Monday 29th February, 2016
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A Palmerston motocross rider has claimed victory in the opening round of the world championships in Qatar.

20 year old Courtney Duncan made a memorable debut at the women's championship, claiming the round with a rare double race victory.

She won the opening event by a convincing 27 seconds, and cruised her way to a second win shortly after.

The Qatar event was the only round of six that Duncan entered into, as a way to test the waters.

She beat the current world champion as well as previous title-holders.

Tuesday 02nd February, 2016
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An international authority on political violence and its alternatives is in the city speaking on the topic.

The National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies invited the American academic to discuss her work with students at the University of Otago.

And the change of scenery is helping to inspire her latest work.

Wednesday 16th December, 2015

A local academic is back from international climate change talks in Paris, where an historic agreement to tackle the issue was reached.

Almost 200 nations pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions to a level that will limit temperature rise.

It's a global decision that's set to have a local impact.

Wednesday 16th December, 2015

Dairy giant Fonterra is selling its Australian yoghurt and dessert business.

Another Australian company is buying the operation and taking on existing staff.

Fonterra is still heavily invested across the Tasman, recently committing more than $120m to a factory rebuild in Victoria.

It's also commissioning a new beverage plant and expanding its popular brands throughout the country.

Australia is Fonterra's largest milk pool outside New Zealand.

The changes are aimed at delivering stronger returns to farmer shareholders.

Friday 04th December, 2015
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A Dunedin man has won a national attitude award, in recognition of his exceptional contribution while living with a disability.

Nick Chisholm has locked-in syndrome, making it extremely difficult for him to move and speak.

The 42 year old won the Spirit of Attitude award at a ceremony in Auckland last night.

He's well known in Dunedin for his positive can-do approach to life.

Chisholm's been training as a body builder for years, winning several titles.

He's started up a gym programme, helping other people with disabilities through the recovery process.

Wednesday 02nd December, 2015
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An international youth expert is in Dunedin giving local researchers an insight into the media's influence on children.

The American paediatrician has been taking part in a symposium at the University of Otago.

And his knowledge is helping to shape some local study.

Thursday 26th November, 2015
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A quilt made in Dunedin almost a hundred years ago has been returned to the city after a lifetime in Britain.

The signature quilt was sent to the United Kingdom during World War One as a token of support for injured New Zealand troops.

Now it's set to feature in war centenary commemorations.

Thursday 26th November, 2015
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An international animal rights activist has been sharing her experience and expertise with locals.

The American academic has taken part in this year's New Zealand Skeptics Conference.

And she's been using one case in particular to attract attention.

Thursday 26th November, 2015

The country's trade deficit has widened to $963m.

That's almost $100m more than at this time last year.

Exports have been falling more than imports, but both are lower overall.

The dairy downturn is largely responsible for the drop, with milk powder, butter and cheese exports falling by just over $200m.

China has become the top annual export destination for New Zealand, nudging out Australia.

China's also New Zealand's number one source of imports.

Tuesday 24th November, 2015

A Chinese delegation is spending two days in and around the city, learning about local food safety practices.

Members of the Shanghai People's Congress have toured Southern Clams in Dunedin, before visiting Silver Fern Farms in Balclutha.

They're being hosted by the Dunedin City Council, which facilitated the visit.

Dunedin and Shanghai have a strong sister-city relationship.

The Chinese delegates have been learning about how the origin of food can be verified.

They've also paid a visit to AgResearch's Invermay campus near Mosgiel.