My Dunedin Itinerary

Three dunedin businesses receive $60,000 in the final GigStart funding

15 December 2016

Three Dunedin startup projects using UFB technology have been awarded $60,000 in the final GigStart Fund allocation, bringing the cash injection to the city from GigStart Funding to $207,000.


GigCity Living Hub to launch next month

29 November 2016

An interactive community hub showcasing gigabit technologies plans to launch in the Dunedin City Library on Tuesday 13 December.


Dunedin’s Timely top emerging business

28 November 2016

Dunedin appointment scheduling and business management software company Timely was named as the best emerging business at the 50th annual New Zealand Business Awards.


Southern lifestyle attracting people to it jobs

22 November 2016

Aucklanders and people from overseas are being lured south by IT jobs and a desire to enjoy the benefits of living in the lower South Island.


New Zealand’s First Electricity Auction

21 November 2016

Dunedin company Energy Link launched the Energy Exchange web site in July of this year, and last Thursday 17th November it ran New Zealand’s first live internet reverse auction for electricity supply . The auction has similarities to auctions held on popular web sites that most people will be familiar with, but the winning bid is the lowest rather than the highest.


Gregg's spends $20m on Dunedin plant

17 November 2016

Cerebos Gregg's yesterday celebrated the completion of a $20 million investment in its Dunedin plant in Forth St.

The investment over the past two and a-half years has paid for manufacturing upgrades including new production lines, a warehouse extension, improvements to environmental compliance, a new staff car park, staff facilities and an open plan main office.


Dunedin duo create mattress elevator providing a boost for the disabled

07 November 2016

Larry Burns and Grant Woolford made the device after hearing an arthritis sufferer describe the struggle of making a bed


Love letter to Dunedin: Mai Chen

26 October 2016

Mai Chen is a New Zealand constitutional and administrative law expert, managing partner of law firm Chen Palmer, professor at the University of Auckland School of Law, director of BNZ, chair of New Zealand Asian Leaders and the Superdiversity Centre for Law, Policy and Business, best-selling author, and lover of Dunedin.


Dunedin med tech company gains US market access

25 October 2016

A Dunedin-based medical technology company's cancer tests have been made available to nearly 20 million American military members and veterans.

Pacific Edge has had its CXbladder cancer tests accepted for use by major US health insurer, Tricare.


Mattress elevator has big potential

20 October 2016

A simple device designed by an inventive Dunedin mind has the medical fraternity buzzing.

The device, called a ''mattress elevator'', being sold by Dunedin company BFW Innovations has been hailed as a potential game changer for the treatment of patients with bed sores and arthritis sufferers.


Dunedin inventor makes international waves with surf machine

17 October 2016

AirWave, a wave machine is making ripples in New Zealand and overseas. It's the first wave machine able to mimic any wave in the world. It's suitable for use by pro surfers and for recreational use.


Dunedin satisfaction levels rise

13 October 2016

A survey showing Dunedin residents feel increasingly positive about their city shows the city is on the ''right track'', Mayor Dave Cull says.

A highlight of the council's 2016 residents' opinion survey was a significant boost in the number of people who perceive Dunedin as a thriving city (up 20 points from last year to 48%) and a fun city (up 17 points to 66%).


Dunedin’s building bonanza

19 September 2016

Dunedin is riding the wave of a $340 million commercial property boom.

All up, $340.9 million has been invested in commercial properties around the city during the past three years in 21 projects.

There are expectations a further $80 million-plus is in the pipeline from the health, education, local body and university sectors.


Naming student flats still reigns strong in Dunedin

15 September 2016

Otago students are known for getting more than just a good education.

The residential campus throws thousands of young people together, many living away from home for the first time. And they're keen to leave their mark.

Studentville is the suburb that's often the life of the party in Dunedin, and while many scarfie traditions and hangouts have fallen by the wayside, what has survived is the naming of flats.


Dunedin game developer expanding

15 September 2016

Dunedin-based games studio RocketWerkz says it is ramping up its staffing after an investment by a Chinese media and entertainment company.

The investment by Tencent, a listed company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, would allow the studio to increase its staffing for a "large scale project''.


Congress win for Dunedin worth millions to the city

31 August 2016

Dunedin and the University of Otago have won the rights to host the prestigious 9th World Congress of Herpetology (the study of reptiles and amphibians) to be held in 2020. The six day international conference will attract up to 1000 delegates to the city, translating to up to 6000 room nights and will bring in an estimated $2.1 million to the local economy.


All Blacks V Wales Test Brings $8.3m To City

30 August 2016

DVML is pleased to report the positive results of the Economic Impact Study for the All Blacks v Wales test match held in the city on 25 June 2016.  CEO Terry Davies acknowledged the fantastic result for Dunedin.  “Once again the importance of major events being held in Dunedin and the rewards they bring are evident here in this excellent result.  We know that the benefits are widespread during a major event weekend and Dunedin shines no matter what the weather.”


Fashion degree ranked among the world's best

23 August 2016

 Otago Polytechnic's Bachelor of Design (Fashion) has received major international recognition, being named as one of the world’s top 50 bachelor’s degrees in fashion.


Kiwi energy consultants launch a NZ first, an electricity auction site for businesses

16 August 2016

Any business that spends more than $100,000 a year on electricity will know the process of sourcing competitive offers from retailers is complicated and cumbersome, but a critical overhead that requires prudent cost control.


City’s $1 billion industry

10 August 2016

The University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic injected $1 billion into Dunedin's economy last year.

Economic impact reports released by both institutions yesterday showed the university contributed $881.1 million, while Otago Polytechnic added $135 million to the city's $5.8 billion GDP.


Otago Polytechnic worth $255 million to Otago in 2015

09 August 2016

Otago Polytechnic’s latest Economic Impact Report reveals a total expenditure of $255 million ($254,950,000) in the Otago region in 2015, with its global economic impact in the same year valued at $289.8 million.


Dunedin company changes lives Dunedin company changes lives

29 July 2016

A little-known Dunedin medical company celebrated the 50th anniversary of the invention of the Molteno glaucoma drainage implant this month, an implant which has changed thousands of lives worldwide since the mid-1960s. ODT former health reporter and now senior business reporter Simon Hartley profiles the family company Molteno Ophthalmic Ltd.


City’s brand powerful symbol, sums up values

25 July 2016

Why does a city need a brand and what does it do? Enterprise Dunedin manager John Christie explains why having a uniquely Dunedin brand is helping to attract visitors and businesses to the city.


'Cool' city push to attract business

20 July 2016

THE agency tasked with advancing Dunedin is hoping to build on the city's budding reputation as a "cool'' place to be with a fresh push to attract businesses to the city.


Dunedin’s growing contentment

19 July 2016

This Otago Daily Times editorial piece explores why Dunedin is in the throes of growth, spark, confidence and regeneration.


Youth unemployment Dunedin's answer to getting youths off the dole and into employment

12 July 2016

TVNZ reports on Dunedin’s Youth Employment Success campaign; this fantastic campaign aims to reduce youth unemployment in the city is focusing on youth-friendly employers.


Dunedin shoe school kicks off Dunedin shoe school kicks off

04 July 2016

The first pair of shoes that Dunedin shoemaker Louise Clifton crafted had felt uppers and car-mat soles. Not the loftiest mix of footwear ingredients but one that delivered a shoe epiphany nonetheless.


The Godfather of New Zealand beer The Godfather of New Zealand beer

04 July 2016

The new Emerson's brewery opens to the public tomorrow. Michael Donaldson talks to Richard Emerson about overcoming disability on his journey to the top of the craft beer world.
When Richard Emerson sold his small Dunedin brewery to national giant Lion four years ago it took him well out of his comfort zone.

He went from a humble brewer turning out some of New Zealand's loved beers to a corporatestyle ambassador for his brand, meeting and greeting a constant stream of new faces ‹ not easy at the best of times but doubly difficult when you can't hear what people are saying and struggle to make yourself understood.


Convention Tourism is taking off Convention Tourism is taking off

16 June 2016

Otago is experiencing a boom in conference and event tourism.

A positive outlook for the industry, worth $55 million to Dunedin alone last year, has also been reported in Oamaru and Queenstown, despite some issues with venues and accommodation.

That issue, in Queenstown and Christchurch in particular, has been Dunedin's gain


Newshub logo Investors look to Dunedin as housing market booms

31 March 2016

The Dunedin market is the busiest it's been in almost a decade. A property boom is injecting life back into the Edinburgh of the South. Prices are rising, houses are being snapped up within weeks -- some are selling as soon as they're listed online, sight unseen.


Dunedin’s FE29 Gallery Dunedin’s FE29 Gallery

27 March 2016

Dunedin couple Meg and Cecilia Mickelsen have turned their love of art into a cottage industry. Their St Clair home is also a gallery called Fe29, selling works by local and overseas artists - and a few by Cecilia, too. But we’re not talking about just one or two rooms here. The entire house is given over to art and the pair live happily amongst it all.


Affording more time to create

22 March 2016

Dunedin is a haven for a group of artists drawn to the city by cheap space that affords them more time to create.


Is Dunedin out of the doldrums? Yes, reports Radio New Zealand

18 March 2016

Dunedin has been economically stagnant so long that no-one is brave enough to declare the gloomy times over.

But all the signs say it is out of the economic doldrums it has been in for 10 years.

The city is enjoying booms in real estate, tourism and niche technology industries such as video gaming.

A report from economic monitoring company BERL shows 1770 new jobs have been created in the city in the past two years and Dunedin's economy is now growing at 1.3 percent a year per capita.The average for the preceding eight years was just 0.2 percent. (Cont’d)

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Dunedin housing subdivision racing ahead

18 March 2016

The first major housing subdivision in Dunedin for years is filling up unexpectedly fast.


Starting over and over

02 February 2016 (1.1 MB in PDF format)

Many entrepreneurs call it a day after one start-up; Alex Dong is currently on his third – and having more fun than ever. Read the NZ Business feature article on Dunedin business Happy Moose here.

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AD Instruments Down Under - and on top of the world

21 January 2016

ADInstruments is a global company started in Dunedin nearly 30 years ago by Michael Macknight. It's a world leader in data acquisition systems for the life sciences in research and tertiary education. Today, ADInstruments employs more than 200 people globally and its hardware and software is used in all of the world's top 100 universities as well as hundreds of research organizations. Head office is in Dunedin - the largest of the offices - and employs approximately 75 people. Two of their Dunedin-based team share their perspectives of living in the city and working at ADInstruments.


ticketdirect.jpg Just the tickets

21 January 2016

Thousands of Kiwis flew 20,000km to see Richie McCaw lift the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham in October. Their tickets, from Dunedin.


vault21.jpg Centre of attention

21 January 2016

For anyone who wants proof that Dunedin's not like other New Zealand cities, go no further than the main street. Few of our towns boast European-style main squares: this is certainly the only one that doubles down on the idea and has an Octagon at its heart. Read the full NZ Herald article on Vault 21 here.


pacificedge.jpg Leading edge

21 January 2016

When a top job called, Brent Pownall moved his family from Auckland to Dunedin in 2013. He often returns north on business - and every trip reminds him why he now prefers living in the south.


mcgrath-benchtop-solutions.jpg It’s working for families

21 January 2016

Word-of-mouth is crucial to growing a business in a community like Dunedin, says benchtop manufacturer Paul McGrath. Hamish McGrath was introduced to the family business at a fairly young age: he was just two days old when mum Eloise took him into see dad Paul at their Mosgiel office. It's a pretty good example of why the couple - and many young entrepreneurs like them - choose Dunedin to set up their home and working life. Read more about Paul and McGrath Benchtop Solutions here in NZ Herald’s feature article.


timelyteam.jpg Flexible working - Ryan Baker, Timely

20 January 2016

Ryan Baker is CEO of appointment booking software firm Timely, which has 27 staff who all work remotely. Read the full NZ Herald article here.