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Page icon Prime Minister John Key visits Dunedin

Prime Minister John Key made a fleeting visit to Dunedin this morning, just four days out from the general election. He visited Silver Fern Farms, then fronted a media stand-up about surveillance. Key addressed the current allegations of mass surveillance and spying, brought to the fore by opponent Kim Dotcom. ›read more

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

Film icon. Young tech savvy competitors squared off over the weekend

Which is the best robot in New Zealand? That was the question on everyone's lips at the RoboCup Junior nationals in Dunedin at the weekend. It saw dozens of young technology savvy competitors square off in a range of battles, with one simple goal: to win. ›see story

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

Film icon. Ice hockey players from the north take on the south

Glory and bragging rights are on the line this weekend as the best ice hockey players from the north take on those from the south. The Skate of Origin event is an annual climax to the end of the season. But for some players there's more than just a trophy at stake. ›see story

Film icon. National Girl's and Women's Football Week celebrated in Dunedin

Hundreds of Dunedin primary school girls have gathered on the Forsyth Barr Stadium pitch to test their football skills. Right across the country the game is being celebrated with National Girl's and Women's Football Week. And it gives those of the fairer sex an opportunity to play against each other without the boys joining in. ›see story

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

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

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

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

Page icon Dunedin house values decrease

Dunedin house values have decreased by 0.4% in the last three months. But they still remain 1.3% higher than this time last year. Agents say listings are relatively low across the city, but those on the market are selling fairly quickly, showing some demand. Two thirds of recent activity has involved houses less than $300,000. ›read more

Page icon Building activity continues to increase

Building activity continues to increase, with a small rise in the June quarter. Overall the volume of building activity grew by 1% in that period. It followed a 15% increase in the previous quarter. Non-residential building activity was up 2.5%, while housing volumes remained the same. In current prices, the unadjusted value of all building activity in the June quarter was $3.8b. ›read more

Film icon. First votes cast for the general election

The first votes have been cast for this year's general election, at advance voting booths set up throughout the country including in Dunedin. ›see story

Page icon Video Ezy making an effort to move with the times

Video Ezy is the latest brand to launch on-demand content through the internet, in an effort to move with the times. It's the largest franchised DVD rental chain in New Zealand, and now it's the only one to have an online rental platform. Video Ezy On Demand will allow users to pay for selected content, including thousands of movies and the latest releases. ›read more

Page icon Export volumes fall, import volumes rise

Export volumes have fallen 5.3% in the last quarter. But import volumes have risen, up 3.6%. Statistics New Zealand says export volumes recorded their largest fall since the March 2008 quarter. That was largely due to falls from high levels in key areas such as meat, forestry and dairy. Import volumes have been steadily rising - up 19% over the last seven consecutive quarters. ›read more