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Page icon Citifleet fraud investigation findings made public

Findings in the city council fraud investigation have just been made public. A report by Deloitte states that former council worker Brent Bachop was responsible for defrauding the council of about $1.5. Bachop died suddenly in May, just after questions were asked about discrepancies in the Citifleet accounts. ›read more

Film icon. Dunedin's first co-housing development set to go ahead

Dunedin's first co-housing development is set to go ahead, with the proposal securing resource consent from the Dunedin City Council. ›see story

Page icon New Zealands's account deficit has grown

The country's account deficit has grown, and it's now the largest it's been in almost six years. An account deficit means the country's earned less than it's spent. It relates to offshore income and overseas expenditure. At present the country's got a deficit of $2.5b. That's a debt increase of almost $500m from June. ›read more

Page icon Number of dairy cattle in New Zealand continues to rise

The number of dairy cattle in New Zealand continues to rise. Statistics New Zealand says there's now about seven million dairy cattle in the country. Generally good pastoral conditions over the last 18 months have contributed to the increase. But sheep, beef and deer numbers have fallen. There were about 30 million sheep nationwide, as at June. ›read more

Film icon. DCC called on to help fund Mosgiel pool development

The Dunedin City Council has been called on to help fund a multi-million dollar pool development. Councillors have heard details of the proposal for a new Mosgiel aquatic facility. But they're not the only ones likely to be involved, with community members keen to take a leading role in the project. ›see story

Film icon. New freedom camping area gets the axe

The Dunedin City Council has put a stop to the trial of a new freedom camping area in the city. Councillors are concerned a new site, near Bayfield High School, would only add to increasing problems around freedom camping. And the ongoing issues at Macandrew Bay were enough to see the idea voted down, with 7 of the 13 councillors against it. ›see story

Page icon Wholesale trade increases heading into Christmas

Wholesale trade for groceries, liquor and tobacco has increased, heading into Christmas. Statistics New Zealand reports that trade sales of those products are up by $74m. That's in the last quarter of this year. Trade sales of motor vehicles and associated parts are also up. That sector has risen by 2% - a value of $39m. ›read more

Film icon. Anglican Family Care staff and management in bitter dispute

A fight between staff and management at Anglican Family Care is heating up, with a rally held outside the organisation's Dunedin office. ›see story

Page icon New x-ray machine installed at Dunedin International Airport

A new x-ray machine has been installed at Dunedin International Airport, to enhance customs checks. The biosecurity machine will help ensure international passengers arriving at the airport don't bring pests or diseases into the country. It has been installed by the Ministry for Primary Industries, and replaces an older model. ›read more

Page icon Retired Dunedin businessman becomes Honorary Doctor of Commerce

Retired Dunedin businessman and philanthropist Graeme Marsh has become the first Honorary Doctor of Commerce from the University of Otago. He was given the title at the university's graduation over the weekend. Marsh first graduated from Otago with a degree in accounting, and has held many positions on university boards and committees. ›read more

Page icon SDHB considers privatising food services

A business case for privatising the food service at Dunedin Hospital is likely to go ahead. The Southern District Health Board is pursuing the plan, and will consult staff in February. If privatisation of the food service stacks up as expected, it will be implemented. The health board estimates it will save almost a million dollars in the first year with a private provider. ›read more

Page icon Liquor placement a concern in local supermarkets

The promotion and sale of alcohol at two local supermarkets is coming under scrutiny. Renewed liquor licence applications are being considered for the Countdown supermarkets in the city centre and Mornington. Alcohol is one of the first things presented to shoppers inside the supermarkets. And the location of alcohol within the stores is a concern for health and licensing officials. ›read more

Page icon Average Dunedin house price falls

The average house price in Dunedin has fallen by 3%, compared to this time last year. But there's been a slight monthly increase, and the number of sales is also up across the city. Agents say first home buyers are more active throughout Otago than they have been in a while. But the number of active investors has dwindled slightly. ›read more

Page icon Fonterra reduces forecast farmgate milk price

Fonterra has reduced its forecast farmgate milk price by 60 cents. The price has dropped from $5.30 per kilogram of milk solids. The new forecast price is $4.70 per kilogram. Fonterra chairman John Wilson says farmers were expecting the reduction. But he says it will still put pressure on farming budgets. The price drop is a result of the volatility in global dairy markets. ›read more

Film icon. $10,000 scholarship awarded to up and coming fashion designer

A $10,000 scholarship has gone to an up and coming fashion designer from Otago Polytechnic. The prize was awarded to Jessie Wong, to help her further her fashion design aspirations. And thanks to the money, she's able to get her business up and running faster than she ever imagined. ›see story

Page icon DCC maintains strong financial ratings

The Dunedin City Council has maintained its strong financial ratings by Standard and Poor's. The firm has just announced the council's long term rating remains "AA". That means the council has a very strong capacity to meet its financial commitments. The council's short term issuer credit rating is A 1+. That's the highest rating the council can achieve. ›read more

Film icon. SDHB staff to receive dedicated smartphone app

Southern District Health Board staff are getting a dedicated smartphone application. It's being financed as a result of an innovation challenge for local health professionals, sponsored by an international bank and a local polytechnic. It's hoped the new technology will help staff tackle a major problem in the medical field. ›see story

Page icon Building activity reaches new high

The quarterly value of building activity has reached a new high. It broke through the $4 mark for the first time, during the September quarter. Most of the work was for residential properties. Overall building activity is up 1.5%. It's the tenth consecutive quarter that construction has increased. ›read more