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Nightly interview: Ngaire Bates

Tue, 27/01/2015 - 6:53pm
Another local branch of the University of the Third Age may be established by a new resident to the city. Ngaire Bates moved to Dunedin recently from Kerikeri, and found the existing Dunedin branch had a lengthy waiting list. And she's here to explain her plans for a new one.
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DOC staff concerned as albatross numbers decline

Tue, 27/01/2015 - 5:53pm
Albatross numbers are in decline, and that's concerning local Department of Conservation staff. They're working long hours to ensure chicks survive during the current breeding season at Taiaroa Head. And it's not easy, with this month's warm weather working against them.
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Dunedin woman in hospital with serious burns

Tue, 27/01/2015 - 5:51pm
A 29 year old Dunedin woman is in Middlemore Hospital with serious burns, following an incident at a Wakari petrol station last night.
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Local tourism booming

Tue, 27/01/2015 - 5:47pm
Local tourism is booming, as increasing numbers of domestic and international visitors are drawn to Dunedin. Changes in the type of travellers coming to New Zealand are a factor in the local tourism resurgence. And it's down to the city being perfectly suited to their wants and needs.
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Visiting tertiary students research local sea lions

Tue, 27/01/2015 - 5:45pm
With the recent international exposure of Dunedin's wildlife, comes a research project on local sea lions. Students from the United States are in Otago, working with local Department of Conservation staff. They're about to launch a public survey to find out how much people know about the animals. Members of the New Zealand Sea Lion Trust are also involved.
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DCC green lights extra funding toward gigatown

Tue, 27/01/2015 - 5:43pm
Extra funding to take advantage of Dunedin's gigatown win has been given the green light by city councillors. They're planning to spend $250,000, subject to public consultation. It's to ensure every resident benefits from having the fastest broadband in the southern hemisphere.
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Steady business growth for Dunedin

Tue, 27/01/2015 - 5:40pm
Dunedin is part of a positive report on the services sector, showing the city's had steady business growth in many areas. Tourism-related business is up, as well as wholesale and property services. The latest figures are included in a nationwide services performance index. It shows that Otago and Southland are leading the way, ahead of the rest of the country.
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New community and library complex suggested for South Dunedin

Tue, 27/01/2015 - 5:37pm
Further improvements to the public facilities in South Dunedin are to be considered as part of the city council's long term plan. A new community and library complex has been suggested, and the idea will go out for public consultation. But whether it's built remains to be seen.
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World War One sculpture installed at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

Tue, 27/01/2015 - 5:34pm
A sculpture honouring those who fought in World War One has been installed at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum. The artwork has been exhibited throughout New Zealand and all over the world, but Dunedin is its new home for now. And it's hoped the display will give the public something to think about, as important war anniversaries approach.
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New Zealand dollar falls

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 7:22pm
The New Zealand dollar has fallen to its lowest level against the greenback in more than three years. The kiwi was down to 74.25 US cents this morning. That's come as investors sell euros and buy US dollars in anticipation of a revived American economy. The high US dollar is in turn pushing other currencies down.
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Nightly interview: Cathy Rufaut

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 7:18pm
The fight to rid Otago Peninsula of possums is entering a new phase. The Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group has some new tricks up its sleeve, and project co-ordinator Cathy Rufaut joins us to explain what they are.
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Kiwi cyclist raising money for Diabetes New Zealand

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 5:53pm
A Kiwi cyclist is traversing the entire country to raise money for Diabetes New Zealand. The music teacher from Masterton has reached Dunedin, ahead of the last leg of his journey. And he's got a strong message for every New Zealander.
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Dying plane trees to be removed from Octagon

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 5:51pm
Contractors will start to remove two dying plane trees in the Octagon this evening.
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High standard of entries for this year's Dunedin to Brighton Veteran Vehicle Run

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 5:49pm
With most vehicles more than a century old, the annual Dunedin to Brighton Veteran Vehicle Run is not a fast-paced affair. The event has been going for more than six decades, and is the oldest of its type in the southern hemisphere.
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Residents celebrate Australia Day

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 5:47pm
Many of Dunedin's resident Australians have taken the day off work to celebrate Australia Day.
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Thousands get a taste of rural life

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 5:45pm
Thousands of people flocked to Mosgiel to get a taste of rural life at the weekend. Taking advantage of Dunedin's warm weather, attendees of the Otago Taieri Aamp;P Show were treated to plenty of fun activities. And organisers took the opportunity to encourage people towards careers in the agricultural and pastoral sectors.
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Fringe Festival gets new headquarters

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 5:44pm
Dunedin's annual Fringe Festival is changing, for the benefit of artists, organisers and the public. The event has a new operations base, and a new look. It's hoped the new headquarters, unveiled just weeks out from this year's festival, will be a boon for the entire community.
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Annual gala at Brighton a roaring success

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 5:42pm
More than 10,000 people spent a sunny day at Brighton, where the 19th annual gala was a roaring success. Despite a traffic jam due to the event's popularity, all involved were thrilled with the outcome. And local charities are set to benefit from the money raised.
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Nightly interview: Davinia Thornley

Fri, 23/01/2015 - 6:45pm
Dunedin has just won its bid to host an international screenwriting research and networking conference. It'll be the first time the conference has been held in New Zealand, and it's expected to bring hundreds of overseas delegates to the city. University of Otago senior lecturer Davinia Thornley made the bid, and she's here to tell us all about it.
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Taieri College undergoes makeover

Fri, 23/01/2015 - 5:59pm
While students and staff holiday, millions of dollars worth of construction is going into a new and improved Taieri College. Three old classroom and administration blocks are being replaced, at a time when the school's about to welcome its largest ever student population. And with classes resuming in just two weeks, the displacement will mean a tight squeeze for the start of the school year.
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