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Film icon. Woman discovers family roots in Dunedin's RSA choir

Watch this video! A series of coincidences has seen one woman discover her family's role in the formation of Dunedin's RSA choir. She's the granddaughter of the choir's founder, who established the group after fighting at Gallipoli. And she's in the city to hear how the ensemble sounds, a hundred years on. ›see story

Film icon. Schools mark WWI centenary

Dozens of schools throughout Dunedin are marking the centenary of World War One, in time with ANZAC Day. ›see story

Film icon. Local designer focussed on reducing waste

Modern consumerism and traditional Maori practices are being woven together for an ethical cause in Dunedin. It's the project of a local designer, who's focussed on reducing waste within the global fashion industry. And she's targeting the public, by using a central city icon. ›see story

Film icon. Thai professionals attend Dunedin development programme

Dunedin's main tertiary providers are joining forces to entice overseas governments to send employees to the city to learn. It's already resulting in 30 Thai healthcare professionals visiting Dunedin for a six week development programme. And programme providers hope it sparks interest from more government departments around the globe. ›see story

Film icon. Young New Zealand designer wins emerging

A young New Zealand fashion designer is on top of the world, after beating his toughest international competition during a Dunedin event. The Massey University graduate claimed the top prize in this year's iD International Emerging Designer Awards. And while judges were unanimous in their decision, the 27 other entries wowed the audience in equal measure. ›see story

Page icon Cycle safety campaigns launched to prevent accidents

Cycle safety is on the minds of Dunedin City Council staff, who're launching two campaigns to prevent accidents. The council's annual Be Bright campaign is about cyclists staying visible as days and nights get darker in winter. Strips of reflective material are being given out for free by the council, for cyclists to stick on their bikes. ›read more

Page icon DCC surveys businesses to gauge satisfaction

Dunedin business people are being surveyed about their experiences dealing with the city council. They're being asked to complete an online survey set up by council staff, to gauge satisfaction. And businesses which have had direct contact with the council in the past year are being targeted via email. ›read more

Film icon. Swedish academic in town for Animal Law Week

Watch this video! All manner of legal issues involving animals are being discussed at the University of Otago, for Animal Law Week. The international event's brought a Swedish academic to Dunedin, to work alongside students. And this year the annual week-long programme is especially well-timed. ›see story

Film icon. Progress made in Caversham Highway development

Noticeable progress is being made in the lengthy Caversham Highway development, with the foundations of an overbridge taking shape at Lookout Point. ›see story

Film icon. Otago man shares WWI family history

An Otago man is sharing the story of his family's experience in the first world war. He's spent most of his life collecting memorabilia and information. And he's hoping everything he's gathered will give a unique perspective on the battlefield. ›see story

Film icon. Entire house built in a Dunedin car park

In just half a dozen days, an entire house has been built in a Dunedin car park. The charitable project's involved about 20 builders, who've worked tirelessly over the past couple of weekends. And with the hard yards over, there's just a few finishing touches to be done before auction day. ›see story

Film icon. Social media conquering local man's shyness

A local man is conquering shyness with the help of social media. He's attracting a significant number of fans along the way, with thousands connecting to his website, and now he's eyeing up what comes next. ›see story

Film icon. Leading fashion designer shines spotlight on edgy Dunedin style

A leading New Zealand fashion designer is shining a spotlight on the dark and edgy Dunedin style. She's down from Auckland for iD Dunedin Fashion Week. And she's linking the often fickle world of fashion with this month's more sombre war commemorations. ›see story

Page icon Police warnings haven't deterred thieves

Police warnings about a recent spate of tool thefts haven't deterred those committing the crime. The thieves struck again overnight, stealing thousands of dollars worth of tools and equipment from three vehicles. The incidents occurred in St Clair, Green Island and Abbotsford. The vehicles were broken into, and a large amount of tools stolen from inside. ›read more

Page icon New record set for visitor numbers

Just under 300,000 overseas visitors entered New Zealand last month - creating a new March record. The Cricket World Cup is being cited as a significant contributor to the increase. An average of about 10,000 people arrived every day of the month, hiking last year's numbers up by 15%. ›read more

Film icon. Top local fashion graduates go up against the best in the world

Watch this video! Dunedin's top fashion graduates are putting their collections to the test, against the best in the world. Their work's being judged by internationally renowned fashion heavyweights, for a local awards show. It's a nerve-racking task, but one that's potentially worth everything to the young designers. ›see story

Film icon. New street art murals added to cityscape

A couple of new street art murals are being added to Dunedin's cityscape. ›see story

Film icon. Dunedin a leading example in animal care

Animal welfare workers say puppy milling and dog fighting don't appear to be problems in Dunedin, as opposed to other parts of the country. The positive disparity has been highlighted during a visit by politicians to the Otago SPCA. And staff are pleased Dunedin's a leading example in relation to animal care in New Zealand. ›see story

Film icon. Volunteer fair gets more students out into the community

There's a growing push in the student quarter to get more students volunteering in the community. A volunteer fair has been held at the university, and organisers believe the turnout reflects changing attitudes towards student life. ›see story

Film icon. Your word on hospital meals

A proposal by the Southern District Health Board to make Dunedin Hospital meals in Auckland and truck them south has been met with widespread opposition. It would save the health board money, but local staff would lose their jobs. So with that in mind, the 39 Dunedin News Word on the Street team asked the public if Dunedin Hospital meals should be made in Dunedin. ›see story

Page icon Funding available for local events

Almost half a million dollars in funding is available for local events, through the Dunedin City Council. The council's calling for applications in relation to its contestable events fund. There's $465,000 in the fund to allocate in this round. Applications close on the 15th of May. ›read more