Public funding is now available for community projects to be part of this year's Puaka Matariki festival.
The festival celebrates the Maori New Year and is held in Dunedin in early June.
Antony Deaker is organising events, and he joins us to discuss what's happening.
An emergency situation's been unfolding at the back beach of Port Chalmers.
It's involved more than two dozen staff from the Otago Regional Council and Port Otago.
But there's no need to worry - the event's a training exercise in case of the real thing.
More details are emerging about the University of Otago's $200m upgrade.
The university council is dishing out dollars on a brand new dental school and the refurbishment of a chemistry building.
And faculty staff say both projects are well overdue, with existing resources being used beyond their means.
More than a dozen local athletes are training for a national sporting competition with a twist.
Fifteen Otago competitors will participate in this year's Halberg Junior Disability Games, being held in Cambridge.
And all going well, it could be a pathway to paralympic success.
High school pupils with a penchant for acting are going all out for the annual Otago Shakespeare festival.
Nine schools are taking part in the event, with the young actors hoping to gain experience to take their drama careers further.
The Dunedin City Council is asking for public feedback on its draft long term plan, which sets out rates and budgets for the next ten years.
Residents have until the end of the month to submit feedback.
So with that in mind, the 39 Dunedin News Word on the Street team went to the CBD to ask people if they'll have their say on the plan.
The sudden, unexplained death of a 19 year old woman is being investigated by Dunedin police.
They won't say who the woman is, or whether she lived in the city.
Police officers have carried out a scene examination in relation to the death, working this afternoon near the Dundas Corner Dairy.
It sits on the corner of Dundas and Cumberland streets in the student quarter.
More than 28,000 tickets have been sold for the Fleetwood Mac concert in Dunedin.
The November event at Forsyth Barr Stadium has officially sold out, with all general admission tickets bought within an hour of becoming available.
There were a number of pre-sales for priority clients, but general tickets went on sale this morning.
There's mounting evidence to suggest New Zealanders are subject to mass surveillance, despite government denials.
Professor Robert Patman from the University of Otago is a leading expert on international relations, and he joins us to discuss the latest revelations.
Tourism is worth more than $400m to Dunedin each year.
The city's benefiting from a nationwide tourism boom, with more visitors spending more money.
And while industry leaders say Dunedin's got a solid grounding in the market, there's potential for its share to increase.
An impromptu public display of dancing has captivated people throughout the city.
150 years of scientific study is being celebrated at Otago Boys' High School.
The New Zealand Geological Survey, known as GNS, began in Dunedin in 1865, occupying the site where the school now sits.
And an assembly has given the organisation's leader a chance to inspire the next generation of scientists.
A Dunedin school is doing something a bit different to commemorate this year's ANZAC Day.
For the centenary of World War One, 100 poppies are being grown by pupils at Tahuna Normal Intermediate.
They're hard at work ensuring the poppies are ready to give to veterans on April 25th.
An unlikely business is bringing millions of dollars into the city.
It's something that often flies under the radar, going unnoticed by most residents but it's putting Dunedin in front of a worldwide audience.
The fun's over and now it's back to the drawing board for the annual Hyde Street student party.
Stakeholders are about to meet to brainstorm the next event, and how it can be improved.
They hope it'll be more of a celebration of scarfie life, than a day of drunken disorder.
The University of Otago has just announced more than $200m of campus upgrades.
They include a new dental school and the major refurbishment of the existing chemistry building.
Work on the dental school is expected to start in November, just after the science building project begins.
Both projects have been in the planning stages for some time, but haven't been confirmed until now.
The number of new houses being consented is starting to come down, following a four-year-long period of growth.
In the last 12 months there have been 382 new houses consented in Dunedin.
That's an average of just under 32 a month.
Nationally the number of consents for new dwellings has more than doubled in the last four years.
The parents of a disabled girl are desperate to get back their stolen car, which they rely on to transport their daughter.
The girl's mother made a plea on social media for information or sightings of the car - a maroon and silver Subaru grand wagon.
She alleges it was stolen from South Road late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.
Businesses are spending more on research and development, and the trend is expected to continue.
Commercial spend on research and development increased by $53m last year.
The greatest rise in spending came from the services industry, mostly in relation to computer businesses.
Their share of the market has almost doubled.
An Otago University student has just returned to Dunedin from the Abel Tasman National Park, where she took part in a conservation campaign.
Bokyong Mun spent three days paddling a kayak made of recycled materials around the coastal reserve.