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The Cancer Society is celebrating a major milestone, marking the 25th anniversary of Daffodil Day.

A record cruise ship season is expected to pump millions more into the local economy.

Already the sector's worth about $36m to the city each year.

Dunedin's status as a UNESCO Creative City of Literature is paying dividends for one local writer.

A local research symposium on brain function and memory is attracting academics from around the globe.

Anti-government protesters are happy with their central city demonstration, which drew heavy police presence last night.

Business profits are rising, as indicated in the latest data from Statistics New Zealand.

Total operating profit before tax has increased 7% in the last financial year.

Your City

  • The Cancer Society is celebrating a major milestone, marking the 25th anniversary of Daffodil Day.

    The flower fundraiser is the organisation's flagship appeal, critical for its ongoing operation.

    And with the generosity of locals, it's changing lives.

  • Anti-government protesters are happy with their central city demonstration, which drew heavy police presence last night.

  • A local research symposium on brain function and memory is attracting academics from around the globe.

    It's allowing local tertiary students and teachers to share ideas with some of the world's top scientists.

    And they're highlighting the latest research in their respective fields.

  • Dunedin's status as a UNESCO Creative City of Literature is paying dividends for one local writer.

    He's the first New Zealander selected for a residency in Prague, a fellow city of literature.

    And he hopes his success leads the way for other local authors to work internationally.

  • Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull is about to travel to China, to build closer local government ties and discuss economic development.

    He's participating in the first mayoral forum between New Zealand and China, following agreements reached last year.

    The forum will focus on growing tourism, education and primary industries in both countries.

    Ten other New Zealand mayors are involved, set to build relationships with their Chinese counterparts.

    Dunedin's long been a sister city to Shanghai, where Cull will also do business while in China.

  • George Street Normal School is celebrating the realisation of a dream, five years in the making.

    Its new $1.2m modern learning environment is now open.

    And it's paving the way for the future of education.

Business

  • A record cruise ship season is expected to pump millions more into the local economy.

    Already the sector's worth about $36m to the city each year.

    And local tourism operators are preparing for an influx of extra passengers.

  • Business profits are rising, as indicated in the latest data from Statistics New Zealand.

    Total operating profit before tax has increased 7% in the last financial year.

    It's a rise led by the agricultural sector, and worth another $4b to businesses overall.

    More than 70% made a profit in the last financial year.

    That's comparable to 2013 but profits are generally larger at present.

  • Local secondary school students are getting a taste of life in the construction industry.

    They've toured some of the city's trade-based businesses, as part of a nationwide campaign.

    And it's all in an effort to showcase post-study opportunities.

  • Despite the dairy downturn, exports for the month of July were up compared to last year.

    The total value of goods exported during the month was $4.2b.

    That's a 14% increase on last July.

    The main contributor was fruit, up 51% to more than $300m.

    A weaker New Zealand dollar aided the increase in returns.

    Meat exports also rose, up 24%, while dairy powder trade was down.

  • Almost 100 first home buyers in Dunedin are making the most of a new government funding scheme.

    Since the HomeStart programme was launched in April, the government's received 89 applications from within Dunedin.

    Of those, 75 have been paid out.

    HomeStart replaces the KiwiSaver first home deposit subsidy. It allows first home buyers to apply for grants of up to $20,000.

    Nationwide almost 7,000 applications have been lodged, and just over $7m paid out.

  • A locally owned electrical repair company is in liquidation, owing an estimated $200,000.

    A F Johnston Electrical is owned by Lianne and Michael Montgomery, of Sawyers Bay.

    Liquidators say the company ceased trading because of difficulties in collecting payments for completed work.

    Assets have been sold to another electrical firm. There's $50,000 listed as being owed to the company.

    Creditors haven't been finalised, but it's estimated that Inland Revenue is owed almost $150,000 alone.

Local Sport

  • Renowned rugby union halfback Aaron Smith is staying put in the south.

    He's just committed to the Highlanders and All Blacks until the end of the 2019 season.

    And he says at this point in his career, he wouldn't want to be based anywhere else.

  • A John McGlashan College pupil is about to represent New Zealand in an Australian cross-country competition.

    He's among a small group of kiwis selected for the contest.

    And it's helping him to fulfil a lifelong dream.

  • Local horse riders are clearing obstacles on their way to showjumping success.

    Many have been involved in a yearly competition held at Mosgiel.

    And they're training for bigger events, set to thrill crowds over the next few months.

  • A King's High School athlete is stepping into the international spotlight.

    He's preparing to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa, competing in the long jump and hurdles.

    But his aspirations don't end there.

  • Southland has claimed victory over Otago in the longest-running police rugby fixture in the country.

    The match at Hancock Park ended 33-nil to the southern visitors.

    But off the field players from both teams are savouring the camaraderie.

  • Cross country running is an expanding sport in the city, thanks in part to a series of winter races.

    The Athletics Otago programme has just concluded, with a drizzly run through Rotary Park.

    And now the organisation's looking to further encourage young participants.