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Traffic delays expected to last several weeks

1 hour 37 min ago
Traffic delays to the west and south of Dunedin city are expected to last at least several weeks. A large slip has opened up a crack in Portobello Road, which is slowing motorists around Turnbulls Bay. Work to repair the road will take about three weeks, during which time traffic is being diverted. There's also major roadworks on State Highway One through the city's southern suburbs.
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Drop in dairy means lower exports in January

1 hour 39 min ago
January exports have fallen significantly in the last year, down $371m. The major drivers are milk powder, butter and cheese products. They've fallen 30% overall. January exports brought in $3.7b. Lower milk powder prices are a massive factor in the downturn. Not even record quantities of meat exports for the month could balance the drop in dairy.
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Local MPs clash over zero hour contracts

1 hour 46 min ago
Local politicians are clashing over employment law, and in particular the subject of zero hour contracts. Dunedin North MP David Clark, of the Labour Party, wants them abolished, and that's attracted criticism from National minister Michael Woodhouse. But the pair have managed to find some common ground.
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Top secondary school pupils take part in leadership course

1 hour 49 min ago
The highs and lows of leadership are being explored by the top secondary school pupils from around the region. More than 50 are taking part in a prefects training course at Otago Polytechnic's Dunedin campus. And while they're hearing from a range of facilitators, it's their social interaction with one another that's a critical part of the programme.
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Local police officers say goodbye to their hair

1 hour 54 min ago
Ten local police officers have said goodbye to their hair to raise money for cancer sufferers. They've had their heads shaved during a public demonstration in the Octagon, ahead of the Relay For Life charity event.
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Programme expanded for this year's Early Music Festival

2 hours 8 min ago
Dunedin's again hosting the New Zealand International Early Music Festival. Drawing on last year's success, organisers are excited about showcasing 1000 years of Western European music. And they hope this year's expanded programme will help introduce the old world to some new fans.
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Nightly interview: Molly Devine

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 6:42pm
The Dunedin Sound is being remixed for local audiences by an array of familiar musicians. They're putting a new twist on some well-known numbers for a special concert. Local singer Molly Devine is one of the University of Otago students involved, and she's here to tell us about it.
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Dunedin Hospital overrun with visitors

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 6:02pm
More money for Dunedin Hospital is being pledged by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman. He's just toured the hospital, while in Dunedin for the local Cricket World Cup match. And while his visit drew attention from health board heavyweights, it was the sight of other big names that had patients excited.
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Vespa trip raises funds to support blood cancer research interns

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 6:00pm
A Dunedin man with terminal cancer has raised enough money to support two internships for blood cancer research.
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Custom built sorting machine installed at Dunedin City Library

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 5:55pm
A first of its kind book sorting machine has been installed at the Dunedin City Library. It's been custom built for the central library by an Australian technology firm. And it's already making life easier for staff.
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Cricket World Cup brings more than just sport to the city

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 5:53pm
Afghanistan has taken on Scotland at the University Oval. It's the last of three locally hosted matches in this year's Cricket World Cup. And the tournament's brought more than just sport to the city.
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Two arrested following aggravated robbery

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 5:51pm
The aggravated robbery of an elderly Dunedin man, following a home invasion, has resulted in two arrests. Police have charged two men in their twenties in relation to the incident, which happened last week. The young men allegedly threatened the 79 year old in his Mornington home, demanding money.
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Dunedin's Shanton store to remain open despite national cut backs

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 5:48pm
Dunedin's Shanton store is one of the only ones remaining open across the country. The company's in voluntary administration, and its sale is being negotiated with five interested parties. Shanton owes more than $7m to creditors, including staff and Inland Revenue. Of the 37 stores nationwide, only ten will remain open, and 70 full time equivalent staff have lost their jobs as a result.
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Pipe bands flock to Dunedin

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 5:44pm
The best pipe bands in the South Island have competed in Dunedin, ahead of the national championships. Hundreds of pipers, drummers and ensemble members spent the weekend demonstrating their skills to judges and crowd members. Their two days of competition filled the Octagon, to the delight of some and the distraction of others.
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Opportunistic thieves target unlocked vehicles

Wed, 25/02/2015 - 7:36pm
The latest local crime trend involves the breaking into of vehicles parked in the Brockville area. Thieves have been active in the suburb this week, with police investigating three incidents from the last couple of days. Officers say it's a result of opportunistic thieves targeting unlocked vehicles. Items recently stolen from Brockville cars include wallets, a handbag and cash.
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Annual benefit dinner surpasses previous fundraising efforts

Wed, 25/02/2015 - 7:34pm
A sold-out annual benefit dinner to raise money for local medical research has surpassed previous fundraising efforts. The dinner was organised and hosted by the Otago Medical Research Foundation. It generated about $75,000. That's a significant increase on last year's $58,000. And it's more than double the $35,000 raised in 2013.
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Nightly interview: Emily Wheeldon

Wed, 25/02/2015 - 7:29pm
A local businesswoman is at the centre of several new strategies and partnerships making a big impact nationwide. Emily Wheeldon is the managing director of Human Connections Group, and she's here to tell us about some of the projects she's involved in.
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Ultra-fast broadband celebrated with special launch ceremony

Wed, 25/02/2015 - 7:25pm
The fastest broadband speeds in the southern hemisphere are now officially available in Dunedin. And that's been celebrated with a special gigatown launch ceremony. But with less than half of the planned infrastructure installed, the city's internet revolution has only just begun.
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DCC looking into improving Wall Street Mall façade

Wed, 25/02/2015 - 7:20pm
The Dunedin City Council is investigating whether to spend money improving the façade of the Wall Street Mall.
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Southern District Health Board in the national spotlight

Wed, 25/02/2015 - 7:17pm
The performance of the Southern District Health Board is in the national spotlight. Details about its latest health targets have been released by the Ministry of Health. Data shows the SDHB is excelling in some areas, but lagging behind in others.
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