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Drop in grocery item prices

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 6:16pm
The price of food has come down slightly, following several months of increases. Statistics New Zealand reports that food prices fell 0.7% last month. Meat was cheaper, as well as grocery items, fruit and vegetables. The price of beef fell 4.4% - down from its highest recorded level in June.
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Dunedin poet wins major prize

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 6:00pm
Dunedin poet Vincent O'Sullivan has won a major prize in this year's New Zealand Post Book of the Year Awards. O'Sullivan - the current New Zealand Poet Laureate - won $10,000 for his work titled ''Us, then''. He claimed the top poetry prize in the awards, which were also dominated by Eleanor Catton who won the fiction and people's choice awards for ''The Luminaries''.
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Dunedin residents up for a challenge in order to support cancer sufferers

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 5:56pm
People with cancer can face a steep uphill challenge right from the moment they're diagnosed. So a group of Dunedin residents are showing their support for those affected by tackling a steep challenge themselves. And while they say it's nothing compared to what cancer patients face everyday, it's still proving to be quite the 'Everest'.
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Vigilance advised when using ATMs

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 5:52pm
Dunedin police are warning residents to be vigilant when using ATM machines, following reports of criminal activity around the devices.
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Dunedin's cruise industry forecasted to continue to grow

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 5:50pm
Dunedin's cruise industry is continuing to grow, with larger ships forecast to bring more passengers and crew to the city. The coming cruise season starts in October, and local tour operators are preparing themselves for the annual influx of visitors. And today they heard from Cruise New Zealand representatives, about what to expect and how to deal with the season's challenges.
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Drivers exhibiting good behaviours awarded treats

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 5:46pm
Dunedin police are hitting the streets this week looking to award good driver behaviour. Several checkpoints have been set up as part of a campaign. And while some drivers haven't escaped fines, those complying with the law are being given treats for their efforts.
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St Paul's Cathedral art in dire need of restoration

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 5:43pm
Historic artwork at St Paul's Cathedral is in dire need of restoration. A conservation committee is leading efforts to repair more than a hundred pieces of artwork. And those behind the group are urging the public to dig deep to protect an important part of the city's history.
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Nightly interview: Doug Kamo

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 27/08/2014 - 6:53pm
Dunedin's Southern Showdown contestants are in the final stages of preparation for the September competition. The 18 men and women will slug it out in the boxing ring in front of a large audience, to raise money for charity. Organiser Doug Kamo joins us to talk about the event.
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DCC considers plan to subdivide Wingatui Racecourse

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 27/08/2014 - 6:33pm
A controversial plan to subdivide the Wingatui Racecourse site is being considered by the Dunedin City Council's hearings committee this week. The Otago Racing Club wants to move the existing racecourse, and divide adjacent land into 11 residential sections. Its application to do so has attracted 14 opposing submissions.
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Export goods value falls

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 27/08/2014 - 6:23pm
The value of exported goods has fallen for the first time in almost a year. Last month's value was down 3.3% to $3.7b, compared to July last year. That shows a decrease of $125m. Exports decreased over a range of commodities, but the fall was led by pine logs. Over the last 10 months, milk powder, butter and cheese values have risen.
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Otago conservation projects allotted nearly half a million dollars

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 27/08/2014 - 6:02pm
The government will pump nearly half a million dollars into four Otago conservation projects over the next three years. That announcement was made by associate conservation minister Nicky Wagner at the Orokonui Ecosanctuary earlier today. And the Dunedin facility is in line to receive the lion's share of the money.
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Portobello pontoon floats into town for repairs

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 27/08/2014 - 6:00pm
The leaky Portobello jetty pontoon has been brought into the city for repairs.
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Community support group established in Dunedin

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 27/08/2014 - 5:58pm
A community support group has been established for Dunedin residents dealing with a common ailment that effects thousands nationwide. The group's the first of its kind in Dunedin, and already dozens of people have signed up. And with many more residents dealing with the everyday challenges the condition brings, the group is set to become a welcome refuge.
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Dunedin hosts top minds of the print media industry

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 27/08/2014 - 5:56pm
The print media industry's top minds are meeting in Dunedin. They're taking part in the 14th annual Single Width Users Group conference. And conveners say the event is a valuable chance to discuss every aspect of the industry - including the many challenges it faces.
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Old North East Valley post office faces revitalisation

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 27/08/2014 - 5:54pm
Plans are under way to revitalise the old post office building in the North East Valley.
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Your word on voting in the general election

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 27/08/2014 - 5:52pm
The country's general election is only a few weeks away. And candidates for Dunedin North and Dunedin South are locked in and vying for votes. So our Word on the Street team visited the central city to find out if locals have decided which party they're voting for.
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Nightly interview: Sue Wootton

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 7:07pm
Dunedin secondary school pupils have proven themselves to be skilled poets, reading their work alongside some of the country's best at a recent event. The teenage writers were part of the inaugural Dunedin Secondary Schools Poetry Competition, which culminated in a reading at the city library for National Poetry Day on Friday. Competition judge Sue Wootton is here to tell us all about it.
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John Christie appointed as Enterprise Dunedin director

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 6:46pm
Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie has been appointed as the director of Enterprise Dunedin. Christie was one of 37 people who applied for the role. It was created with the establishment of Enterprise Dunedin - an amalgamation of Tourism Dunedin and the Dunedin City Council's economic development unit.
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Tourism industry provides more than a quarter of Otago's GDP

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 6:43pm
The latest tourism statistics show the industry provides more than a quarter of Otago's gross domestic product. Visitors spend $2.17b in Otago each year - the equivalent of 25.2% of the region's GDP. That's the highest rate in the country, according to new figures released by the Tourism Industry Association.
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DCC wants feed back on markings for shared lanes for cyclists and motorists

Latest news from Channel 9 - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 6:40pm
The Dunedin City Council is seeking public feedback on a road marking trial, in which cycle symbols have been painted on several streets. The council has launched an online survey about the trial, through its Dunedin People's Panel. Council staff want to know what residents think of the road markings - called sharrows - and whether they are effective.
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