PHOTO: ODT FILESDunedin police are appealing for information after a rubbish bin at a primary school was intentionally set alight this week. Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen, of Dunedin, said the bin at Bathgate Park School was set alight on Tuesday night. The bin was beside the school's dental clinic and that building had scorch marks. Dunedin police (03) 471-4800, Crimestoppers 0800 555-111.
Growth in consumer financing and mortgage lending led to SBS Bank's full-year operating surplus growing 15.5% to $40.8million for its full-year result. SBS Bank chairman John Ward said with SBS Bank marking its 150th anniversary, it was "incredibly pleasing" to see it performing so well and being in such good financial health. SBS Bank, which has total assets of $4.8billion, has 15 branches across the country, mobile mortgage managers and online banking services. The Invercargill-based SBS, which includes subsidiaries Finance Now, FANZ and Southsure, reported an increase in operating surplus from $35.3million a year ago to $40.8million, while members' equity rose by $29.4million, or 10% on last year, to $324million. Group chief executive Shaun Drylie said other key developments during the past year included SBS acquiring the remaining 15% of FANZ to take full ownership; then SBS, via FANZ, acquiring the remaining 50% of Staples Rodway Asset Management.
PHOTO: ODT FILESAfter repeatedly assaulting his partner over the course of a year, a Dunedin man has continued the abuse even after his sentencing. After only a couple of weeks of freedom he was back in the dock on Thursday when he pleaded guilty to breaching a protection order that had been imposed at the previous sentencing. "To make matters worse you then wrote some rather disparaging, unpleasant comments and added that to the post," Judge Bridget Mackintosh noted. Regardless of whether Harris knew what he was doing was a breach of the protection order, it was "a pretty mean, nasty thing to do", she added. If Harris contravened the order again, the judge said, he could expect increasingly long periods behind bars.
Dunedin woman Elizabeth Yarnall is encouraging people to donate blood and blood products that help save lives daily.PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSONYou would not expect a debt to be paid in blood, yet that is exactly what Dunedin student Elizabeth Yarnall plans to do. Miss Yarnall struck a deal with the Dunedin Blood Donation Centre, where she donated the blood, so her brother could receive the painting. Her brother has so far received 160 blood or plasma donations in his battle with cancer. And if he didn't have blood or plasma, they [the day] would just be worse and worse." World Blood Donor Day was about awareness and letting people know how easy donating blood could be, she said.
Dunedin tourism researcher Fathimath Shiraani. PHOTO: SUPPLIEDBetter meeting the holiday needs of families with disabled children will also bring wider benefits to Dunedin's tourist industry, PhD student Fathimath Shiraani says. The Dunedin City Council was aware of disability needs, but New Zealand and Dunedin tourism would benefit from further "aiming to design sustainable and accessible tourism experiences". In her PhD research, Ms Shiraani aimed to interact with 15 young people, aged 5 to 18, who had some form of disability and had taken a holiday. She had already spoken to some young Dunedin people, and other families wishing to participate could contact her via email at email@example.com.
She has been tossing, twirling, tossing, jumping and spinning with flaming poi, wands, and ropes since November last year. When she was introduced to the fire and circus club in November last year, she knew she would never be the same. She then co-founded the performance and event management company Flow State Productions, and recently became a trustee for the Community Arts and Circus Trust New Zealand. Flow arts could be meditative and allowed the mind to enter into a "flow state", a mental state in which a person performs an activity immersed in a feeling of energised focus. The Dunedin Fire and Circus Club had 80 members, making it the largest of the 11 groups around the country.
The Southern District Health Board's maternity services review angered some midwives and has left many rural women uncertain whether their babies will be delivered safely. When the southern health board began its maternity services review, Southland and Dunedin hospitals were supported by seven regional primary birthing units and two maternal and child hubs. Southern covers the greatest area of any health board - at more than 62,000sqkm it is the size of Scotland, and has many far-flung communities to provide health services for. The health board set up a primary maternity project in 2016, which took earlier discussions with clinicians and midwives and then held a series of consultation meetings. A review of Central Otago maternity services is ongoing, but in the meantime the health board this week announced the home of the new Wanaka hub.
PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSONThe Christchurch mosque shootings earlier this year do not appear to have had any effect on the number of international students choosing to come to Dunedin, Enterprise Dunedin says. That number included international fee-paying students, PhD students and students enrolled in exchange programmes. "Study Dunedin has a 'value over volume' focus, which seeks sustainable growth such as this in the sector." The university voted at a council meeting on Tuesday to increase its international student fees for 2020 by 5% for the majority of courses. New international postgraduate fee-paying student enrolments nearly doubled from 56 in 2012 to 106 last year, and undergraduate numbers rose from 296 to 333.
Joanna Neylon wears The Tooth Fairy created by Caitlin Whitaker, Neve Waddel, Kayla McQuoid and Jadine Janssen, from James Hargest College, last night at the Fibre Octave Wearable Art and Musical Extravaganza at Bill Richardson Transportworld in Invercargill. PHOTOS: ABBEY PALMERCreatives and models alike took to the runway last night at the Bill Richardson Transport World for the Fibre Octave World of Wearable Art and Music Extravaganza in Invercargill. After months of planning, Fibre Octave and its organisers succeeded in filling the room at Transport World with masterpieces created out of recyclable materials. Annalise McConachie in Strong In My Own Skin, by Pippa Jones, in the Open Section Wearable Art. Special performances from the Invercargill Rock 'N' Roll Club and a band made up of local high school students helped to showcase the talent the city had to offer.
Mr Baldwin started volunteering for meals on wheels in early 2017, but found the minimal contact time not enough. He came to Red Cross after reading an advertisement about the need for volunteers to support former refugees. But they are greeted by Red Cross when they arrive at Dunedin Airport and taken to their new homes. And then the Red Cross promptly gave me a family of 10, just to be interesting," he joked. It's more than Red Cross recommend, but I don't care.
However, change in television weather forecasts, which are based on the MetService forecast, may be longer coming. The issue was raised again recently by Tourism West Coast regional tourism manager Jim Little. MetService communications meteorologist Lisa Murray said yesterday the website, which until now has shown only Greymouth, would be refreshed to show two West Coast locations a "decent distance apart". Metservice had invited Tourism West Coast and some groups it suggested to preview the new site and provide feedback on it. Asked about television forecasts, Mr Little said he would approach the television channels about their reporting when he returned from China.
Demolition of the Otago Harbour Board building in Port Chalmers was well under way yesterday. Port Otago deemed the cost of refurbishing the building to be prohibitive, as the building was earthquake-prone and contractors recently had to remove asbestos from the roof. The building, known as "the Bureau", was built in 1946 and served as the Waterfront Industry Commission building. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSHIt is not a listed heritage building but has strong links to the town's maritime history, as the branch headquarters of the Maritime Union of New Zealand and as the Port Chalmers centre of the 1951 waterfront dispute. The site is expected to be cleared by the end of the month.
Gareth PhillipsClutha businesses can expect the introduction of charges for trade waste discharge next year, following a change to local bylaws. Clutha District Council adopted extensive changes to its renamed water services bylaw during a service delivery committee meeting in Balclutha this week. Although charges for trade waste discharge would not come into immediate effect, a "sensible and simple" charging policy would be consulted on this year, and be introduced from July 1, 2020, council operations manager Gareth Phillips said. Key amendments would affect commercial and industrial water users, and could entail changes to the ways businesses handled discharges to the wastewater network, he said. The year from July 1, 2019 would comprise a "transitional" period for users, during which council staff would work with stakeholders to improve compliance.
Photo ODT filesAn upgrade of the Dunedin City Council's Civic Centre reception area is set to begin. The new design would include a shorter customer service counter, lowered at one end, and new customer meeting booths and service desks, lighting, painting and signage. The upgrade would begin today and be carried out over two stages, at night to reduce disruption, meaning the reception area would remain open during the day, he said. The first stage - involving building work - would cost $85,000, while the cost of subsequent lighting, painting and signage was yet to be confirmed, he said. The reception area was used by 100,000 people each year, for everything from dog registrations to resource consent applications, and a simplified, accessible layout was important.