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Page icon New home construction drops in Dunedin

There has been a slight drop in the number of new home construction being consented in Dunedin. In the first six months of this year, 155 new dwelling consents were issued, a smaller than usual monthly average. July 2014 had the highest number of new consents for any month, at fifty one. But more recently there have been less than 20 per month. ›read more

Film icon. Nightly interview: Robert Patman

There's mounting controversy about an international trade agreement involving New Zealand. The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is being negotiated at present, amidst widespread public opposition. And Professor Robert Patman, of the University of Otago, joins us to discuss its potential impact on New Zealand's international relations. ›see story

Film icon. Committee calls for major changes to alcohol advertising

University of Otago academics are calling for major changes to the rules surrounding alcohol advertising. They're part of the Independent Expert Committee on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship. And they're accusing the government of putting business interests before public health. ›see story

Page icon Floating mortgage rates down with cuts to cash rate

There's likely to be more cuts to the official cash rate, following today's 25 basis point reduction. The cash rate's been cut to 3%, prompted by a softening economy and low inflation. It's good news for borrowers, and already floating mortgage rates are down. The Reserve Bank Governor says more cuts are likely to follow. The change has slightly lifted the New Zealand dollar. ›read more

Page icon Less people on benefits than last year

The government's claiming a welfare victory, with less people on benefits than a year ago. National MP Michael Woodhouse says that includes 19 fewer beneficiaries in Dunedin. But there's still concern over local jobs, with regional manufacturing down significantly. The downturn's slightly mitigated in Dunedin by an increase in activity as a result of recent flooding. ›read more

Page icon Tourism and the creative sector show economic growth

Tourism and the creative sector are leading the city's economic rise. The latest report from Business and Economic Research Limited shows Dunedin's economy has grown 2.2%. That's in the 12 months to March last year. Over the last decade, there's only been a minimal upswing in the city's gross domestic product. Tourism is up almost 10%, and the creative sector by almost as much. ›read more

Page icon Fonterra cuts over five hundred jobs

Long-running problems in the dairy industry have come to a head, with Fonterra axing just over five hundred jobs. The dairy giant employs more than 18,000 people, mostly in New Zealand. It plans to save about $60m a year with the job cuts. It's not yet known if local staff are affected. The global dairy trade auction results are at a six-year low. ›read more

Page icon Local year-round accommodation prices stable

New research reveals Dunedin's one of the most stable places in the country in terms of year-round accommodation prices. Local hotels are among the most affordable in the South Island. And accommodation overall in the city varies just 21% between the cheapest and most expensive months. That's a small difference compared to other centres. In Oamaru, prices vary as much as 74%. ›read more

Film icon. Employment law changes aim to rein in unfair business practices

A Dunedin-based MP says his changes to employment law will rein in unfair business practices. Michael Woodhouse has announced a raft of measures to tackle things like zero hour contracts. But they're being dismissed by some as window dressing. ›see story

Film icon. Law changes set new minimum housing standards

Dunedin landlords will be required to meet minimum housing standards under tenancy law changes. ›see story

Film icon. Years of research pays off for University of Otago scientist

Years of international research is paying off for one University of Otago scientist. Staff at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology have been looking at ways to ensure plants can defend themselves against infection. And it's the agricultural sector that's set to benefit. ›see story

Page icon Otago Polytechnic staff member chosen as coach for a national mentoring programme

An Otago Polytechnic staff member has been chosen as a coach for a national mentoring programme. Eva Gluyas is the only polytechnic worker in the country chosen to coach in the Better by Design programme. She'll be teaching businesses across New Zealand how to be innovative and internationally competitive. Gluyas previously coached in 2013. ›read more

Page icon Creeping costs of new laws putting pressure on hospitality industry

Hospitality New Zealand says the creeping costs of new laws are putting pressure on local businesses. The organisation's released a report on the different factors impacting hospitality in Dunedin and the rest of the country. Staff say higher licensing fees is having significant negative effects for local business owners. ›read more

Page icon University of Otago involved in government's national science challenge

The University of Otago is involved in the government's latest national science challenge, worth almost $20m. It's focused on enhancing New Zealand's resilience to natural disasters. The government's pledged an initial $19.6m towards the research. It's too early to confirm how much of that funding will be directed towards local academics. ›read more

Page icon New Zealand dollar hits five-year low

The New Zealand dollar has hit a five-year low, brought down by falling dairy prices. A 10.8% reduction in whole milk powder is largely responsible. As a result, the kiwi dropped to just over 67 US cents overnight. And dairy prices in general fell to a six-year low. That's causing some of the weakest rural and business confidence in a decade. ›read more

Page icon Spark apologises for ongoing network problems

National telecommunications company Spark is apologising to Dunedin residents for ongoing network problems. Some Spark customers have had trouble with text messages for more than a week. The problems started when Spark upgraded its software on the 20th of June. That was supposed to improve text messaging, but instead some Dunedin users haven't been able to send or receive texts. ›read more

Page icon Latest research shows large appetite for electric vehicles

There's a large appetite for electric vehicles in New Zealand, shown by the latest local research. Dr Rebecca Ford, of the University of Otago's Centre for Sustainability, recommends changes to improve uptake. She says most people are willing to use electric vehicles but they're dissuaded by cost and confusion. There's about 660 electric vehicles nationwide. ›read more

Page icon Local Shanton clothing store likely to close

The local Shanton clothing store, one of just two left in the South Island, is likely to be closed. Shanton Fashions has gone into liquidation, and an initial report states the business is expected to stop trading. Earlier this year the company was restructured and almost all stores nationwide were closed. ›read more