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Scarfies embrace diversity celebrations

Latest news from Channel 9 - Fri, 15/08/2014 - 5:48pm
A range of events have been held in the student quarter to raise awareness of the city's diversity. They're part of the Otago University Students' Association Diversity Week. And the people behind the scenes say scarfies are embracing the celebrations.
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Nightly interview: Liz Nidd

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 14/08/2014 - 6:42pm
Right across the country house sales for July slumped 13% compared to last year's figures. The national median price rose more than 8% and that trend was seen here in Otago. But Real Estate Institute of New Zealand data out this week showed Dunedin sales were down almost 20%. Here to give us an update on sales locally is Liz Nidd, REINZ Regional Director.
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New Zealand's population is growing

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 14/08/2014 - 5:58pm
Statistics New Zealand figures out today show the resident population for the country was 4,442,100. In the year to June 2014 it's estimated the population grew by 1.5%, or 67,800 people. Statistics New Zealand say the country is growing at its fastest rate for over a decade. High immigration levels have boosted the numbers but they are down 29,000 fewer people than estimated.
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Retail spending continues to rise

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 14/08/2014 - 5:55pm
Retail spending has continued to rise in the June 2014 quarter, led by an increase in the motor-vehicle and parts retailing industry. Statistics New Zealand says the volume of retail trade sales rose 1.2%, following a 0.8% rise in the previous quarter. Eleven of the 15 industries had higher sales in June. In actual terms, the value of total retail sales was $18.2b.
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Navy ship glides into town for a special visit

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 14/08/2014 - 5:53pm
Dunedin residents are getting a glimpse into life spent working at sea thanks to a visiting navy ship. The HMNZS Rotoiti steamed up the harbour this morning and is opening its doors to the public. And for one crew member, it's a very special visit.
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Brad Thorn leaves the Highlanders

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 14/08/2014 - 5:51pm
Brad Thorn has most likely played his last game for the Highlanders after announcing his departure from the side this morning.
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Prime Minister gives advice to young high achievers

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 14/08/2014 - 5:49pm
The achievements of Otago's brightest high schoolers have been celebrated at today's Class Act awards. Prime Minister John Key was on hand to personally congratulate the pupils. And he had some advice for them as they reach the end of their high school years.
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Concert hopes to push up enrolment numbers

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 14/08/2014 - 5:47pm
North Dunedin residents are being encouraged to pick up the pen and enrol to vote. The election is just over one month away and less than 80% of the area's residents are yet to enrol. And one local group is hoping a concert tonight will push that number up over the coming days.
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School pupils head 150 years back in time

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 14/08/2014 - 5:45pm
Primary school pupils stepped out of the class room today and went back 150 years in time. They were shown around Toitu Otago Settlers Museum as part of the museum's 'Outside the Classroom' programme. And with several different classes all year round, the museum has been experiencing numbers greater than they expected.
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Hand-sanitiser use does not reduce number of sick days

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 13/08/2014 - 7:28pm
A Dunedin-led academic study has found the use of hand sanitiser in classrooms does not reduce the amount of sick leave children take.
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New traffic signals up and running

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 13/08/2014 - 7:25pm
New traffic signals are up and running in Highgate, with Council staff hoping they will reduce the risk of accidents. The lights cost just over $100,000 to install, and were turned on yesterday afternoon. With high volumes of use by pedestrians before and after school, the lights have come as a welcome relief to many.
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380,000 eligible voters still not enrolled

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 13/08/2014 - 7:23pm
There are still 380,000 eligible New Zealanders who haven't enrolled to vote. Over half of them are under 30, and time is running out if they want to have their say at the general election in September. Dunedin registrar of electors Dee Vickers says just over 78% of Dunedin North voters have enrolled. And in Dunedin South nearly 92% are enrolled.
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Tough times blamed for surge in food parcel demand

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 13/08/2014 - 7:21pm
Tough economic times are being blamed for a surge in demand at Mosgiel's Community Food Bank. Staff say food parcel requests are among the highest levels recorded. But members of the public are digging deep to help.
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July school holidays sees increase in spending

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 13/08/2014 - 7:19pm
Figures released today by Paymark show a marked increase in spending in the Otago region during the July school holidays. The numbers traditionally rise during this period, but the 9.4% regional increase during the two week period was well above previous years. Ski fields, restaurants, cafes and accommodation providers all experienced growth.
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Your word on sports field behaviour

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 13/08/2014 - 7:12pm
Sport Otago has launched a new initiative to control bad behaviour on the sidelines. The project aims to encourage a positive and supportive environment on the sports field, and to eliminate bad behaviour. So with that in mind, our word on the street team decided to find out what the public thinks is more important on the sports field: winning or having fun.
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Dunedin organisations looking to move towards a more sustainable future

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 13/08/2014 - 7:10pm
Several Dunedin organisations are looking for ways to move towards a cleaner and more sustainable future. Around 30 people attended a workshop this afternoon run by the Sustainable Business Network. And with plenty of opportunities in the market, one man is hoping to see some real traction over the next three years.
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Nightly interview: Richie Poulton

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 12/08/2014 - 6:44pm
A University of Otago professor has made the list of the world's top 1% of the most-cited science researchers. Professor Richie Poulton is the director of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study. He joins us to talk about his work, and the recognition it's brought.
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National median house price falls

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 12/08/2014 - 6:26pm
The national median house price fell by just over $11,000 in July. But prices across Otago bucked the trend, rising up to $9,000. Figures released by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand report the market is firmly in winter mode, with listings low and activity muted. It says rising interest rates and the forthcoming election are most likely influencing buyer behaviour.
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Medical students throw their support behind housing warrant of fitness scheme

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 12/08/2014 - 5:56pm
Dunedin's medical students have thrown their support behind a national rental housing warrant of fitness scheme. They've started a campaign to support the programme recently trialled across the country. And those involved with the movement say the health issues resulting from poor quality housing need to be tackled head on.
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Art event attracts record sale and visitor numbers

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 12/08/2014 - 5:54pm
Student artists at the University of Otago have made a record amount of money after the most successful Art Week ever.
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