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Page icon 2,000 new dwellings consented last month

Nearly 2,000 new dwellings were consented last month, but there are signs the trend is decreasing. Statistics New Zealand says the trend for new dwellings was previously at its highest level since August 2007. But it's now easing, although consents are still about 10% higher than this time last year. Last month the seasonally adjusted number of consented new dwellings decreased by 12%. ›read more

Page icon One businesses for every nine people in New Zealand

There are almost half a million businesses in New Zealand - one for every nine people in the country. The highest rate of business growth is in the construction sector. Overall there were 487,900 businesses in February, when a snapshot was taken. That's up 2.5% on last year, and surpasses the previous peak in 2009. ›read more

Film icon. Hard work and commitment pays off for two Dunedin bodybuilders

Two Dunedin bodybuilders have arrived back in the city from a recent national event with some weighty trophies in their cases. Alex Spenceley and Joe Kelso went into the competition well conditioned. And they both say their hard work and commitment has paid off. ›see story

Film icon. NZ child poverty rates haven't improved since 2008

A new report from UNICEF shows child poverty rates in New Zealand haven't improved since 2008. That's prompted calls from locals for more governmental action to address the issue. And it seems even kids in Dunedin are feeling the effects of poverty. ›see story

Page icon DCC recognised nationally for exercise initiative

The Dunedin City Council has been recognised nationally for an exercise initiative. It won the cycle-friendly commitment award for a public organisation at a national conference held in Nelson. Dunedin mayor Dave Cull and other city councillors participated in a cycling programme to claim the prize. ›read more

Page icon Increase in tourist spending

There's been a $1.1b increase in tourist spending in the past year. The growth is contributed to increasing numbers of visitors from the United States and China. Total tourism expenditure has increased 5% to $23.8b. Spending by international tourists increased 7.4% - or $709m. That follows a slight decrease in the previous year. ›read more

Page icon New Zealand exports fall, imports rise

The value of New Zealand exports has fallen, down 3% in the September quarter to $12b. But imports rose 3.7% to $13b. Export values are being driven down by the dairy industry - with milk powder, butter and cheese values all down. The falling value of logs, wood and wood articles are also contributing to the decline. ›read more

Page icon Consumers price index increases

The consumers price index has increased by 0.3% for the third consecutive quarter. Most of the latest increase was attributed to higher housing-related prices such as utilities, rates and rentals. Cheaper telecommunication equipment forced prices down for household contents and services by 1.3%. ›read more

Film icon. Dunedin Community Gallery filled with award-winning images

The walls of the Dunedin Community Gallery are filled with award-winning images by amateur photographers from all over New Zealand. The photos are part of the 45th Dunedin Festival of Photography. And organisers say such exhibitions keep the magic alive when it comes to capturing and showing off a special photo. ›see story

Film icon. National golf tournament tees off in Dunedin

Amputee Golf New Zealand's national tournament has teed off in Dunedin. The competition has drawn golfers from across the country to the city. And competitors aren't letting physical disabilities keep them off the green. ›see story

Film icon. Dunedin a great place to live

The latest national quality of life survey shows Dunedin's considered to be a great place to live by the vast majority of residents. ›see story

Page icon Small increase in visitor numbers

There's been a small increase in visitor arrivals, up 1% in September compared to the same month last year. There were 193,000 visitor arrivals, the second-highest September total. That's after September 2011, when the Rugby World Cup brought more than 200,000 people to New Zealand. ›read more

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