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Film icon. Nightly interview: Dee Vickers

Dunedin North and Dunedin South registrar of electors Dee Vickers is gearing up for another election year. The woman behind the nuts and bolts of the voting process in the city is here to tell us what that will involve. ›see story

Page icon Speed and alcohol targeted over Easter weekend

Police plan to again target speed and alcohol on New Zealand roads on an Easter weekend where bad weather is expected to play a part. Since 1956 more than 560 people have been killed and 14,600 injured in Easter road crashes. The only year that nobody died was 2012. ›read more

Page icon Tobacco behind consumer price index rise

A jump in tobacco prices was the main driver of a 0.3% consumer price index rise in the March quarter. Cigarette and tobacco prices rose 10.2%, following an 11.3% rise in excise duty in January. Statistics New Zealand says without cigarettes and tobacco the CPI showed no change in the quarter. ›read more

Page icon Tobacco behind consumer price index rise

A jump in tobacco prices was the main driver of a 0.3% consumer price index rise in the March quarter. Cigarette and tobacco prices rose 10.2%, following an 11.3% rise in excise duty in January. Statistics New Zealand says without cigarettes and tobacco the CPI showed no change in the quarter. ›read more

Film icon. Leaders are already lobbying for votes in Dunedin

The elections are still more than five months away, but leaders are already lobbying for votes in Dunedin. New Zealand First leader Winston Peters got his chance to speak to the Dunedin public over the weekend as he tries to stay above the 5% threshold needed for a seat in parliament. ›see story

Page icon Local farm sales up from last year

Some buyer resistance to prices is emerging in the Otago rural real estate market, despite solid localised activity for sheep and beef farms. That came through in the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand's rural report for the three months to March. Nationwide there were 1,842 farms sold in the year to March, 28.5% more than the year before. ›read more

Page icon Otago cricketer named in New Zealand test squad

Otago cricketer Mark Craig is one of two new faces named in the New Zealand test squad to face the West Indies next month. Twenty-seven year old Craig was named after a stand-out Plunket Shield performance, taking 22 wickets for Otago. Head coach Mark Hesson said Craig, who is a right arm off-spinner, will be valuable against the West Indies left-handed heavy top order batting line-up. ›read more

Film icon. David Cunliffe delivers key piece of health policy

Labour leader David Cunliffe delivered a key piece of the party's health policy on the steps of the Dunedin Municipal Chambers today. He visited the city that is hosting three political leaders this week, as national elections draw near. His plan to extend a national bowel cancer screening programme will cost $14 million, but how it will be paid for is information still to come. ›see story

Film icon. Royal fever reaches high over weekend

It may have been cold in the city over the weekend but Royal fever was at an all time high, as thousands of people turned out to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The couple had a brief but busy itinerary in the city. ›see story

Page icon March comeback for services sector

New Zealand's services sector had a comeback in March, after an unexpected dip in February. The BNZ-BusinessNZ performance of services index shows the sector, which accounts for about two thirds of the economy, had a reading of 58.3. A reading of 50 or higher indicates the sector is in expansion, while a reading below 50 indicates a contraction. ›read more

Film icon. Nightly interview: Steffan Browning

Green Party list MP Steffan Browning is in Dunedin to
talk about research on GE food and changes to the food bill. The Blenheim-based MP joins us tonight to tell us all about it. ›see story

Page icon 4kmh threshold returning for Easter

A 4kmh threshold before police issued tickets over summer slowed speeds, cut road deaths, and is about to return for Easter. Police ran a two month campaign in which they handed out tickets to anyone travelling more than 104kph. A preliminary analysis shows the proportion of drivers going more than 100kmh was up to 51% lower than during the previous four summers. ›read more

Page icon Screen industry revenue drops 4%

Revenue in New Zealand from the screen industry dropped 4% last year compared with 2012. But Statistics New Zealand says it remained above the $3b mark. Most of the downward movement came from the production and post-production sector, which fell $190m. That was partly offset by a $70m increase in broadcasting and exhibition revenue. ›read more

Page icon Southern health workers aiming to help reduce falls among the elderly

Southern health workers are getting involved in a national campaign to help reduce falls among the elderly. The Southern District Health Board is taking part in government organisation, the Health Quality & Safety Commission's, month-long April Falls promotion. The plan is to prevent falls and reduce harm from falls in aged residential care. ›read more

Page icon Retail spending flat despite economic upswing

The economy may be on an upswing, but retail spending using electronic cards was flat in March. Statistics New Zealand says spending was unchanged after a 0.8% increase in February. Across all industries in March there were 119 million transactions, with an average value of $52. The total amount spent was $6.2b. ›read more

Page icon People's inability to retrain costing money

A new PricewaterhouseCoopers study into training for new skills and industries says people's inability to retrain is costing money. The international study for online employment network LinkedIn says there is an increasing need for adaptability in the workforce. ›read more

Page icon Stable home values in March

Dunedin home values remained stable in March, reflecting a nationwide residential increase of just 0.1% over the last three months. Quotable Value New Zealand says Peninsula and coastal properties showed the biggest increase, up 2.1%. Dunedin City was down 0.2%, while South, Central and North Dunedin are down 0.7%. ›read more

Film icon. New Zealand's European Union representative in town

He works from Wellington, comes from Greece, and represents an organisation half a world away. But New Zealand's representative from the European Union was in Dunedin today talking politics and trade. 39 Dunedin News caught up with the diplomat at the University of Otago. ›see story