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Page icon 2,000 new dwellings consented last month

Nearly 2,000 new dwellings were consented last month, but there are signs the trend is decreasing. Statistics New Zealand says the trend for new dwellings was previously at its highest level since August 2007. But it's now easing, although consents are still about 10% higher than this time last year. Last month the seasonally adjusted number of consented new dwellings decreased by 12%. ›read more

Film icon. Discovery World redevelopment moves into next phase

The redevelopment of the Discovery World attraction at the Otago Museum has reached a new stage. Kiwi company Story Inc has been appointed by the museum to assist in the multi-million dollar project. And it means plans can be firmed up for physical work to begin. ›see story

Page icon The Orokonui Foundation set up to aid the ecosanctuary

A new foundation is being launched to aid the Orokonui Ecosanctuary. The Orokonui Foundation has been set up to raise money for development at the ecosanctuary. It's being launched this evening, on what is the fifth anniversary of Orokonui's official opening. Allied Press managing director and chairman Sir Julian Smith is taking on the role of the foundation's chairman. ›read more

Page icon One businesses for every nine people in New Zealand

There are almost half a million businesses in New Zealand - one for every nine people in the country. The highest rate of business growth is in the construction sector. Overall there were 487,900 businesses in February, when a snapshot was taken. That's up 2.5% on last year, and surpasses the previous peak in 2009. ›read more

Page icon DCC recognised nationally for exercise initiative

The Dunedin City Council has been recognised nationally for an exercise initiative. It won the cycle-friendly commitment award for a public organisation at a national conference held in Nelson. Dunedin mayor Dave Cull and other city councillors participated in a cycling programme to claim the prize. ›read more

Page icon Dunedin to benefit from cruise ship schedule change

Dunedin is poised to benefit from the latest schedule change of a cruise ship, with the Oosterdam arriving on Thursday. Bad weather forecast for Tasman has prompted the captain to journey to Port Chalmers early. The ship was initially expected in Dunedin on Saturday, and it might stay in town until its scheduled departure that night. ›read more

Page icon Increase in tourist spending

There's been a $1.1b increase in tourist spending in the past year. The growth is contributed to increasing numbers of visitors from the United States and China. Total tourism expenditure has increased 5% to $23.8b. Spending by international tourists increased 7.4% - or $709m. That follows a slight decrease in the previous year. ›read more

Page icon New Zealand exports fall, imports rise

The value of New Zealand exports has fallen, down 3% in the September quarter to $12b. But imports rose 3.7% to $13b. Export values are being driven down by the dairy industry - with milk powder, butter and cheese values all down. The falling value of logs, wood and wood articles are also contributing to the decline. ›read more

Page icon Consumers price index increases

The consumers price index has increased by 0.3% for the third consecutive quarter. Most of the latest increase was attributed to higher housing-related prices such as utilities, rates and rentals. Cheaper telecommunication equipment forced prices down for household contents and services by 1.3%. ›read more

Page icon Columba College takes home the Young Enterprise Scheme Otago award

Columba College pupils have taken the top prize at this year's Young Enterprise Scheme Otago awards. The pupils formed a company called Reine and produced a promotional booklet about Dunedin. It won the overall prize, as well as the award for best annual review. The Otago Chamber of Commerce announced the awards, supported by the Lion Foundation. ›read more

Page icon Small increase in visitor numbers

There's been a small increase in visitor arrivals, up 1% in September compared to the same month last year. There were 193,000 visitor arrivals, the second-highest September total. That's after September 2011, when the Rugby World Cup brought more than 200,000 people to New Zealand. ›read more

Page icon Employment costs increasing

Employment costs are increasing, up 1.8% in the year to June. The non-wage component has risen 2%. That reflects higher costs for annual leave, statutory holidays, superannuation and workplace accident insurance. Costs associated with medical insurance and low-interest loans are also up. There has been a 1.7% increase in salary and wage rates, including overtime. ›read more

Page icon Mayoral delegation in China, strengthening ties with Qingdao

A mayoral delegation from Dunedin is in China, strengthening ties with the city of Qingdao. Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull and a dozen education and business representatives are signing memorandums of understanding with their Chinese counterparts. They're developing an official Friendship City relationship between Dunedin and Qingdao, which is a major seaport on China's east coast. ›read more

Page icon Otago residents shop online more often than previous years

About 37% of Otago residents spend more money shopping online than they do in stores. And 60% are spending more online than they did last year. The statistics come from the latest national survey about online shopping trends. ›read more

Film icon. Half a million dollars to be spent on hiring two DCC project co-ordinators

More than half a million dollars is being spent by the Dunedin City Council to employ two project co-ordinators over the next three years. They'll work to increase Dunedin's reputation as an education capital, and grow the city's relationship with China. But not all councillors are happy with the cost of the co-ordinators' employment. ›see story

Film icon. Emerson's Brewery gets new premises

There has been a resolution in the long-running dispute over the Hall Bros Transport depot in Anzac Avenue. ›see story

Page icon Services sector accounts for less than 20% of the total business energy use

The total energy use of the services sector accounts for less than 20% of the total business use. That's despite the fact the services sector contributes 44% of New Zealand's Gross Domestic Product. And it covers 55% of people employed. Last year the sector used more than 75,000 terajoules of energy. That's an increase of less than 3% since 2010. ›read more

Page icon State Insurance closing its Dunedin office

State Insurance is closing all but one of its 22 branches, including its office in Dunedin. The company plans to close its Dunedin office, which has three staff, by the end of next month. About 91 workers are affected by the closures nationwide. State says most of its customers use telephone or internet services, rather than visit branches. ›read more