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A defamation expert is weighing in on the legal case being waged against Mayor Dave Cull.

A vegetation fire at Burnside that began yesterday is still smouldering.

A small group of Dunedin animal rights activists have taken part in a nationwide protest at a local supermarket.

Months of practice are being put on show at a local stadium for a school holiday production on ice.

One of the city's most unique events has generated tens of thousands of dollars for charity.

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  • A vegetation fire at Burnside that began yesterday is still smouldering.

    New Zealand Fire Service assistant area commander Roger Smith says four crews were involved with getting water to the fire yesterday.

    He says it's a deep rooted vegetation fire on a commercial property that recycles greenwaste.

    Smith says the owner has agreed to put a clay cap over the site if overnight flooding of the fire doesn't work.

  • One of the city's most unique events has generated tens of thousands of dollars for charity.

    The annual jaffa race saw around 75,000 of the bright chocolates hurtling down Baldwin Street.

    And this year three charities will benefit from the colourful candy cascade.

  • Months of practice are being put on show at a local stadium for a school holiday production on ice.

    Dozens of young skaters are taking part in the Dunedin Ice Skating Club's version of Jack Frost.

    And the chilly show is helping close out the holidays with cheer.

  • An internationally renowned biological anthropologist has received the University of Otago's highest research honour.

    Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith is this year's recipient of the Distinguished Research Medal, awarded for outstanding scholarly achievement.

    Despite having published three books and countless papers she says she's shocked yet thrilled, to receive the honour.

    Matisoo-Smith says she feels a bit awkward being singled out as an individual researcher, with a lot of her work being undertaken in collaboration with others.

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    A small group of Dunedin animal rights activists have taken part in a nationwide protest at a local supermarket.

    The Save Animals From Exploitation group is calling on Countdown supermarkets in New Zealand to stop selling cage eggs.

    And they say there's no excuse, as it's already being done in Australia.

  • A defamation expert is weighing in on the legal case being waged against Mayor Dave Cull.

    The Mayor was yesterday served with legal papers in relation to an incident between himself and Councillor Lee Vandervis late last year.

    And it's a case a local academic believes could go either way.

Business

  • Staff turnover in New Zealand is on the rise with more workers willing to change jobs.

    The latest Hays Salary Guide showed voluntary staff turnover had risen in almost a quarter of the 419 organisations surveyed.

    The increasing number of resignations is being put down to factors such as an ageing workforce, reduced loyalty and rapid organisational change.

    The results affirm what was shown in the annual New Zealand Staff Turnover survey earlier this year.

    It showed that the national average turnover for 2015 was 18.4%, the highest rate since 2008.

  • Petrol values are continuing to influence the consumers price index, which rose a modest 0.4% in the last quarter.

    Fuel rose 5.3% in the largest upward contribution for the period.

    It was countered by higher prices for both meat and domestic airfares.

    The average price of a litre of 91 octane surged to $1.78 over the second quarter of 2016.

  • Otago's prospective home owners are experiencing the negative side effects of a drop in the number of properties for sale.

    The median price rose by more than $46,000 compared to June last year, with prices rising 12% in Dunedin.

    The number of sales across the region rose 12%, and almost 15% in Dunedin alone.

    Despite the number of sales falling 28% compared to May, it's estimated there is only 11 weeks of supply remaining.

  • The number of Otago-based jobs being advertised on a popular job seeking website is increasing, in line with a nationwide trend.

    The latest data from employment website SEEK shows positions in the trades and services industries have increased by 68% year on year.

    The sales sector is also showing a rise in the number of advertised roles, up around 32%.

    Overall Otago as a region has enjoyed an increase of almost 20% in the number of jobs advertised on the site.

  • Petrol prices have fallen to a two month low, dropping around 18c a litre in that time.

    The drop is being credited to falling oil prices and a rising exchange rate.

    The New Zealand Automobile Association says prices have fallen a total of 6c per litre in the just last few days.

    The current national average price for 91 octane is sitting at nearly $1.83 a litre, while 95 octane is $1.91.

  • The New Zealand dollar has risen to its highest level in more than a year against the greenback.

    As of this morning it was sitting at more than 73 US cents, almost $1 more than yesterday.

    That's the strongest the kiwi dollar has been against the American currency since May last year.

    The rise is being attributed to positive risk sentiment and higher commodity prices, although economists note the sector is currently under-performing.

Local Sport

  • More than 100 children are participating in a football school holiday programme at the Edgar Centre.

    The importance of growing the sport at a grass-roots level is one of the main drivers behind the four day event.

    And although the football season's winding down, there's no let-up in local interest.

  • Dozens of young golfers are braving some trying conditions, in the hope of securing a spot in an upcoming national tournament.

    They're using the end of their school holidays to put in some time on the green for a junior tournament at St Clair.

    And it's helping the fledgling athletes take their game to the next level.

  • Dunedin born rower Alistair Bond is the latest call-up for the New Zealand rowing team heading to Rio.

    The 26 year old is the younger brother of Olympic gold medallist Hamish Bond, who is also part of the 36 strong team.

    Hamish will compete in the men's coxless pairs, while Alistair will be in the lightweight men's coxless fours.

    It's the first time a New Zealand lightweight four has qualified in the Olympic event.

    The younger Bond has been rowing for more than 10 years, and says he would probably not have taken up the sport if it wasn't for his brother.

  • Despite the chilly conditions, over a hundred locals got out and about for a fun-run at the Caledonian.

    The event is part of the annual Cadbury Chocolate Carnival that kicked off at the weekend.

    And it gave participants the chance to hit the track and burn off some chocolate.

  • The Highlanders have had one last training session on home soil ahead of travelling to Canberra to face the Brumbies.

    The side is coming off a win against the Chiefs last weekend, a result they want to recreate in Canberra.

    But first they have recovery on their minds.

  • More than 70 of the country's top weightlifters have been in Dunedin for the South Island Championships.

    A handful of records were set at the two day event in both the male and female categories.

    But competitors say it's about more than just winning.