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Findings in the city council fraud investigation have just been made public.
A report by Deloitte states that former council worker Brent Bachop was responsible for defrauding the council of about $1.5.
Bachop died suddenly in May, just after questions were asked about discrepancies in the Citifleet accounts.
A group of local basketball players are headed for the courts of Las Vegas.
The Mainland Eagles women's team will fly out at the end of this month for the overseas tour.
But there's a lot of preparation ahead first, to ensure the team is on the ball.
While Christmas is predominantly a happy time for families, the rate of domestic violence typically increases.
Senior Sergeant Matt Scoles is the manager of victims and family violence for the southern police district.
And he's here to talk about what people can do to look after each other during the holiday period.
This year has been the best yet for the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
In June the gallery surpassed its annual visitor record of 250,000 people.
And it's not just big name artists drawing in the crowds.
Dunedin's first co-housing development is set to go ahead, with the proposal securing resource consent from the Dunedin City Council.
A car stolen from Dunedin has been found burnt-out in Christchurch.
The white Nissan Pulsar was reported stolen yesterday, from a Waverley address.
And early this morning the vehicle was found in Christchurch, having been torched.
Police believe the vehicle was used in a petrol drive-off at Timaru.
It’s all go at Otago Museum as the school holidays kicks off.
With Christmas just around the corner, the museum's Animal Attic has had a festive transformation.
And among the animals, elves are on hand, getting everyone ready to meet the big man in red.
The country's account deficit has grown, and it's now the largest it's been in almost six years.
An account deficit means the country's earned less than it's spent.
It relates to offshore income and overseas expenditure.
At present the country's got a deficit of $2.5b.
That's a debt increase of almost $500m from June.
The plan to save Basketball Otago is under way, with a massive fundraising effort about to start.
Members have unanimously voted to delay the shutting down of the heavily indebted organisation.
And that's partly thanks to a ten thousand-dollar prize, which is set to help balance the books.
A surge of holiday goodwill has been the saving grace for Dunedin's Night Shelter.
Just last month, the Trust's Chairman said they didn't have enough money to operate until its next round of grants funding kicked in, in February.
But the community heard their plea and has rallied to get them through to the New Year.
A University of Otago biochemist has just received a $50,000 grant to test her research.
Doctor Monica Gerth plans to develop enzymes that help to prevent catheters and other medical devices from causing infection.
That should reduce the rate of serious complications following surgery.
Doctor Gerth's research deals with stopping bacteria forming, and from becoming immune to antibiotics.
A nationwide initiative to roll out cigarette butt bins has been taken up by the Dunedin City Council.
Keep New Zealand Beautiful is providing the bins for free, and plenty of Dunedin businesses have taken up the offer.
Council staff are also using the campaign to raise awareness about how much work goes into keeping the streets clean.
The number of dairy cattle in New Zealand continues to rise.
Statistics New Zealand says there's now about seven million dairy cattle in the country.
Generally good pastoral conditions over the last 18 months have contributed to the increase.
But sheep, beef and deer numbers have fallen.
There were about 30 million sheep nationwide, as at June.
The government has changed drink-driving laws.
And it means the permitted level of alcohol for drivers has almost halved.
So the 39 Dunedin News word on the street team asked members of the public if they support the reduced limit.
The Dunedin City Council has been called on to help fund a multi-million dollar pool development.
Councillors have heard details of the proposal for a new Mosgiel aquatic facility.
But they're not the only ones likely to be involved, with community members keen to take a leading role in the project.
The Dunedin City Council has put a stop to the trial of a new freedom camping area in the city.
Councillors are concerned a new site, near Bayfield High School, would only add to increasing problems around freedom camping.
And the ongoing issues at Macandrew Bay were enough to see the idea voted down, with 7 of the 13 councillors against it.
A myriad of holiday activities are on offer around the city, particularly for our youngest residents.
One key attraction is Pixie Town, which has a long history in Dunedin, dating back to the 1970’s.
But it's not just kids enjoying themselves, parents with fond memories of the Christmas attraction are also getting in on the action.
A new chief executive has been confirmed for Dunedin International Airport.
Richard Roberts has been appointed to the role.
It's a promotion for Roberts, who has worked at the airport for 15 years.
Most recently he's been the general manager of infrastructure and service delivery.
Wholesale trade for groceries, liquor and tobacco has increased, heading into Christmas.
Statistics New Zealand reports that trade sales of those products are up by $74m.
That's in the last quarter of this year.
Trade sales of motor vehicles and associated parts are also up.
That sector has risen by 2% - a value of $39m.
Surf life saving clubs across the city are gearing up for a busy summer.
Sam Clutterbuck is the local club development officer for Surf Life Saving New Zealand.
He's here to discuss his role, and how residents can stay safe in the surf.