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Nightly interview: Hamish Walker

Thu, 18/09/2014 - 6:40pm
In the lead-up to the election, 39 Dunedin News has invited all local candidates to come into the studio for an interview. Tonight Hamish Walker, of the National Party, joins us to talk about why he's running for the Dunedin South electorate.
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New Zealand financial position improving despite current deficit

Thu, 18/09/2014 - 6:00pm
New Zealand's current account balance shows a deficit of $2b. That's $1.4b larger than in the previous quarter. Statistics New Zealand says it's partly because the value of exports has fallen. Dairy was the commodity with the most severe change in value during the last quarter. Despite the current deficit, New Zealand's financial position is improving.
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Pipeline renewal project in Andersons Bay and Musselburgh gets the go-ahead

Thu, 18/09/2014 - 5:57pm
The Dunedin City Council is spending more than $2m on a pipeline renewal project in Andersons Bay and Musselburgh. The council has just awarded two tenders for the work to a local company. And it's work that staff say is seriously needed.
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Traffic delays expected between Dunedin and Port Chalmers

Thu, 18/09/2014 - 5:46pm
Traffic delays are likely to effect residents living between Dunedin and Port Chalmers over the next week.
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Dunedin enters next round of Gigatown competition

Thu, 18/09/2014 - 5:44pm
The race is on to find out which town will become a leading digital innovation hub and the country's first Gigatown. Dunedin has an opportunity to become more connected than ever before, as the competition reaches the final stage. And if one giga-bit internet speed is to be a reality then we all need to log on and get hash-tagging.
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High Street communal housing development to be considered next week

Thu, 18/09/2014 - 5:42pm
The proposal to establish a communal housing development at the former High Street School will be considered next week.
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University staff and students square off

Thu, 18/09/2014 - 5:41pm
Students and staff from the University of Otago have squared off on campus. The rival groups took part in a canned food drive, competing to see which could gather the most food for charity. And with scarfies and staff each having a win under their belt from previous campus food drives, they had a score to settle.
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Medical students use needles for a good cause

Thu, 18/09/2014 - 5:39pm
For the past few months a group of third-year medical students have been using needles for a good cause. But it's not the type of needles you would associate with doctors and nurses. A presentation to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit revealed just what they've been up to in their spare time.
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Dunedin libraries celebrate International Read an E-Book Day

Thu, 18/09/2014 - 5:37pm
A world first recognition of e-books involved Dunedin residents today, taking part in demonstrations at libraries throughout the city. It's the inaugural International Read an E-Book Day. And while some might see irony in the event being played out in libraries, there's evidence to support the contrary.
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Nightly interview: Michael Woodhouse

Wed, 17/09/2014 - 6:55pm
In the lead-up to the election, 39 Dunedin News has invited all local candidates to come into the studio for an interview. Tonight Michael Woodhouse, of the National Party, joins us to talk about why he's running for the Dunedin North electorate.
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Jimmy Barnes coming to Dunedin

Wed, 17/09/2014 - 6:39pm
Another prominent musician has announced a gig in Dunedin. Jimmy Barnes will play at the Dunedin Town Hall on Saturday the 29th of November. It will be his last of four concerts in New Zealand, following gigs in Hamilton, Auckland and Christchurch. Barnes has had seven top ten albums in New Zealand, and his tour is a celebration of his 30 years as a solo artist.
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Collective operating deficit for local authorities

Wed, 17/09/2014 - 6:16pm
Local authorities around the country had a collective operating deficit in the last quarter. But Statistics New Zealand says things have improved since the start of the year. Total expenditure exceeded income by $50.6m, despite the fact income was up. Operating income from core services was just under $2.1b - up 6.1% from the March quarter.
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Local charities running at a loss

Wed, 17/09/2014 - 5:51pm
There's a storm brewing in Dunedin, but it's got nothing to do with the weather. Residents involved in non-government organisations say about half of the local charities are running at a loss. And the financial suffering isn't likely to ease any time soon.
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Logan Park poplars get the axe

Wed, 17/09/2014 - 5:47pm
The removal of trees along Logan Park Drive is in full swing, with several already felled.
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Determination and discipline key

Wed, 17/09/2014 - 5:46pm
Determination and discipline is the key for athletes taking part in this weekend's South Island amateur bodybuilding championships. It's the fourth time the annual event has been held in Dunedin. And for local competitors it's their last chance to qualify for a spot in the nationals next month.
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Record turnout expected for annual Otago Polyfest

Wed, 17/09/2014 - 5:43pm
Thousands of school pupils are taking to the stage in Dunedin for song and dance with a cultural twist. It's the annual Otago Polyfest this week. And with a record turnout expected throughout the three day event, conveners say it will be a sight to behold.
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Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week in full swing

Wed, 17/09/2014 - 5:41pm
Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week is in full swing, and Dunedin residents are getting on board. More than 1,700 locals have registered for the clean-up, which Keep Dunedin Beautiful says reflects changing attitudes about litter.
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Your word on friends marrying to win rugby tickets

Wed, 17/09/2014 - 5:40pm
Two Dunedin men have married as part of a radio competition. The friends tied the knot to win tickets to next year's Rugby World Cup in England. But that's outraged some gay rights activists, who say the competition is offensive. So our Word on the Street team went to find out if locals are similarly offended.
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Contractors ramp-up work on overbridge destined for Lookout Point.

Tue, 16/09/2014 - 6:59pm
The next phase of development has been announced for the Caversham Highway project.
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Waitati community solar project switched on

Tue, 16/09/2014 - 6:51pm
The switch has finally been turned on for a Waitati community solar project. With the sun peeking out from behind the clouds, the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust can now start powering its own office, as well as that of its landlord.
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