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Film icon. Expo a networking opportunity for future business owners

Tertiary students wanting to launch their own business ideas were offered a networking opportunity on campus today. The Be Your Own Boss Expo featured stalls and speakers from throughout Dunedin's business world. And along with conveners, they aimed to give scarfies a boost in getting new business off the ground. ›see story

Film icon. New fire appliances mean Dunedin can accommodate larger planes

New fire appliances have just landed at Dunedin International Airport. The airport company's bought two fire trucks from Wellington, as well as $40,000 worth of new equipment. And it means Dunedin can now accommodate larger planes with more passengers. ›see story

Page icon Slow month in the real estate market

It's been a slow month in the real estate market, with the national median house price up just 1%. 5,500 homes were sold nationwide last month, down 7% compared to July. And that number was 16.3% less than last August. But in Otago the average house price is up $18,000 - 7.7% - on last August. And in Dunedin there's been a 12% increase on this time last year. ›read more

Page icon Food prices increase following a fall in July

Food prices have increased marginally in the last month, following a fall in July. Prices rose 0.3% in August, with fresh vegetables leading the increase. Vegetable prices were up 8.6%, but that was offset by cheaper bread and other groceries. Bread was down 10%, averaging just over a dollar a loaf for supermarket brand white bread. ›read more

Page icon Dunedin businesses finalists in New Zealand Innovators Awards

Four Dunedin businesses are finalists in this year's New Zealand Innovators Awards. Scott Technology Limited is shortlisted in the agriculture and environment category for its work on automated lamb boning. Nomos is a finalist in the financial and professional services section, as is Thankyou Payroll. And Photonic Innovations Limited is a finalist in the health and science category. ›read more

Page icon Continued rise in guest night numbers

The tourism industry is celebrating a continued rise in the number of guest nights. Statistics New Zealand reports that guest nights have generally been on the increase for more than two years. In July guest nights throughout the country rose 1.3%. That followed a fall the previous month. ›read more

Film icon. South Dunedin's industrial area is changing

The face of South Dunedin's industrial area is changing, to accommodate a mix of retail, commercial and residential activity. It's the subject of a resource consent application before the Dunedin City Council. And it has planners on both sides arguing, about whether the suburb's existing zones are relevant within its changing landscape. ›see story

Film icon. DCC in a better financial position

The Dunedin City Council is in a better financial position than it had forecast for the financial year just finished. An interim result for the council during the last twelve months was presented to councillors this week. And while there are things to be celebrated, it's not all good news on the council's books. ›see story

Page icon Productivity Commission conducts more research on affordable housing

More research is being conducted by the Productivity Commission in respect of affordable housing. The commission will expand on its 2012 report, which included recommendations for the government. Now it will investigate land supply and development capacity, particularly in areas with strong population growth. ›read more

Film icon. Tourism industry's most influential people visit Dunedin

Dunedin's attractions are being scrutinised by some of the tourism industry's most influential people. More than 100 delegates are in town for the i-SITE New Zealand annual conference. And while they're taking in the city's sights, they're also discussing the latest tourism challenges. ›see story

Film icon. Your word on the DCC losing senior staff

The alleged Citifleet fraud has prompted several high profile resignations at the Dunedin City Council. Senior staff members Maree Clarke, Tony Avery and Kevin Thompson have resigned after a combined 42 years. So with that in mind, the 39 Dunedin News word on the street team asked members of the public if they're concerned about the loss. ›see story

Film icon. DCC funds internship programme to boost employment

The Dunedin City Council is putting its money where its mouth is, funding an internship programme to boost employment in the city. The council has identified employment and a strong economy as top priorities. So councillors are hoping the project pays off, for the benefit of the wider community. ›see story

Page icon Slight increase in retail spending

Last month saw a slight increase in retail spending, with electronic card transactions up 0.5%. There were 119 million transactions, worth $6b. The hospitality and consumables industries were the main drivers of August's retail increase. Hospitality was up $9.8m - 1.3%. And consumables was up by almost the same amount, while fuel was down 0.4% or $2.7m. ›read more

Page icon Volume of manufacturing sales drops

The volume of manufacturing sales has dropped, with mixed results across industries in the last quarter. Overall there was a 0.7% drop in sales, led by large decreases in meat and dairy products. They fell 1.4% - continuing a downward slide since the end of last year. The overall value of manufacturing sales fell 1.9% - the equivalent of $481m. Meat and dairy sale values fell 5.7%. ›read more

Film icon. Multi-million dollar St Clair apartment complex on hold

Plans for a multi-million dollar apartment complex along the St Clair Esplanade are on hold, as negotiations continue with a potential buyer. ›see story

Page icon Wholesale trade market buoyant

The wholesale trade market is buoyant, with sales rising 1.8% in the June quarter. Statistics New Zealand says the growth follows a slight fall in the previous quarter. All six wholesaling industries have increased - the first time that's happened since December 2013. The largest growth was recorded in machinery and equipment wholesaling, up 3.2% or $140m. ›read more

Film icon. DCC hopes to attract investment from the NZTA

The Dunedin City Council is making a bid for funding, in the next round of allocations from the New Zealand Transport Agency. The council has to submit its preferred transportation projects by the end of the month. And councillors have identified several which they hope will attract investment from the national agency over the next decade. ›see story

Film icon. Bell Tea building sold

Dunedin's distinctive Bell Tea building on the corner of Hope and Carroll streets has been sold. ›see story