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Film icon. Otago Polytechnic solving teaching qualification problem

A new qualification at Otago Polytechnic is solving a problem for people wanting to become tertiary teachers. The internship programme is believed to be the first of its kind in New Zealand. And it's only being offered in Otago, but is set to boost the tertiary sector throughout the country. ›see story

Page icon Union members protest zero hour contracts

As union members protest around the country against zero hour contracts, the government's promising change. Dunedin MP Michael Woodhouse is the minister for workplace relations and safety, and he's spoken out about zero hour contracts, saying the most punitive aspects will be banned. ›read more

Film icon. Visiting film-maker calls for end of marijuana prohibition

A visiting international film-maker is calling for the end of marijuana prohibition in New Zealand. He's premiering a documentary inspired by Dunedin's cannabis legalisation movement at the University of Otago. And with drug law reform a hot topic, he says the status quo is doing more harm than good. ›see story

Page icon Commercial guest nights across Otago rising every year

The need for more accommodation in Dunedin is evident in the increasing number of visitors staying in the city. The latest data from Statistics New Zealand shows commercial guest nights across Otago are rising each year. For the month of February they were up 5.7%. And a slightly lower increase was also recorded in January. ›read more

Page icon Restaurant Brands gets rid of zero hour contracts

At least one major fast food conglomerate is planning to abolish zero hour contracts, following widespread national opposition. Restaurant Brands, which owns chains like KFC and Pizza Hut, claims it will end zero hour contracts by July. It's working on a new collective agreement, being negotiated with Unite Union. The union has about 2,000 members working for Restaurant Brands. ›read more

Page icon Record numbers cross New Zealand's border

Record numbers of people have crossed New Zealand's border in the last few months. Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says the 2014 to 2015 summer season has been the busiest so far. More than three million international travellers arrived and departed from the country's airports between December and February. That's an increase of just over 6% on the previous summer. ›read more

Page icon Decrease in new housing consents

The number of new houses being consented is starting to come down, following a four-year-long period of growth. In the last 12 months there have been 382 new houses consented in Dunedin. That's an average of just under 32 a month. Nationally the number of consents for new dwellings has more than doubled in the last four years. ›read more

Page icon Research and development business spending increasing

Businesses are spending more on research and development, and the trend is expected to continue. Commercial spend on research and development increased by $53m last year. The greatest rise in spending came from the services industry, mostly in relation to computer businesses. Their share of the market has almost doubled. ›read more

Page icon Dairy exports in decline

A downturn in dairy exports is driving the sector into decline, by hundreds of millions of dollars. Last month total goods exports fell by $608m compared to the previous February. Milk powder, butter and cheese led the fall, due to lower prices and a drop in quantities. More than three quarters of the drop in value was due to falling exports to China. ›read more

Page icon Government aims to reduce time taken for all court cases

The average civil court case in Dunedin takes more than six months to complete, as shown by the latest figures from the Ministry of Justice. In the last 18 months, the average length of civil cases in Dunedin has increased by just over 4%. The number's now sitting at 203 days per case. Local family court cases are also taking longer to complete than they used to. ›read more

Page icon Dunedin North MP David Clark presents Invermay petition to parliament

Dunedin North MP David Clark has presented his Invermay petition to parliament, with more than 12,000 signatures. Dr Clark is the economic development spokesperson for the Labour Party, and he says he's overwhelmed by the level of support for the petition. It asks the government to save the Invermay agricultural research campus near Dunedin, rather than shift staff north. ›read more

Film icon. Local swimming club takes silver in national competition

A local swimming club has claimed second place in a major national competition held at Moana Pool. ›see story

Film icon. Lion club convention draws members from all over the country

Members of different Lions clubs from around the world are gathering in Dunedin for a three-day convention. The event begins this evening, and involves a special guest who's generating excitement among local organisers. ›see story

Page icon Student union demonstration held at the University of Otago

A demonstration involving top representatives from national student unions has been held at the University of Otago. It was lead by the presidents of the Tertiary Education Union and the New Zealand Union of Students' Associations. They were joined by several locals, gathered at the university's registry steps opposite the Leith. The rally began at 1pm. ›read more

Page icon Entrepreneurs, mentors and investors gather to launch new businesses

Top businessmen and women from throughout New Zealand are coming to Dunedin to give advice to budding entrepreneurs. They're visiting for the fourth annual Startup Weekend, being held at Otago Polytechnic at the end of the month. It'll see entrepreneurs, mentors and investors gather locally to launch new businesses. ›read more

Film icon. Moana Pool hosts four-day swimming competition

Hundreds of swimmers from throughout New Zealand have travelled south for a major swimming competition. Moana Pool is hosting the four-day division 2 event with the first sessions launched today. And competition is fierce, with the chance to rise up the New Zealand swimming ranks on the line. ›see story

Page icon Price of food falls

The price of food is falling, giving consumers some relief from successive monthly increases. In the last month food prices have come down by almost 1%, led by cheaper fruit and vegetables. Meat's also less costly than it has been over summer, although the reduced price for some items is being countered by the rising cost of other products. ›read more

Film icon. Model United Nations conference hits town

More than a hundred secondary school pupils are about to converge in Dunedin, for a model United Nations conference. They'll each represent a country during the two-day programme, centred around the UN's Millennium Development Goals. It's a chance for them to meet like-minded peers, as well as expand their political horizons. ›see story