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A young Dunedin woman is heading to China, to take part in an international pageant.
Becky Levings leaves Dunedin for the Bride of the World pageant this evening, but first she's here to tell us all about it.
Nearly 2,000 new dwellings were consented last month, but there are signs the trend is decreasing.
Statistics New Zealand says the trend for new dwellings was previously at its highest level since August 2007.
But it's now easing, although consents are still about 10% higher than this time last year.
Last month the seasonally adjusted number of consented new dwellings decreased by 12%.
The redevelopment of the Discovery World attraction at the Otago Museum has reached a new stage.
Kiwi company Story Inc has been appointed by the museum to assist in the multi-million dollar project.
And it means plans can be firmed up for physical work to begin.
A one-day conference about technology and design has drawn delegates from all over the country to Dunedin.
A community mediation service has been launched in Dunedin, after years of planning.
The free service is being offered to people who can't afford formal mediation, or don't have access to it.
And it's hoped the service will lead to a more resilient community in general.
Support for children's health care is linking supermarkets and hospitals nationwide, including in Dunedin.
The Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal is in its eighth year and has so far generated almost $7m.
And a little more money has been raised at Dunedin Hospital, where four women went under the razor.
A 4000 kilometre bike ride across Japan is no mean feat.
But Dunedin man Paul Gourlie has just completed the journey.
And he's returned to the city, with quite the tale to tell.
An exhibition of exciting new works is on display at the Dunedin Community Gallery in Princes Street.
Queen's High School has a new principal, to replace Julie Anderson who has taken up work with the Ministry of Education.
New principal Di Carter moved to Dunedin from Rotorua, where she was deputy principal at Rotorua Girls' High School.
And she's here to tell us about her new role.
A new foundation is being launched to aid the Orokonui Ecosanctuary.
The Orokonui Foundation has been set up to raise money for development at the ecosanctuary.
It's being launched this evening, on what is the fifth anniversary of Orokonui's official opening.
Allied Press managing director and chairman Sir Julian Smith is taking on the role of the foundation's chairman.
There are almost half a million businesses in New Zealand - one for every nine people in the country.
The highest rate of business growth is in the construction sector.
Overall there were 487,900 businesses in February, when a snapshot was taken.
That's up 2.5% on last year, and surpasses the previous peak in 2009.
The Southern District Health Board is preparing to deal with the ebola virus.
Staff say the risk of the deadly disease coming to New Zealand and Dunedin is extremely low.
But they're making efforts to ensure they can contain the virus if it makes its way here.
There's a desperate call for Dunedin blood donors, with the city losing an estimated 175 each month.
Two Dunedin bodybuilders have arrived back in the city from a recent national event with some weighty trophies in their cases.
Alex Spenceley and Joe Kelso went into the competition well conditioned.
And they both say their hard work and commitment has paid off.
A new addition to the aquarium at Otago Museum is making a splash.
A dozen native fish have just been introduced to the aquarium, which has undergone a makeover.
It's part of a collaborative project which is proving educational for all involved.
A new report from UNICEF shows child poverty rates in New Zealand haven't improved since 2008.
That's prompted calls from locals for more governmental action to address the issue.
And it seems even kids in Dunedin are feeling the effects of poverty.
The Dunedin City Council has been recognised nationally for an exercise initiative.
It won the cycle-friendly commitment award for a public organisation at a national conference held in Nelson.
Dunedin mayor Dave Cull and other city councillors participated in a cycling programme to claim the prize.
Dunedin is poised to benefit from the latest schedule change of a cruise ship, with the Oosterdam arriving on Thursday.
Bad weather forecast for Tasman has prompted the captain to journey to Port Chalmers early.
The ship was initially expected in Dunedin on Saturday, and it might stay in town until its scheduled departure that night.
A $50,000 reward is being offered by Dunedin police, in relation to a 12 year old cold case.
Police suspect foul play in the disappearance of a Dunedin woman, and hope to solve the case.
The monetary incentive is the latest attempt at flushing out information which could lead to a resolution in the mystery.
Staff working for Anglican Family Care are taking industrial action.
They protested in the Octagon, as part of a wider programme of demonstration.
And it's hoped that will lead to progress on the employment issues causing contention.