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.
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.
When a Dunedin couple wanted someone to design their retirement home, they knew exactly who to turn to. Kim Dungey reports.
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.
A hard-working Dunedin couple have given this old home a new lease of life and a new location. Kim Dungey reports.
The Otago Youth Wellness Trust is a homegrown initiative that started 18 years ago and now works with about 300 young people annually.
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.
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.
This apartment in Dunedin's warehouse precinct honours the past while using the latest in earthquake strengthening. Kim Dungey reports.
The Dunedin Fringe Festival has a reputation for presenting innovative and experimental work. This year is no exception, writes Kim Dungey.
As Christmas approaches fewer of us are sending cards but that is only one sign of a general drop in mail volumes. Kim Dungey talks to the posties whose jobs are on the line as a result.
Putting your house in order before putting it on the market pays dividends, as Kim Dungey finds out.
Friends have told them that living in one of Dunedin's worst flats is ''novel/stupid''. But a group of students plans to return to their rundown rental next year, while taking their message about housing standards to a wider audience. Kim Dungey reports.
More jobs, better pay, warmer weather - what's not to love about Australia? However, the number of New Zealanders settling across the Tasman is slowing, along with the Australian economy. Kim Dungey asks some former Otago Daily Times Class Act recipients now living across the Ditch, if life there really is better.
The former Bank of New Zealand in Waikouaiti is a rare survivor from an early period in New Zealand's banking history. Kim Dungey steps inside.