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Film icon. Gift-filled shoeboxes set sail for Samoa

Needy children in Samoa are set to have a merry Christmas thanks to the efforts of generous locals. Hundreds of gift-filled shoeboxes are being sent to the island nation in coming days. And while a shoebox may be small, those behind the initiative say one is enough to change a life. ›see story

Film icon. Nightly interview: Robert Patman

New Zealand has won its bid to have a seat on the United Nations Security Council. International relations professor Robert Patman joins us to explain what that means for the country. ›see story

Page icon Mayoral delegation in China, strengthening ties with Qingdao

A mayoral delegation from Dunedin is in China, strengthening ties with the city of Qingdao. Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull and a dozen education and business representatives are signing memorandums of understanding with their Chinese counterparts. They're developing an official Friendship City relationship between Dunedin and Qingdao, which is a major seaport on China's east coast. ›read more

Film icon. Rhododendron enthusiasts gather for international conference

Hundreds of rhododendron enthusiasts are visiting the city for an international conference. The event is part of celebrations for the New Zealand Rhododendron Association's 70th jubilee. And delegatess agree - Dunedin is a dream come true for Kiwis with green thumbs. ›see story

Film icon. Dramatic and exhilarating hits the Regent

An Australian circus troupe is about to take to the Regent Theatre stage with a dramatic and exhilarating display of strength and flexibility. The contemporary show isn't one where performers require a big top tent. But they will, however, be suspended high above the crowd. ›see story

Film icon. Meeting actresses leads to close bond

A meeting between two actresses from opposite sides of the world 15 years ago led to the pair forming a close bond. They've collaborated over that time to create a play that tells a true story of human strength and suffering of women in war. And Dunedin's hosting the New Zealand premiere. ›see story

Page icon Value of exported goods up

The value of exported goods was $3.5 billion last month. That's an increase of $227 million on August last year. Statistics New Zealand says live cattle led the rise in exports. And a 16% rise in milk powder, butter and cheese also contributed to the increase. In contrast, the value of imported goods fell - by $536 million. ›read more

Film icon. Pasifika post-graduate research results presented

The results from years of research by post-graduate Pasifika students at the University of Otago have been publicly presented. The 11th annual Pacific Post-Graduate Symposium on campus today gave Pasifika students a forum to show off everything they've worked for. It was part of the university's goal to ensure they're well prepared for showcasing their research to the world's top academics. ›see story

Film icon. Dunedin joinery firm called upon by animated film company

An international animated film company is calling on the services of a Dunedin joinery firm. Local joiner Daniel Lunn has been tasked with creating nine wooden tables for the UK based paper cinema show ''Odyssey''. And while his knowledge of the show is limited, he's excited about what the work means for the company. ›see story

Film icon. Dunedin exhibits an art collection Japan banned

A collection of art work prohibited from public view in Japan is available for all eyes to see in Dunedin. The exhibition called 'Shunga' is a collection of Japanese erotic prints. And while some people may consider them pornographic, a local art historian says the work is quite remarkable. ›see story

Film icon. Otago rowers head to China

From first time rowers to competing in China in under a year, eight University of Otago students have come a long way. The students will fly to Xi'an in China tomorrow to row against a Chinese University. And after already beating their fellow squad in Dunedin waters earlier this year, the group is not looking to come home empty handed. ›see story

Film icon. Sister-city relationship hugely important to Shanghai

Dunedin and Shanghai are marking 20 years since the beginning of our sister-city relationship. A delegation representing the Chinese city's Mayor's office is visiting as part of those celebrations. And they say the intercity relationship is hugely important to Shanghai. ›see story

Page icon University of Otago researcher part of an international team

A University of Otago researcher is part of an international team whose study findings reveal how ocean bacteria use light to grow. The study suggests bacteria may play a more significant role in the biogeochemistry of oceans than previously thought. Otago marine scientist Dr Federico Baltar investigated a bacterium called Dakdonia. ›read more

Film icon. Nightly interview: Robert Patman

Human trafficking is in the international headlines after 35 adults and children were found in a container in England over the weekend. It is believed that more than 2.5m people a day are caught up in the practice. And while New Zealand is not subject to this level of activity, the Government is diligent in regional and international efforts to combat trafficking. ›see story

Page icon Shanghai delegation to visit for 20th anniversary of sister city relationship

A high level six-member delegation from China's Shanghai Municipal People's Congress will arrive in the city tomorrow. It's here to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Dunedin's sister city relationship with Shanghai. The delegation has expressed particular interest in learning about environmental protection, air pollution and sustainability. ›read more

Film icon. World renown fighting legend Royler Gracie visits Dunedin

Some of Dunedin's best young fighters had a chance to learn from one of the very best in world martial arts. World renown fighting legend Royler Gracie has visited a local academy, giving some hands on teaching in Gracie Jiu Jitsu. And while many of the arts techniques are used worldwide in various fighting styles, the main aim for those learning is self defence. ›see story

Film icon. Great white sharks project coming to an end

A joint NIWA and Department of Conservation project to find out more about the great white sharks that inhabit New Zealand waters is coming to an end. ›see story

Film icon. Animal control officer helping Samoa introduce dog control laws

A Dunedin animal control officer is heading to Samoa to help authorities in the country introduce dog control laws. Karan Whyte will travel overseas early next week. And she's excited at the prospect of giving back to a community she loves. ›see story