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Chefs get ready for Farm to Fork cook-off in November

2 hours 45 min ago
September 19, 2018

Temperatures will be rising in some Dunedin restaurant kitchens as their chefs prepare to go head to head in a competition first for Dunedin city.

The Farm to Fork competition is part of the Great Kiwi Home and Living Show at Forsyth Barr Stadium in November.

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Cook's Swedish botanist recognised with Botanic Garden trail

2 hours 48 min ago
September 19, 2018

Next year sees the celebration of 250 years since Captain Cook first visited New Zealand in 1769.

One of the scientists on board was Swedish botanist Daniel Solander, who now has a trail in Dunedin Botanic Garden named after him.

Today the Swedish ambassador visited the walk and spoke of upcoming plans for next year's anniversary celebrations.

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Handful of workers protest at Dunedin court

2 hours 51 min ago
September 19, 2018

A small but enthusiastic group have protested for better pay and conditions at Dunedin's courthouse.

Ministry of Justice staff were joined by affiliated unions.

Around ten workers left their posts at the Dunedin courthouse and joined supporters on Stuart street before walking to Castle street.

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125 years of Suffrage movement celebrated in the south

2 hours 55 min ago
September 19, 2018

Today marks one hundred and twenty five years since women successfully fought for the right to vote, making New Zealand the first country to allow women to do so.

Southern region police have taken part in events to mark the milestone, including at Dunedin's Octagon.

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Crane does nightshift on new Dunedin hotel

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 18:55
September 18, 2018

Under cover of darkness, a huge crane worked away at the former Conservation House, on the corner of Cumberland and Lower Stuart Streets, in central Dunedin last night.

The top three floors of the four-storey building are being developed into a nineteen unit boutique hotel.

The building, built in nineteen ten, is category two listed and is on the council's heritage schedule.

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School principals learn about Parihaka

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 18:53
September 18, 2018

School principals from across the country are visiting Dunedin this week to learn about Ngai Tahu history.

The ninety five primary and secondary principals are part of a national collaboration called Te Ara Hou, designed to support Maori achievement and cultural responsiveness in schools.

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Kaikorai Brass in polished tune at Dunedin event

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 18:51
September 18, 2018

Dunedin's Kaikorai Brass band gave its debut performance in Hanover Hall recently.

The conductor is among the people singing the venue's praises after their two-hour concert.

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Students treated to drumming exhibition

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 18:48
September 18, 2018

Music students at Balmacewan Intermediate were treated to a drumming exhibition in a Dunedin exclusive today.

Kaboom Percussion, made up of Western Australian duo Catherine Betts and Joshua Webster, gave a workshop to fifty students this afternoon.

The freelance percussionists play on various objects such as buckets, pots and cups.

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Medical expert looks at influenza epidemic of 100 years ago

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 18:46
September 18, 2018

This year marks a century since the flu pandemic killed an estimated fifty to a hundred million people globally.

It was a disaster far worse than the preceding world war.

So how did Otago and Southland cope with a disease which killed around a thousand people in just a few weeks?

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Car collision with pole results in injury

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 18:40
September 18, 2018

A woman has been taken to Dunedin Hospital by ambulance with moderate injuries after a car struck a power pole last night.

Police, Saint John and fire crews were called to attend the accident in Concord around five thirty PM.

Police say the accident took place at a blind corner on Blackhead Road, near the intersection with Emerson Street.

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Bell ringers welcome albatross back to Otago

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 18:37
September 18, 2018

Bells rang out across Dunedin today in celebration of the return of the first albatross to Otago Penninsula.

After months away at sea, dozens of Royal Albatrosses will eventually arrive at Tairoa Head colony to breed and raise chicks over the summer.

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New cycle lanes frustrate cyclists

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 19:14
September 17, 2018

Break the law or wait while traffic flows right past you — that's the choice many cyclists feel they're facing when using the new one-way cycle lanes.

Cyclists have to wait through two phases of traffic lights at various intersections on the state highways if they miss a small window of opportunity.

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Dunedin sculptor happy to receive new bionic hand

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 18:17
September 17, 2018

The Kiwi designers behind a world-leading bionic hand have set their next challenge - to create a much smaller version for children.

David Lovegrove and the design team at Form-function in Christchurch are finalists at the upcoming Best Design Awards for their innovative Taska bionic hand.

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Percy the monkey invited schools to his Fundamental Fun Day

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 18:12
September 14, 2018

The concrete slab at Dunedin's Forysth Barr Stadium was the location for today's Fundamental Fun Day.

The event saw eight primary schools participate in a variety of fun games and activities.

Organiser Kerri Maclennan explained that the day had actually been helmed by their mascot - a monkey by the name of Percy.

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Over 700 compete in primary schools cross country

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 18:09
September 14, 2018

One of Otago’s next great athletes may well have been at Kaikorai Valley College today.

The school played host to the annual Otago primary schools cross-country championships, which saw more than seven hundred pupils from around the region competing.

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Polyfest high schools rock the crowd with choreography

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 18:08
September 14, 2018

High School performances at Otago Polyfest always bring in huge crowds and last night's show was no exception.

The crowd cheered on the choreographed acts from thirteen different schools and Polyfest co-chair Pip Laufiso says this year has once again broken records for numbers of schools participating.

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Sara Cohen School to receive $4 million upgrade

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 19:09
September 13, 2018

The Government has announced a Dunedin school for special needs children is set to receive a four million dollar upgrade.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins says Sara Cohen School's buildings in Caversham are in a poor state, and badly in need of a major revamp.

The school will have a better layout and improved access for students.

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University and Polytech cafes move to bilingual menus

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 18:59
September 13, 2018

University of Otago cafes are teaching people to order their favourite snacks and caffeinated beverages in te reo.

University Union operations manager Martin Jones has been presented with a special He Toki award for work introducing bilingual signage in seven of the nine cafes he oversees for the university.

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Physics researchers to investigate creating hydrogen from water

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 18:56
September 13, 2018

A research team at the University of Otago has received a million dollars towards splitting the water molecule into a potential source of energy.

The Government's Endeavour Fund will pay for a three-year research project into a cost-effective solution for using sunlight to produce hydrogen gas from water.

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