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Page icon Highest recorded visitor arrivals to New Zealand for July

The number of visitor arrivals to New Zealand for July was the highest ever recorded for that month. Figures released by Statistics New Zealand reveal the milestone, with more than 196,000 people visiting the country throughout last month. ›read more

Film icon. Wendy's construction site burgled

The construction site for a new Wendy's fast food restaurant in South Dunedin has been burgled. ›see story

Page icon More skilled jobs advertised online

A government report says the number of skilled job vacancies advertised online in New Zealand is increasing. The amount of jobs advertised has risen 0.6% from June. And in total the number of internet-advertised skilled jobs has grown 9.9% in the last year. ›read more

Page icon New website launched to improve career support

Kiwi job seekers now have a new online training option available to them. DoBetter.co.nz brings reputable training providers together in one place to allow people to tap into the career support they require. The new service was developed with support from Otago Polytechnic and aims to make it easier for busy people to find training and support that fits their lives. ›read more

Film icon. Nationwide dishwasher survey results come as no surprise to a local technician

It has been confirmed women are the best in the household at loading the dishwasher. But are Dunedin residents rinsing their dishes before using their machine, and how often do they thoroughly clean it? These questions have been answered in a recent nationwide dishwasher survey, with some of the results coming as no surprise to a local technician. ›see story

Page icon Cost of operating in New Zealand a challenge for cruise lines

International cruise line representatives are finding New Zealand's fuel and port costs to be among the highest in the world. A recent Cruise New Zealand conference heard that while cruise passengers regularly rate their Kiwi experience highly, the high cost of operating here is a challenge for cruise lines. ›read more

Film icon. Public feedback wanted on draft local alcohol policy

The Dunedin City Council is seeking public feedback on the draft local alcohol policy. Councillors agreed to make the proposal available for public consultation at a meeting today. And council staff are urging the community to speak up and shape the policy. ›see story

Page icon Growing mood of pessimism in prospective home buyers

The mood of prospective home buyers has hit its lowest point since 2007 according to the latest ASB Housing Confidence Survey. Chief Economist Nick Tuffley says a net 11% of all respondents are seeing now as a bad time to buy. He says recent interest rate rises, increasing house prices and lending restrictions have created a growing mood of pessimism in prospective home buyers. ›read more

Page icon Retail spending continues to rise

Retail spending has continued to rise in the June 2014 quarter, led by an increase in the motor-vehicle and parts retailing industry. Statistics New Zealand says the volume of retail trade sales rose 1.2%, following a 0.8% rise in the previous quarter. Eleven of the 15 industries had higher sales in June. In actual terms, the value of total retail sales was $18.2b. ›read more

Page icon National median house price falls

The national median house price fell by just over $11,000 in July. But prices across Otago bucked the trend, rising up to $9,000. Figures released by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand report the market is firmly in winter mode, with listings low and activity muted. It says rising interest rates and the forthcoming election are most likely influencing buyer behaviour. ›read more

Page icon Electronic retail spending flat in July

Statistics New Zealand has released data that shows retail spending using electronic cards was flat in July. 118M transactions were made across all industries for the month, with an average spend of $51. The three largest retail movements were durables, up $9.8M, consumables, up $5.4M and fuel, down $4.8M. The total value of electronic card spending fell 0.1%. ›read more

Film icon. Divers hit the pool to fight against shark finning

Several Dunedin residents have hit the pool this afternoon, hoping to bring a stop to controversial fishing practice. ›see story

Page icon Telecom officially Spark New Zealand

Telecom has officially changed its company name to Spark New Zealand. Spark's managing director Simon Moutter says the Telecom name no longer reflected everything the company offers. He says the company has been transforming over the last 18 months to keep up with changes in global communications. And re-branding is the latest step in that process. ›read more

Page icon Increased petrol spending hurting retailers

New research has revealed a 105% increase in spending on petrol is hurting retailers. Consulting firm RCG has studied fuel-spending trends, and discovered petrol station sales have risen from $3.8b a year to $7.8b in the past 10 years. ›read more

Page icon Unemployment rate at lowest since 2009

Pre-election results indicate the level of unemployment in
New Zealand has fallen to 5.6% according to figures released by Statistics New Zealand today. The unemployment rate is now at its lowest point since the March quarter in 2009 but The Household Labour Force Survey reports the number of employed has actually risen by 3.7%. ›read more

Film icon. Nightly interview: Greg Mirams

A South Dunedin company is going from strength to strength, partnering with major United Kingdom supermarket chain Sainsbury's. Techion Group is an animal parasite diagnostics company. Founder Greg Mirams joins us to talk business. ›see story

Page icon Dunedin manufacturer wins innovation award

Following the expansion of its Dunedin manufacturing facility, toilet tissue and paper towel manufacturer, Cottonsoft, is celebrating being named the 2014 winner of the ECNZ innovation awards. The Environmental Choice New Zealand ecolabel covers over 2,000 products and services. Cottonsoft was judged the most innovative new environmental license holder for 2014. ›read more

Film icon. Nightly interview: Polly Withers

A University of Otago graduate is having a significant impact on the nutrition supplement industry within New Zealand. Polly Withers has gone from researching protein powder to helping with the development and marketing of a unique product for a Dunedin based company. She joins us to talk about her burgeoning career. ›see story