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Page icon Drop in dairy means lower exports in January

January exports have fallen significantly in the last year, down $371m. The major drivers are milk powder, butter and cheese products. They've fallen 30% overall. January exports brought in $3.7b. Lower milk powder prices are a massive factor in the downturn. Not even record quantities of meat exports for the month could balance the drop in dairy. ›read more

Film icon. Local MPs clash over zero hour contracts

Local politicians are clashing over employment law, and in particular the subject of zero hour contracts. Dunedin North MP David Clark, of the Labour Party, wants them abolished, and that's attracted criticism from National minister Michael Woodhouse. But the pair have managed to find some common ground. ›see story

Page icon Dunedin's Shanton store to remain open despite national cut backs

Dunedin's Shanton store is one of the only ones remaining open across the country. The company's in voluntary administration, and its sale is being negotiated with five interested parties. Shanton owes more than $7m to creditors, including staff and Inland Revenue. Of the 37 stores nationwide, only ten will remain open, and 70 full time equivalent staff have lost their jobs as a result. ›read more

Page icon Annual benefit dinner surpasses previous fundraising efforts

A sold-out annual benefit dinner to raise money for local medical research has surpassed previous fundraising efforts. The dinner was organised and hosted by the Otago Medical Research Foundation. It generated about $75,000. That's a significant increase on last year's $58,000. And it's more than double the $35,000 raised in 2013. ›read more

Film icon. Nightly interview: Emily Wheeldon

A local businesswoman is at the centre of several new strategies and partnerships making a big impact nationwide. Emily Wheeldon is the managing director of Human Connections Group, and she's here to tell us about some of the projects she's involved in. ›see story

Film icon. Ultra-fast broadband celebrated with special launch ceremony

The fastest broadband speeds in the southern hemisphere are now officially available in Dunedin. And that's been celebrated with a special gigatown launch ceremony. But with less than half of the planned infrastructure installed, the city's internet revolution has only just begun. ›see story

Film icon. DCC looking into improving Wall Street Mall façade

The Dunedin City Council is investigating whether to spend money improving the façade of the Wall Street Mall. ›see story

Page icon Otago Museum redevelopment means staff growth

Otago Museum is growing its staff base, as the facility prepares for major redevelopment. The facility is expanding its collections and research team, and plans to hire at least one new person as a conservator. Local students are also being offered work experience with the museum's collection of almost two million items. ›read more

Page icon Former Silver Fern Farms staff awarded redundancy payments

More than $3m in redundancy payments is being awarded to former Silver Fern Farms staff. Local meat workers have been fighting for more than a year with Silver Fern Farms over the payments. Initially the company refused to make more than 100 workers redundant, despite having no work for them. That was when their usual lamb processing season was cut. ›read more

Page icon Attendance lighter than expected at Basketball Otago fundraiser

Basketball Otago's hopes of bouncing back from the brink of liquidation have been buoyed. A little over $4000 was raised at a fundraising game on Saturday. The group "Keep Basketball in Otago" organised the event, hoping to raise about $20,000. But attendance was lighter than expected. ›read more

Page icon Sparks gigabit internet late to the party

One of the country's largest telecommunication companies is lagging behind in Dunedin. Spark has confirmed its gigatown packages won't be available until the middle of the year. That's despite widespread connection to gigabit internet speed becoming available next week. Spark is compensating by offering Dunedin residents discounts on its ultra fibre network. ›read more

Film icon. Otago Polytechnic teams up with fashion industry heavyweights

Otago Polytechnic design students could soon see their creations in well known clothing stores across Australasia. They'll have help from fashion industry heavyweights to refine their work and make it commercially viable. It's an opportunity to get a foot in the door, within an industry difficult to break into. ›see story

Film icon. New plan implemented to boost local cruise market

A new cruise ship action plan for Dunedin is being implemented to boost what's already a 30 million dollar local industry. It's been developed by staff from the city council, university, chamber of commerce and the port, as well as visitor industry representatives. They plan to spend a small amount of money in order to attract much larger dividends for the local economy. ›see story

Page icon Law Courts Hotel in liquidation

The Law Courts Hotel in central Dunedin has been placed in liquidation. The hotel's situated in lower Stuart Street, beside the Dunedin Courthouse. It's been placed in the hands of liquidators by the High Court. Creditors owed money by the company have until the end of March to file claims. The sole director of the Law Courts Hotel is Mornington resident Leslie Scott. ›read more

Page icon Fruit and vegetable prices up

General food prices are up already this year, with fruit and vegetables leading the way. In January alone food prices rose 1.3 percent, following a stable last few months. Chicken, energy drinks and yoghurt prices were down, but that wasn't enough to counter spikes in fresh produce. ›read more

Page icon National Innovation Partnership aim to make the most of faster internet speed

Members of the national Innovation Partnership are planning how they can help Dunedin residents and organisations make the most of faster internet speed. They held a meeting in the city this week, to discuss ideas with various business leaders and stakeholders. ›read more

Film icon. Beverage company Wests makes plans to expand

As residents continue to lament the demise of Dunedin's manufacturing sector, one local business is bucking the downward trend. Beverage company Wests is marking a significant production milestone. And there are plans to expand on-site operations even further. ›see story

Film icon. Pasta d'Oro factory and retail store broken into

Another commercial property in Kaikorai Valley has been broken into, and police believe it could be linked to other recent burglaries in the area. ›see story