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Speed limits reduced on a dozen roads throughout the city

Channel9 Latest News - December 19, 2014 - 5:55pm
Speed limits are being reduced on a dozen roads throughout the city. The reductions will be effective from the 1st of February. And there's more changes to come, on roads around some of the city's schools. ›see story

SPCA faces another busy Christmas season

Channel9 Latest News - December 19, 2014 - 5:52pm
Cat houses at the SPCA in Dunedin are filling up fast, as the organisation faces another busy Christmas period. While people get ready to unwind, SPCA staff are hard at work providing sanctuary for animals with no-one to care for them. And they hope the good feelings of the festive season extend to pets. ›see story

Nightly interview: Lox Kellas

Channel9 Latest News - December 19, 2014 - 5:49pm
With summer holidays approaching, many Dunedin residents are likely to be planning activities on the water. And that raises safety issues, so Coastguard Dunedin president Lox Kellas is here to give us some tips. ›see story

FIFA mascot makes the rounds at Dunedin Hospital

Channel9 Latest News - December 19, 2014 - 5:47pm
An unusual-looking visitor has made the rounds of the children's ward at Dunedin Hospital. ›see story

Dedicated jolly Saint Nick celebrates milestone

Channel9 Latest News - December 19, 2014 - 5:43pm
Only a few days remain before Christmas, and Santa is out in force around Dunedin. Peter Appleby is one of the dedicated people who dress up as jolly Saint Nick. And he's celebrating - but not just because of the holidays. ›see story

Local Maori students congratulated

Channel9 Latest News - December 19, 2014 - 5:41pm
Local Maori students are being congratulated for their entrepreneurship. A dozen polytechnic and university students have taken part in a dragon's den-style business contest. The competition ended a month-long programme, which was run in conjunction with Te Puni Kokiri. It's the second year the programme has been held in Dunedin. ›read more

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Gross domestic product buoyed by growth in the primary industries

Channel9 Latest News - December 19, 2014 - 5:39pm
Gross domestic product is up slightly, buoyed by growth in the primary industries. Milk production, oil exploration and gas extraction have all increased. And that's pushed GDP up, with some of the strongest growth seen in 15 years. Agriculture and mining are key drivers of the move, while the forestry and logging industry is down. Manufacturing activity has also grown. ›read more

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Citifleet fraud investigation findings made public

Channel9 Latest News - December 18, 2014 - 6:56pm
Findings in the city council fraud investigation have just been made public. A report by Deloitte states that former council worker Brent Bachop was responsible for defrauding the council of about $1.5. Bachop died suddenly in May, just after questions were asked about discrepancies in the Citifleet accounts. ›read more

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Women's basketball team headed for the courts of Las Vegas

Channel9 Latest News - December 18, 2014 - 6:52pm
A group of local basketball players are headed for the courts of Las Vegas. The Mainland Eagles women's team will fly out at the end of this month for the overseas tour. But there's a lot of preparation ahead first, to ensure the team is on the ball. ›see story

Nightly interview: Senior Sergeant Matt Scoles

Channel9 Latest News - December 18, 2014 - 6:49pm
While Christmas is predominantly a happy time for families, the rate of domestic violence typically increases. Senior Sergeant Matt Scoles is the manager of victims and family violence for the southern police district. And he's here to talk about what people can do to look after each other during the holiday period. ›see story

Dunedin Public Art Gallery celebrates a big year

Channel9 Latest News - December 18, 2014 - 6:48pm
This year has been the best yet for the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. In June the gallery surpassed its annual visitor record of 250,000 people. And it's not just big name artists drawing in the crowds. ›see story

Dunedin's first co-housing development set to go ahead

Channel9 Latest News - December 18, 2014 - 6:44pm
Dunedin's first co-housing development is set to go ahead, with the proposal securing resource consent from the Dunedin City Council. ›see story

Stolen Dunedin car found burnt-out in Christchurch

Channel9 Latest News - December 18, 2014 - 6:42pm
A car stolen from Dunedin has been found burnt-out in Christchurch. The white Nissan Pulsar was reported stolen yesterday, from a Waverley address. And early this morning the vehicle was found in Christchurch, having been torched. Police believe the vehicle was used in a petrol drive-off at Timaru. ›read more

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Otago Museum's Animal Attic gets a festive transformation

Channel9 Latest News - December 18, 2014 - 6:40pm
It’s all go at Otago Museum as the school holidays kicks off. With Christmas just around the corner, the museum's Animal Attic has had a festive transformation. And among the animals, elves are on hand, getting everyone ready to meet the big man in red. ›see story

New Zealands's account deficit has grown

Channel9 Latest News - December 18, 2014 - 6:38pm
The country's account deficit has grown, and it's now the largest it's been in almost six years. An account deficit means the country's earned less than it's spent. It relates to offshore income and overseas expenditure. At present the country's got a deficit of $2.5b. That's a debt increase of almost $500m from June. ›read more

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Fundraising effort to save Basketball Otago about to start

Channel9 Latest News - December 17, 2014 - 7:17pm
The plan to save Basketball Otago is under way, with a massive fundraising effort about to start. Members have unanimously voted to delay the shutting down of the heavily indebted organisation. And that's partly thanks to a ten thousand-dollar prize, which is set to help balance the books. ›see story

Community rallies to see the Dunedin Night Shelter through to the New Year

Channel9 Latest News - December 17, 2014 - 7:15pm
A surge of holiday goodwill has been the saving grace for Dunedin's Night Shelter. Just last month, the Trust's Chairman said they didn't have enough money to operate until its next round of grants funding kicked in, in February. But the community heard their plea and has rallied to get them through to the New Year. ›see story

University of Otago biochemist receives grant to test her research

Channel9 Latest News - December 17, 2014 - 7:00pm
A University of Otago biochemist has just received a $50,000 grant to test her research. Doctor Monica Gerth plans to develop enzymes that help to prevent catheters and other medical devices from causing infection. That should reduce the rate of serious complications following surgery. Doctor Gerth's research deals with stopping bacteria forming, and from becoming immune to antibiotics. ›read more

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University of Otago biochemist receives grant to test her research

Channel9 Latest News - December 17, 2014 - 7:00pm
A University of Otago biochemist has just received a $50,000 grant to test her research. Doctor Monica Gerth plans to develop enzymes that help to prevent catheters and other medical devices from causing infection. That should reduce the rate of serious complications following surgery. Doctor Gerth's research deals with stopping bacteria forming, and from becoming immune to antibiotics. ›read more

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Cigarette butt bins given out to keep Dunedin streets beautiful

Channel9 Latest News - December 17, 2014 - 6:56pm
A nationwide initiative to roll out cigarette butt bins has been taken up by the Dunedin City Council. Keep New Zealand Beautiful is providing the bins for free, and plenty of Dunedin businesses have taken up the offer. Council staff are also using the campaign to raise awareness about how much work goes into keeping the streets clean. ›see story