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Page icon New Zealand dollar hits five-year low

The New Zealand dollar has hit a five-year low, brought down by falling dairy prices. A 10.8% reduction in whole milk powder is largely responsible. As a result, the kiwi dropped to just over 67 US cents overnight. And dairy prices in general fell to a six-year low. That's causing some of the weakest rural and business confidence in a decade. ›read more

Page icon Spark apologises for ongoing network problems

National telecommunications company Spark is apologising to Dunedin residents for ongoing network problems. Some Spark customers have had trouble with text messages for more than a week. The problems started when Spark upgraded its software on the 20th of June. That was supposed to improve text messaging, but instead some Dunedin users haven't been able to send or receive texts. ›read more

Page icon Latest research shows large appetite for electric vehicles

There's a large appetite for electric vehicles in New Zealand, shown by the latest local research. Dr Rebecca Ford, of the University of Otago's Centre for Sustainability, recommends changes to improve uptake. She says most people are willing to use electric vehicles but they're dissuaded by cost and confusion. There's about 660 electric vehicles nationwide. ›read more

Film icon. New local alcohol policy limits liquor purchase and consumption

The city's long-criticised heavy drinking culture could be a thing of the past, with the approval of major changes. Councillors support a new local alcohol policy, which limits the purchase and consumption of liquor. Although there's one final hurdle, with appeals being considered. ›see story

Page icon Council allocates further funds towards gigatown

The gigatown project is getting a co-ordinator. City councillors approved spending $100,000 on the appointment and salary of a project co-ordinator, including overheads. They also voted to allocate a further $150,000 towards gigatown projects. It's intended the money will be spent within the new financial year. ›read more

Page icon DCC takes ownership of Dunedin Venues Limited

City councillors have voted for the organisation to take on an extra $30m of debt. That's being transferred today from Dunedin Venues Limited. Councillors have also approved the equivalent payment of DVL shares, to repay the debt. And they've voted for the council to take ownership of the company, as well as Dunedin Venues Management Limited, for the new financial year. ›read more

Page icon New SDHB team tours Otago and Southland

The new team in charge of the Southern District Health Board is travelling the region to assess facilities and liaise with staff. Commissioner Kathy Grant and deputy commissioners Graham Crombie and Richard Thomson will spend two weeks touring Otago and Southland. They're tasked with making sure the health board can maintain necessary services while reducing its huge financial deficit. ›read more

Page icon DCC to raise rates for the coming financial year

A rates rise is being implemented by the city council for the coming financial year. The council's just adopted its long term plan, which sets out rates. That's resulting in a 3.8% increase for the 2015/16 financial year, starting on Wednesday. ›read more

Page icon Local BYO sector gets a new set of guidelines

A call from local restaurant owners for help dealing with drunken patrons is being heeded by police and medical officers. They've developed a new set of guidelines for implementation throughout the local BYO sector. It limits alcohol to one bottle of wine between two people. ›read more

Film icon. New programme implemented to make the most of Gigatown

A new business development programme is being implemented as part of the city's gigatown win. Dunedin's the only place in New Zealand to have the programme funded by Chorus for three years. And it's bringing experts from the United States down south, to teach locals to make the most of it. ›see story

Film icon. Panel beating fire ruled an accident

A fire which destroyed a panel beating business and half a million dollars worth of vehicles is being ruled as an accident. ›see story

Page icon Local Shanton clothing store likely to close

The local Shanton clothing store, one of just two left in the South Island, is likely to be closed. Shanton Fashions has gone into liquidation, and an initial report states the business is expected to stop trading. Earlier this year the company was restructured and almost all stores nationwide were closed. ›read more

Page icon Government pumps more money into Dunedin cycleways

The government's just announced it's putting another $6.6m towards Dunedin cycleways. The money will be spent on a cycle network through the central city and North East Valley. Local authorities are expected to put just under $3m into the project. Work's set to begin in 2017 and take 18 months to complete. ›read more

Film icon. Police will not prosecute anyone in Citifleet fraud case

Police will not prosecute anyone in relation to the $1.5m Citifleet fraud at the Dunedin City Council. ›see story

Film icon. New local alcohol policy a pleasant surprise

Hospitality and student representatives are pleasantly surprised by provisional new alcohol rules. A local alcohol policy has been revealed by the city council, ahead of a vote for implementation. And it's vastly different to that which sparked mass controversy. ›see story

Page icon School runs face cuts after Go Bus internal review

The city's main bus operator is cutting some of its school runs, following an internal review. Go Bus Transport will disestablish three of its existing school bus services at the end of this term. A run from Kavanagh College to Corstorphine is cut, as well as two runs between Portobello and John McGlashan College. The company's also putting up some of its school bus fares. ›read more

Page icon Tertiary institutions secure grant for international education

Dunedin's two main tertiary institutions have secured just under $100,000 for international education. The money comes from the government's International Education Growth Fund. Just over $80,000 is going towards two programmes at the University of Otago. They'll help students studying abroad in Europe, the United States and Malaysia. ›read more

Film icon. Teenagers enter 'Dragon's Den' style competition

Local teenagers are lining up to be judged by business gurus. They're involved in a young enterprise competition, vying for investors, to progress their commercial ideas. ›see story