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Nightly interview: Fran Bolgar

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 6:52pm
An initiative has just begun in Dunedin which aims to increase the community's resilience and sustainability. It's called the Big Green Challenge, and it offers grants for projects that work towards an environmentally friendly future.
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Citifleet fraud scandal costs the DCC another manager

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 6:32pm
Another manager at the Dunedin City Council has resigned over the alleged Citifleet fraud. Kevin Thompson was the group manager of regulatory services, and had oversight of Citifleet. He's currently on leave, but has just tendered his resignation effective from October 3. It was announced in a statement released earlier this evening.
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Stolen firearm and ammunition concerns police

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 6:27pm
Dunedin police have concerns about the theft of a firearm and ammunition from a vehicle parked in the North-East Valley over the weekend. A hunting rifle and a box of bullets was stolen from the vehicle, which was parked in Arden Street on Saturday night. The vehicle owner discovered a passenger door was left ajar, when checking on the vehicle yesterday morning.
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Export volumes fall, import volumes rise

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 6:25pm
Export volumes have fallen 5.3% in the last quarter. But import volumes have risen, up 3.6%. Statistics New Zealand says export volumes recorded their largest fall since the March 2008 quarter. That was largely due to falls from high levels in key areas such as meat, forestry and dairy. Import volumes have been steadily rising - up 19% over the last seven consecutive quarters.
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Initiatives launched to register not enrolled Dunedin residents

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 6:23pm
More than 14,000 Dunedin voters are still not enrolled - with less than three weeks to go before the general election. Statistics from the Electoral Commission show the majority of those not enrolled are aged 18 to 24. And with time running out, a range of initiatives are being set up to register remaining Dunedin residents.
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Protesters oppose National-led government

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 5:51pm
Dozens of protesters took to central Dunedin streets on Saturday, to demonstrate their opposition to the National-led government.
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DCC committee discusses the physiotherapy pool's future

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 5:49pm
There may be light at the end of the tunnel for Dunedin's physiotherapy pool, earmarked for closure by the Southern District Health Board. The Dunedin City Council's community and environment committee discussed the pool's future at a meeting this afternoon. And members have made some recommendations for the council, which could come as good news to pool users.
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Special Rigs for Special Kids a trucking good time

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 5:47pm
A glimpse at the life of a trucker was on offer for the children taking part in the weekend's Special Rigs for Special Kids. The annual event gave about 300 children with disabilities the chance to ride around Dunedin's suburbs in trucks. And the man who's kept the event running for over two decades says new people are still jumping at the chance to participate.
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Scottish Festival attendees dance up a storm

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 5:44pm
A highland dancing workshop was held at the weekend, as part of the annual Dunedin Scottish Festival.
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Thousands turn out for a one of a kind football event

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 5:40pm
Almost 800 Dunedin children took to the pitch at Kettle Park on Saturday as part of the Mini World Cup football event. About 1,500 spectators turned up to watch the five-on-five tournament, which is the only one of its kind in the country. And with several national representatives on hand to help, organisers say it may have lead to the discovery of New Zealand's next sporting talent.
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Nightly interview: Greg Inch

Fri, 29/08/2014 - 6:51pm
The annual Special Rigs for Special Kids event is taking place in Dunedin on Sunday. It gives children with special needs the opportunity to travel around the neighbourhood in trucks brought to the city from throughout the country. Founder Greg Inch joins us to explain what makes the event unique.
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Otago Community Trust grants total close to $4.5m

Fri, 29/08/2014 - 6:23pm
Almost $4.5m has been granted to local groups in the last 12 months through the Otago Community Trust. It's continued to support the warm homes project in Dunedin - contributing $220,000 to the initiative in the last financial year. That was the trust's main recipient of funding, although several other Dunedin projects have also received a cash boost.
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Highest level of new dwellings since 2007

Fri, 29/08/2014 - 6:19pm
The number of new dwellings being consented continues to rise throughout the country, and is at its highest level since 2007. The trend has more than doubled in the last few years. Last month the seasonally adjusted number of consented new dwellings rose 0.1%. There were more than 2000 overall, including 373 apartments.
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Bright yellow daffodils line the streets for national fundraiser

Fri, 29/08/2014 - 5:58pm
Thousands of bright yellow daffodils have lined the streets of Dunedin, as part of a national fundraiser. Daffodil Day is the Cancer Society's annual street appeal for donations to help people affected by cancer. And one local organiser says Otago residents are quick to support the initiative - snapping up the spring blooms by the bunch.
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University of Otago researchers concerned about alcohol advertising

Fri, 29/08/2014 - 5:55pm
Concern about the government's stance on alcohol advertising has prompted the formation of a committee by several leading University of Otago researchers.
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Home brewer moves from the garage to the big leagues

Fri, 29/08/2014 - 5:53pm
A local brewery is helping a Southland accountant bring his home brew out of the garage. Dale Booth has spent the day brewing up a storm at Emerson's in Dunedin. And he says it's thrilling to do something so different from his day job.
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Public input key to shaping Dunedin's creative future

Fri, 29/08/2014 - 5:51pm
The Dunedin City Council has put its draft arts and culture strategy out for public consultation. The document is being launched at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery this evening. And those behind the strategy say public input is key to shaping the city's creative future.
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Nightly interview: Ciaran Campbell

Thu, 28/08/2014 - 6:54pm
The whitebaiting season has officially opened in Otago, sending hundreds of enthusiasts to the region's river banks. The Department of Conservation is responsible for administering the fishery and ensuring people observe the regulations. Here to tell us more about it is freshwater ranger Ciaran Campbell.
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DCC infrastructure and networks general manager resigns over fraud investigation

Thu, 28/08/2014 - 6:25pm
In breaking news, Tony Avery has resigned from his management role at the Dunedin City Council. Avery was the general manager of infrastructure and networks, and was responsible for overseeing Citifleet - currently the subject of a $1.5m fraud investigation. Avery says he wasn't involved in the alleged fraud, or aware of it at the time, but accepts the buck stops with him.
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Police following up on several burglaries

Thu, 28/08/2014 - 6:20pm
A commercial truck has been the target of an extensive burglary, with offenders stealing 400 litres of diesel and several other items from the vehicle. The truck was parked near the Berwick Forest, and also had two large aluminium ramps - each weighing three tonnes - stolen. About 20 litres of hydraulic oil and several towing strops were also taken.
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