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Retail spending flat despite economic upswing

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 09/04/2014 - 5:49pm
The economy may be on an upswing, but retail spending using electronic cards was flat in March. Statistics New Zealand says spending was unchanged after a 0.8% increase in February. Across all industries in March there were 119 million transactions, with an average value of $52. The total amount spent was $6.2b.
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Nightly interview: Regan Johnston

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 08/04/2014 - 7:00pm
A Dunedin architect recently won a major design award for the Taieri Mouth crib he both designed and owned.
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The 39 Dunedin News team delves into the cycleway issue

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 08/04/2014 - 6:10pm
Plans to introduce separated cycle lanes in Dunedin have met with mixed reactions from the public. Those in favour see it as a way to improve cycle safety, while some argue about the loss of car parks and money. Our 39 Dunedin News team decided to get to the bottom of the issue, and see how many cyclists really are using our roads and whether cycle lanes should be introduced.
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Debrief held to discuss issues from the cruise ship season

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 08/04/2014 - 6:07pm
With seven of the scheduled 85 cruise sips cancelled this season due to weather, the impact on the Dunedin economy has been significant. Fewer passengers and crew visiting the city has meant less money being spent and tour operators and visitor attractions left out of pocket. A debrief was held today to discuss the issues, and many were disappointed with a loss of income.
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New pipes go in on Queens Gardens' makeover

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 08/04/2014 - 6:05pm
New stormwater pipes are bedding in under the Queens Gardens area, as below-ground infrastructure gets a million dollar makeover.
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Economic development unit gave update

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 08/04/2014 - 6:02pm
A Dunedin City Council committee got an update from its economic development unit this week, as a plan to develop a more business-friendly council had its first birthday. The Red Tape Not Red Carpet project was launched a year ago. And despite its strategy to say yes to business, staff promised it did not mean getting around council policies.
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Dunedin Night Shelter asking the community for help

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 08/04/2014 - 6:00pm
The need for vulnerable people in the city to find somewhere to stay is on the increase, and the Dunedin Night Shelter is asking the community to help.
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Controlled house burn gave fire fighters good practice

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 08/04/2014 - 5:57pm
Volunteer fire fighters performed the opposite of their usual role on the weekend, setting fire to a house north of Dunedin. But crews from Port Chalmers and elsewhere quickly put their skills to good use and put the blaze out. The controlled house burn gave fire fighters some good practice for when they are faced with a situation not of their own making.
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ORC conducting survey of residents this month

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 08/04/2014 - 5:55pm
The Otago Regional Council is about to find out how well the community understands its role, and how it rates the council's service. The ORC is conducting a survey of residents in Otago this month. The telephone survey of 900 people will be complemented by an online version. The council says the survey was the first of its kind it has embarked on.
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People's inability to retrain costing money

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 08/04/2014 - 5:53pm
A new PricewaterhouseCoopers study into training for new skills and industries says people's inability to retrain is costing money. The international study for online employment network LinkedIn says there is an increasing need for adaptability in the workforce.
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Fashion week organisers revel in success and look toward the future

Latest news from Channel 9 - Mon, 07/04/2014 - 7:06pm
The lights may have faded on the 15th iD Anniversary Fashion Show, but organisers say they've got their sights set on lighting it up again next year. It was a weekend of celebration, glitz and glamour featuring tall slender models wearing local and international designers. But it was the dancers from the Royal New Zealand Ballet who stole the show.
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Dunedin-made television network officially launched

Latest news from Channel 9 - Mon, 07/04/2014 - 7:03pm
Dunedin-made television network Zoomoo has officially launched in Singapore. The station went live on Friday, and runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And while it is not live on New Zealand television sets yet, one creator says that goal is not too far away.
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Bon Voyage to the cruise ship season

Latest news from Channel 9 - Mon, 07/04/2014 - 7:00pm
The last cruise ship of the season brought its passengers to a drizzly Dunedin this morning, ending a season badly affected by bad weather.
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Felines put their best paw forward to snag a ribbon

Latest news from Channel 9 - Mon, 07/04/2014 - 6:58pm
Pussy cats of all sizes, colours and breeds were on display at the New Zealand Cat Fancy Show in Dunedin, with each feline putting their best paw forward. Long-haired and short-haired breeds were displayed in front of judges to see whether or not they had the right look at the right time.
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Nightly interview: Chanel O'Brien

Latest news from Channel 9 - Mon, 07/04/2014 - 6:56pm
The DCC's economic development team last week released what it is calling an ''investment prospectus'' for potential investors. The prospectus targets business people wanting to expand their businesses and ex-pats thinking of returning to New Zealand.
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Otago sporting stars make national touch teams

Latest news from Channel 9 - Mon, 07/04/2014 - 6:55pm
Two of Otago's brightest sporting stars have been rewarded with selection in their respective national touch teams. Both players will fly to Australia in two weeks' time, playing three matches against the green and golds. And while their main focus is on that series, both players hope to use the tournament as a stepping stone to a bigger tournament next year.
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Cyclist visibility the project of three Dunedin organisations

Latest news from Channel 9 - Mon, 07/04/2014 - 6:51pm
Three Dunedin organisations are getting together to promote cyclist visibility as winter days grow short. Staff from the Dunedin City Council, Sport Otago and the police will be stopping cyclists this week to survey them on what they know about the legal requirements around the use of lights.
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Stable home values in March

Latest news from Channel 9 - Mon, 07/04/2014 - 6:37pm
Dunedin home values remained stable in March, reflecting a nationwide residential increase of just 0.1% over the last three months. Quotable Value New Zealand says Peninsula and coastal properties showed the biggest increase, up 2.1%. Dunedin City was down 0.2%, while South, Central and North Dunedin are down 0.7%.
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ORC approves draft annual plan

Latest news from Channel 9 - Mon, 07/04/2014 - 6:34pm
The Otago Regional Council has approved its draft annual plan for the next financial year, with a proposed general rate increase of 2.49% tipping the rate take over $5m. Targeted rates, however, are falling by 21% to $8.5m. Approval of the draft plan means consultation begins, with submissions open until the 2nd of May.
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Nightly interview: Christine Garey

Latest news from Channel 9 - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 5:57pm
Community members at a meeting in Portobello this week were keen to tell the DCC their thoughts on road safety issues in the area. The issue is one that has arisen as the council does its annual plan consultation with the community. Otago Peninsula Community Board chairwoman Christine Garey is here with the details.
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