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Dunedin family shares its terrifying experience with chickenpox

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 7:22pm
A Dunedin family is sharing its terrifying experience with chickenpox, to raise awareness of what the disease can do. Most people catch the highly-contagious skin condition virus when they're children, then forget about it in adulthood. But as this family's story proves, it's not always something that can be treated so lightly. Warning: story contains images that may disturb some viewers.
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National golf tournament tees off in Dunedin

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 7:19pm
Amputee Golf New Zealand's national tournament has teed off in Dunedin. The competition has drawn golfers from across the country to the city. And competitors aren't letting physical disabilities keep them off the green.
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Dunedin a great place to live

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 7:13pm
The latest national quality of life survey shows Dunedin's considered to be a great place to live by the vast majority of residents.
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Nightly interview: Richard Dawson

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 7:11pm
A Dunedin minister has been chosen to lead the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand from late 2016. Reverend Richard Dawson is currently the minister at St Stephens Leith Valley Presbyterian Church. And he's here to tell us about his upcoming national role.
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Columba College takes home the Young Enterprise Scheme Otago award

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 7:09pm
Columba College pupils have taken the top prize at this year's Young Enterprise Scheme Otago awards. The pupils formed a company called Reine and produced a promotional booklet about Dunedin. It won the overall prize, as well as the award for best annual review. The Otago Chamber of Commerce announced the awards, supported by the Lion Foundation.
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Presbyterian Support Otago calls on the government to combat rising poverty

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 7:06pm
Presbyterian Support Otago is calling for an increase in government welfare and wages to combat rising poverty. The call comes after the organisation's annual general meeting, where skyrocketing demand for services was noted. And now staff are looking at how they can deal with the increasing demand.
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Small increase in visitor numbers

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 7:03pm
There's been a small increase in visitor arrivals, up 1% in September compared to the same month last year. There were 193,000 visitor arrivals, the second-highest September total. That's after September 2011, when the Rugby World Cup brought more than 200,000 people to New Zealand.
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ODT Features interview: Phil Somerville

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 6:55pm
The Oscar Pistorius trial is over, with the sporting star sentenced to five years' jail for killing his girlfriend. The trial captured the attention of the world, and Otago Daily Times editorial manager Phil Somerville is here to explain how we could learn from it.
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Ten-year-old busker lays down a track for gigatown

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 5:44pm
The race is on to see which town will become the country's first gigatown and one local entertainer is getting right behind the cause. The ten-year-old busker was in the recording studio this afternoon laying down a catchy track. And it's all in the hope of creating more support in the race for high speed internet.
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Nightly interview: Lynda Davidson

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 7:34pm
The Greater Green Island Community Network is being given quarter of a million dollars over the next three years, to transform the suburb. Part of the grant is being used to employ a community worker. Lynda Davidson has taken up the role, and she's here to talk about the group's work.
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Otago Girls' High School wins national award

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 6:24pm
Otago Girls' High School has made a national first. It's become the first all-girls state secondary school to win the New Zealand National School of Character Award. The accolade is presented to schools and colleges that demonstrate outstanding character education initiatives. Otago Girls' staff and pupils were presented with the award during a special assembly yesterday.
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Employment costs increasing

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 6:01pm
Employment costs are increasing, up 1.8% in the year to June. The non-wage component has risen 2%. That reflects higher costs for annual leave, statutory holidays, superannuation and workplace accident insurance. Costs associated with medical insurance and low-interest loans are also up. There has been a 1.7% increase in salary and wage rates, including overtime.
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Household goods stolen from Fairfield property

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 6:00pm
A range of household goods have been stolen from a Fairfield property. The Sunninghurst Drive house was reportedly broken into between 9am and 3pm yesterday. A 22 inch flat screen TV was taken, along with sleeping bags, bedding, pots, an electric frying pan and a microwave. Police are also investigating the burglary of two other Fairfield properties during the past week.
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President of the Dunedin RSA makes history.

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 5:56pm
The president of the Dunedin Returned and Services' Association has made history. Jenepher Glover has been appointed to the National Executive Council of the RSA, along with one other woman. They're the first female members elected to the national executive, and Glover is diving into the role.
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Korean vessel found guilty of illegal fish dumping

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 5:54pm
A court ruling has been made in relation to a deep-sea fishing trawler left to rust in Otago Harbour.
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First cruise ship of the season docks at Port Chalmers

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 5:51pm
The first cruise ship of the season has docked at Port Chalmers, bringing hundreds of passengers and crew to the city. The Sea Princess' visit is the first of an expected 79, over the next six months. And Dunedin's visitor industry professionals are feeling positive about what the city offers for the lucrative market.
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Gift-filled shoeboxes set sail for Samoa

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 5:47pm
Needy children in Samoa are set to have a merry Christmas thanks to the efforts of generous locals. Hundreds of gift-filled shoeboxes are being sent to the island nation in coming days. And while a shoebox may be small, those behind the initiative say one is enough to change a life.
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Fully restored steam locomotive to hit the tracks

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 5:45pm
Train spotters around the city will be scouting the perfect location on the tracks between Dunedin and Sawyers Bay this weekend. They'll be wanting to catch a glimpse of a fully restored steam locomotive that began its life here nearly 60 years ago. But it'll be a few days before any steam or smoke is seen billowing from her stack.
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Your word on the Arts Festival

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 5:42pm
The biennial Arts Festival Dunedin has just wrapped up. A variety of performers were in the city for ten days, showcasing music, theatre and comedy. With festivities fresh in the public eye, the 39 Dunedin News Word on the Street team asked members of the public if they attended any events on offer.
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Nightly interview: Robert Patman

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 7:15pm
New Zealand has won its bid to have a seat on the United Nations Security Council. International relations professor Robert Patman joins us to explain what that means for the country.
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