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A group of local public transport users are getting in early with their thoughts on a proposed new central city bus hub.

A public toilet is going to be installed near Baldwin Street, catering to demand from visitors and tourists.

More than a quarter of a million dollars is going into the coffers of local community groups and organisations.

Three Otago Polytechnic design graduates are getting their shot at the big time.

Local tertiary students are delving into discussion about a life or death piece of legislation.

Mosgiel preschoolers are being taught the importance of avoiding tobacco in a novel way.

Staff at health agencies are engaging children in education programmes for World Smokefree Day.

A Dunedin woman is returning home from this year's Oceania Championships in Fiji with a bronze medal for olympic weightlifting.

The city's seeing a lull in building activity, with fewer consents being issued for new dwellings.

Police are investigating a handful of thefts from vehicles over the past few days.

Your City

  • The process to reform the Resource Management Act is being pushed back by at least two months.

    The delay is being caused by more than 1000 submissions and issues raised during public hearings.

    It means the local government and environment select committee is late in reporting back to parliament.

    It has been given until September to reach conclusions on a bill that several stakeholders have found fault with.

    The legislation is due to go through the house of representatives by the end of the year.

    It was introduced in draft form last November.

  • The old propagation facility at the Dunedin Botanic Garden is to be demolished, as staff have opened up the new premises to the public.

    An open day at the new propagation facility offered a warm reprieve from the weekend's wintry weather yesterday.

    The subtropical plant venue has been up and running for about a year, following a $6.2m development.

    City council contractors are going to tear down the old one in the upper garden, with work expected to be finished by the end of June.

  • Police are keeping a close watch on Fairfield as they look for a young man who allegedly made sexual comments to a school pupil in the suburb.

    The incident happened on Friday afternoon when a Caucasian man believed to be in his twenties was seen driving around Main Road, Martin Road and Fairplay Street.

    He reportedly pulled over and asked directions from a Fairfield School pupil before making sexual comments.

    School staff say the child avoided the situation by following stranger danger rules.

  • Otago Museum's science division is set to expand with the help of a $500,000 grant.

    The Otago Community Trust has allocated the money towards an upgrade of the museum's Discovery World.

    And it's all in an effort to make science more accessible to the community.

  • The local Japanese community is sending thousands of dollars to Japan, to help people affected by a devastating April earthquake.

    Members held a fair at Pine Hill School yesterday to raise funds for the victims of the 7.0 magnitude quake in Kumamoto.

    And they're also giving money to refugees closer to home.

  • A small local chamber choir has been putting a fresh spin on some of the region's history.

    The Southern Consort of Voices has held a folk and classical concert featuring work inspired by Otago.

    And it's helped to see out New Zealand Music Month for another year.

Business

  • Funding for the cash-strapped Southern District Health Board will increase by millions of dollars to a record amount in the next financial year.

    The government's investing $16b in health as part of its newly-announced eighth annual budget.

    But the opposition isn't happy with planned spending.

  • Dairy farmers struggling with the industry's global downturn are getting a restrained payout forecast from Fonterra.

    The company just announced its predicted farmgate milk price for the next season of $4.25 per kilogram of milk solids.

    That's an increase of 35c on the current season's payout.

    But the shareholders' council chairman says the announcement will be tough for farmers to hear.

    He says it reflects the reality of the market, and Fonterra's also citing industry limitations for the figure.

  • Forestry exports are returning higher profits but there is scepticism in the industry about whether current values will continue.

    The average wharf gate price for A-grade New Zealand logs has increased to $120 a tonne.

    Inventory levels on Chinese ports remain moderate, with China New Zealand's largest forestry export market.

    Some in the industry believe its stability will continue, but others are more pessimistic and think current returns are too high to be maintained in the long run.

  • Farm sales are dropping off although in most cases the price per hectare is increasing.

    Nationally there has been a 16% drop in farm sales over the last year.

    But the median price per hectare has risen to around $30,000 overall.

    Dairy is bucking that trend with values falling 13.6% in the last 12 months.

    In Otago there's steady activity in finishing and grazing properties but a cautious buyer approach seems to be slowing sales.

  • Business events held in the city are contributing about $50m to the economy each year.

    Data on the growing sector is being collated by the Dunedin City Council's Enterprise Dunedin team.

    And staff believe they can generate even more income from the corporate world.

  • Fonterra is releasing some money to dairy farmers earlier than usual, to help those struggling with the industry's downturn.

    A dividend of 10c per share is being paid on the 7th of June, to be followed by an equal payout in August.

    But that's subject to financial performance continuing at the current level.

    The company's forecasting a 3% reduction in seasonal milk collection overall.

    This year's payout is set to be 40c per share in total.

Local Sport

  • A relatively new sport is making its presence known in the south.

    More than a dozen competitors spent some of the weekend taking part in the inaugural Southern Sport Stacking Tournament.

    And with several of the country's top stackers competing, there was plenty for newbies to aspire to.

  • Dunedin cricket fans have reason to celebrate with the city hosting three top international matches in the next couple of seasons.

    New Zealand Cricket announced the ANZ International Series, comprising 98 days of competition involving the Black Caps.

    The opening test against South Africa will be played at University Oval in March next year.

    The local venue will also host two one-day internationals against Pakistan and England.

    They're scheduled for January and March 2018.

  • The Highlanders are celebrating their dominance of the annual Otago Sports Awards.

    The team won the main prize in Friday night's ceremony, having won last year's Super Rugby tournament.

    Highlanders co-captain and All Black Ben Smith won the sportsman of the year award.

    Head coach Jamie Joseph took out the coach of the year title, beating Black Caps coach Mike Hesson.

    Cricketer Suzie Bates won sportswoman of the year, as captain of the Otago Sparks and White Ferns.

  • Four local athletes are heading to Brazil to represent the country in this year's Paralympic Games.

    They're among just six New Zealanders selected for the national athletics team, which was officially announced in Dunedin this morning.

    And they've got a good chance of winning gold.

  • A young Dunedin surfer is heading to the junior world championships in Portugal where he'll represent the country.

    He's the first local to be selected for the New Zealand team in more than a decade.

    And he's honing his on-board skills for the challenge.

  • The country's top young hockey players are battling for supremacy this week in Dunedin.

    Both the male and female national under-21 tournaments are taking place at the McMillan Hockey Centre.

    But the future of similar competitions being hosted locally is uncertain.