A group of summer school students are finding Dunedin's worryingly similar to a town infamous for a brutal hate crime.
They're staging a play about the case, for a third-year university paper.
And they hope it sparks local dialogue about prejudice, to prevent incidents of hate-fuelled violence in the city.
A new subcommittee of the Dunedin City Council has been established, and will meet for the first time this week.
The Sustainability Audit Subcommittee involves several councillors as well as Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull.
And he joins us to talk about its purpose.
Less than half of all local burglaries are solved, and that's a concern for police as thieves become more active in the city.
The latest spate of brazen burglaries in a residential suburb has officers targeting home owners and occupants.
They're asking for help, to shut down what's become an all-too-familiar crime.
Another commercial property in Kaikorai Valley has been broken into, and police believe it could be linked to other recent burglaries in the area.
University of Otago students have rated their lecturers, honouring the best and brightest in the inaugural summer school teaching awards.
Dozens of staff were nominated for the awards, organised by the Otago University Students' Association.
But just a few have come out on top, leaving some tutors lost for words.
Local football fans are celebrating the draw for FIFA's under-20 World Cup.
Dunedin has secured matches between top international teams for the tournament in May and June.
The city will host Group D, which pits Mexico against 2013 runner-up Uruguay.
Serbia will also play at Forsyth Barr Stadium, as well as a yet-to-be-decided African team.
The Dunedin City Council is on the hunt to find community-minded locals to help divvy out millions of dollars.
Four public positions are available on the council's grants subcommittee, which distributes money to a range of community groups and events.
And with the application deadline fast approaching, the subcommittee chairperson has her fingers crossed the ideal candidates will be found.
Savings at the pump are dwindling, with fuel prices starting to rise again.
In the last ten days fuel prices have increased four times, due to New Zealand's weak dollar coupled with higher crude oil costs.
Petrol is up 14 cents per litre, while diesel is up 9 cents.
Statistics New Zealand reports lower retail spending through January, largely due to fuel savings.
The offer of a free breakfast has drawn hundreds of residents to the Octagon.
People of all ages cycled into the central city for the smorgasbord, put on by a local advocacy group.
It marked the national Go By Bike Day and gave some people more than just a taste of food.
An international research vessel recently arrived in Dunedin, to carry out a seismic survey of the deep-water basin off Otago's coast.
The work's being done for American oil and gas exploration company Anadarko, which drills commercially for petroleum.
So our Word On The Street team asked members of the public if companies should be allowed to drill for oil and gas locally.
A Dunedin man with terminal cancer is riding his way around the South Island on a scooter, to raise money for charity.
Wayne Biggs has lymphoma and has only months to live.
He's started a 2500 kilometre journey from his home in Broad Bay, raising money for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.
Labour leader Andrew Little has cancelled his first official visit to Dunedin.
He was due to spend Thursday in the city, but will instead attend the North Island funeral of a Maori leader.
Little's planned Dunedin visit would have been his first as Labour leader.
Staff at his office say he'll reschedule the visit, although a date has yet to be set.
Dunedin residents will soon know which international football teams will play in the city for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Local fossil analysis is set to make a big impression on present day conservation efforts.
An international research team, led by University of Otago staff, is learning about ancient New Zealand penguins.
And that's got scientists looking back hundred of years, in order to look into the future for local fauna.
The Dunedin City Council has approved a round of spending for new cycle network projects.
Councillors support the allocation of more than half a million dollars, granted by the government.
And it's just the beginning of what promises to be a substantial improvement for local cyclists.
A new national day of recognition, recently announced by the government, has a unique significance in Dunedin.
February the 15th has been officially declared National Lamb Day.
It's intended to be a celebration of New Zealand's long history of exporting red meat.
The unlikely similarities between New Zealand and New Caledonia are being highlighted in a local exhibition.
It tells of the mutual suffering felt in both nations as a result of war.
And it's bringing together the living descendants of those who made the ultimate sacrifice on either side.
Dunedin has become a much friendlier place for nursing mothers.
A new smartphone application is now available, highlighting places where breastfeeding is welcome.
And at its official launch in the city this morning, one message was clear - breast is best.
A thief has hit the jackpot at a Mornington pub, stealing thousands of dollars in pokie machine coins.
Another donation is being made to the Otago Therapeutic Pool Trust, to keep the Dunedin physiotherapy pool open.
More than $1000 has been raised for the trust, by this year's annual Bethunes Gully Hill Climb car rally.
And organisers are happy with the success of their efforts to give back to the community.