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Volunteers hit the streets for Child Cancer appeal

Latest news from Channel 9 - Fri, 21/03/2014 - 5:55pm
March is Child Cancer appeal month, and more than 200 volunteers from local schools, student hostels and community organisations took to the streets of Dunedin and Mosgiel to collect money. Last year the annual street appeal raised $12K and as of 5pm this evening the foundation reported it has exceeded its $10,000 target, although money is still coming in from collection sites.
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Nightly interview: Wendy Bowman

Latest news from Channel 9 - Fri, 21/03/2014 - 5:52pm
Twenty-five Dunedin rental properties were part of a national trial of a housing warrant of fitness assessment system recently. About 125 rental properties around the country were given the once-over as part of a plan to lift housing standards. The idea has had support from the Dunedin City Council and the University of Otago, but the Otago Property Investors Association is raising concerns.
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Dunedin to host Scottish Parliament minister

Latest news from Channel 9 - Fri, 21/03/2014 - 5:34pm
Dunedin will host a minister of the Scottish Parliament next week. Cabinet Secretary for Education Michael Russell and a delegation will visit the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and attend a mayoral function. The function will celebrate the many connections the two countries share. The delegation arrives on Tuesday.
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Electricity bills will more accurately reflect what consumers pay for

Latest news from Channel 9 - Fri, 21/03/2014 - 5:31pm
New Zealand electricity bills will soon more accurately reflect the various aspects of the utility consumers pay for. Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says that will include information every quarter on the average amount paid for electricity at a national and regional level.
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Dunedin-Taieri rivalry in full swing

Latest news from Channel 9 - Fri, 21/03/2014 - 5:29pm
A grand final rematch between Dunedin and Taieri will kick-start Dunedin's premier rugby competition tomorrow afternoon. The two sides have contested the previous two grand finals, and will do battle again at Kettle Park at 2:45pm. Dunedin won the competition last year, but have lost several key players, including long serving coach Ed Baker.
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Delta cleared of wrongdoing

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 20/03/2014 - 6:02pm
Dunedin City Council-owned company Delta has been cleared of wrongdoing despite multi-million dollar land deal losses. But the company has been rapped over the knuckles by the Office of the Auditor-General for a lack of good business practice, and avoiding public accountability. The report, called for by the DCC, was tabled in Parliament, and Mayor Dave Cull responded late this afternoon.
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Million dollar makeover in the pipeline

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 20/03/2014 - 5:59pm
Dunedin's Queens Gardens area is about to get a million dollar stormwater pipe makeover, with the century-old system in place at the end of its useful life.
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A bike, a box and some shortbread

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 20/03/2014 - 5:58pm
When Nelson man Jimmy Griffith decided to leave his job as a commercial fisherman, he never thought he would be baking shortbread to raise funds for charity. But that's exactly what happened, and now he's part way through a cycling trip around the South Island, increasing awareness for the Shortbread Trust.
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Lunchtime Theatre performance built in only 40 hours

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 20/03/2014 - 5:55pm
Putting together a half-hour show in 40 hours is bound to present a few challenges. But it is a challenge that some University of Otago theatre studies students undertook today. As part of the Allen Hall Lunchtime Theatre, the students worked quickly to produce what they say is a good laugh.
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Nightly interview: Rebecca Grant

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 20/03/2014 - 5:53pm
A University of Otago student is soon to fly off to Paris, after being awarded a $25,000 scholarship. Rebecca Grant is a former St Hilda's Collegiate head prefect and ODT Class Act Award winner with two first class honours degrees. She has already completed an internship with the World Health Organisation in Switzerland.
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Giant rabbit hopped around Dunedin Hospital

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 20/03/2014 - 5:51pm
It's not quite Easter yet but a giant rabbit was seen hopping around at the Dunedin Hospital Children's Ward today. It was encouraging the youngsters to brush their teeth, as part of World Oral Health Day, an international day celebrating the benefits of a healthy mouth.
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Decrease in jobs and income earned by students

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 20/03/2014 - 5:10pm
University students who have to work are finding it increasingly difficult to find jobs and earn as much money as they have in the past. After three years of increases and a peak of $8.1M in earnings in 2012, 2013 saw a significant decrease in jobs and income earned by students. Figures for Student Job Search earnings show this year has started off with a small decline in income.
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New Zealand becoming more energy efficient

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 20/03/2014 - 5:09pm
New Zealand’s demand for energy is increasing at a lower rate than the economy is growing. And the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment says that suggests the country is becoming more energy efficient. The ministry says overall energy demand increased by 0.9% in the year to last December. That compares with an increase in gross domestic product of 2.6%.
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Delta Utility Services investigating power outage

Latest news from Channel 9 - Thu, 20/03/2014 - 5:06pm
Delta Utility Services says it is still investigating a power outage that knocked 39 Dunedin News off the air briefly last night. The company says there was a temporary power fluctuation at 5:36pm yesterday. It affected electricity consumers around the Exchange area. 39 Dunedin News reporters also noted the fluctuation at the Dunedin police station.
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Dunedin hoping to become a City of Literature.

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 19/03/2014 - 6:33pm
Dunedin is hoping the literary genius of Dunedin authors from Janet Frame to James K Baxter will underwrite its bid to become a UNESCO City of Literature. Mayor Dave Cull today sent away the city's application for the role. And backers think the city has a good chance at the prestigious title.
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New on-line initiative launched

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 19/03/2014 - 6:30pm
Otago residents will soon be able to access up-to-date water quality information on the region's rivers.
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Local school community goes bald for a cause

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 19/03/2014 - 6:28pm
There is going to be a few cold heads this winter after both students and teachers at a local school shaved their heads for a good cause. More than 50 pupils and teachers at Otago Boys High School shed their locks, raising money and awareness for blood cancer and leukaemia.
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St Clair swarmed by competing kids

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 19/03/2014 - 6:23pm
More than 350 school children ran, biked and swam their way around St Clair this morning. They were participating in the Dunedin Primary and Intermediate Schools Triathlon, an event run every year by Sport Otago. And organisers say it gives kids a challenge that once completed can inspire them to keep competing in the increasingly popular sport.
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Layback dispensor keeps manager's certificate

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 19/03/2014 - 6:21pm
A bar manager caught out by licensing authorities after a Facebook photo showed him involved in a drinking activity known as a 'layback' has kept his manager's certificate. Police and licensing authorities opposed Dunedin man Michael Campbell's certificate renewal after the social media post was discovered.
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New Zealand's account deficit drops

Latest news from Channel 9 - Wed, 19/03/2014 - 6:18pm
New Zealand's current account deficit dropped by $1.7b to just $0.8b for the December quarter. The fall came on the back of record levels of dairy product exports. Statistics New Zealand says that drove the balance on goods and services to its highest-ever surplus. The annual current account deficit to December also fell to $7.5b, down from $8.9b.
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