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Act of charity revolutionising Autism New Zealand's local branch

Channel9 Latest News - March 6, 2015 - 5:55pm
A free car is revolutionising Autism New Zealand's local branch. It's been donated by a Dunedin car dealership. And it's hoped the act of charity will help staff meet the city's growing demand for assistance with autism. ›see story

Knitters complete poppies for ANZAC Day commemorations

Channel9 Latest News - March 6, 2015 - 5:50pm
Knitters working on poppies for this year's ANZAC Day commemorations have reached their goal of 2000 individual flowers. Knitters started the project at the beginning of the year, often working in the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum. The project is being organised by the Otago Settlers Association, in partnership with the museum. ›read more

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International earthquake research coming to a close

Channel9 Latest News - March 6, 2015 - 5:47pm
Major international research into the science of earthquakes has entered its final stage. University of Otago researchers are analysing rock from the Alpine Fault, following the deepest drilling yet of the geological feature. Despite engineering setbacks at the drilling stage, scientists are confident they'll uncover something to help predict the next big shake. ›see story

Anything But Books Sale expected to be a hit

Channel9 Latest News - March 6, 2015 - 5:44pm
Regent Theatre staff are expecting to raise hundreds of dollars through this year's Anything But Books Sale. All money from the sale goes towards repairing and upgrading the theatre. The sale is a spin-off from the Regent's annual 24 hour book sale, which has been going for more than three decades. ›read more

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Otago Polytechnic's redevelopment enters second stage

Channel9 Latest News - March 6, 2015 - 5:42pm
A multi-million dollar redevelopment at Otago Polytechnic has progressed to its second stage. The ground floor of one of the polytechnic's main buildings has been completely refurbished. And now workers are turning their attention to another part of the campus. ›see story

University of Otago receives grant to research Salmonella

Channel9 Latest News - March 6, 2015 - 5:39pm
More than $300,000 has been granted to the University of Otago for research into Salmonella. The money comes from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It's for local academics to co-ordinate international efforts in researching Salmonella diseases, a major cause of child death in Africa. Professor John Crump, of the university's Centre for International Health, is leading the study. ›read more

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Art auction benefits aspiring broadcasters

Channel9 Latest News - March 6, 2015 - 5:36pm
Young aspiring broadcasters are being given greater opportunities to launch careers, thanks to local artists. An art auction comprising 71 works has raised thousands of dollars for a local youth radio programme. It means Dunedin youth wanting to work in broadcast media are off to a good start. ›see story

Nightly interview: Anna Hoek-Sims

Channel9 Latest News - March 5, 2015 - 6:45pm
Two Dunedin students have just returned from Japan, where they represented New Zealand at an international youth leaders programme. Anna Hoek-Sims is one of them, and she's here to tell us all about it. ›see story

Business community learns what it takes to be successful

Channel9 Latest News - March 5, 2015 - 5:59pm
Dunedin's business community has learned what it takes to be successful, from two internationally respected healthcare professionals. The pair spoke during a business conference at Otago Polytechnic. And it's hoped their advice will lead to improvements throughout the city. ›see story

Public seminar held to explain social housing reform programme

Channel9 Latest News - March 5, 2015 - 5:57pm
Government representatives are in town, explaining new social housing reforms to residents. ›see story

World Book Day draws limited local fanfare

Channel9 Latest News - March 5, 2015 - 5:55pm
Despite Dunedin's recent recognition as a UNESCO Creative City of Literature, there's limited local fanfare for World Book Day. A few low-key events are being staged, involving a special guest from a fellow literary city. And she has high hopes Dunedin's celebration of the annual event will grow eventually. ›see story

Copper spouting and fuel targeted by thieves

Channel9 Latest News - March 5, 2015 - 5:53pm
Copper spouting and fuel are the latest commodities being targeted by Dunedin thieves. An undisclosed amount of copper spouting has been reported stolen from the Metalspray Engineering company in Sturdee Street. It was reportedly stolen from the harbourside business earlier this week. ›read more

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Sport Otago initiative encourages children to walk or cycle to school

Channel9 Latest News - March 5, 2015 - 5:50pm
Thousands of young Dunedin children are exercising on their way to and from school. While many walk or cycle to school year-round, there's added focus on healthy transport this week, for a Sport Otago initiative. The Walk 'n' Wheel to School Week is expected to bring more than just health benefits to those participating. ›see story

Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival wins award

Channel9 Latest News - March 5, 2015 - 5:47pm
A business award has been given to the Otago University Students' Association, for its Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival. Held in October last year, the festival has been named the best beer event in Otago and Southland. The accolade comes from the national Society of Beer Advocates. ›read more

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Dunedin Hare Krishna community sets up cultural centre

Channel9 Latest News - March 5, 2015 - 5:45pm
A former student flat is being converted into a cultural centre by the Dunedin Hare Krishna community. Contractors are about to finish the building's renovation, which has taken most of the summer. And members say the door's open to all, not just those who've converted to the religious movement. ›see story

Safety improvements fast-tracked on southern roads

Channel9 Latest News - March 5, 2015 - 5:44pm
The government has fast-tracked safety improvements on southern roads, in response to recent crashes involving tourists. ›see story

Nightly interview: Helen Lowther

Channel9 Latest News - March 4, 2015 - 7:14pm
A Dunedin teacher is one of just six in the country to recently receive a service to sport award through the New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council. The accolade was given to Helen Lowther, of Queen's High School, and she joins us to talk about her work. ›see story

Steven Joyce opens science challenge at the University of Otago

Channel9 Latest News - March 4, 2015 - 7:11pm
Work on a multi-million dollar science initiative has begun at the University of Otago. Cabinet minister Steven Joyce launched the science challenge, which aims to improve the lives of elderly New Zealanders. ›see story

SDHB launches new Safety First campaign

Channel9 Latest News - March 4, 2015 - 7:07pm
A new patient safety programme is being launched by the Southern District Health Board. ›see story

World Vision leadership conference serves a harsh wake-up call

Channel9 Latest News - March 4, 2015 - 7:05pm
More than a hundred school pupils have learned the ins and outs of leadership during a World Vision conference. The organisation chose Dunedin as the first location in its Australasia leadership conference tour, and it's served as a harsh wake-up call for those attending. ›see story