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Local school to receive new learning space

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 03/12/2014 - 7:15pm
A major construction project is under way at George Street Normal School. The school is receiving what is called a Modern Learning Environment. The term comes from the Ministry of Education, which has contributed money towards the project. It's also being funded through lotteries grants and money raised locally. The new learning space is expected to cost about $1.2.
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Consent activity for new homes easing

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 03/12/2014 - 7:12pm
Consent activity for new homes is easing across the country. The number of new dwellings being consented has stayed high throughout the year. And while the trend is dropping off, the market remains strong. It's about 6% higher than this time last year, as shown in the latest data from Statistics New Zealand.
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Nightly interview: Rosie Howells

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 03/12/2014 - 7:07pm
A classic road trip with a twist, involving Mary and Joseph, is about to take centre stage in Dunedin. The modern nativity play is being performed by a local comedy group with ties to the University of Otago. Rosie Howells is the head writer, and she joins us to talk about it.
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Dunedin's rise to international prominence pays off in the retail sector

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 03/12/2014 - 5:49pm
Dunedin's recent successes with gigatown and UNESCO are attracting national attention. That's come from the chief executive of Retail New Zealand, who's in town visiting local businesses. And in the lead up to Christmas, there's widespread belief that Dunedin's rise to international prominence is paying off big time.
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Warm Homes initiative aims to insulate a further 1000 homes

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 03/12/2014 - 5:47pm
Almost a million dollars is being put towards the local Warm Homes initiative over the next year.
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Bar owners call for compromise as draft local alcohol policy hearings close

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 03/12/2014 - 5:45pm
Local bar owners have called for compromise and personal responsibility as a hearing over liquor laws nears its end. The Dunedin City Council has resumed talks over its draft local alcohol policy. Only a few speakers remain, but there's plenty who hope the DCC will make some serious changes.
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Business deal secured due to Dunedin's close ties with China

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 03/12/2014 - 5:43pm
A significant business deal for a local company has reportedly been secured through Dunedin's close ties with China. The revelation came at a meeting of the city council's economic development committee. Details of the business deal remain secret, due to commercial sensitivity, but it's being hailed as a tangible benefit from the council's China project.
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Dunedin celebrates fifth anniversary of becoming a fair trade city

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 03/12/2014 - 5:41pm
Locals are preparing to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Dunedin becoming a fair trade city. Dunedin and Wellington were the first cities in the country to achieve the status, from the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand. They became official fair trade cities simultaneously, in December 2009. Local festivities include a party at the University of Otago.
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Work begins to make the most of gigatown prize

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 03/12/2014 - 5:38pm
Initial jubilation over Dunedin's victory in the nationwide gigatown competition is subsiding. In some respects the work now begins, to make the most of the associated prize offer from Chorus. And that's been discussed by city councillors, and economic development leaders.
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Your word on faster internet speeds

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 03/12/2014 - 5:36pm
With all the work ahead for gigatown, our Word on the Street team asked members of the public if faster internet will make any difference to their lives.
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Dunedin wins bid to become a Creative City of Literature

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 5:50pm
Dunedin has won its bid to be recognised by UNESCO as a Creative City of Literature. It's one of just 11 cities with that status worldwide. And it's the only place in New Zealand to be part of UNESCO's wider creative cities network. Community leaders are thrilled with the result, saying it will open up a range of lucrative opportunities.
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SDHB conducts undercover compliance checks throughout Dunedin

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 5:48pm
A Dunedin store has been caught selling cigarettes to a minor, as part of an undercover sting.
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Hocken Library archive receives rare international status

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 5:46pm
An archive held at the Hocken Library has just been given a rare international status. It's one of about a dozen archives in the country to receive formal recognition from UNESCO. It tells part of the country's history, and is additionally important, having been acquired by Dr Thomas Hocken himself.
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Police release identity of man killed in farming incident

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 5:44pm
Police have publicly released the name of the man killed near Waikouaiti yesterday. He was Christopher Thomas Murphy. The 24 year old was from Waikouaiti. He was found dead on a rural property yesterday morning. It's believed he died in a tractor roll-over. Emergency services were called to the scene about 11am.
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Plunket opens new premises

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 5:42pm
A year's hard work has paid off for Plunket staff, with the grand opening of their new premises. The new South Dunedin facility houses Plunket's main Dunedin office as well as a car seat service. And staff say having a range of programmes under one roof will make life easier for many Dunedin families.
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Chinese business delegation in town

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 5:39pm
A business delegation from China is in Dunedin. Mayor Dave Cull has welcomed the delegates to the city, during a function at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. The visitors are from the Qingdao Bureau of Commerce. Dunedin already has several business ties with the Chinese city, which is where the Haier Group is based.
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New rescue boats arrive in time for the busy summer ahead

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 5:37pm
The Brighton Surf Life Saving club is on a roll. It's just opened its renovated club rooms, and received not one, but two new rescue boats. That's come at an ideal time, with a busy summer expected.
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Gift exchange project aims to lessen the financial stress of the holiday season

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 5:35pm
A gift exchange project in North East Valley is allowing residents to do some Christmas shopping without spending a cent. It's been set up by a community group, which spent a week collecting donated goods. And now they're all being given away, in an effort to lessen the financial stress of the holiday season.
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Nightly interview: Nicola Taylor

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 1:16pm
A Dunedin woman is among the latest recipients of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship. Nicola Taylor will head overseas to do her research, and she joins us to explain what that will entail.
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Long time principal retires

Latest news from Channel 9 - Mon, 01/12/2014 - 5:56pm
Clive Rennie is saying goodbye to Otago Boys' High School. He's been running the school for more than a decade. And despite entering retirement, Rennie's already planning his next work within New Zealand's education system.
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