As thousands flee the ravages of civil war in the hope of asylum, their common story is told by the Waziri family in Nadia Hashimi's second novel.
Professional boundaries are overthrown by morality in Anna Erelle's investigation of Islamic State recruitment in France.
In this character-driven novel set predominantly in 1960s New Zealand, the locations come to the fore.
It is a rare thing for a novel so steeped in history to be simultaneously relevant to modern-day readers.
An estimated crowd of between 8500 and 9000 people gathered around the Dunedin Cenotaph in Queens Gardens for this morning's Anzac Day dawn service.
Two Christchurch men are recovering in Dunedin Hospital after being winched from a 4WD vehicle which rolled about 60m down a steep bank in remote country west of Roxburgh yesterday.
They came in their thousands to ensure names etched in stone do not fade into the blackness of history.
An 18-year-old assaulted within two months of moving to Dunedin is seeking help to identify his attackers.
Record crowds at Taieri services honoured the supreme sacrifices made by the area's servicemen and women, in acknowledging the devastating impact of war on the community.
The faces of those who served during World War 2 are being photographed in an initiative starting in Dunedin today.
A broken wing could spell the end for a bird, believed to be a royal albatross, found by a Dunedin family on a Catlins beach this week.