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Dunedin's former Chief Post Office is one step closer to being reopened.
A one-storey high spiral staircase was craned into the historic building this morning.
And after 17 years without use, it is only a matter of weeks before the doors of the historic building officially re-open.
The New Zealand Dental Association has given the Government the thumbs up for mostly getting behind recommendations on oral health.
International hip-hop artist Tinie Tempah performed in front of a frenzied Orientation crowd of around 6000 people last night.
The Otago University's Orientation week runs at a cost of around $1m, and after the final show organisers say it's money well spent.
And the OUSA says promoters who travelled from Auckland to see the production were most impressed.
The discovery of an ancient cemetery on a Vanuatu island ten years ago has given researchers important information about the first generations of people to inhabit the area.
The Lupita people lived 3000 years ago, and after studying their archaeological remains it is now known how they lived and survived.
A group of Dunedin women has been quietly working in the last few years, producing a surprising number of quilts to be distributed to those in need.
Anne Greene from the Community Quilts Group joins us this evening to tell us about it.
Three Otago cricketers took honours last night at the New Zealand Cricket Awards.
Contractors will work 12 hour overnight shifts next week to finish a $250,000 road sealing job on Cumberland Street.
Old asphalt between Andersons Bay Road and Police Street will be dug out, the surface levelled and new asphalt laid on the section of State Highway One.
The work will de done between 6pm and 6am over five nights, weather permitting.
Wholesale trade sales rose 2.7% in the December quarter, reaching $21.6b.
Statistics New Zealand says every wholesaling industry reported increases during the quarter.
Basic materials - which includes businesses that trade in agricultural supplies and products, raw materials and construction supplies wholesaling - had the biggest increase.
The Electricity Authority plans to check claims electricity retailers are making about the reasons for price increases.
The race to gain votes in the national Gigatown competition has seen Dunedin romp into second place overnight.
Dunedin supporters' response to a challenge to create videos on the Instagram platform is behind the move up the Gigatown ladder.
But a local campaigner says more education is still needed to make the most of the competition.
The ravages of ultra-violet light on young eyes was the lesson learned at Wakari School this morning.
An event at the school encouraged pupils to wear sunglasses, and make a film about their efforts.
And it put a creative twist on safe eye-wear.
Exciting and inspiring New Zealanders to renew their connections with the sea is the message behind national Seaweek.
A series of events from clean-ups to films are being run in Dunedin to recognise the week.
And today the library got in on the cause, hosting a screening of a Dunedin-made film.
The Dunedin City Council this week announced Fisher amp; Paykel planned to extend its lease of office and laboratory space in the council-owned Wall Street complex.
The company's design and call centre staff will grow to 230 people - a 40% increase in design staff numbers by 2018.
For its part, the DCC will invest up to $2.3 million to provide extra office space at Wall Street.
Three days' work by close to 200 people has gone into setting up the final OUSA Orientation event.
Otago rugby and Highlanders player Buxton Popoali'i has today gone under the knife.
A 21 year old unemployed Dunedin man appeared in court on a raft of charges after an incident in which he was both tasered and pepper-sprayed overnight.
At about 1.45am a man was assaulted by an offender unlawfully entering a van near the intersection of Nairn Street and Taieri Road.
A short time later a Holden accelerated away and crashed into a parked car.
The Commerce Commission says mobile phone charges in New Zealand have dropped below OECD averages.
The commission has released a report on the issue, comparing prices with other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries.
It says prices have been steadily dropping, with the price in New Zealand for a plan with average calling and data use 40% below the OECD average.
Current staff, former colleagues and members of the community gathered to celebrate 35 years of the Family Mental Health Service in Mosgiel.
The service was a result of Government moves in the 1970s to shift mental health care from institutions to the community.
And one of the founders of that service says he's proud of being part of a pioneering movement that is still developing.
This week 8,500 Otago children are being encouraged to walk or wheel to school.
Developed by Sport Otago, the initiative is an annual event designed to get kids, and the wider community, active.
But getting on your bike isn't easy if you haven't had much experience, so some schools have taken time out to put the children's road safety skills to the test.
It will be a case of the master versus the apprentice this Saturday when the Southern Steel take on the Central Pulse in Wellington.
Jamaican born Steel shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid will go head to head with New Zealand star Irene Van Dyk in a battle of the competition's best shooters.
But despite a few off-season setbacks, one coach is backing her girl as the better shooter.