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Film icon. Kiwi cyclist raising money for Diabetes New Zealand

A Kiwi cyclist is traversing the entire country to raise money for Diabetes New Zealand. The music teacher from Masterton has reached Dunedin, ahead of the last leg of his journey. And he's got a strong message for every New Zealander. ›see story

Film icon. Local museum calls for greater sports appreciation

There's no doubt New Zealanders love sport, but questions are being raised about the extent of national recognition for sporting achievements. The staff of a Dunedin museum are calling for greater sports appreciation throughout the country. And with Dunedin home to the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, the city's poised to play a crucial part. ›see story

Page icon Petrol prices down

The consumers price index has fallen in the last quarter, following three consecutive quarterly rises. But the downfall is only slight, at 0.2%, and is typical of the December quarter. Lower prices for petrol and vegetables were major influencing factors, although they were countered by increased travel and housing costs. ›read more

Film icon. Black Caps in town and focused on victory

The Black Caps are in town ahead of Dunedin's doubleheader one day internationals against Sri Lanka. The boys are focused on victory, for an unbeatable series lead at the University Oval, after their four-wicket win in Nelson. But one player is already out with injury, and with the world cup looming, the side can't afford anymore mishaps. ›see story

Film icon. Fifa organisers hope to capitalise on Cricket World Cup hype

It's a big year for sport in New Zealand, and Dunedin's set to benefit. As the nation gears up to host the Cricket World Cup, organisers of another big tournament hope to capitalise on the hype. And they've turned their attention to Dunedin, where parts of the crowded sports calendar will play out. ›see story

Page icon Business confidence is at all-time high

Business confidence is at an all-time high throughout the country, despite somewhat lacklustre profits. That's revealed in the latest quarterly survey of business opinion by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research. It shows the economy is not as strong as people think it is. There is growth in the economy, but it's small compared to growth in business optimism. ›read more

Page icon Strong year for local tourism sector

A strong year for the local tourism sector is reflected in the latest commercial accommodation statistics. Dunedin's total guest nights are up around 10%. That's significantly higher than the national trend, which is also favourable. Dunedin's being visited by more New Zealanders, as well as more overseas tourists. ›read more

Film icon. Countries compete in under-20 ice hockey championship

The world under-20 ice hockey championship is under way in Dunedin. Teams from five countries are competing for the title, with New Zealand keen to recreate its win from seven years ago in Serbia. And while the title is important, organisers say they're happy just to see the sport gain momentum locally. ›see story

Film icon. Coronial system undergoes reform

A major reform of the coronial system is about to go through parliament, thanks to recommendations by local researchers. But one key recommendation seems to have been ignored by the government. And the researchers behind it warn that could have deadly consequences. ›see story

Page icon Food prices remained static over the last year

Food prices have remained relatively static over the last year, up just 1%. Prices for meat, poultry and fish have risen, but that's been offset by cheaper bread, cheese and butter. The cost of beef has increased the most - up almost 10%. Overall it's proving to be a good month for household budgets, with reasonable food prices and much cheaper fuel. ›read more

Film icon. Otago Volts vie for Ford Trophy

The Ford Trophy has come to Dunedin, with the Otago Volts playing against Canterbury at the University Oval. And with a positive performance so far, not even the wet weather could dampen the local team's spirits. ›see story

Page icon Petrol prices remain low

Petrol prices remain low, having fallen consecutively more than 20 times since October. There is some variation between regions, stations and companies, but fuel is up to six cents cheaper in many places. That's compared to what it was just a few days ago. In Dunedin the price of 91 is sitting around $1.70 per litre. Diesel has also dropped. ›read more

Page icon Kmart and Salvation Army thank locals for their Christmas generosity

Kmart and Salvation Army staff are thanking locals for their generosity, after thousands of gifts were donated to a combined Christmas appeal. Last month people placed 3,450 presents under a Christmas tree in the Dunedin Kmart store. Those gifts were then distributed by the Salvation Army to local families in need at Christmas. ›read more

Page icon Dunedin housing activity remains static

Building activity continues to increase throughout the country, with housing consents hitting a seven-year high. The peak for consents was reached in November, when more than 2000 new dwellings were consented. Many of those were for apartments in Auckland and Christchurch. Those areas accounted for 70% of consent activity throughout the country. ›read more

Page icon Gross domestic product buoyed by growth in the primary industries

Gross domestic product is up slightly, buoyed by growth in the primary industries. Milk production, oil exploration and gas extraction have all increased. And that's pushed GDP up, with some of the strongest growth seen in 15 years. Agriculture and mining are key drivers of the move, while the forestry and logging industry is down. Manufacturing activity has also grown. ›read more

Page icon New Zealands's account deficit has grown

The country's account deficit has grown, and it's now the largest it's been in almost six years. An account deficit means the country's earned less than it's spent. It relates to offshore income and overseas expenditure. At present the country's got a deficit of $2.5b. That's a debt increase of almost $500m from June. ›read more

Page icon Number of dairy cattle in New Zealand continues to rise

The number of dairy cattle in New Zealand continues to rise. Statistics New Zealand says there's now about seven million dairy cattle in the country. Generally good pastoral conditions over the last 18 months have contributed to the increase. But sheep, beef and deer numbers have fallen. There were about 30 million sheep nationwide, as at June. ›read more

Page icon Wholesale trade increases heading into Christmas

Wholesale trade for groceries, liquor and tobacco has increased, heading into Christmas. Statistics New Zealand reports that trade sales of those products are up by $74m. That's in the last quarter of this year. Trade sales of motor vehicles and associated parts are also up. That sector has risen by 2% - a value of $39m. ›read more