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The Cancer Society is celebrating a major milestone, marking the 25th anniversary of Daffodil Day.

Anti-government protesters are happy with their central city demonstration, which drew heavy police presence last night.

A local research symposium on brain function and memory is attracting academics from around the globe.

Dunedin's status as a UNESCO Creative City of Literature is paying dividends for one local writer.

A record cruise ship season is expected to pump millions more into the local economy.

Already the sector's worth about $36m to the city each year.

Prime Minister John Key is in the city for celebrations to do with local education.

OUSA explores alternative student representation

Local secondary school students are getting a taste of life in the construction industry.

They've toured some of the city's trade-based businesses, as part of a nationwide campaign.

The widespread flooding of early June continues to take a toll on residents, almost three months later.

Dunedin's incorporation as New Zealand's first city is being celebrated, a hundred and fifty years on.

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull is about to travel to China, to build closer local government ties and discuss economic development.

Business profits are rising, as indicated in the latest data from Statistics New Zealand.

Total operating profit before tax has increased 7% in the last financial year.

Police are investigating a suspected motor vehicle arson in Concord.

The silver Hyundai broke down on Stevenson Road on Tuesday evening, and its owner left it there overnight.

Despite the dairy downturn, exports for the month of July were up compared to last year.

The total value of goods exported during the month was $4.2b.

Tahuna Normal Intermediate pupils are the winners of a regional band competition.

The band Rodeo Clowns won the Rockshop Bandquest Otago contest, beating 15 other school ensembles.

George Street Normal School is celebrating the realisation of a dream, five years in the making.

Its new $1.2m modern learning environment is now open.

Your City

  • A local man is pitting himself against some of the world's best, for the biggest butchery contest New Zealand's hosted.

    He's sharpening his skills, along with his knives, ahead of the event.

    And there's more than just individual success at stake.

  • The Otago University Students' Association is breaking away from the New Zealand Union of Students' Associations.

  • Cutting edge research and technology are the driving forces behind an international dentistry conference in the city.

    Delegates from around the world are gathered to discuss the latest industry advances.

    And they're also getting a glimpse at Otago's renowned dental education.

  • Thousands of school pupils are singing and dancing in the largest ever Stars on Stage production.

    And as the annual show gets under way, organisers are noticing some major changes in the local arts scene.

  • There are renewed calls for more visitor accommodation to be established in Dunedin.

    Civic leaders say it's desperately needed, but that's disputed by some within the industry.

    So our word on the street team asked members of the public if they think the city needs more visitor accommodation.

  • Local rules around freedom camping are being reviewed, following widespread public frustration.

    The city council is considering a more restrictive camping bylaw, to curb associated problems.

    But not everyone's happy with proposed changes.

Business

  • Almost 100 first home buyers in Dunedin are making the most of a new government funding scheme.

    Since the HomeStart programme was launched in April, the government's received 89 applications from within Dunedin.

    Of those, 75 have been paid out.

    HomeStart replaces the KiwiSaver first home deposit subsidy. It allows first home buyers to apply for grants of up to $20,000.

    Nationwide almost 7,000 applications have been lodged, and just over $7m paid out.

  • A locally owned electrical repair company is in liquidation, owing an estimated $200,000.

    A F Johnston Electrical is owned by Lianne and Michael Montgomery, of Sawyers Bay.

    Liquidators say the company ceased trading because of difficulties in collecting payments for completed work.

    Assets have been sold to another electrical firm. There's $50,000 listed as being owed to the company.

    Creditors haven't been finalised, but it's estimated that Inland Revenue is owed almost $150,000 alone.

  • Dramatically increased Auckland property prices are making Dunedin a more desirable place to live.

    Real estate agents say local house sales are on the rise, as Aucklanders move south.

    And for one such family, the shift is paying off.

  • Scott Technology shareholders are being asked to vote on a proposed investment scheme.

    The Dunedin based company has received an investment offer from JBS Australia.

    It's for a placement of ten million shares, at $1.39(a dollar thirty nine) per share.

    JBS Australia is also offering to purchase shares at that price from any shareholder wanting to opt out or reduce their involvement.

    It's looking to take over roughly half of Scott Technology's shares.

    Umbrella company JBS is the largest animal protein processor in the world.

  • Mobile traders are being blamed for damaging the Museum Reserve.

  • The dairy downturn is resulting in a quarterly fall of the producer price index.

    Statistics New Zealand's latest data shows the index fell slightly in the June quarter.

    That's being attributed to lower farm-gate milk prices.

    Dairy cattle farming is down 5.5%(five point five percent).

    And dairy product manufacturing has fallen almost as much.

    Prices for electricity and gas supply have also dropped.

    The reduction is influenced by higher lake levels and low wholesale spot prices.

Local Sport

  • Renowned rugby union halfback Aaron Smith is staying put in the south.

    He's just committed to the Highlanders and All Blacks until the end of the 2019 season.

    And he says at this point in his career, he wouldn't want to be based anywhere else.

  • A John McGlashan College pupil is about to represent New Zealand in an Australian cross-country competition.

    He's among a small group of kiwis selected for the contest.

    And it's helping him to fulfil a lifelong dream.

  • Local horse riders are clearing obstacles on their way to showjumping success.

    Many have been involved in a yearly competition held at Mosgiel.

    And they're training for bigger events, set to thrill crowds over the next few months.

  • A King's High School athlete is stepping into the international spotlight.

    He's preparing to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa, competing in the long jump and hurdles.

    But his aspirations don't end there.

  • Southland has claimed victory over Otago in the longest-running police rugby fixture in the country.

    The match at Hancock Park ended 33-nil to the southern visitors.

    But off the field players from both teams are savouring the camaraderie.

  • Cross country running is an expanding sport in the city, thanks in part to a series of winter races.

    The Athletics Otago programme has just concluded, with a drizzly run through Rotary Park.

    And now the organisation's looking to further encourage young participants.