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There is concern that the government's latest budget does little to address the nation's poorest citizens.

That's the message from members of a local child poverty group.

Dunedin cricket fans have reason to celebrate with the city hosting three top international matches in the next couple of seasons.

Authorities are making no apology for shutting down part of an inner city bar after it was found to be grossly overcrowded at the weekend.

Staff at the local branch of the national multiple sclerosis society are rallying community support with baked goods.

Thousands of dollars worth of gear has been stolen from inside a shipping container situated near Allanton.

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  • Authorities are making no apology for shutting down part of an inner city bar after it was found to be grossly overcrowded at the weekend.

    Suburbia has had its liquor licence suspended by the Dunedin District Licensing Committee.

    It follows a request from local firefighters who were called to the nightclub early Sunday morning to find around 300 people at the premises.

    That's almost double the bar's capacity of 160.

  • Staff at the local branch of the national multiple sclerosis society are rallying community support with baked goods.

    They're raising awareness and funds to help people with the condition by baking and selling cupcakes as part of an international fundraiser.

    And they hope their efforts will contribute to combating the destructive disorder.

  • There is concern that the government's latest budget does little to address the nation's poorest citizens.

    That's the message from members of a local child poverty group.

    They've gathered to discuss the latest welfare package, and say the government needs to do more.

  • The country's fruit exports are propping up the economy while dairy values continue to fall.

    Overall goods exports rose 4% last month, up $166m.

    Fruit led the increase, gaining 16% to push total goods exports for April to $4.3b.

    The gold kiwifruit and apple sectors are faring particularly well with growing demand from Asian markets like Taiwan.

    Meanwhile the milk powder, butter and cheese commodity group is down 6.7%.

  • Thousands of dollars worth of gear has been stolen from inside a shipping container situated near Allanton.

    Police say the semi-rural site on Mclaren Gully Road was entered overnight on Tuesday, sometime after 5pm.

    A vice, a chainsaw and several rattle guns were taken, as well as an unspecified amount of fuel.

    A fire extinguisher was also stolen along with what police describe as chain-making gear.

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  • Funding for the cash-strapped Southern District Health Board will increase by millions of dollars to a record amount in the next financial year.

    The government's investing $16b in health as part of its newly-announced eighth annual budget.

    But the opposition isn't happy with planned spending.

  • Dairy farmers struggling with the industry's global downturn are getting a restrained payout forecast from Fonterra.

    The company just announced its predicted farmgate milk price for the next season of $4.25 per kilogram of milk solids.

    That's an increase of 35c on the current season's payout.

    But the shareholders' council chairman says the announcement will be tough for farmers to hear.

    He says it reflects the reality of the market, and Fonterra's also citing industry limitations for the figure.

  • Forestry exports are returning higher profits but there is scepticism in the industry about whether current values will continue.

    The average wharf gate price for A-grade New Zealand logs has increased to $120 a tonne.

    Inventory levels on Chinese ports remain moderate, with China New Zealand's largest forestry export market.

    Some in the industry believe its stability will continue, but others are more pessimistic and think current returns are too high to be maintained in the long run.

  • Farm sales are dropping off although in most cases the price per hectare is increasing.

    Nationally there has been a 16% drop in farm sales over the last year.

    But the median price per hectare has risen to around $30,000 overall.

    Dairy is bucking that trend with values falling 13.6% in the last 12 months.

    In Otago there's steady activity in finishing and grazing properties but a cautious buyer approach seems to be slowing sales.

  • Business events held in the city are contributing about $50m to the economy each year.

    Data on the growing sector is being collated by the Dunedin City Council's Enterprise Dunedin team.

    And staff believe they can generate even more income from the corporate world.

  • Fonterra is releasing some money to dairy farmers earlier than usual, to help those struggling with the industry's downturn.

    A dividend of 10c per share is being paid on the 7th of June, to be followed by an equal payout in August.

    But that's subject to financial performance continuing at the current level.

    The company's forecasting a 3% reduction in seasonal milk collection overall.

    This year's payout is set to be 40c per share in total.

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  • Dunedin cricket fans have reason to celebrate with the city hosting three top international matches in the next couple of seasons.

    New Zealand Cricket announced the ANZ International Series, comprising 98 days of competition involving the Black Caps.

    The opening test against South Africa will be played at University Oval in March next year.

    The local venue will also host two one-day internationals against Pakistan and England.

    They're scheduled for January and March 2018.

  • The Highlanders are celebrating their dominance of the annual Otago Sports Awards.

    The team won the main prize in Friday night's ceremony, having won last year's Super Rugby tournament.

    Highlanders co-captain and All Black Ben Smith won the sportsman of the year award.

    Head coach Jamie Joseph took out the coach of the year title, beating Black Caps coach Mike Hesson.

    Cricketer Suzie Bates won sportswoman of the year, as captain of the Otago Sparks and White Ferns.

  • Four local athletes are heading to Brazil to represent the country in this year's Paralympic Games.

    They're among just six New Zealanders selected for the national athletics team, which was officially announced in Dunedin this morning.

    And they've got a good chance of winning gold.

  • A young Dunedin surfer is heading to the junior world championships in Portugal where he'll represent the country.

    He's the first local to be selected for the New Zealand team in more than a decade.

    And he's honing his on-board skills for the challenge.

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

    Both the male and female national under-21 tournaments are taking place at the McMillan Hockey Centre.

    But the future of similar competitions being hosted locally is uncertain.

  • 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.