Thursday, February 11, 2016

Staff at one of the city's top tourist attractions are turning their attention towards educating local youth.

Interactive learning packages have been created for the Olveston Historic Home, and manager Jeremy Smith joins us to talk about it.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Otago's been under a blanket fire ban for most of summer, with El Nino conditions drying out the region.

The total ban has been lifted in coastal areas, but some restrictions remain.

Kerry O'Neill, of the Otago Rural Fire Authority, is here to tell us about the risk.


Tuesday, February 09, 2016

The city council's new policy for freedom camping is upsetting some seaside residents.

Campers are piling up at the Ocean View Reserve near Brighton, which is one of just two designated sites.

Saddle Hill Community Board chairman Scott Weatherall joins us to explain the situation.


Friday, February 05, 2016

A local church minister is preparing for the trip of a lifetime, after being chosen to attend a United Nations event in New York.

Reverend Alofa Lale is attending the 60th Commission on the Status of Women, and she's here to tell us about it.


Thursday, February 04, 2016

Today's signing of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement is dividing members of parliament.

The deal is being pushed through by the National government, but it's opposed by several other political parties and many kiwis.

Professor Robert Patman, of the University of Otago, joins us to explain how the deal might have an impact within the Beehive.


Wednesday, February 03, 2016

A range of technology-based initiatives are taking off, as a result of Dunedin winning the national gigatown competition.

It's all being run under the umbrella organisation GigCity, and project co-ordinator Lesley Marriott is here to tell us more.


Tuesday, February 02, 2016

A crowdfunding campaign is under way for a master Japanese shoemaker to visit the city next month.

Local shoemaker Louise Clifton is behind the campaign, and she joins us to talk about it.


Monday, February 01, 2016

More than 200 people gathered in the Octagon on Saturday to protest the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

It was one of several events nationwide, held in the lead-up to the document's signing in Auckland on Thursday.

Jen Olsen is leading the local anti-TPP movement, and she joins us to discuss the way forward.


Friday, January 29, 2016

A local woman is drastically changing her look to raise money for mental health initiatives.

Sarah Ryder is collecting donations in the lead-up to shaving her head, with all money raised going to charity.

And she's here to tell us more.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

A local university student has just returned to Dunedin from South Africa, where she was volunteering as a teacher.

Mel Warhurst spent time helping communities in Cape Town, and she's here to tell us all about it.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The government's latest figures show fewer people are collecting a main benefit in Dunedin than this time last year.

Cabinet minister Michael Woodhouse says that's a positive result of welfare reforms, and he joins us to talk about that as well as his year ahead in parliament.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

An essay about Alzheimer's disease has secured a science writing prize for a University of Otago student.

Nikita Potemkin was awarded the prize by the Otago Medical School Research Society, and he joins us to talk about his work.


Friday, January 22, 2016

For more than a decade, local volunteers have been helping residents with basic life skills through the Dunedin Supergrans.

Manager Marie Sutherland is gearing up for another busy year, and she joins us to talk about it.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Otago Polytechnic has again received the highest ratings from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

It's the second time the polytechnic has achieved the top endorsements, and communications director Mike Waddell joins us to explain what it means.


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A local scientist has completed a significant surveying project in earthquake-stricken Nepal.

Dr Chris Pearson, of the University of Otago, was invited by the Nepalese government to lead the six-week project, and he joins us to talk about it.