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A charity dinner event in Dunedin last night raised $64,000 for Ronald McDonald House South Island.
The Supper Club event saw about 200 Dunedin residents dining at 24 different locations in the city.
They sampled food by some of the country's best chefs, at some unusual venues including a luxury boat and two train carriages.
It's been a bad two years for major shoe retailers Hannahs and Number One Shoes.
And the investment company behind the brands - Hellaby Holdings - is taking a hit because of it.
It's having to take a $26.9m impairment against its earnings to write off goodwill on the shoe stores.
The footwear downturn has contributed to a 21% drop in the company's first-half profit.
A young Dunedin singer/songwriter has just returned from Hollywood, where she competed in the World Championships of Performing Arts.
Abby Wolfe brought home a swag of medals from the event, and she's here to tell us all about it.
Dunedin mothers have marked the start of World Breastfeeding Week by feeding their babies in public.
The display was part of the worldwide Big Latch On event.
And it was all part of efforts to encourage more women to breastfeed in New Zealand.
Despite the warm weather, a large number of Dunedin residents were wearing scarves today.
But they weren't just any scarves, and they weren't only keeping necks warm.
Dunedin's involvement in World War One has been comprehensively researched, and is being showcased in a new exhibition.
It demonstrates the impact the Great War had on the city, and more importantly its residents.
And it's timed to coincide with this year's start of 100 year commemorations for the major historic event.
After a gruelling six weeks of boot camp, the next 18 challengers for Dunedin's Southern Showdown have been selected.
They'll square off in nine bouts on September the 27th, to raise funds for charity.
And after discovering who their opponents will be, contenders know the hardest part of the journey is yet to come.
High winds have caused more disruption around the city, with at least one road closed due to fallen tree branches.
There are signs of growing global disorder, with conflict worsening in Syria, Iraq, Gaza and Ukraine.
And it comes at a time when New Zealand is making a push for a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
International relations professor Robert Patman joins us to discuss the situation.
The Dunedin City Council has hired an executive from New Plymouth to be the new general manager of services and development.
Simon Pickford will take up the role in early October.
He fills the vacancy left by Sue Bidrose, who became the council's chief executive earlier this year.
Pickford is currently working as manager of executive services at the New Plymouth District Council.
The number of consented new dwellings is at its highest level since August 2007.
Statistics New Zealand has released the latest data, showing the trend for new dwellings has doubled in the last three years.
Last month there were more than 100 new dwellings consented in Otago, including 29 in Dunedin.
About $200,000 will be spent over the next three years beautifying the West Harbour cycle-pathway.
The Dunedin Rotary Club will undertake the work with the help of several other Dunedin community groups.
And at the unveiling of plans this morning, the connection between two families was discovered - explaining how the track was named.
There is light at the end of the tunnel for one of Dunedin's iconic heritage buildings.
Dunedin residents are banding together to see a renowned local surveyor's grave repaired.
Fundraising from students and staff of the University of Otago has generated enough money to repair Charles Kettle's vandalised grave.
And those involved say their efforts are a good way to commemorate someone integral to the city's formation.
A special treat is on the menu tonight for Dunedin residents involved in a fundraising initiative.
It will see gourmet fare served at some unusual locations, by some of New Zealand's best chefs.
And the result will be even sweeter for the recipients of the thousands of dollars raised.
Otago will send a relatively young but experienced squad into this year's ITM cup.
Most of the core players from last year's championship side have returned, despite some big name losses.
And after an injury-riddled start to his rugby career, one of the youngest but most promising players is hoping for a big season.
Dunedin's fashion community has come together to help a local family through the hardest of times.
Business owners, designers and retailers recently offered up their time and service as well as thousands of dollars worth of product to the cause.
And the fashionable fundraising initiative also led to a wardrobe update for hundreds of other residents.
A 19-year-old Dunedin student got more than he bargained for when he went to the central police station this morning.
About 3am he went to report that he had been assaulted, but he appeared extremely intoxicated and police were suspicious about how he had travelled to the station.
The number of New Zealanders travelling internationally continues to grow year on year.
Data from Flight Centre - New Zealand’s largest travel retailer - shows a booking increase of 12% last month.
There were more than 600,000 bookings to destinations around the globe.
Hot spots include London, Los Angeles, Paris, Honolulu, San Francisco and Bali.
The Corstorphine community has banded together over the last few months, making positive changes for all residents.
Author and Corstorphine resident Lynley Hood has been at the centre of the action.
She joins us to talk about her improved neighbourhood.