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Film icon. Local child poverty group say latest welfare changes aren't enough

Watch this video! Government help for Dunedin's poorest residents won't go far enough. That's the message from members of a local child poverty group. They've analysed the latest welfare package, and say the government needs to do more. ›see story

Film icon. Latest street art project links Chinese and Maori communities

Dunedin's Chinese and Maori communities are being brought together by the latest street art project. It's brightening a part of the city with historical significance to both groups of residents. And the art piece is another jewel in the crown of what's becoming the local creative quarter. ›see story

Film icon. Further investigations into a South Dunedin public library to be made

More work will be done to investigate the possibility of putting a public library inside the South Dunedin Mall. ›see story

Film icon. Annual 24 hour book sale on again

Thousands of books are luring Dunedin residents into the Regent Theatre, for the city's annual 24 hour book sale. ›see story

Film icon. University of Otago cartoon contest attracts national attention

A peaceful cartoon contest run through the University of Otago is attracting national attention. Inspired by the recent Charlie Hebdo case, it's about the ability of cartoons to incite a variety of reactions, including violent ones. And organisers hope to influence the opposite in Dunedin. ›see story

Film icon. Creative students make soft toys for a good cause

Vanuatuan victims of Cyclone Pam are benefiting from the generosity of Dunedin students. A group of creative students have made soft toys to fundraise for those impacted by the disaster. And some colourful new friends have been made along the way. ›see story

Page icon New national brain research project being launched in Dunedin

A new national brain research project is being launched in Dunedin, to unlock the secrets of the ageing brain. University of Otago staff are involved in the study, which also includes researchers based in Auckland. The project's funded through the government. Otago University became the co-host to the national brain centre of research excellence last year. ›read more

Film icon. Struggling Dunedin residents set to benefit from new national budget

Watch this video! Struggling Dunedin residents are expected to gain the most from the government's new budget. Increases to benefits for some New Zealanders have just been announced. And a local university lecturer says the move has surprised many. ›see story

Film icon. Local optometrists issue warning about the winter sun

Dunedin residents are more at risk of suffering eye damage than those living in other parts of the country. Harsh ultraviolet light is especially intense in Dunedin during winter months. And that's prompting warnings from local optometrists. ›see story

Film icon. Council allocates funding for new lighting at University Oval

The Otago Cricket Association is getting a major financial boost to establish new lighting at the University Oval. Up to a million dollars is being allocated to the project by the Dunedin City Council. But not all councillors are seeing eye to eye over the funding. ›see story

Film icon. City's closet actors take the stage for a theatrical marathon

Local theatre enthusiasts are conquering the complete works of William Shakespeare. They're taking to the stage for 86 hours straight, performing back-to-back readings of every single Shakespeare play. And the theatrical marathon is giving some of the city's closet actors their time in the spotlight. ›see story

Page icon Council supports new Mosgiel swimming pool complex

An estimated $17.5m swimming pool complex in Mosgiel has the support of the city council. Councillors have voted to support in principal the development of the new aquatic facility. They're putting $6m aside for the project, to be spent in the 2018-19 financial year. And they're spending up to $300,000 now, on detailed planning of the complex. ›read more

Page icon Upgrade plans for stadium PA system have been shelved

Sound problems at Forsyth Barr Stadium will continue, as a proposal to upgrade the public address system has been shelved. The stadium's current PA system has been a headache for Dunedin Venues Management from the beginning. The company proposed putting in about 100 new speakers, a significant increase on the existing number. ›read more

Page icon Government announces its record health budget

The government's announced what it calls a record health budget, but there's no knowing whether more money will flow south. Last time Health Minister Jonathan Coleman visited Dunedin Hospital, he promised more money for the outdated facility. He's just announced an extra $320m for district health boards in the coming financial year. ›read more

Film icon. Dunedin's central city to be revitalised

Watch this video! Dunedin's central city is to be revitalised following years of urban design, planning and community consultation. Dunedin City Council staff have developed a new plan for the main precincts within the city centre. And approval from councillors means work is about to begin. ›see story

Film icon. Employment issues for disabled people brought to fore

Workplace challenges are nothing new, but they're often exacerbated for people with disabilities. In Dunedin the issues around employment for disabled people
are being brought to the attention of the local business community. And it's all part of an attitude change. ›see story

Film icon. Otago Peninsula road work brought forward

Planned road work along Otago Peninsula is being brought forward, following public demands for urgent improvements. ›see story

Film icon. Councillors vote to spend on physio pool despite concerns

Up to $300,000 will be spent on the physiotherapy pool by the Dunedin City Council. ›see story

Film icon. OUSA crowns 2015's best landlord

A local property manager is celebrating her status as Dunedin's best landlord. The title has been bestowed upon her by the Otago University Students' Association. And staff hope it will inspire other landlords to follow her example. ›see story

Film icon. School pupils explore Wonderland through ceramics

Dunedin primary school pupils are exploring a well-known literary wonderland through ceramics. They're learning the art of pottery from a local artist in residence at Macandrew Bay School. And their Alice in Wonderland theme is bringing some interesting creations to the fore. ›see story

Film icon. Your word on out of control students

Dunedin tertiary students are back in the national spotlight, following fresh reports of drunken disorder and harassment. Police and university staff are investigating complaints by a local woman that she's being victimised by students. And with that in mind, our word on the street team asked members of the public if they think students are out of control. ›see story