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Hundreds of thousands of dollars is being invested in local social services as they're dealing with rising demand.

Orthopaedic training can once again be undertaken at Dunedin Hospital.

The Southern District Health Board lost the right to host orthopaedic training at the Hospital last year.

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

The city's parking wardens are trialling a new body camera while on the job in an effort to deter abuse.

One of the city's top organists is taking up a prestigious job in Sweden.

He'll be overseeing music at an ancient church once home to an influential teacher.

Schools in cyclone-devastated Fiji are being rebuilt thanks to relief from local Rotarians.

A positive snapshot of government finances has just been released by Statistics New Zealand.

Police are noticing a spike in criminal activity in western parts of the city.

Your City

  • Police and Fire Service officers are investigating a suspected arson at a St Clair house.

    Firefighters were called to the Lock Street home just after 9am on Saturday.

    They spent six and a half hours dealing with the blaze, which is being treated as suspicious.

    Police began a scene examination on Saturday, which continued throughout the weekend.

    Officers would like to hear from anyone in the area at the time of the fire, who may have seen someone acting suspiciously.

  • Police are calling for witnesses to a stabbing in the central city early yesterday morning.

    The violent assault happened on the corner of Moray Place and Princes Street about 3.30am.

    A 21-year-old man was stabbed multiple times in the neck and back.

    He was admitted to Dunedin Hospital with moderate injuries and was discharged later yesterday.

    Police say there was a large number of people in the immediate area outside the Brimstone nightclub at the time.

    They're asking for witnesses and people with information about the incident to come forward.

  • A local man has become the first person to run a 301km cycle trail non-stop.

    Dunedin man Glenn Sutton ran the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail from Mount Cook to Oamaru over the weekend.

    The feat took him 45 hours and 29 minutes.

    He reached Oamaru in the early hours of yesterday morning.

    Sutton is the second runner to complete the track and the first to do it without stopping.

    The 42-year-old says he has a bit of a sore ankle and is reflecting on the race before preparing for his next challenge.

    That'll see him running 100 miles around Naseby.

  • The godfathers of heavy metal are reportedly thrilled with their last Australasian gig in Dunedin on Saturday night.

    Black Sabbath performed for about 10,000 excited fans at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

    Lead singer Ozzy Osbourne took the stage with founding members and guitarists Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler.

    They performed for almost two hours, hyping the crowd with many of their greatest hits.

    Stadium officials and police were happy with how the concert went.

    A few people were kicked out for being too drunk but no-one was arrested at the gig.

  • More than 500 volunteers are collecting donations for The Salvation Army throughout the city this week.

    The organisation's local staff are seeing a drastic rise in demand for help.

    And there's little hope of the situation improving anytime soon.

  • Local gamers have gathered en masse as part of a worldwide celebration.

    International TableTop Day brought both beginners and expert players to the Dunedin City Library for a competitive event.

    But it was about more than just winning.

Business

  • The Reserve Bank has kept the Official Cash Rate unchanged at 2.25%.

    That's come as no surprise for many business commentators and will be pleasing to mortgage holders.

    Following this morning's announcement the New Zealand dollar jumped 1.3% against the greenback.

    The Reserve Bank says some easing may be needed to get inflation back to its target.

    Governor Graeme Wheeler is expected to cut the official cash rate to 2% in June.

  • The country's annual trade balance has reached a significant low, with a March deficit of $3.8b.

    That's the largest yearly trade shortfall since April 2009.

    It's a result of falling values for primary produce exports like milk powder, beef and lamb.

    In the last quarter the seasonally adjusted value of exported goods dropped $145m.

    Meat was down by a whopping 17%, while dairy products fell 6.4%.

  • The Dunedin City Council is saving almost $2m a year in interest, having renegotiated bonds.

    Its treasury company received strong interest in the two bonds, collectively worth $95m.

    They are for periods of five and ten years.

    The council says the refinancing, coupled with a maturing floating rate note and hedging, means an interest saving of about $1.9m a year.

    Dunedin City Treasury manages debt for the council and its companies.

  • There's been a downturn in the rural property market, with 42 fewer farm sales in the first three months of this year compared to the same time last year.

    That's a 10% reduction across the country.

    The median price per hectare has also fallen by about $700, to just over $27,000.

    In Otago property agents are noticing more neighbour to neighbour sales and splitting of farms.

    They say that's happening throughout the country to achieve sales.

    But commentators say well-established Otago farmers seem to have a solid footing in the current economic climate.

  • The country is more reliant on wireless internet than ever before, with total broadband connections reaching 1.23m.

    Kiwis are continuing to move away from fixed-line services on the copper network to fibre, which is up 21%.

    Chorus says it's now completing an average of 480 fibre connections per weekday.

    Fixed-line connections are slowly shrinking and now sit at about 1.74m.

    The government has extended its target for the fibre telecommunications network to 80% of the country.

    It's estimated that will cost about $1.8b to build.

  • Three technology start-up companies with strong links to Dunedin have each attracted almost half a million dollars in government loans.

    Each is getting $450,000 in repayable loans, through the government agency Callaghan Innovation.

    The companies with local ties are Mastaplex, Upstream Medical Technologies and Fishery Logistics.

    They're among 11 technology start-ups granted loans in the latest round of support through Callaghan Innovation.

    It's for companies to commercialise new intellectual property and get products to market.

Local Sport

  • A marathon game of hockey involving more than 200(two hundred) players has unofficially smashed a world record.

    The Otago Hockey fundraiser centred around having the most players ever involved in an exhibition match.

    But while the record was broken, it's the money raised that organisers are most pleased about.

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    A local sportswoman is among a number of kiwis to receive the highest accolades in cricket.

    White Ferns captain and Dunedin resident Suzie Bates has just been named the world's leading female cricketer.

    And she's hoping the recognition further promotes women's involvement in the sport.

  • A hundred high-speed drivers have carved up on local roads in the 40th annual Otago Rally.

    The event serves as the opening round of the New Zealand Rally Championship, and has this year attracted more entries than ever before.

    And that's helped to significantly boost the local economy.

  • Local high school pupils have been getting a close look at the Rugby World Cup.

    The trophy is travelling around schools up and down the country as part of a bid to entice more youth into sport.

    And it's already got the city's students raring to get on the field.

  • The Highlanders are back in the city training for their next super rugby match, on the heel of four consecutive wins.

    Players were warming up this morning at Logan Park, before a team announcement for a home game against the Force this Friday.

    They've just returned from Australia where they beat the Rebels.

    That was their fourth consecutive win in the super rugby tournament, following a loss to the Blues in the first match.

    They'll return to Australia next week to face the Reds before taking a short break.

  • Local athletes have had the home advantage at an annual competition that rarely touches base in the city.

    The inter-provincial athletics contest involved the best young sportspeople from all over the country.

    And it's helping some participants to fast-track their sporting careers.