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Page icon Travelling internationally continues to be popular

The number of New Zealanders travelling internationally continues to grow year on year. Data from Flight Centre - New Zealand’s largest travel retailer - shows a booking increase of 12% last month. There were more than 600,000 bookings to destinations around the globe. Hot spots include London, Los Angeles, Paris, Honolulu, San Francisco and Bali. ›read more

Film icon. Nightly interview: Geoffrey Miller

Election campaigning has come a long way over the decades, from billboards and placards to Twitter and Facebook. And the use of social media and modern technology is at an all-time high among candidates. University of Otago political analyst Geoffrey Miller joins us to talk about the effect that's having. ›see story

Page icon Liquidators try to claw back money lost through Ponzi scheme

Liquidators are closing in on money lost through the Ross Asset Management group of companies. The group was found to be a Ponzi scheme, but some investors managed to withdraw millions before it collapsed. Now liquidators are trying to claw back some of the $115m lost. That's to secure money for about 1200 rightful investors. ›read more

Page icon Data sharing eco-system suggested to grow New Zealand's brand

New Zealand’s international brand and exports could grow significantly with the creation of a data sharing eco-system. That's according to a paper released by the New Zealand Data Futures Forum. Food traceability or 'paddock to plate' tracking is one of a number of kick start projects recommended in the paper. It would see New Zealand become a world leader in the trusted use of data. ›read more

Page icon Value of exported goods falls

The value of exported goods has fallen 7.4% in the June quarter. The seasonally adjusted value of exports was $12.4b. The drop follows a small increase in the March quarter, and large increases in the September and December quarters. Dairy prices have contributed to the decrease, with milk powder, butter and cheese down 8.1%. That's a drop of $335m. Logs, meat and fruit also fell. ›read more

Page icon Official cash rate rises

The Reserve Bank governor has raised the official cash rate, as expected. He also signalled a pause in rate hikes, to assess the impact of moves so far this year. The Kiwi dollar sank after he said its strength was unjustified, and that the currency could have a significant fall. The quarter point increase in the official cash rate to 3.5% was forecast by economists. ›read more

Film icon. Widespread interest in University of Otago employee's latest findings

A Dunedin law researcher is influencing things at a government level, with the potential to save lives. The University of Otago employee is receiving widespread interest in her latest findings. And she hopes it will lead to law reform, for the benefit of all New Zealanders. ›see story

Page icon Downward trend in local authority spending

Statistics New Zealand has released its latest comprehensive analysis of spending by local authorities, showing a downward trend. Published today, the data relates to the 12 months to June 2013. It shows spending on core services declined from $8.5b to $8.3b. It's the first fall in operating expenditure in 20 years. ›read more

Page icon Two Dunedin labels chosen to showcase at New Zealand Fashion Week

Two of Dunedin's beloved fashion labels are set to represent the city at this year's New Zealand Fashion Week in Auckland. Nom*D and Company of Strangers are the only labels from south of Christchurch being showcased at the country's top fashion industry event. Nom*D has the coveted position of being the first label to show at this year's fashion week, starting on August the 25th. ›read more

Page icon New Zealand drops in global innovation ranking

New Zealand's global innovation ranking has slipped from 17th to 18th, while Australia's has risen. The rankings are part of the 2014 Global Innovation Index, compiled by Cornell University. Australia has jumped three places to 17th, taking New Zealand's last spot. ›read more

Page icon Century of data compiled shows steady increase in costs

A century of data on consumer prices within New Zealand has been compiled, showing a steady increase in costs. Statistics New Zealand has been measuring consumer prices for 100 years, and in that time they've risen by 7500%. The goods and services measured in the consumers price index have also changed markedly, reflecting changes in society. ›read more

Page icon Local man top amateur landscape photographer

A Dunedin man has been named New Zealand's top amateur landscape photographer. Michael Sutton was awarded the title at New Zealand's largest annual amateur photography competition. Sutton, from Glenleith, scooped the top honour with a dramatic shot of seabirds flying through a squall off the coast of St Clair. ›read more

Film icon. Dunedin represented at Local Government conference

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull and fellow Dunedin City Councillors are representing the city at the Local Government New Zealand annual conference in Nelson. ›see story

Page icon Consumers price index continues to rise

The consumers price index continues to rise, with a 0.3% increase in the June quarter. The index measures the rate of price change for goods and services purchased by New Zealand households. There were also small increases in the March and December quarters. Higher prices for vegetables and housing-related items were countered slightly by cheaper holiday deals, cars and fruit. ›read more

Page icon New 4G services to launch next month

Telecom has announced it will launch new 4G services next month, to extend and accelerate the roll-out of high speed mobile broadband across New Zealand. The new services will utilise spectrum in the 700 megahertz band that Telecom acquired in a recent Government auction. Telecom now owns the largest block of that spectrum, which has enabled its expansion. ›read more

Film icon. Glamour alive and well in the south

Four Dunedin women are setting out to show the rest of the nation that glamour is alive and well in the south. They'll compete in the Miss Universe New Zealand pageant in September, in the hope of winning the coveted title. All are first-time contestants in the competition, but confidence is high and they're betting on a good result. ›see story

Page icon Dunedin housing market in slump

The housing market in Dunedin has slumped, with average prices and sale volumes falling. The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand says it's been the worst June on record for house sales in Dunedin, outside of the normal January holiday slowdown. Sale volumes fell 23% compared to last June, and 27% compared to May. ›read more

Page icon Food prices continue to rise

The price of food is continuing to rise, with a 1.4% increase in the last month. That follows small percentage rises in both May and April. Statistics New Zealand says the increase is being influenced by seasonally higher prices for fresh vegetables and meat. Vegetable prices rose almost 9% in June, although the cost of fruit dropped slightly. ›read more