Dunedin's top academics are renowned for being world-leaders in their chosen fields of study.
Many are gathered for a biennial research symposium, organised through the University of Otago.
And they all share a common thread, to do with ancestry.
A local astronomer is calling for an end to light pollution in Dunedin.
He says the vistas of space are being obscured by street lighting.
And he wants the Dunedin City Council to make a change, for the benefit of stargazers.
Members of several Dunedin clubs are urging city councillors to support the development of a Logan Park sports hub.
They say there's an opportunity for the city to have a unique sporting area, to replace dilapidated facilities.
And they're offering to share the financial burden.
Each year adults from around the country make their way to Dunedin to develop skills for their lives back home.
They spend just over a week in the Berwick Forest, bonding with strangers and testing their confidence.
But it seems their activities go largely unnoticed by locals.
Many of Dunedin's leading academics are throwing their weight behind efforts to prevent the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.
More than two dozen people have signed an open letter about the proposed agreement, written by local woman Jen Olsen.
Legal action is being taken against the Southern District Health Board.
It has been initiated by local union members, in response to the DHB's decision to outsource food services.
And with jobs on the chopping block, union members are hoping for a win.
Dunedin police have made an arrest in relation to the serious assault of a two-month-old Palmerston baby.
Dunedin social service workers are in the throes of learning about recent changes to the family law system.
They're receiving help from legal experts, visiting the city from Christchurch.
And in turn, they're expected to provide better advice to locals needing assistance.
Local police are warning business people to be wary of a scam involving electronic payment machines.
At least one shop owner is out of pocket as a result of the scam, conducted by a male offender.
He allegedly asked to get cash out while paying for goods using an electronic card.
A novel way to improve heart health is being tested by University of Otago researchers.
They're using different types of bread to measure the health effects of various ingredients.
And so far the study's proving popular among participants.
Arthur Barnett staff are being promised work under the department store's new owner.
The iconic store in central Dunedin has been sold by a local family firm to Hamp;J Smith.
It's been in Dunedin for more than a hundred years and is one of the last remaining department stores of its era.
Arthur Barnett himself opened the store in 1903.
Locals are urging the city council to speed up development of a new public library in South Dunedin.
The council wants to continue consultation over the creation of a community complex, including a library.
But that's taking too long for some.
There's extra emphasis on cycleway development and road safety in Dunedin, with various projects targeting residents.
Road Safety Week activities have also been run in local schools this month.
And with that in mind, the 39 Dunedin News word on the street team asked members of the public if they think Dunedin's a safe place to cycle in.
Each year, more than a thousand children are given activity packs to pass the time while waiting in Dunedin Hospital's emergency department.
Mosgiel woman Christeen Bates is involved in the initiative, and she's here to explain why she needs some help.
Widespread antisocial behaviour in North Dunedin is being tackled by city leaders.
Representatives from several key organisations are joining forces to find solutions.
And that can't come soon enough for some residents.
Dunedin police are seeking witnesses to a brutal attack on a young man, who was hospitalised as a result.
The incident happened on Union Street West, near the University of Otago campus.
Police say the 21 year old victim is a local student.
He was walking along the street about 3.30am on Saturday.
Dunedin tertiary students are under the national spotlight, drawing attention for unruly behaviour.
And that's prompting some to point the finger at media, for unfairly representing the local student body.
A range of community leaders and businesspeople are forming a new group to steer the planned development of Dunedin cycleways.
They'll help council staff plan and design new cycleways, and will be involved in public consultation.
Members represent a variety of different views in respect of local cycleways, and aim to influence a mutually suitable outcome.
Dunedin house prices are on the rise, with a 12% jump in the median price for April.
The average price of local homes sold last month was just under $290,000.
That's a significant increase on the median price for last April.
And the number of local houses being sold is also rising.
Overall 185 houses were sold in the city last month.
That's an increase on last April of 36%.
Debate is heating up in Mosgiel over a proposed new swimming pool complex.
More than a thousand residents have made submissions about the plan to the Dunedin City Council.
And while most support the new development, some have strong reservations.