Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dunedin City Council staff are preparing to make their submission on the government's latest petroleum block offer.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The city is now believed to boast the fastest free public internet in the country.

It's just been launched in the Octagon, as part of a bigger technology project.

And more benefits are expected.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Two of the country's largest unions have merged under a new name.

The newly formed union is called E tu, which means 'stand tall' in Maori.

It's the amalgamation of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union and the Service and Food Workers Union.

Together they have about 50,000 members, who were asked to vote on the merger.

The change has been three years in the making.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement has been signed, after five years of intense negotiations.

Trade ministers from the 12 countries involved reached an agreement at the eleventh hour.

But some locals aren't happy about it.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A local businesswoman is one of the key drivers of a social media survey for companies, that's being launched throughout the country.

Philippa Crick, the director of Cre8ive Marketing, is one of four business leaders behind the survey.

They're aiming to gauge how successful social media is for New Zealand companies.

It's the first survey of its kind nationwide.

It's aimed at creating a benchmark for businesses in terms of how social media is used, and to what effect.

Monday, October 5, 2015

The city council's just signed a maintenance contract with Black Power gang members.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Eleven foundry workers are being made redundant by Bradken, just weeks after the company introduced a four-day week.

The job losses are being blamed on a global downturn for the manufacturing business.

Other local firms are also facing tough times, with redundancies at Radio Dunedin and some ANZ bank branches.

There's also rumours of job cuts at TVNZ and MediaWorks.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Trade leaders are yet to reach an agreement in relation to the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Negotiators were expected to make a decision today, following five days of talks in the United States.

Trade ministers, including New Zealand's Tim Groser, remain in Atlanta.

It's the latest effort to seal the 12-nation trade deal.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Children from around the lower South Island are being offered the chance to tour space.

They're the beneficiaries of a sponsorship deal involving Otago Museum.

And it could lead them on an exciting career path.

Friday, October 2, 2015

New Zealanders are earning more money than a year ago, according to the latest statistics.

The average weekly income is up $26.

Half of all people aged 15 years and older earn more than $600 a week.

Hourly earnings have also risen, in their biggest hike in six years.

More people in full-time employment is one reason for the increase.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Locals are likely to miss out on a new government push to get more young people into trades.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Resource consent has been granted for a new Countdown supermarket in Mosgiel.

But developers are not allowed to create extra retail spaces within the supermarket complex, as originally intended.

The Dunedin City Council's hearings committee made its decision after a lengthy consultation process.

Some residents don't want a supermarket built on the former St Mary's School site in Gordon Road.

Consent for the supermarket is now subject to appeal.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A request by Southern Clinic Network to become the region's second primary health organisation has been denied.

The decision was made by the Southern District Health Board.

There's only one local PHO, and that's WellSouth.

An expert review panel recommended the application be turned down.

It's believed the establishment of a second PHO could destabilise local health care.

28 submissions were made on the proposal, with most health providers supporting the status quo.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The latest snapshot of business confidence suggests the economic situation's improving across the country.

Industry commentators say it's a change from the last five months, which have been markedly gloomy.

Of all the firms recently surveyed, 17% foresee growth in the next year.

That's partly a result of increasing activity in the construction and manufacturing sectors.

About a third of surveyed businesses also think unemployment rates are about to improve.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Harbour dredging and other expansion work at Port Otago is well under way.

The $30m infrastructure upgrade is aimed at boosting harbour traffic.

But it won't be finished in time for the busy tourist season.