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ORC approves changes to its Otago water plan

Latest news from Channel 9 - Mon, 31/03/2014 - 5:32pm
The Otago Regional Council has approved changes to its Otago water plan, a policy set to kick in on the 1st of May. The plan change sets out an approach to managing discharges to water. The focus will be on controlling contaminant discharges, rather than regulating the land use activities that create them.
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New brain injury service set to start tomorrow at Wakari Hospital

Latest news from Channel 9 - Mon, 31/03/2014 - 5:31pm
An ACC-contracted seven day-a-week traumatic brain injury service is set to start tomorrow at Wakari Hospital. The Southern District Health Board says the service involves residential rehabilitation for clients with a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. It covers the period from when the client is in acute hospital care emerging into consciousness, to when they are discharged.
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Technology to improve Tourism Industry profitability

Latest news from Channel 9 - Mon, 31/03/2014 - 5:29pm
The Tourism Industry Association says technology use will improve profitability and enhance the visitor experience. The association responded to a new report showing more effective business use of the internet could add $34b each year to the New Zealand economy.
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Nightly interview: Jenny Olsen

Latest news from Channel 9 - Fri, 28/03/2014 - 5:54pm
Opponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement are set to take to the streets tomorrow in what they are calling a national day of action. The proposed trade agreement is under negotiation by eleven Asian and Pacific-rim countries, including the United States. Everyone from actors to medical professionals have raised concerns about aspects of the agreement.
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British comedian and historian in Dunedin filming a television series

Latest news from Channel 9 - Fri, 28/03/2014 - 5:08pm
He was once Blackadder's off-sider with a cunning plan. Now Baldrick - or Tony Robinson - is the master of the history documentary. The British comedian and historian is in Dunedin this week filming a television series - and he has a role for locals.
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Heritage award won by a small Dunedin business

Latest news from Channel 9 - Fri, 28/03/2014 - 5:07pm
A heritage award won by a small Dunedin business has highlighted the progress being made down the back alleys of the city's historic sector. Immersion Marketing took out an award this week for interior work on a heritage building at the Dunedin Heritage Re-use Awards. The company set up in the area because of cheaper rents, but says the neighbourhood is starting to hum.
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Pianist to play one-handed

Latest news from Channel 9 - Fri, 28/03/2014 - 5:05pm
Playing the piano with one hand is a challenge most people would find daunting. But it is a challenge accepted by one pianist who will perform with the Southern Sinfonia tomorrow evening. As part of the World War One 'We Will Remember Them' show, the artist reveals his decision to use a solitary hand is in keeping with the theme of the show.
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Local teacher receives significant award

Latest news from Channel 9 - Fri, 28/03/2014 - 5:03pm
Encouraging secondary school students to participate in sports has resulted in a Dunedin man receiving a significant award for his services. The Sports Expo started five years ago at Kaikorai Valley College and now involves many local schools. The New Zealand Secondary Sports Council says the award recipient is a man who deserves recognition for his work.
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Freedom camping trial at Macandrew Bay up for debate

Latest news from Channel 9 - Fri, 28/03/2014 - 5:01pm
Dunedin City Council staff have recommended continuing a freedom camping trial at Macandrew Bay, despite an Otago Peninsula Community Board call to abandon the initiative. The council trial allows up to five non self-contained vehicles to park at the township overnight.
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Sustainability of whale and dolphin watching called into question

Latest news from Channel 9 - Fri, 28/03/2014 - 4:59pm
A new publication co-edited by a University of Otago academic has called into question the sustainability of whale and dolphin watching. Partly the work of Otago tourism Professor James Higham, Whale-watching: Sustainable Tourism and Ecological Management explores the fast-growing activity. It shows animal populations have come under more and more pressure.
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Scott Technology reports slump

Latest news from Channel 9 - Fri, 28/03/2014 - 4:56pm
Dunedin-based Scott Technology has reported a 63% slump in first-half profits. The company says a strong New Zealand dollar eroded earnings and stiff competition pushed down margins. Net profit dropped to $820,000 in the six months to the end of February, down from $2.2m a year earlier.
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Missing dog believed to be victim of foul play

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 6:35pm
A Mosgiel couple who lost their dog 11 days ago say they believe foul play is behind its disappearance. The one year old pooch was last seen on the 16th of March at the couple's Mosgiel property. The owners have pointed to a string of reports of dog thefts in Dunedin, but police say that might be more urban legend than fact.
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Waldronville fire could have been much worse

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 6:31pm
A kitchen and dining room have been badly damaged after a house fire in Waldronville this morning. An emergency call was made shortly after 9am, after nearby residents noticed black smoke coming from the property. Damage was limited to mostly two rooms, but one officer says it could have been much worse.
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New road safety action plan developed

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 6:29pm
A new road safety action plan developed by Dunedin councils, police and government agencies has a goal of cutting fatal and serious injury crashes in half in the next decade.
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Local radio show celebrates 80 years

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 6:27pm
To have a radio programme lasting 80 years is quite an achievement, and that's exactly what a group of ecumenical Christians will be celebrating this Sunday. In 1934 the first broadcast of Radio Church hit the airwaves and it's become the country's longest-running radio show.
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Nightly interview: Robert Thompson

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 6:24pm
A new proposal that would provide separated cycleways - but loses fewer parking spaces - emerged yesterday, as Dunedin looks for ways to curb cyclist fatalities. The New Zealand Transport Agency and Dunedin City Council have announced 0ption 1A, a variation on options that went out for public consultation.
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Two options to support a smokefree Dunedin will be considered

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 6:22pm
The Dunedin City Council will consider two options to support a smokefree Dunedin at the next Community and Environment Committee meeting.
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University of Otago ranks first

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 6:19pm
The University of Otago has ranked first among New Zealand research institutions for the number of papers published in the journal Nature.
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Tomahawk Lagoon shows high level of toxins

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 5:32pm
Signs warning of algal bloom are back up at Tomahawk Lagoon. The Otago Regional Council has announced the latest weekly samples from the upper lagoon have shown high levels of the potentially toxic cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae. The algae can produce toxins which may cause illness, such as skin reactions, in people and animals.
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Rise in exports to China

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 5:30pm
An almost 50% rise in exports to China has helped New Zealand record a February trade surplus of $818m. That is the highest trade surplus for any February month and compares with a surplus of $432m in February last year. Exports of primary products led the rise. Goods exports to China rose 49% to $388m, also driven by primary products.
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