Friday, November 27, 2015

Rape Crisis Dunedin is asking for community support, as residents are gearing up for the silly season.

Centre staff have held an open day, networking with people from other community organisations.

They've also been raising public awareness about the services offered locally.

They say they're underfunded and need help in providing residents with counselling sessions.

The 30 year old agency has just received almost $3000 from the city council.

But with the festive season approaching, staff are calling for extra help.

They're urging residents to be careful with alcohol and to be clear about asking for consent.

Friday, November 27, 2015

The government's just confirmed it will establish a refugee resettlement centre in Dunedin.

It follows a request from local support groups, with backing from the mayor and wider city council.

But advocates say the hardest part is yet to come.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Hundreds of school children have donned high-visibility gear while taking part in a yearly safety parade.

It's been held to celebrate the hard work pupils put into patrolling traffic outside their schools.

But there's no child's play involved in keeping classmates safe.

Friday, November 27, 2015

The development of sustainable technology at Kaikorai Valley College is attracting financial support.

The school's been awarded thousands of dollars to go towards purchasing a micro hydro generator.

And the grant is capping off an exciting year for pupils.

Friday, November 27, 2015

A Bayfield High School pupil is getting the chance to share her opinions on a national stage.

The 16-year-old has been selected as the Youth MP for Helensville Green Party member David Clendon.

And she's looking forward to tackling some big issues.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Four private investors have purchased a 77% stake in the operating licence for the Highlanders.

They're not saying how much money the five-year deal is worth.

Dunedin businessman Matthew Davey is leading the investment charge.

He's the founder and chief executive of Ticket Direct.

The Highlanders is the last of all five Super Rugby teams to be managed by new operators.

A 13% stake remains with provincial rugby unions, and New Zealand Rugby holds a 10% share.

The deal is being underwritten by the Invercargill City Council, in exchange for guaranteed Southland games.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Local community groups have been given just over $180,000 from the Dunedin City Council.

The council's grants subcommittee has allocated funds to 83 different groups.

No more than $5000 is going to each recipient.

The money is to help local organisations and groups with programmes related to a range of community activities and events.

It's also for growing arts, culture and heritage in the city, and for supporting youth development.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Navy vessel HMNZS Otago is on route to the Southern Ocean, having departed Dunedin this morning to monitor illegal fishing.

The offshore patrol vessel was docked at Fryatt Street for three days before departing at 10am.

Its crew is tasked with helping to protect the Southern Ocean from illegal fishing.

Officers will be checking compliance on licensed fishing vessels they encounter.

They'll also be watching for any illegal, unreported or unregulated activity.

New Zealand's been conducting maritime surveillance in the Southern Ocean since the late 1990s.

The licensed fishing season in the Ross Sea region usually finishes around the start of February, when agreed limits have been reached.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

A quilt made in Dunedin almost a hundred years ago has been returned to the city after a lifetime in Britain.

The signature quilt was sent to the United Kingdom during World War One as a token of support for injured New Zealand troops.

Now it's set to feature in war centenary commemorations.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

An international animal rights activist has been sharing her experience and expertise with locals.

The American academic has taken part in this year's New Zealand Skeptics Conference.

And she's been using one case in particular to attract attention.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

A handful of local fashion students are being given the chance to show their collections to the world.

Six graduating students from Otago Polytechnic have been selected to take part in the next iD Dunedin Fashion Show.

And they're thrilled with the unique opportunities that come from studying in the city.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

A campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer is helping to normalise self care among women.

The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation's Pink Caravan made its final stop in Mosgiel today, after several months touring the country.

And staff are pleased with what they're seeing in the community.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thirty pairs of shoes have been stolen from inside a locked car parked in Leith Street.

The theft occurred on Tuesday night.

Police say entry to the vehicle was gained by someone smashing the car's right quarter light.

Christmas decorations were also stolen from inside the vehicle.

Police are reminding residents to take care, as there has been a string of similar thefts recently.

Officers are still investigating this latest case, and are urging locals not to leave valuables inside vehicles.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The country's trade deficit has widened to $963m.

That's almost $100m more than at this time last year.

Exports have been falling more than imports, but both are lower overall.

The dairy downturn is largely responsible for the drop, with milk powder, butter and cheese exports falling by just over $200m.

China has become the top annual export destination for New Zealand, nudging out Australia.

China's also New Zealand's number one source of imports.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Local school pupils are set to benefit from a fresh round of government funding through its Unlocking Curious Minds scheme.

The University of Otago is getting nearly $60,000 to run three programmes for teenagers and families.

The Digital Office is receiving almost $19,000 to help students from poor families learn computing skills.

A further $20,000 is going to the Dunedin Gasworks Museum to expand its STEM Learning Centre.

That will enable youth to undertake hands-on digital learning with new engineering and technology tools.