out on selection for the National Chamber Music finals, teacher Lesley Little said. Mrs Little, James Hargest College head of music, said although disappointed to hear “Retrograde” had not made this year’s finals, she was still immensely proud of their performance.
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No Hairy Issues Here… No Hairy Issues Here…

By Wetini Rapana – Most Invercargill secondary schools have had no cause for concern over their students’ appearance. Following the suspension of 16-year-old Hastings student Lucan Battison from St John’s College in May over his hairstyle, personal appearance in Invercargill high schools remained a minor issue.  Potentially undesirable and untidy hair-styles, uniform use and tattoos
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Consumer Law Reform Welcomed

by Matt Coley – TradeMe and the Southland Community Law Centre have welcomed the strengthening of consumer law protecting online users of auction websites. The Consumer Law Reform Bill came into effect on Tuesday June 17 and has had a direct effect on buyers and sellers through changes to the Consumers Guarantees Act 1993 (CGA)
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