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Page icon University of Otago involved in government's national science challenge

The University of Otago is involved in the government's latest national science challenge, worth almost $20m. It's focused on enhancing New Zealand's resilience to natural disasters. The government's pledged an initial $19.6m towards the research. It's too early to confirm how much of that funding will be directed towards local academics. ›read more

Page icon New Zealand dollar hits five-year low

The New Zealand dollar has hit a five-year low, brought down by falling dairy prices. A 10.8% reduction in whole milk powder is largely responsible. As a result, the kiwi dropped to just over 67 US cents overnight. And dairy prices in general fell to a six-year low. That's causing some of the weakest rural and business confidence in a decade. ›read more

Page icon Spark apologises for ongoing network problems

National telecommunications company Spark is apologising to Dunedin residents for ongoing network problems. Some Spark customers have had trouble with text messages for more than a week. The problems started when Spark upgraded its software on the 20th of June. That was supposed to improve text messaging, but instead some Dunedin users haven't been able to send or receive texts. ›read more

Page icon Latest research shows large appetite for electric vehicles

There's a large appetite for electric vehicles in New Zealand, shown by the latest local research. Dr Rebecca Ford, of the University of Otago's Centre for Sustainability, recommends changes to improve uptake. She says most people are willing to use electric vehicles but they're dissuaded by cost and confusion. There's about 660 electric vehicles nationwide. ›read more

Page icon Local Shanton clothing store likely to close

The local Shanton clothing store, one of just two left in the South Island, is likely to be closed. Shanton Fashions has gone into liquidation, and an initial report states the business is expected to stop trading. Earlier this year the company was restructured and almost all stores nationwide were closed. ›read more

Page icon Five Highlanders picked for All Blacks training squad

Dunedin may soon lay claim to five All Blacks, following the Highlanders' win over the Chiefs on Saturday. Highlanders first five-eighth Lima Sopoaga has made the All Blacks training squad. The 24 year old is enjoying the best season of his career. And Highlanders wing Waisake Naholo has also made All Blacks selection for the first time. ›read more

Page icon More New Zealanders visiting Dunedin

Strong growth in the local accommodation sector is a result of more New Zealanders visiting the city. The latest data shows an almost 18% increase in the number of domestic guest nights per month. That's responsible for driving up total guest nights, despite a drop in the number of international visitors. Dunedin's overall occupancy rate is about 70%. ›read more

Page icon DCC owned Delta gains multi-million dollar contract

A multi-million dollar contract has been awarded to a company owned by the Dunedin City Council. Delta has just signed a $40m deal to maintain electricity and fibre optic networks around Nelson. It's a five-year contract renewal with Network Tasman, which Delta has supplied services to since 2011. The Dunedin-based company employs 54 staff in and around Nelson. ›read more

Page icon Relationships Aotearoa Dunedin office closes amid national financial turmoil

Creditors of embattled counselling service Relationships Aotearoa have a month to stake their claims for compensation. The national incorporation is in interim liquidation, and its Dunedin office is closed. Four local staff are understood to have lost their jobs as a result. ›read more

Film icon. Local building apprentice takes third place at national competition

A local building apprentice is officially among the best in the country, taking third place at a national competition. ›see story

Page icon Downward trend in rural property sales

While Dunedin's property market is showing steady growth, there's a downward trend in rural sales. Less farms have been sold in the past three months, than during last year's corresponding period. And the median price per hectare is also down. But it's not all bad news in Otago, with the region seeing a lift in arable land sales. ›read more

Page icon Consumer spending and food prices on the rise

Increased consumer spending and food prices are leading into the new financial year. Retail card spending is up 1.2% from April, and even more compared to this time last year. General food prices are also up, on the back of more expensive fresh vegetables. But the increase is slight, at less than 1% for the month of May. ›read more

Page icon Consumer spending and food prices on the rise

Increased consumer spending and food prices are leading into the new financial year. Retail card spending is up 1.2% from April, and even more compared to this time last year. General food prices are also up, on the back of more expensive fresh vegetables. But the increase is slight, at less than 1% for the month of May. ›read more

Film icon. New student loan cap puts pinch on medical students

Local medical students are fearing for their future, as the full impact of government changes to student loans is felt. A cap on the number of years tertiary students are eligible for loans was introduced not long ago. And it's causing major issues for the city's budding doctors. ›see story

Page icon No timeframe set for SDHB decision to be made

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman won't say when he'll make a decision about replacing the Southern District Health Board. He may appoint an independent commissioner to run the beleaguered organisation. The minister received a response from the DHB yesterday, and is reportedly taking board members' views into account. ›read more

Film icon. Courthouse earthquake strengthening plans progressing slowly

While visiting the city, Amy Adams is also responding to concerns about the future of the historic courthouse. ›see story

Film icon. Dramatic rise male primary school teachers

Dunedin's bucking the national trend for male teachers. There's been a dramatic rise in the number of men becoming primary school teachers. And a local academic says while the city's come a long way, there are still gender-related issues to tackle. ›see story

Page icon Nurses and midwives embroiled in national pay negotiation

Local nurses and midwives are embroiled in a national pay negotiation, set to come to a head this week. Many nurses and midwives working for the Southern District Health Board are members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation. The organisation is negotiating with all DHBs over wage increases and improved employment conditions. ›read more