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Your word on using new proposed cycle lanes

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 02/04/2014 - 5:03pm
The Dunedin City Council's plan to improve cycle safety has taken another step forward. Councillors have agreed cases should be developed for various options in the $4.5m proposal. We wanted to know if you would be persuaded to ride a bike in the city if changes are made to cycle lanes. So this week's 39 Dunedin News Word on the Street team went to George Street to find out.
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University of Otago research important to the New Zealand alpine parrot's conservation

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 02/04/2014 - 5:01pm
New University of Otago research on keas should make an important contribution to the New Zealand alpine parrot's conservation. Co-author of the study, senior lecturer in zoology Dr Bruce Robertson, says researchers looked at genetic variation in kea populations.
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Vacancies easier to fill last year

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 02/04/2014 - 4:59pm
New Zealand businesses found it easier to fill vacancies last year. New figures show one-third of businesses reported vacancies were hard to fill in 2013, compared with almost half in 2008. Statistics New Zealand says the reasons given then for vacancies being hard to fill were applicants' lack of character, experience, or qualifications.
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3,000 All Blacks versus England tickets already sold

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 02/04/2014 - 4:56pm
Three thousand tickets to June's All Blacks versus England test match at Forsyth Barr Stadium have already been sold today. Ten thousand tickets went on sale today, allocated to fans in the south in a promotion called 'South of the Waitaki River'. The promotion allows people who live south of the Waitaki to purchase tickets before they go on public sale.
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Nightly interview: Richard Blaikie

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 01/04/2014 - 5:46pm
A announcement by the Government the University of Otago will be part of a nationwide alliance delivering cutting-edge research has been welcomed by the institution. The High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge will help New Zealand companies take advantage of global demands for foods with health benefits.
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Freedom camping trial to continue

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 01/04/2014 - 5:04pm
Residents of a Dunedin suburb look set to have to put up with some unwanted visitors for a little longer. Macandrew Bay has been the home of part of a DCC trial allowing freedom campers to stay overnight in cars and vans. A vote today saw that trial continue, though the search is on for a more suitable venue to deal with some less than savoury practices.
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Road safety improvements dominate discussion

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 01/04/2014 - 5:02pm
Timing of aspects of Otago Peninsula road safety improvements dominated discussion at the first public meeting of this year's DCC annual plan consultation.
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15th iD Dunedin Fashion Week opens

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 01/04/2014 - 5:00pm
200 people attended the official launch of this year's iD Dunedin Fashion Week - the 15th anniversary of the event. The iD committee last night welcomed designers and international guests, sharing the story of an event that has evolved over the last decade and a half. But for some young designers it was all about networking and taking in the experience of an international fashion event.
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David Clark tried on some new duds for fashion week

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 01/04/2014 - 4:58pm
Politics and fashion are not usually spoken of in the same sentence. But today the two met head-on as Labour MP David Clark got to try on some of the latest threads from a local designer. And despite proclaiming not to be a fashion guru, the local MP is not as far away from performing on the catwalk as you may think.
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Different aspects of sled dog sports on show

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 01/04/2014 - 4:56pm
Canines, bikes and scooters came together on Saturday as part of the Southern Region Sled Dog Club's open day. Members and those interested were invited to learn about the different aspects of sled dog sports on both snow and dirt. The club was established 20 years ago with just one sport, but has now grown to include many more.
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Fewer victims of crime last year in the Dunedin Clutha Waitaki area

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 01/04/2014 - 4:54pm
Police have welcomed new figures showing 300 fewer victims of crime last year in the Dunedin Clutha Waitaki area, compared to the year before. New figures on reported crime show a 2.8% drop in 2013. Police say highlights are a 7% reduction in theft, an 8% reduction in property damage, and a 7% reduction in public order offending.
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Housing market expected to slow under weight of rising interest rates

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 01/04/2014 - 4:52pm
The Westpac Bank has suggested the rationale for loan-to-value ratio restrictions might cease to be relevant as interest rates rise. The bank's latest weekly commentary notes a broad based pick-up in the economy. And it says it expects the housing market to slow substantially under the weight of rising interest rates necessary because of booming construction and export sectors.
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Hundreds line up early to get their hands on royal tickets

Latest news from Channel 9 - Mon, 31/03/2014 - 6:02pm
Hundreds lined up early this morning to get their hands on free tickets for the upcoming royal visit to Forsyth Barr Stadium. In two weeks time their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be watching local rippa rugby teams compete in a mini-tournament.
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DCC adopts a formal position on smoking

Latest news from Channel 9 - Mon, 31/03/2014 - 5:59pm
The Dunedin City Council has adopted a policy that formally states its position on smoking. The policy supports the goal of a smoke-free city. And while it is education-based and voluntary, the council heard this afternoon it may be just the start of long-term incremental change.
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Well known comedian and historian pleased with Dunedin's offerings

Latest news from Channel 9 - Mon, 31/03/2014 - 5:57pm
It was a trip down memory lane for people who turned up on the weekend to be part of a television series filmed at Otago Boys High School. Presenter Sir Tony Robinson is well known as a comedian and historian and says he was pleasantly surprised by what people had brought to show him.
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Green Island Swamp Rats claim championship trophy

Latest news from Channel 9 - Mon, 31/03/2014 - 5:54pm
Two of New Zealand's best batsmen have helped the Green Island Swamp Rats claim Dunedin cricket's championship trophy. Jesse Ryder and Hamish Rutherford put on the club whites for the first time this season, after finishing their domestic season last week. And although he likes a drink off the field, Ryder was keeping quiet on if he would join the side for a celebratory drink.
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Nightly interview: Cath Smith

Latest news from Channel 9 - Mon, 31/03/2014 - 5:52pm
School of Physiotherapy associate dean Dr Cath Smith has begun a study that films dog walkers with chronic health conditions. The study is intended to reveal how exercising a dog affects a person's well-being.
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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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