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Nightly interview: Kavindu Weerasekera

Channel9 Latest News - April 17, 2015 - 7:03pm
A special celebration is being held in Dunedin to mark the Sri Lankan New Year. It involves members of the Sri Lankan Students Association at the University of Otago. Organiser Kavindu Weerasekera joins us to explain what's happening. ›see story

Notorious sporting cheat raises money for medical research

Channel9 Latest News - April 17, 2015 - 7:01pm
One of the world's most notorious sporting cheats is in Dunedin, helping to raise money for medical research. He's responsible for exposing widespread doping among top international cyclists. But now that's behind him, he's doing what he can to prevent further corruption. ›see story

University of Otago study reveals the cost of cancer

Channel9 Latest News - April 17, 2015 - 6:58pm
University of Otago research is revealing the true cost of treating cancer in New Zealand. ›see story

Noticeably higher number of donations to Poppy Day appeal

Channel9 Latest News - April 17, 2015 - 6:55pm
A noticeably higher number of people are donating to this year's RSA Poppy Day appeal. The chairman of Dunedin's RSA Welfare Trust puts the support down to the upcoming centenary of the Gallipoli landing. And with a fundraising goal of about $70,000, the appeal's expected to make a massive difference. ›see story

Unusual deep sea fish washes up on Aramoana sand spit

Channel9 Latest News - April 17, 2015 - 6:51pm
Material from an unusual deep sea fish is being analysed by local scientists, after the fish washed up on the Aramoana sand spit. The oarfish was discovered by an Aramoana resident, who contacted the Department of Conservation. It's now been taken off the beach, but scientists have collected samples for testing. ›read more

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Future of hospital food services to be decided in upcoming weeks

Channel9 Latest News - April 17, 2015 - 6:49pm
The future of workers in local hospital kitchens is set to be decided within the next few weeks. The Southern District Health Board is considering outsourcing its food services to an Auckland-based business. But the national Service and Food Workers Union hopes its counterproposal will be chosen instead. ›see story

DCC working on reducing emissions

Channel9 Latest News - April 17, 2015 - 6:45pm
The Dunedin City Council is working on a plan to reduce the emissions that it manages. It's responsible for emissions from landfill and those associated with the city's electricity supply. The council's also trying to reduce emissions from its other operations. Most of the city's emissions come from landfill, totalling about 75%. ›read more

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Dunedin public benefits from holiday programme

Channel9 Latest News - April 17, 2015 - 6:40pm
While some children are spending the school holidays watching television and playing video games, others are dedicating their time to helping the community. A small number are taking part in a Volunteering Otago holiday programme. And while they're having fun, the Dunedin public is reaping the benefits. ›see story

Mayor adds voice to growing tide of concern

Channel9 Latest News - April 16, 2015 - 6:50pm
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull is adding his voice to the growing tide of concern about the plan to outsource hospital kitchen work. ›see story

Health Board staff calling on Dunedin residents to make future healthcare needs known

Channel9 Latest News - April 16, 2015 - 6:49pm
Southern District Health Board staff are calling on Dunedin residents to make their future healthcare needs known. An awareness day is being held around the country, with locals campaigning at Dunedin Hospital. And they say advanced care planning is much simpler than some might think. ›see story

Parked vehicles being broken into

Channel9 Latest News - April 16, 2015 - 6:49pm
Vehicles parked overnight in the central city are being broken into, and police are warning the public not to leave valuables inside. Two unattended vehicles parked in Elm Row last night were broken into, with offenders smashing windows to gain entry. Camera gear was stolen from inside one of the vehicles, but nothing was reported missing from the other car. ›read more

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Child's name on rugby jerseys

Channel9 Latest News - April 16, 2015 - 6:48pm
The name of a Dunedin child is being worn with pride on a Highlanders jersey for the upcoming clash against the Blues. It's part of a charitable project the rugby franchise is involved in. And it means there'll be three Smiths on the field, which players hope will bring good luck. ›see story

Real estate market seeing increase in listings

Channel9 Latest News - April 16, 2015 - 6:48pm
The local real estate market is seeing an increase in new listings, as well as potential buyers. Data from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand shows the number of sales in Dunedin is up 10%. That's compared to this time last year. Open homes are being well attended, and there are reports of more buyers from outside the region, which is lifting demand. ›read more

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Dunedin children taking up cricket in droves

Channel9 Latest News - April 16, 2015 - 6:43pm
Inspired by the recent Cricket World Cup, Dunedin children are taking up the sport in droves. Dozens are participating in a cricketing school holiday programme, eager to be future Black Caps. And although the cricket season's winding down, there's no let-up in local interest. ›see story

Interview: Eileen Goodwin

Channel9 Latest News - April 16, 2015 - 6:42pm
Debate about the Southern District Health Board's proposal to outsource food preparation is heating up. Otago Daily Times health reporter Eileen Goodwin is following the story, and she joins us to discuss the latest developments. ›see story

Otago Polytechnic solving teaching qualification problem

Channel9 Latest News - April 16, 2015 - 6:39pm
A new qualification at Otago Polytechnic is solving a problem for people wanting to become tertiary teachers. The internship programme is believed to be the first of its kind in New Zealand. And it's only being offered in Otago, but is set to boost the tertiary sector throughout the country. ›see story

Nightly interview: Dene Mackenzie

Channel9 Latest News - April 15, 2015 - 6:54pm
The government's gearing up to deliver its first budget since last year's election. Already it has signalled some priorities, and Otago Daily Times political editor Dene Mackenzie joins us to talk about what might be on the books. ›see story

New dog control policy being drafted by DCC

Channel9 Latest News - April 15, 2015 - 6:52pm
A new dog control policy and bylaw is being drafted by Dunedin City Council staff, following widespread public feedback. The council received more than 800 responses to its survey on existing dog controls. And now staff are using that feedback to draft a new policy. There's overwhelming support in the city for dog control in general, but division over the extent of control. ›read more

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Cabinet minister Paula Bennett to meet with Dunedin mayor

Channel9 Latest News - April 15, 2015 - 6:45pm
Cabinet minister Paula Bennett is visiting Dunedin this week, and will meet with mayor Dave Cull. They're scheduled to discuss local issues tomorrow morning, when the mayor will host the minister at the Dunedin City Council. Bennett is currently the minister for local government as well as social housing and state services. And she's the associate minister for finance and tourism. ›read more

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Union members protest zero hour contracts

Channel9 Latest News - April 15, 2015 - 6:43pm
As union members protest around the country against zero hour contracts, the government's promising change. Dunedin MP Michael Woodhouse is the minister for workplace relations and safety, and he's spoken out about zero hour contracts, saying the most punitive aspects will be banned. ›read more

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