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.
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.
About 37% of Otago residents spend more money shopping online than they do in stores.
And 60% are spending more online than they did last year.
The statistics come from the latest national survey about online shopping trends.
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.
The recurring theft of emergency life-saving equipment is concerning city council staff as well as police.
More than half a million dollars is being spent by the Dunedin City Council to employ two project co-ordinators over the next three years.
They'll work to increase Dunedin's reputation as an education capital, and grow the city's relationship with China.
But not all councillors are happy with the cost of the co-ordinators' employment.
Cycling and walking between Mosgiel and central Dunedin via a tunnel is one step closer to reality.
Work began a few weeks ago on the first stage of the Chain Hills side of a tunnel trail project.
And trust members are confident there will be light at the end of some of the city's fantastic Victorian infrastructure.
The inaugural Dunedin Street Art Festival is being hailed as a success.
The festival may be in its last few days, but the focus is already turning to its future.
The roof will be coming off Dunedin's Globe Theatre at the start of next year, but it won't be caused by thunderous applause.
Urgent repairs are needed to stop the ongoing problems with rain getting in and damaging the 19th century house.
And thanks to some Devonshire tea, jam and scones, the fundraising efforts are inching closer to the $500,000 mark.
An Otago Boys' High School pupil seriously injured in a boating accident has been transferred to Christchurch Hospital.
The boy was one of three pupils injured when their rowing coach's boat collided with theirs during a training run on Otago Harbour yesterday.
Now people are looking for answers.
A $50,000 state-of-the-art computing facility has opened at Carisbrook School.
The high-tech youth studio is the first of its kind in the South Island.
It's already being used by pupils, and it's hoped it will provide a unique opportunity for dozens of children.
The Dunedin Returned and Services Association Welfare Trust has a new welfare officer.
Niall Shepherd has taken up the role, and he's here to tell us all about it.
There has been a resolution in the long-running dispute over the Hall Bros Transport depot in Anzac Avenue.
An Otago Polytechnic student is giving back to the community by raising money for the Dunedin Community Learning Centre.
The revitalisation of Dunedin's warehouse precinct has been celebrated by thousands of residents.
A public party held in Vogel Street on Saturday attracted families, artists, performers, food vendors and musicians.
Business owners opened their doors to show renovated commercial spaces, and kids practised their street art skills.
Members of a local group dedicated to pursuing their passion for handicraft met over the weekend to learn a new skill.
The Dunedin Creative Fibre Group experimented with techniques aimed at changing the colour of wool.
And they hope to encourage others in Dunedin to indulge their creativity.
The total energy use of the services sector accounts for less than 20% of the total business use.
That's despite the fact the services sector contributes 44% of New Zealand's Gross Domestic Product.
And it covers 55% of people employed.
Last year the sector used more than 75,000 terajoules of energy.
That's an increase of less than 3% since 2010.
A Logan Park High School pupil is enjoying national recognition, after winning the New Zealand Spelling Bee competition.
The year nine pupil became the national spelling champion on Saturday, and is one of the youngest winners in the contest's ten-year history.
Champion George Sabonadiere correctly spelt the word eugenics to claim the title.
It's been a busy time for local members of the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters.
The Otago branch is recreating a historic event at Shag Valley Station, near Palmerston.
Club secretary Dave Howell is here to explain.
A Dunedin musician is reeling after the theft of instruments and jewellery from his Ravensbourne home.
Mike Moroney had seven of his stringed instruments stolen from his house on Wednesday.
Jewellery belonging to his wife was also taken, including inherited items.
The instruments alone are worth more than $5000.
They include mandolins, fiddles and a 12-string electric guitar.