Kim Dungey

DIY - It's all online

DIY - It's all online

When Steven Loughrey wanted to tile his bathroom, he turned to YouTube.

A handy reputation

A handy reputation

Traditionally, New Zealanders have done their own home improvements rather than spend money on tradesmen. But are we still a nation of do-it-yourselfers? Kim Dungey looks at the changing face of DIY. 

Behind the facade

Behind the facade

It looks like a typical row of student flats but behind the front doors, not everything is as it seems. Kim Dungey reports on a new development on the University of Otago campus.

Starting over

Starting over

When a Dunedin couple wanted someone to design their retirement home, they knew exactly who to turn to. Kim Dungey reports.

Library has something for everyone

Library has something for everyone

No longer just a collection of books, the public library is using new technologies to deliver content anywhere, any time. Kim Dungey visits the Dunedin city library and talks to those who use its services.

Bringing new life to old villa

Bringing new life to old villa

A hard-working Dunedin couple have given this old home a new lease of life and a new location. Kim Dungey reports.

Sharing some time

Sharing some time

The teenage years can be a tough time. Kim Dungey meets some locals who are making a difference.

Homegrown trust for youth

Homegrown trust for youth

The Otago Youth Wellness Trust is a homegrown initiative that started 18 years ago and now works with about 300 young people annually.

A celebration of character

A celebration of character

An avocado-green kitchen, geometric wallpaper and pink bathroom animate this Dunedin state house. It gracefully handles the overlaid tastes of its past two owners and teaches us a few things about the way we once were. It is one of 14 state houses in almost original condition explored in the new book, Beyond the State: New Zealand State Houses from Modest to Modern, by Bill McKay and Andrea Stevens, with photography by Simon Devitt. Kim Dungey reports.

High life rests on a solid base

High life rests on a solid base

It wasn't for the faint-hearted but a Dunedin couple have reaped the rewards from building on a steep inner-city section, Kim Dungey reports.