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Page icon New national brain research project being launched in Dunedin

A new national brain research project is being launched in Dunedin, to unlock the secrets of the ageing brain. University of Otago staff are involved in the study, which also includes researchers based in Auckland. The project's funded through the government. Otago University became the co-host to the national brain centre of research excellence last year. ›read more

Film icon. Struggling Dunedin residents set to benefit from new national budget

Struggling Dunedin residents are expected to gain the most from the government's new budget. Increases to benefits for some New Zealanders have just been announced. And a local university lecturer says the move has surprised many. ›see story

Film icon. Council allocates funding for new lighting at University Oval

The Otago Cricket Association is getting a major financial boost to establish new lighting at the University Oval. Up to a million dollars is being allocated to the project by the Dunedin City Council. But not all councillors are seeing eye to eye over the funding. ›see story

Page icon Government announces its record health budget

The government's announced what it calls a record health budget, but there's no knowing whether more money will flow south. Last time Health Minister Jonathan Coleman visited Dunedin Hospital, he promised more money for the outdated facility. He's just announced an extra $320m for district health boards in the coming financial year. ›read more

Film icon. Employment issues for disabled people brought to fore

Workplace challenges are nothing new, but they're often exacerbated for people with disabilities. In Dunedin the issues around employment for disabled people
are being brought to the attention of the local business community. And it's all part of an attitude change. ›see story

Film icon. Councillors vote to spend on physio pool despite concerns

Up to $300,000 will be spent on the physiotherapy pool by the Dunedin City Council. ›see story

Page icon Port Otago details plans to deepen Otago Harbour channel

Port Otago is detailing plans to spend $30m over the next two years. It will deepen parts of the Otago Harbour channel, allowing larger container vessels and cruise ships to access Port Chalmers. The company also plans to deepen the berths where large container vessels can sit. That means new sheet piles will be installed, to reinforce the current wharf structure. ›read more

Film icon. Nightly interview: Glen Hazelton

The government's just re-designated Dunedin as a low-risk area for earthquakes. And urban designer Glen Hazelton, of the Dunedin City Council, is here to explain what that means for the owners of local heritage buildings. ›see story

Film icon. Physiotherapy pool campaign gets major boost

The campaign to save Dunedin's physiotherapy pool from closure is getting a major boost. $200,000 has been donated to the cause by a couple of local organisations. But big obstacles still stand in the way. ›see story

Page icon Tourism workers desperately needed in Otago

More tourism workers are desperately needed in Otago, as well as throughout the country. That's the message from the Tourism Industry Association, which predicts rapid growth over the next few years. It estimates as many as 36,000 additional full time equivalent jobs will need to be filled within the next decade. ›read more

Page icon Dunedin businesses shutting up shop

Several Dunedin businesses are shutting up shop, despite a healthy retail market. A hotel in George Street is closing at the start of July, leaving its 40 staff without jobs. The hotel's been bought by a local property developer who plans to replace it with a high-end motel. A nursery business in St Clair is also closing down. ›read more

Page icon Medical staff planning strike

Local medical staff are planning to strike over pay negotiations. Medical physicists, who provide radiation services to cancer patients, are due to strike for five days at the end of the month. In Dunedin, they'll refuse to work any overtime during the strike period. Medical physicists elsewhere in the country also plan to strike. ›read more

Film icon. Significant interest in old Caledonian Bowling Club site

There's significant interest from potential buyers in the old Caledonian Bowling Club site, being sold by the Dunedin City Council. ›see story

Film icon. Local union takes legal action against SDHB

Legal action is being taken against the Southern District Health Board. It has been initiated by local union members, in response to the DHB's decision to outsource food services. And with jobs on the chopping block, union members are hoping for a win. ›see story

Page icon Arthur Barnett department store under new ownership

Arthur Barnett staff are being promised work under the department store's new owner. The iconic store in central Dunedin has been sold by a local family firm to H&J Smith. It's been in Dunedin for more than a hundred years and is one of the last remaining department stores of its era. Arthur Barnett himself opened the store in 1903. ›read more

Page icon Dunedin house prices on the rise

Dunedin house prices are on the rise, with a 12% jump in the median price for April. The average price of local homes sold last month was just under $290,000. That's a significant increase on the median price for last April. And the number of local houses being sold is also rising. Overall 185 houses were sold in the city last month. That's an increase on last April of 36%. ›read more

Film icon. Gigatown losing momentum

There's concern Dunedin is losing momentum with gigatown, due to a lack of funding for projects. Accordingly the Digital Community Trust, which led the city's winning bid in the national gigatown competition, is seeking money. And its first port of call is the city council. ›see story

Page icon Increase in electronic spending

Shoppers spent $4.5b using electronic cards last month. That's an increase of almost $200m compared to last April. Statistics New Zealand says card spending rose in all retail industries except for fuel. The 4% increase is in line with general retail trends, up overall over the last decade. ›read more