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Page icon Release date of gigabit internet speed announced

It's just been confirmed Dunedin will have access to the southern hemisphere's fastest internet from the 25th of February. Digital Community Trust chairman Peter Hills welcomes the news, which ends months of speculation about the implementation of ultra-fast broadband. With gigabit internet speed, Dunedin will be at the forefront of digital capacity - comparable to the world's top cities. ›read more

Page icon Jobs cuts at University of Otago's College of Education

More than 15 people have lost their jobs at the University of Otago's College of Education. They are the latest people to be made redundant since the college merged with the university in 2007. Money is at the heart of the problem - with the university having to subsidise the college. ›read more

Film icon. Dunedin's public transport fate back up for debate

The future of public transport in Dunedin is once again up for debate. Dunedin city councillors have discussed whether the council should take over management of the bus network, as part of its long term plan. But the proposition continues to cause division. ›see story

Page icon Petrol prices down

The consumers price index has fallen in the last quarter, following three consecutive quarterly rises. But the downfall is only slight, at 0.2%, and is typical of the December quarter. Lower prices for petrol and vegetables were major influencing factors, although they were countered by increased travel and housing costs. ›read more

Film icon. City council's draft long term plan hearing begins

Cycleways, Saddle Hill mining and Gigatown plans have come to the fore during the city council's draft long term plan hearing. Councillors, staff and community board members began initial discussions on the draft plan this morning. It was the outlying board members who had the floor, tasked with ensuring the needs of their communities were heard loud and clear. ›see story

Page icon Chorus yet to confirm when ultra-fast broadband will be available

Dunedin residents waiting for the southern hemisphere's fastest internet speeds remain in the dark. Chorus has yet to confirm when it will start installing the infrastructure needed for widespread ultra-fast broadband. That's despite promising a city-wide upgrade as the main prize in its national Gigatown competition. ›read more

Page icon Power cut to seven suburbs

Electricity has been cut to seven Dunedin suburbs, allowing Delta staff to clear a fallen tree from power lines. About 4000 homes and businesses have been affected by the power outages. They only lasted about a minute, although the power supply was interrupted at least twice throughout the day. The first cut was scheduled for about 9am. ›read more

Film icon. Nightly interview: Liz Nidd

December house sales were the second-highest on record, bucking the established trend of a significant December slowdown. The latest data has been collated by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand, and Otago/Southland spokeswoman Liz Nidd joins us to explain what's happening in the local market. ›see story

Film icon. Major fast food chain to open its first Dunedin franchise

Business confidence in Dunedin is on the rise, and that's seeing more companies become established in the city. A major fast food chain is about to open its first Dunedin franchise, generating dozens of local jobs. And business leaders say that's just the beginning. ›see story

Page icon Business confidence is at all-time high

Business confidence is at an all-time high throughout the country, despite somewhat lacklustre profits. That's revealed in the latest quarterly survey of business opinion by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research. It shows the economy is not as strong as people think it is. There is growth in the economy, but it's small compared to growth in business optimism. ›read more

Film icon. Forecast rates rise expected to draw substantial public feedback

The Dunedin City Council is about to start considering its long term plan, which lays out the city's future for the next 10 years. A forecast rates rise for the coming year, in part because of extra stadium costs, is expected to draw substantial public feedback. But the council's chief executive is quick to point out it's a "business as usual" plan, with no surprises. ›see story

Page icon Strong year for local tourism sector

A strong year for the local tourism sector is reflected in the latest commercial accommodation statistics. Dunedin's total guest nights are up around 10%. That's significantly higher than the national trend, which is also favourable. Dunedin's being visited by more New Zealanders, as well as more overseas tourists. ›read more

Page icon DCC hires new financial controller

The Dunedin City Council has hired a new financial controller. Former financial controller Maree Clarke resigned in September, over the Citifleet fraud. Her replacement will be chartered accountant Gavin Logie. He has a commerce degree from the University of Otago, and has spent more than 25 years working in the financial sector. ›read more

Film icon. Tourism expands operations for local business

Stellar summer weather and a bustling cruise ship season is boosting tourism throughout Dunedin. And for one local business, that means operations are expanding. It's seen as a necessary step, with visitor numbers expected to increase. ›see story

Page icon Food prices remained static over the last year

Food prices have remained relatively static over the last year, up just 1%. Prices for meat, poultry and fish have risen, but that's been offset by cheaper bread, cheese and butter. The cost of beef has increased the most - up almost 10%. Overall it's proving to be a good month for household budgets, with reasonable food prices and much cheaper fuel. ›read more

Page icon Test match credited for boosting Dunedin economy

November's international league test between New Zealand and England generated about $3m for Dunedin's economy. A survey of ticket holders revealed an average spend of about $400, for those from out of town. Just over 15,000 seats were sold for the test, held at Forsyth Barr Stadium. About half the crowd was made up of people who live outside Dunedin. ›read more

Page icon Petrol prices remain low

Petrol prices remain low, having fallen consecutively more than 20 times since October. There is some variation between regions, stations and companies, but fuel is up to six cents cheaper in many places. That's compared to what it was just a few days ago. In Dunedin the price of 91 is sitting around $1.70 per litre. Diesel has also dropped. ›read more

Film icon. Historic building renovations progress on Princes Street

The Exchange-end of Princes Street is on the cusp of a return to former glory, as building renovations progress. And city council staff say it's the right time for further improvements, with so much development momentum in the area. ›see story