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Page icon Highest level of new dwellings since 2007

The number of new dwellings being consented continues to rise throughout the country, and is at its highest level since 2007. The trend has more than doubled in the last few years. Last month the seasonally adjusted number of consented new dwellings rose 0.1%. There were more than 2000 overall, including 373 apartments. ›read more

Film icon. Bright yellow daffodils line the streets for national fundraiser

Thousands of bright yellow daffodils have lined the streets of Dunedin, as part of a national fundraiser. Daffodil Day is the Cancer Society's annual street appeal for donations to help people affected by cancer. And one local organiser says Otago residents are quick to support the initiative - snapping up the spring blooms by the bunch. ›see story

Page icon Drop in grocery item prices

The price of food has come down slightly, following several months of increases. Statistics New Zealand reports that food prices fell 0.7% last month. Meat was cheaper, as well as grocery items, fruit and vegetables. The price of beef fell 4.4% - down from its highest recorded level in June. ›read more

Page icon Dunedin poet wins major prize

Dunedin poet Vincent O'Sullivan has won a major prize in this year's New Zealand Post Book of the Year Awards. O'Sullivan - the current New Zealand Poet Laureate - won $10,000 for his work titled ''Us, then''. He claimed the top poetry prize in the awards, which were also dominated by Eleanor Catton who won the fiction and people's choice awards for ''The Luminaries''. ›read more

Page icon Export goods value falls

The value of exported goods has fallen for the first time in almost a year. Last month's value was down 3.3% to $3.7b, compared to July last year. That shows a decrease of $125m. Exports decreased over a range of commodities, but the fall was led by pine logs. Over the last 10 months, milk powder, butter and cheese values have risen. ›read more

Page icon Tourism industry provides more than a quarter of Otago's GDP

The latest tourism statistics show the industry provides more than a quarter of Otago's gross domestic product. Visitors spend $2.17b in Otago each year - the equivalent of 25.2% of the region's GDP. That's the highest rate in the country, according to new figures released by the Tourism Industry Association. ›read more

Film icon. Emerson's brewery award winning

Speight's Brewery has long claimed to produce the 'pride of the south', but that title may be under threat. Fellow Dunedin brewery Emerson's has cleaned up at the latest Brewers Guild of New Zealand Beer Awards - taking 15 titles. And while four of those awards were gold medals, one Emerson's staff member received an even higher accolade. ›see story

Page icon 46 people convicted of failing to fill out census forms

Statistics New Zealand has prosecuted dozens of people for failing to fill out forms in the latest national census. The agency filed 99 cases in district courts throughout the country, following the census last July. As a result, 46 people have been convicted of failing to fill out forms. They have received fines ranging from $50 to $500. ›read more

Film icon. Otago choir brings home bronze

A combined choir of Otago Boys' and Girls' High School pupils has won a bronze medal in the national Big Sing competition. The top award went to an Auckland combined choir. The Otago Boys' and Girls' singers received one of seven bronze awards in the competition. ›see story

Film icon. National book festival hits Dunedin

A new generation of book-loving Kiwis is the aim behind a national festival brought to Dunedin's central city library at the weekend. The annual Storylines Festival is part of a plan by organisers to promote reading to children. But, as the event proved, it's not just the little ones getting behind it. ›see story

Page icon Holiday park sector optimistic

New research shows the winter blues are having less of an impact on the holiday park sector compared to last year. The Holiday Parks Business Confidence Monitor for July and August indicates 64% of campers are currently more optimistic than pessimistic. And while it is a decrease from June and July, it is 25% higher than the same period last year. ›read more

Page icon Highest recorded visitor arrivals to New Zealand for July

The number of visitor arrivals to New Zealand for July was the highest ever recorded for that month. Figures released by Statistics New Zealand reveal the milestone, with more than 196,000 people visiting the country throughout last month. ›read more

Film icon. Labour leader visits Dunedin to talk local issues

Election campaigning is in full swing. Labour leader David Cunliffe visited Dunedin today to announce policy targeting the area. And other political parties are ramping up their campaigns too. ›see story

Film icon. No place like home for one choreographer

Those going to the Regent Theatre on Saturday night could be in for a celestial surprise. The Royal New Zealand Ballet will perform the last Allegro show of its nationwide tour. And for one choreographer, there's no place like home to finish off the tour. ›see story

Page icon Lorde to perform in Dunedin

Kiwi singer Lorde has announced she will tour New Zealand, and Dunedin is one of the four venues she'll play. The double Grammy award winner will perform at the Dunedin Town Hall on the 29th of October, in what is the singer's first ever tour of this country. Lorde made headlines across the world with the success of her single 'Royals' and her album 'Pure Heroine'. ›read more

Page icon More skilled jobs advertised online

A government report says the number of skilled job vacancies advertised online in New Zealand is increasing. The amount of jobs advertised has risen 0.6% from June. And in total the number of internet-advertised skilled jobs has grown 9.9% in the last year. ›read more

Film icon. Mixed school choir hopes to bring back the gold from national competition

Some of Dunedin's best young voices are on a jet plane about to take on the rest of the nation. The Otago Boys and Otago Girls mixed choir left this morning to compete in the national 'Big Sing' competition in Auckland. And after a couple of silver medals in years past, one teacher is hoping to go one better. ›see story

Page icon New website launched to improve career support

Kiwi job seekers now have a new online training option available to them. DoBetter.co.nz brings reputable training providers together in one place to allow people to tap into the career support they require. The new service was developed with support from Otago Polytechnic and aims to make it easier for busy people to find training and support that fits their lives. ›read more