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Dunedin leaders prepare to visit two sister cities

4 hours 9 min ago
Dunedin leaders are preparing to visit two sister cities in Scotland and Japan as part of a mayoral delegation. Mayor Dave Cull will lead the delegation, to Edinburgh and Otaru. City councillors Neville Peat and Andrew Noone are also going. They'll be joined by Dunedin City Council community advisor Cara Paterson.
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Value of exported goods falls

4 hours 13 min ago
The value of exported goods has fallen 7.4% in the June quarter. The seasonally adjusted value of exports was $12.4b. The drop follows a small increase in the March quarter, and large increases in the September and December quarters. Dairy prices have contributed to the decrease, with milk powder, butter and cheese down 8.1%. That's a drop of $335m. Logs, meat and fruit also fell.
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DCC pushes back public transport takeover

4 hours 17 min ago
It seems the Dunedin City Council is getting cold feet about being responsible for public transport. The council initially looked at taking over operation of the city's public transport system from July next year. But now it's in favour of delaying that start date, until at least 2017.
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New director appointed to Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

4 hours 23 min ago
The Dunedin City Council has appointed a new director of Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, following the departure of Linda Wigley last September.
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Nightly interview: Michael Sutton

4 hours 25 min ago
A Dunedin man has been awarded the title of Amateur Landscape Photographer of the Year. The award was part of New Zealand's largest annual competition for amateur photographers. Winner Michael Sutton joins us to talk about his accolade.
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Possum traps found on walking tracks

4 hours 29 min ago
Members of the public are being urged to take care on walking tracks around the city after several possum traps were found in North Dunedin. Fifteen leg hold traps were found in the town belt bush area beside Opoho Park on Wednesday. And after similar incidents last year, Dunedin City Council staff think they know why the traps are being set.
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Dirty Dunedin streets an issue for local councilman

4 hours 32 min ago
The cleanliness of Dunedin has been brought into question. The issue has come up at a meeting of the Dunedin City Council's Infrastructure Services Committee. And contrary to what staff are used to - it wasn't a member of the public complaining.
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Police investigating string of burglaries

4 hours 36 min ago
Dunedin police are investigating a number of burglaries, of homes and vehicles over the last few days.
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Nightly interview: Dene Mackenzie

Thu, 24/07/2014 - 7:12pm
The September elections are drawing closer and political leaders are making their push to be re-elected. And with politics comes controversy, so we're here to catch up with ODT political editor Dene Mackenzie to see who's polling well, and who might struggle leading up to September.
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Working while studying not a disadvantage for school children

Thu, 24/07/2014 - 6:38pm
Dunedin research has found that school children can combine study with part-time work, and not suffer any long-term disadvantages. The study was conducted by University of Otago researchers. They analysed data from the long-running Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study.
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Official cash rate rises

Thu, 24/07/2014 - 6:35pm
The Reserve Bank governor has raised the official cash rate, as expected. He also signalled a pause in rate hikes, to assess the impact of moves so far this year. The Kiwi dollar sank after he said its strength was unjustified, and that the currency could have a significant fall. The quarter point increase in the official cash rate to 3.5% was forecast by economists.
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Options explored to save historic facility

Thu, 24/07/2014 - 6:06pm
Staff and users of Dunedin's physiotherapy pool are exploring options to save the historic facility. The Southern District Health Board plans to close the pool in December because it's too expensive to run and needs an upgrade. But dozens are eager to find a solution, as it means more to the city than many may think.
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Pedestrianisation trial could see lower Octagon closed to traffic

Thu, 24/07/2014 - 6:04pm
The Dunedin City Council is considering whether to close part of the Octagon to traffic, as part of a pedestrianisation trial.
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Public bus service changes will cost an extra $300,000 a year

Thu, 24/07/2014 - 6:01pm
Changes to some of Dunedin's public bus services will cost an extra $300,000 a year. The current service programme has to be adapted to fit in with new legislation being implemented by the government. And it means the Otago Regional Council will foot half the bill.
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Dunedin's newest cinema complex finally unveiled

Thu, 24/07/2014 - 5:59pm
After a longer than expected rebuild, Dunedin's newest cinema complex will officially open to the public tomorrow. Reading Cinemas has taken over the old Hoyts complex in the Octagon. And after spending more than $5m, those in charge say they couldn't have done it without local help.
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Planning and regulatory committee considers report on climate change

Thu, 24/07/2014 - 5:56pm
Dunedin City Councillors have started discussing how to protect the city from the effects of climate change. The council's planning and regulatory committee has considered a report about climate change adaptation. And it shows there are ways to protect South Dunedin from sea level rise.
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Montgomery Avenue and part of Leith Street to close

Thu, 24/07/2014 - 5:50pm
Dunedin City Councillors have voted to formally close Montgomery Avenue and part of Leith Street, to enable flood protection works.
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Nightly interview: Jason Shon Bennett

Wed, 23/07/2014 - 7:03pm
New Zealand health guru Jason Shon Bennett is in Dunedin, delivering his seminar 'The Secret to Exceptional Health'. He's travelling around the country telling Kiwis how they can get healthy, lose weight and prevent disease.
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Widespread interest in University of Otago employee's latest findings

Wed, 23/07/2014 - 6:01pm
A Dunedin law researcher is influencing things at a government level, with the potential to save lives. The University of Otago employee is receiving widespread interest in her latest findings. And she hopes it will lead to law reform, for the benefit of all New Zealanders.
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Physiotherapy pool on thin ice

Wed, 23/07/2014 - 5:58pm
There's uncertainty about the future of Dunedin's historic physiotherapy pool, which is proving costly to run and is in need of an upgrade.
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