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Local Meals on Wheels providers are seeing an influx of clients as a result of the Southern District Health Board's new food scheme.

A Dunedin teenager is denying six charges relating to a fatal car crash in the central city.

The crash occurred on the corner of Hope and Stafford streets last July.

The man accused of attempting to murder a woman in South Dunedin is awaiting his next court date behind bars.

Chinese New Year festivities are continuing around the city.

Students at the University of Otago have been treated to a range of activities and music on campus.

Residents are getting one last chance to have their say on the city council's proposed second generation plan.

The New Zealand Transport Agency is planning to separate cyclists from traffic on the city's one-way system.

The Southern District Health Board is reaching out to the community with a new programme aimed at steering the organisation forward.

Hundreds of cyclists made the most of a free breakfast in the Octagon this morning for the national Go By Bike Day.

A privately-owned chunk of Taiaroa Head is being listed for sale.

The 172ha Natures Wonders section is being advertised through New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty.

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    Residents have been getting a local insight into the Treaty of Waitangi from a leading academic.

    Mark Brunton, of the University of Otago, delivered a presentation on the founding document for Waitangi Day celebrations.

    And he's calling for greater acknowledgement of the past in the future.

  • Thousands of residents and visitors welcomed the start of the Chinese New Year with local festivities yesterday.

    Revellers gathered at the Dunedin Chinese Garden, where they were welcomed by the mayor.

    Traditional dancing entertained crowds, and face-painting was popular among children.

    It's the Year of the Monkey, and several suitable characters were among the crowd.

    Visiting Chinese performers took to the stage, showcasing theatre, music and dance.

    The evening finished up with a fireworks display, visible from much of the central city.

  • King's High School is reeling from negative publicity surrounding a former teacher's sexual relationship with two pupils.

    It's been revealed a King's teacher has resigned in the last week after confessing the scandal.

    She allegedly had sexual relations with two boys, although it's not known if both occurred while the teenagers were pupils at the school.

    One was the subject of an investigation last year, when rumours began circulating.

    No proof of that relationship was found at the time.

  • A 43 year old man has been arrested and charged with the attempted murder of a woman in South Dunedin on Sunday.

    Officers were called to Cutten Street about 6am with reports that a 40-year-old woman had been seriously assaulted.

    Police aren't disclosing details of the case, as it's now before the court.

    Officers are still thoroughly searching properties in Cutten Street.

    It's understood that a weapon, believed to be a knife, was found at an address on Sunday afternoon.

    Police have cordoned off a house, where investigators are documenting the scene.

  • Two Dunedin mothers are endeavouring to keep Maori language alive in early childhood.

    They've set up a programme for babies to learn English and te reo through picture books.

    And they're planning further initiatives.

  • The ancient art of bonsai is gaining traction in Dunedin.

    Dozens of locals are seizing the opportunity to learn more about the dwarfed trees that are cultivated in pots.

    And they're discovering the benefits of miniature gardening.

Business

  • Investors in a Milton wool mill are unlikely to be reimbursed through the company's liquidation.

    Receivers say Bruce Woollen Mill Ltd owes just over $4.7m.

    About a million dollars is owing to secured and preferential creditors, including employees and Inland Revenue.

    But the majority of the debt relates to shareholder loans and unsecured investments.

    The company's assets are being sold but they're not expected to generate enough money to cover liabilities.

    A liquidation hearing is scheduled for the High Court at Dunedin on the 3rd of March.

  • A former luxury hotel is being listed on the market for keen investors.

    Corstorphine House is for sale, for $3.8m.

    The privately-owned property in Milburn Street used to be a high-end hotel and function venue.

    Famous guests include Prince Charles, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin.

    Property broker Adrian Chisholm says the house would be a smart investment for hospitality vendors, with increasing interest in the local tourism sector.

    The house was built in 1863 and sits on a 3ha section.

  • Falling oil prices are having a marked impact on local exports.

    The shipping rate to China is 26% lower than a year ago, and 7% lower than last month.

    Some exporters are reporting the lowest rates in over 20 years.

    That's as the New Zealand dollar is declining, making goods more attractive to overseas buyers.

    The kiwi has slid more than 5% against the greenback so far this year.

  • The growth in residential building hit an all-time record of a billion dollars in November last year.

    Figures from Statistics New Zealand show the value of consents issued in Otago rose consistently from $42M in August to $52M in November.

    Dunedin was up from 269 dwelling consents in October to 337 in November.

  • Automotive company 2 Cheap Cars is looking to sell its stake in Kiwi Regional Airlines.

    The car reseller today said it wants to sell its 10.4% holding.

    The company initially owned 23% of the airline, but its shareholding was diluted several times during the year as Kiwi Regional Airlines issued more shares.

    There are currently four other investors who each individually own various percentages.

    Kiwi Regional Airlines was set up by Ewan Wilson in December 2014, after Air New Zealand announced it was abandoning several regional services.

  • An additional $3.6m is being budgeted for the latest stage of the Leith Flood Protection scheme.

    It's part of an almost $40m total redevelopment project being undertaken by the Otago Regional Council.

    The extra money will go towards a section of work on Leith Street near the St David Street footbridge.

    Regional Council staff are yet to calculate the final costings of the entire project.

    The work is set to start next month.

Local Sport

  • A former King's High School basketball team is reuniting after almost two decades.

    Players are taking to the court for the Masters Games tournament in the city, and they're hoping to come out on top.

  • Dunedin's a finalist in national awards aimed at recognising people's favourite places to cycle.

    There are four categories and Dunedin's in line to win the on-road section.

    The city surrounds, including Otago Peninsula, is up against four other spots including Christchurch's Port Hills.

    Kiwis are being asked to vote for their favourite cycling locations online throughout February, which is Bike Wise Month.

    The awards are run each year by the New Zealand Transport Agency, with winners due to be announced on the 3rd of March.

  • Track and field competitors from all over the country have congregated to kick off the annual Masters Games in Dunedin.

    More than 100 athletes took part in the opening event at the Caledonian Ground on Saturday.

    And some were proving that age is no handicap.

  • The New Zealand Masters Games is kicking off in Dunedin, with over 4000 athletes set to compete.

    The schedule's jam-packed with hundreds of events including figure skating and an indoor triathlon.

    And organisers are challenging the misconception that the event's just for old people.

  • Starting at the top of the Super Rugby table, the Highlanders are heading into three pre-season matches.

    Players are facing the departure of head coach Jamie Joseph, as well as the pressure to perform.

    But they're confidently pushing that to the sidelines.

  • Local athletes are gearing up for what is expected to be a very full summer sporting calendar.

    Several athletics events are being held at the Caledonian Ground over the next couple of months.

    And that's serving as good preparation for the biggest contest of them all.