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Page icon Otago Girls' High School wins national award

Otago Girls' High School has made a national first. It's become the first all-girls state secondary school to win the New Zealand National School of Character Award. The accolade is presented to schools and colleges that demonstrate outstanding character education initiatives. Otago Girls' staff and pupils were presented with the award during a special assembly yesterday. ›read more

Page icon Employment costs increasing

Employment costs are increasing, up 1.8% in the year to June. The non-wage component has risen 2%. That reflects higher costs for annual leave, statutory holidays, superannuation and workplace accident insurance. Costs associated with medical insurance and low-interest loans are also up. There has been a 1.7% increase in salary and wage rates, including overtime. ›read more

Film icon. Nightly interview: Robert Patman

New Zealand has won its bid to have a seat on the United Nations Security Council. International relations professor Robert Patman joins us to explain what that means for the country. ›see story

Page icon Otago residents shop online more often than previous years

About 37% of Otago residents spend more money shopping online than they do in stores. And 60% are spending more online than they did last year. The statistics come from the latest national survey about online shopping trends. ›read more

Page icon Services sector accounts for less than 20% of the total business energy use

The total energy use of the services sector accounts for less than 20% of the total business use. That's despite the fact the services sector contributes 44% of New Zealand's Gross Domestic Product. And it covers 55% of people employed. Last year the sector used more than 75,000 terajoules of energy. That's an increase of less than 3% since 2010. ›read more

Page icon Logan Park High School pupil wins New Zealand Spelling Bee competition

A Logan Park High School pupil is enjoying national recognition, after winning the New Zealand Spelling Bee competition. The year nine pupil became the national spelling champion on Saturday, and is one of the youngest winners in the contest's ten-year history. Champion George Sabonadiere correctly spelt the word eugenics to claim the title. ›read more

Page icon State Insurance closing its Dunedin office

State Insurance is closing all but one of its 22 branches, including its office in Dunedin. The company plans to close its Dunedin office, which has three staff, by the end of next month. About 91 workers are affected by the closures nationwide. State says most of its customers use telephone or internet services, rather than visit branches. ›read more

Page icon Scott Technology wins national innovation award

Dunedin-based company Scott Technology has won a national innovation award. It won the agriculture and environment category of the New Zealand Innovators Awards, announced in Auckland last night. The company's automated lamb boning room secured its prize. It's an x-ray system that automatically scans a carcass and separates it according to the x-ray data, reducing bacteria and labour. ›read more

Page icon Cost of fresh fish risen in the last five years

The cost of fresh fish is increasing, with a 9.2% rise in the last five years. Statistics New Zealand has compiled a list of the most expensive, and the cheapest, fish available in New Zealand. At the top is snapper - the most expensive commonly available fresh fish - averaging $38 a kilo. Blue cod sits at $37.58 - on average $21 more per kilo than red cod. ›read more

Film icon. New Zealand's premier percussion group sets up in Dunedin

It takes nearly two days to set up the drums and instruments for New Zealand's premier percussion group, Strike. And thanks to modern technology, the show being performed in Dunedin will also comprise artists on the other side of the world. ›see story

Film icon. Unique performance blends music and puppetry

A unique performance blending music and puppetry makes up The Paper Cinema's Odyssey. The show is about to make its New Zealand debut in Dunedin. And the brains behind the show say they have a unique tale to tell. ›see story

Page icon New Zealanders use more internet data than last year

New Zealanders have already used 53% more internet data than last year. That's 53,000 terabytes, excluding data from mobile phone connections. It's the equivalent of streaming more than 12 million high definition movies. Almost half of all broadband connections have data caps of 50 gigabytes or more. Three years ago, only 4% had data caps that large. ›read more

Film icon. Grant Robertson in Dunedin campaigning for leadership bid

Labour leader hopeful Grant Robertson has been in Dunedin, talking to party members about his leadership bid. The whirlwind visit was a chance for him to hear their views on Labour's dismal election result, and how the party can improve. And Robertson has also used the trip to connect with Dunedin's next generation of Labour Party members. ›see story

Page icon Dunedin real estate prices drop

Real estate prices have dropped in Dunedin, despite increases elsewhere in Otago. Dunedin prices were down 1% last month compared to September 2013, and were 5% less than in August. The median price was $265,000. But the volume of sales increased 22% for the month - to 152 sales. However that was 8% less than last September. ›read more

Page icon Food prices fall

Food prices fell 0.8% last month, following a small rise in August. Lower September prices reflected seasonally cheaper fruit and vegetables, down 6.5%. Grocery items fell 0.2%, with lower prices for butter and cheese. That was countered by a 1.2% rise in the cost of meat, poultry and fish. ›read more

Film icon. Nightly interview: Dave Cull

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull has just been involved in the national council strategy day, held in Wellington and organised by Local Government New Zealand. He joins us to explain what it was, and why it was important to attend. ›see story

Page icon Otago Polytechnic lecturer and graduate finalists for Excellence in IT Awards

An Otago Polytechnic lecturer and graduate are about to find out if they're the top in the country when it comes to information technology. They're finalists in this year's Excellence in IT Awards, being announced at a gala dinner in Auckland this evening. Professor Samuel Mann has been nominated for excellence in IT education. ›read more

Page icon Commercial guest nights rise

The number of commercial guest nights in New Zealand shows a slight increase for the month of August. But in the South Island, guest nights fell 4.1% during the month. North Island guest nights rose 2.3%. Overall the drop was mostly in international guests nights. Business was up slightly for backpacker accommodation, but there were falls in motels, hotels and holiday parks. ›read more