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Nightly interview: Robert Patman

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 7:25pm
There's mounting evidence to suggest New Zealanders are subject to mass surveillance, despite government denials. Professor Robert Patman from the University of Otago is a leading expert on international relations, and he joins us to discuss the latest revelations.
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City benefiting from nationwide tourism boom

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 7:23pm
Tourism is worth more than $400m to Dunedin each year. The city's benefiting from a nationwide tourism boom, with more visitors spending more money. And while industry leaders say Dunedin's got a solid grounding in the market, there's potential for its share to increase.
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Audience captivated by impromptu public display of dancing

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 7:19pm
An impromptu public display of dancing has captivated people throughout the city.
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Assembly inspires the next generation of scientists

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 7:16pm
150 years of scientific study is being celebrated at Otago Boys' High School. The New Zealand Geological Survey, known as GNS, began in Dunedin in 1865, occupying the site where the school now sits. And an assembly has given the organisation's leader a chance to inspire the next generation of scientists.
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Local school grows poppies for ANZAC Day

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 7:13pm
A Dunedin school is doing something a bit different to commemorate this year's ANZAC Day. For the centenary of World War One, 100 poppies are being grown by pupils at Tahuna Normal Intermediate. They're hard at work ensuring the poppies are ready to give to veterans on April 25th.
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Unlikely industry bringing Dunedin a worldwide audience

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 7:10pm
An unlikely business is bringing millions of dollars into the city. It's something that often flies under the radar, going unnoticed by most residents but it's putting Dunedin in front of a worldwide audience.
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Hyde Street keg party goes back to the drawing board

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 7:07pm
The fun's over and now it's back to the drawing board for the annual Hyde Street student party. Stakeholders are about to meet to brainstorm the next event, and how it can be improved. They hope it'll be more of a celebration of scarfie life, than a day of drunken disorder.
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Otago University announces $200m spend on campus upgrades

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 6:35pm
The University of Otago has just announced more than $200m of campus upgrades. They include a new dental school and the major refurbishment of the existing chemistry building. Work on the dental school is expected to start in November, just after the science building project begins. Both projects have been in the planning stages for some time, but haven't been confirmed until now.
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Decrease in new housing consents

Tue, 31/03/2015 - 6:31pm
The number of new houses being consented is starting to come down, following a four-year-long period of growth. In the last 12 months there have been 382 new houses consented in Dunedin. That's an average of just under 32 a month. Nationally the number of consents for new dwellings has more than doubled in the last four years.
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Parents of disabled child make plea to get back stolen car

Mon, 30/03/2015 - 7:25pm
The parents of a disabled girl are desperate to get back their stolen car, which they rely on to transport their daughter. The girl's mother made a plea on social media for information or sightings of the car - a maroon and silver Subaru grand wagon. She alleges it was stolen from South Road late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.
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Research and development business spending increasing

Mon, 30/03/2015 - 7:21pm
Businesses are spending more on research and development, and the trend is expected to continue. Commercial spend on research and development increased by $53m last year. The greatest rise in spending came from the services industry, mostly in relation to computer businesses. Their share of the market has almost doubled.
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Nightly interview: Bokyong Mun

Mon, 30/03/2015 - 7:05pm
An Otago University student has just returned to Dunedin from the Abel Tasman National Park, where she took part in a conservation campaign. Bokyong Mun spent three days paddling a kayak made of recycled materials around the coastal reserve.
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DCC to undertake full review of liquor ban area

Mon, 30/03/2015 - 7:03pm
A proposal to extend the existing alcohol ban to include a notorious party flat has been abandoned by the Dunedin City Council. Councillors instead want to see a review of the entire liquor ban area. But there's debate about when that should happen, with new liquor laws about to be adopted.
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Oil Free Otago protest in front of National MP Michael Woodhouse's office

Mon, 30/03/2015 - 6:59pm
Protesters have delivered an anti-government message to the office of local National MP Michael Woodhouse.
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Budding entrepreneurs get boost from business start-up event

Mon, 30/03/2015 - 6:56pm
Dunedin's budding entrepreneurs are buzzing from their big boost at a business start-up event. Mentoring from established professionals has kick-started several commercial proposals. And event organisers say that's proof of the fact that anyone can start a business.
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60 Year old water pipelines to be replaced in in Pine Hill

Mon, 30/03/2015 - 6:53pm
The Dunedin City Council is spending over half a million dollars on a pipeline renewal project in Pine Hill. Over the next two months, the 60 year old water pipelines in the area will be replaced. And it's hoped the work will have additional benefits, helping reduce the risk of flooding in the north end.
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South Dunedin residents learn about community safety

Mon, 30/03/2015 - 6:49pm
Neighbours Day celebrations are providing an opportunity for South Dunedin residents to learn about community safety. People from various emergency and community groups have gathered for a neighbourhood safety expo, to introduce locals to their services.
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Musicians converge on Mosgiel for brass band competition

Mon, 30/03/2015 - 6:47pm
Musicians from across Otago and Southland have converged on Mosgiel for a brass band competition. Organisers say local bands came out tops in the B and C grade contests, although the skill on display was universally impressive.
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The week that was

Fri, 27/03/2015 - 6:53pm
Shots from the week that was, set to music by Fleetwood Mac.
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School pupils sleep rough for Cyclone Pam victims

Fri, 27/03/2015 - 6:46pm
Local primary school pupils are sleeping rough to raise money for Cyclone Pam victims. Sacred Heart pupils are constructing cardboard shelters to sleep in, showing solidarity with those who've lost everything. It's a quirky twist on the common sleepover, with a sobering lesson attached.
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