University of Otago researchers have found more than half of all homeless adults in New Zealand are working or studying.
Kate Amore, from the Health Research Programme, analysed census and administrative data from 2013.
She found 52% of homeless adults were either working, studying, or both, up from 49%in 2006.
She says the cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline.
As a result many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recogn
Researchers at the University of Otago are going to study concussion on professional rugby players while they play.
The project is a nationwide first, and will be supported by New Zealand Rugby.
It'll see the Otago team fitted with monitoring equipment that'll measure the stresses that cause concussion.
Police are disappointed in the results of a two week operation that focussed on driver habits.
The nationwide operation caught many drivers using cell phones while driving, and not wearing seatbelts.
In the Southern district 115 drivers were ticketed for using their mobiles while driving.
And, 286 people were issued infringement notices for not wearing seatbelts.
Police say the results show many drivers continue to have bad habits at intersections.
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.
A Dunedin tertiary institution has contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the Otago economy.
Figures from the latest Otago Polytechnic Economic Impact Report show it's contributed $255M to the region.
Its global economic impact for 2015 was valued at nearly $290M.
Chief executive Phil Ker says the report illustrates the institute's significance to Otago, having a direct influence on local economic development.
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.