Dirty ovens, marked showers, mouldy windows - professional cleaners deal to them every day, and know the shortcuts. Kim Dungey looks at spring cleaning.
As city leaders debate the merits of allowing housing at Dunedin's harbourside, the few people who already live there watch with interest. They talk to Kim Dungey about living in an area dominated by industry.
It seems New Zealanders are yearning for the simple life, and this is reflected in home decor trends. Kim Dungey reports.
If you plan to sell your house in spring, now is the time to do all that maintenance you've been neglecting. Kim Dungey talks to the professionals about selling your home in a depressed market.
The right mental attitude can be the difference between gold and silver at the Olympics. Kim Dungey asks Ken Hodge, a mental skills coach for previous Olympic teams, if we can apply sports psychology to our everyday lives.
New Zealand's favourite funny man, David McPhail, has been playing serious roles on the stage. But now he's in a cheeky pantomime at the Fortune Theatre and planning to bring satire back to television. Kim Dungey reports.
When Dunedin man Clem Wright died a virtual recluse, his stepbrother Vince claimed he was one of many former foster children whose lives had been ruined by abuse. Vince Wright vowed to tell their stories and as Foster Care Awareness Week draws to a close, he describes what he found. Kim Dungey reports.
Fraud on a massive scale has been in the headlines, from Michael Swann's $17 million efforts at the Otago District Health Board, to US financier Bernard Madoff's Ponzi-scheme billions But fraud is often much more everyday than that, as Kim Dungey and Shane Gilchrist report.
They are the temple where we worship. And Dunedin is about to get more hallowed ground. Kim Dungey goes to the mall.
In nine years at the Meridian Mall, Jamie Leckie has seen protests, marriage proposals and nude pranksters.
New Zealand's birth rate for the 12 months ending September 30 was the highest in 17 years. But what kind of futures do those born this year face, given that much of the world is now in economic recession?
You've been dismissed from your job, fobbed off by your landlord or pestered by mail-order companies. Where do you go? For many people, it's the Dunedin Community Law Centre. Kim Dungey looks at the award-winning service that helps 8000 people a year.
Balclutha woman Marilyn Davidson, who has won a lengthy battle with a government department. Photo by Glenn Conway. Marilyn Davidson felt as if she had won Lotto when told the Government would no longer be trying to recover $25,000 from her. "I could feel the relief and the pressure come off me. It was fantastic," the 59-year-old recalls. "I rang the kids at work and said `I've won'."
In 2001, 58 Otago secondary school pupils won Class Act awards for excellence. Now they are out in the big wide world. Kim Dungey tracks them down and finds out what they're up to.
When Irene Ballagh says there are some amazing people at Columbia University, she is not exaggerating - a Nobel Prize winner works just down the hall from her lab.