Wednesday, August 24, 2016

University of Otago researchers have found more than half of all homeless adults in New Zealand are working or studying.

Kate Amore, from the Health Research Programme, analysed census and administrative data from 2013.

She found 52% of homeless adults were either working, studying, or both, up from 49%in 2006.

She says the cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline.

As a result many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recogn

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Cancer Society's Daffodil Day is taking place this Friday.

It's their annual flagship event and is a major funding source for the organisation.

So the 39 Dunedin News Word on The Street team hit town, and asked if you're intending donating to the appeal...

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Student groups representing many of the world's religions have met to promote their beliefs, and discuss faith.

The Univeristy of Otago Chaplin believes when young people gather like this, they can help teach older people a few tricks.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Researchers at the University of Otago are going to study concussion on professional rugby players while they play.

The project is a nationwide first, and will be supported by New Zealand Rugby.

It'll see the Otago team fitted with monitoring equipment that'll measure the stresses that cause concussion.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Supporters braved wet weather to rally behind the University of Otago's Humanities department.

Up to 20 jobs are on the line in a proposed downsizing.

And that prompted a demonstration fronted by the New Zealand Teritary Education Union.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Police are disappointed in the results of a two week operation that focussed on driver habits.

The nationwide operation caught many drivers using cell phones while driving, and not wearing seatbelts.

In the Southern district 115 drivers were ticketed for using their mobiles while driving.

And, 286 people were issued infringement notices for not wearing seatbelts.

Police say the results show many drivers continue to have bad habits at intersections.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Elective surgery targets at the Southern District Health Board are being met.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has released quarterly results showing the DHB met its targets in the period April to June.

Dr Coleman says the results show progress made in the previous quarter has largely been sustained.

He says improved access to elective surgery has seen the DHB surpass the target by 7%.

Dr Coleman says delivering more elective surgery remains a key Government priority, and that the results are a credit to SDHB health professionals.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

This week the members of the Islamic faith are opening the local Mosque and hosting a series of events for Islam Awareness Week.

Organisers of activities on campus say it's all about reaching out to people, and having open discussions.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The first sod has been turned at the new School of Dentistry.

The University of Otago's chancellor, along with the head of the Dental School, were on hand for the occasion.

The event marks the beginning of the construction phase of the new multi-million dollar facility.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Traffic in a North East Valley side street was brought to a screeching halt yesterday afternoon after a bus driver took a wrong turn..

Buccleugh Street remained closed for more than two hours, while emergency service personnel and vehicle salvage teams rescued the stuck bus.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Learning to play with children on the autism spectrum is the number one priority of a seminar being held in Dunedin.

The Way To Play Workshop gives parents and professionals more tools to use.

But even with the new skills, some say it's still a very challenging road to travel.

Monday, August 22, 2016

A penalty shoot-out ended an exciting game of Junior Football at the weekend.

The match between Dunedin Technical Premiere Women and Melchester Youth Grade was a one-all draw at the end of 70 minutes of play.

The all female side were down to ten players at one point, but drew level in the second half.

That resulted in an exciting penalty shoot-out between the opposing sides.

The final score was 5-2.

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Dunedin City Council has announced the trial of a new location for the central city taxi rank.

From tomorrow, the evening taxi rank will move from outside the Municipal Chambers and Civic Centre to the central lane of the Octagon.

The rank will operate between 7pm and 7am daily.

It'll revert to being a park for mobile traders and buses during the day, while the taxi rank returns to the Municipal Chambers.

Patron and driver safety is one of the reasons for the move.

The covered walkway will also provide shelter for those waiting for taxis.

The trial runs for three months.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Ultra Fast Broadband looks set to be available in 10 new centres nationwide.

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says it's a natural evolution of the fibre rollout and he's pleased to see other centres able to access the gigabit technology.

Meanwhile, since November 2014 Chorus has enabled high speed internet access to 67% of Dunedin city.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Two Dunedin women who met on the first day of primary school are planning to relive their glory years in style.

Early next month the South Dunedin Town Hall is due to be filled with the sounds and dances of yesteryear, as the two friends reunite for a shindig.