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Crime wave hits town

Fri, 29/05/2015 - 5:57pm
Dunedin's in the midst of a crime wave, with police investigating more than a dozen thefts and burglaries from the last few days. The incidents are all centred around South Dunedin and Musselburgh, near Queens' High School. Twelve vehicles parked in the area have been broken into since Wednesday night. And three properties have also been burgled in that time.
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Dunedin dates for Sleeping Beauty on Ice cancelled

Fri, 29/05/2015 - 5:56pm
Thousands of Dunedin residents have to be refunded for tickets they've bought to a cancelled show. All Dunedin showings of Sleeping Beauty on Ice have been cancelled because the transport of equipment has been stalled. Show promoters won't say exactly how many tickets have already been purchased, but they're promising full refunds. They say there are thousands of Dunedin ticket holders.
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Otago Community Trust doles out funding

Fri, 29/05/2015 - 5:53pm
Local organisations are collectively receiving almost a million dollars in extra funding through the Otago Community Trust. The Dunedin women's refuge has $25,000, and the Malcam Charitable Trust $50,000. Just under that amount is being given to the Dunedin Indoor Sports Venues Trust for lighting upgrades. The largest single grant in Dunedin is $175,000 for the local arts festival.
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Frustration grows among Dunedin bar owners

Fri, 29/05/2015 - 5:50pm
Frustration is growing among Dunedin bar owners, as they wait anxiously for the city council's new alcohol policy. Council staff won't say when they'll reveal the policy, despite widespread public interest. And that's prompting calls for them to get on with it.
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Teenagers inspired to protect the Otago coast

Fri, 29/05/2015 - 5:48pm
A pair of local teenagers are calling for the establishment of a marine reserve in Dunedin. The two Kings' High School pupils have just returned from a diving trip to a Northland reserve. And they're inspired to lobby for the protection of the Otago coast.
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Dunedin childhood glorified through theatre

Fri, 29/05/2015 - 5:46pm
A Dunedin childhood is being glorified in a comedy stage production written and performed by a former resident. It's inspired by the adventure, friendship and southern cuisine of his upbringing. And he hopes the familiar material strikes a chord with local audiences.
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Locals party to support the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Fri, 29/05/2015 - 5:44pm
Dunedin residents are gathering at pink parties to raise money for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. It's an effort to increase awareness about the disease, and show solidarity with those affected. And for the staff of one local agency, that means having cake for breakfast.
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16 year old male faces assault charges

Thu, 28/05/2015 - 7:08pm
A male youth is the first to be charged in relation to a vicious attack that left a fellow teenager with a fractured jaw. Police have arrested a 16 year old male in relation to the incident, which occurred at a Malvern Street party on Saturday night. The teenager faces a single charge of assault and is due to appear in the Youth Court tomorrow morning.
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Fewer people stopping in at pubs and bars after work

Thu, 28/05/2015 - 7:04pm
Business is down at many Dunedin pubs and bars, due to changes in drinking behaviour. That's the message from local representatives of the national hospitality association. They say the recent closure of several Dunedin bars is likely a result of cheap supermarket alcohol and the reduced drink-driving limit.
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School children meet international football players

Thu, 28/05/2015 - 7:00pm
Despite the unravelling corruption scandal at Fifa, football is growing in Dunedin. Local school children are getting the chance to meet international players, ahead of tournament matches. And it's hoped that will bolster the sport even further in the city.
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School leavers and tertiary students given industry insight

Thu, 28/05/2015 - 6:57pm
Dunedin's future job seekers are receiving career path clarity through a local workshop. Staff from various industries are giving school leavers and tertiary students insight into the realities of their jobs. And there's hope it will set the city's young people on the right path.
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Newspaper column elicits momentous response

Thu, 28/05/2015 - 6:54pm
In a world of viral internet clips, it's hard for a newspaper column to dominate public attention. But not so in Dunedin, where a modest call for reader feedback has elicited a momentous response. And it could see New Zealand claim a world record.
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Mystery artist evokes curiosity among residents

Thu, 28/05/2015 - 6:47pm
A mystery artist is evoking curiosity among residents. Her work's being displayed at the Dunedin School of Art, as a result of a local student's online auction. And even those involved in the public display are being kept in the dark.
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Accommodation complex to be developed in Princes Street

Wed, 27/05/2015 - 6:57pm
A multi-million dollar retail and accommodation complex is to be developed in Princes Street. These empty buildings are owned by a Christchurch developer, who plans to turn them into shops and apartments. The owner's been embroiled in a legal battle with Heritage New Zealand over his plans to knock the buildings down.
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Macandrew Bay hard-hit by gastroenteritis outbreak

Wed, 27/05/2015 - 5:53pm
An outbreak of gastroenteritis is affecting dozens of Dunedin residents. Macandrew Bay is particularly hard-hit, with almost 100 confirmed cases. And health professionals warn the illness can easily spread throughout the city.
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Local academic aims to maximise the use of wind power

Wed, 27/05/2015 - 5:49pm
Local research may have massive repercussions for the country's electricity sector. Work's being done by a Dunedin academic to maximise the use of wind power throughout New Zealand. And the results could place the government closer to its sustainability goals.
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Student apartments visited by a peeping Tom

Wed, 27/05/2015 - 5:47pm
A report of a peeping Tom around student apartments is being investigated by police. The tenants of an Anzac Avenue flat reported seeing a young man looking through their windows around 11pm last night. He's described as being of medium build and approximately 180cm in height.
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Parkour bringing more males into gymnastics

Wed, 27/05/2015 - 5:44pm
The sport of parkour is having a dramatic effect on the local gymnastics scene. It's bringing more males into a traditionally female-dominated environment. And now a local gymnastics club is facing its toughest obstacle.
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Otago Community Hospice receives extra funding

Wed, 27/05/2015 - 5:39pm
The Otago Community Hospice is set to receive almost $2m in extra funding from the government. The money's being allocated over the next four years. The government's promised $880,000 a year in extra funding. That amount has to be shared between the local hospice and the hospice in Southland. The funding takes effect from the 1st of July.
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New mural generates widespread community support

Wed, 27/05/2015 - 5:36pm
A mural to brighten the lives of South Dunedin residents is being painted on a wall at Bathgate Park. Dozens of local youth are involved in the art project, being supported by several social agencies. And it's all being made possible with widespread community support.
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