Friday, May 27, 2016

Dunedin cricket fans have reason to celebrate with the city hosting three top international matches in the next couple of seasons.

New Zealand Cricket announced the ANZ International Series, comprising 98 days of competition involving the Black Caps.

The opening test against South Africa will be played at University Oval in March next year.

The local venue will also host two one-day internationals against Pakistan and England.

They're scheduled for January and March 2018.

The city's allocation is tied in with a new business model for hosting matches, involving Dunedin Venues Management, the Dunedin City Council and the Otago Cricket Association.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Authorities are making no apology for shutting down part of an inner city bar after it was found to be grossly overcrowded at the weekend.

Suburbia has had its liquor licence suspended by the Dunedin District Licensing Committee.

It follows a request from local firefighters who were called to the nightclub early Sunday morning to find around 300 people at the premises.

That's almost double the bar's capacity of 160.

The suspension has reportedly come as a shock to the club owner, who's claiming 100 of those people were outside the facility when the fire service attended.

The matter may be subject to a hearing.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday, May 27, 2016

Staff at the local branch of the national multiple sclerosis society are rallying community support with baked goods.

They're raising awareness and funds to help people with the condition by baking and selling cupcakes as part of an international fundraiser.

And they hope their efforts will contribute to combating the destructive disorder.

Friday, May 27, 2016

There is concern that the government's latest budget does little to address the nation's poorest citizens.

That's the message from members of a local child poverty group.

They've gathered to discuss the latest welfare package, and say the government needs to do more.

Friday, May 27, 2016

The country's fruit exports are propping up the economy while dairy values continue to fall.

Overall goods exports rose 4% last month, up $166m.

Fruit led the increase, gaining 16% to push total goods exports for April to $4.3b.

The gold kiwifruit and apple sectors are faring particularly well with growing demand from Asian markets like Taiwan.

Meanwhile the milk powder, butter and cheese commodity group is down 6.7%.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Thousands of dollars worth of gear has been stolen from inside a shipping container situated near Allanton.

Police say the semi-rural site on Mclaren Gully Road was entered overnight on Tuesday, sometime after 5pm.

A vice, a chainsaw and several rattle guns were taken, as well as an unspecified amount of fuel.

A fire extinguisher was also stolen along with what police describe as chain-making gear.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Otago Polytechnic has downsized its architecture, building and engineering staff despite a nationwide need for more tradespeople.

Nine workers were made redundant from the polytechnic's school of architecture, building and engineering late last year.

At the time the institution cited a decline in the numbers of students wanting that kind of training.

But figures show the department has grown by just over 60 full-time student equivalents compared to last year.

The Tertiary Education Union says the polytechnic should be gearing up to supply trained students for an expected boom in construction.

Already there's growing need for tradespeople in Christchurch and Auckland.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Dunedin man accused of murdering his neighbour in Seacliff earlier this year has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The incident happened at the small coastal community on the 7th of March, when 54-year-old resident Sharon Comerford died in her home.

Police arrested and charged 59-year-old Stephen Findlay with her murder.

He was seriously injured during events related to the incident and spent weeks in Dunedin Hospital.

He's now being remanded at the Otago Corrections Facility.

Findlay is represented by top Dunedin lawyer Judith Ablett-Kerr QC and is next due to appear in court at the end of June.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Port Otago is making way for bigger vessels at Port Chalmers before the domestic cruise ship season kicks off in October.

The coming six-month season is expected to be the biggest Dunedin's seen yet.

New infrastructure for mega-class ships is being put in place now to accommodate large vessels due to berth in the harbour.

One of the biggest cruise ships has just announced extra visits to Dunedin for the next two seasons.

In total 96 liners are scheduled for mostly day-long stays at Port Chalmers between October and April.

That's more than the city's ever had.

Port Otago says it's spending less than $200,000 on the upgrade work, due to be finished by late November.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Funding for the cash-strapped Southern District Health Board will increase by millions of dollars to a record amount in the next financial year.

The government's investing $16b in health as part of its newly-announced eighth annual budget.

But the opposition isn't happy with planned spending.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Police are looking for the driver of a vehicle involved in a collision with another car at the intersection of Gordon Road and Ayr Street in Mosgiel.

The crash happened yesterday morning about 8am.

Police say the person driving a white Subaru station wagon left the scene without stopping to ascertain if anyone was injured.

The car was last seen heading south towards the railway line on Gordon Road.

The other vehicle involved in the prang was a black Holden Colorado.

Police are also wanting to speak with any witnesses.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

A local professor is blasting a recently-released health report stating high fat diets will combat obesity.

The UK-based document claims fat consumption can promote weight loss and fight against diabetes.

But the local expert is urging residents not to be fooled.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Dance students at the University of Otago are preparing for their end-of-semester public performances.

They're planning on surprising residents with live displays in the city's main shopping area.

And they're covering new ground in partnering with a local retail initiative.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Details about the operation, performance and finances of the Southern District Health Board are becoming more publicly accessible.

The board's just opened some of its committee meetings to the public, starting from today.

Residents are now able to sit through meetings for three committees dealing with hospitals, community and public health, and disability support.

It's a move by the commissioner in charge of the board.

Several initiatives are being put in place within the organisation to improve transparency and public engagement.

A handful of people attended today's meetings at Wakari Hospital.

Agendas for the committee meetings are also being published on the board's website.