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Dunedin furniture store keeping tabs on Covid-19 situation

3 hours 10 min ago
February 21, 2020

One of Dunedin's major furniture stores says the Covid-19 virus is delaying its orders from China.

My Mate John’s Furniture Warehouse imports most of its stock from China, and the company's director says they're already experiencing delays.

News: Dunedin
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Overseas traveller helps flood-ravaged community

3 hours 22 min ago
February 21, 2020

A Italian tourist whose van broke down near Tapanui has now got a farming job and become part of the local community.

Alberto Candido found himself on an unexpected adventure, helping out with the community’s response when flood hit two weeks ago.

News: Dunedin
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Clubs day attracts student voters

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:36
February 20, 2020

The University of Otago was a-wash with people encouraging others to join their club or society today.

Politicians were well represented amongst a plethora of activities available, at today's clubs day.

News: Dunedin
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Harington Point paradise created almost from scratch

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 16:28
February 20, 2020

Beautiful landscapes feature in several of Elizabeth Jenkins' paintings, and now she has created her own on Otago peninsula.

The painter moved from Christchurch after the earthquakes, and she's spent the last five years creating a piece of paradise at Dunedin's Harington Point.

News: Dunedin
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O-Week in full swing with annual toga party

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 16:20
February 20, 2020

Last night’s Orientation Week Toga Party was bedlam at its finest.

The annual tradition had thousands of University of Otago first-year students raiding the city’s op-shops for white bed linen to turn into their outfits for the evening.

News: Dunedin
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Public invited to learn about geology of South Dunedin

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 16:15
February 20, 2020

The Dunedin public are invited to pop-in on the monthly information sessions at South Dunedin's library to learn more about the geology of the area.

At the sessions will be scientists and experts keen to explain the results of a recent drilling programme carried out by the Otago Regional Council.

News: Dunedin
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Hundreds flock to Railway Station for breakfast

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 19:22
February 19, 2020

Coffee and croissants aren't part of the usual morning commute for Dunedin's cyclists.

But hundreds took advantage of Spokes Dunedin's annual Big Bike breakfast this morning, outside the Dunedin Railway Station.

News: Dunedin
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Pupils swap classroom for ocean surf

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 19:03
February 19, 2020

Pupils of Big Rock School are taking their classroom out among the ocean waves of Brighton Beach.

The water safety skills course teaches pupils about rips, tides, water survival and the ocean environment, as well as how to surf.

News: Dunedin
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Lucky student bags banging boots at OUSA rummage sale

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 18:57
February 19, 2020

The Otago University Students Association's annual rummage was the place to be on Wednesday morning, with scores of students bagging bargains.

Some queued from 8am hoping to be the first through the door, which paid off for one lucky student.

News: Dunedin
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i-SITE bookings down during Octagon closure

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 18:45
February 19, 2020

Dunedin's Royal Albatross Centre at Tairoa Head has seen a dramatic drop in bookings through Dunedin's i-SITE over the last few weeks.

Otago Peninsula Trust marketing manager and Dunedin City councillor Sophie Barker says the drop in bookings could be due to the trial banning of cars from the city's Octagon.

News: Dunedin
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Missing turtle returns home are big adventure

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 17:37
February 18, 2020

After a daring escape, and a quick swim in the Otago Harbour, one adventurous pet turtle has finally made it home.

The aquatic reptile was identified by its owner from a photo in Otago Daily Times, after it was found in the steamer basin two weeks ago.

News: Dunedin
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First ''climate-safe'' house almost complete in Waitati

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 17:14
February 18, 2020

Dunedin's Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust has almost completed building a "climate-safe" house as an example of how to face the future.

Located on land in Waitati, which is already being flooded at times by sea water, the house was created to show how climate change challenges can be met.

News: Dunedin
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Bell ringers peal bells at Dunedin's First Church

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 16:42
February 18, 2020

If you were in the vicinity of Dunedin's First Church on Saturday you may have been treated to a rare sound.

A group of campanologists from around New Zealand and overseas, took part in a complex bell ringing performance known as a peal, made up of nearly 40,000 chimes.

News: Dunedin
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Smoke cannon proves more than a challenge for armed dairy robber

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 16:34
February 18, 2020

A knife-wielding man got the fright of his life when he entered the St Kilda dairy on Monday afternoon.

Demanding cigarettes, the would-be robber discovered the shop had been fitted with a new fog cannon.

News: Dunedin
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Thieves Alley draws thousands to lower Octagon

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 18:35
February 17, 2020

Saturday saw Dunedin's lower Octagon packed with about 30,000 people, sampling foods and crafts at the annual Thieves Alley market.

Now in its 35th year, the event drew stall holders from further afield than ever.

News: Dunedin
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Numbers of competing pipe bands up for this year's Octagon event

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 18:30
February 17, 2020

Hundreds of pipers and drummers, as well as lovers of all things Scottish, converged on Dunedin at the weekend.

They were in the city for the Royal New Zealand Pipe Band association's annual Octagonal Day on Saturday, and the Otago and Southland competitions on Sunday.

News: Dunedin
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Tent city open for business as Orientation begins

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 18:23
February 17, 2020

Thousands of university and polytechnic students have made their annual pilgrimage back to Dunedin for the start of the tertiary year.

And making life easier for them, the Otago University Students Association has built a temporary hub right in the heart of North Dunedin.

News: Dunedin
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New Railway station bollards a hit with tourism operators

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 16:42
February 14, 2020

The pedestrian mall concept was trialled twice with feedback and formal consultation indicating strong support for the change.

..And now the changes have been made, with shiny new bollards blocking vehicles from both ends.

News: Dunedin
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Retro-kitsch used as back drop for exhibit of new items at DPAG

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 16:34
February 14, 2020

A fascination with retro fixtures has been the starting point for a new art exhibition by a visiting Wellington artist.

Emily Hartley-Skudder has used 70's kitsch to create backdrops to display eight art works recently acquired by the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

News: Dunedin
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PM hits out at Rio Tinto's veto to move waste from Mataura

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 16:18
February 14, 2020

Prime Minister Jacinda Arden has hit out at the company responsible for storing potentially toxic waste in Mataura.

The township could be stuck with the aluminium smelter dross for at least two years after Rio Tinto vetoed a deal to move about 10,000 tonnes back to the smelter.

News: Dunedin
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