Society's changing attitudes towards death and an increasing openness about the topic are among the themes that will be discussed at the "Death Down Under" conference in Dunedin this week.
A camera installed by the Dunedin City Council in Roslyn will allow motorists to check for snow and ice on the roads from the comfort of their own homes.
The conflict in Syria and what path the West should take to stem the continuing bloodshed were never far from the spotlight on the last day of the University of Otago's 47th Foreign Policy School yesterday.
The United Nations' inability to agree on issues such as the conflict in Syria shows New Zealand needs to be able to impose sanctions independently, Foreign Minister Murray McCully says.
Dunedin education providers will not be able to access any of the $5 million of Government funding set aside to reverse declining international student numbers in Christchurch, Education New Zealand says.
The freedom camping bylaw introduced by the Dunedin City Council last year has done nothing to reduce the amount of rubbish on the Otago Peninsula, chairman of the Otago Peninsula Community Board John Bellamy says.
The University of Otago called in the heavy machinery to remove graffiti next to the Water of Leith yesterday morning.
The Tertiary Education Union (TEU) has slammed the Government for making what it calls "drastic" cuts to polytechnic funding.
Government funding to the University of Otago increased by 13% from 2008 to 2011, in part because of increases in student numbers and in per-student funding.
The University of Otago boosted the Dunedin economy by $779.33 million last year, an economic report shows.
Communications company Chorus has been involved in a power outage in Dunedin for the third time in little over a month, with a contractor for the company receiving an electric shock after striking a cable yesterday.
The University of Otago wants Dunedin education providers to be given access to some of the $5 million the Government set aside to help reverse declining international student numbers in Christchurch in the wake of last year's earthquake.
The University of Otago's building at Forsyth Barr Stadium is expected to come in $4.4 million under its original $46.2 million budget.
The Dunedin economy will be hit hard if student numbers and research income at the University of Otago continue to fall, Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie says.
The global financial crisis and a perception there is a high risk of earthquakes in Dunedin will make it difficult to reverse a decline in the number of international students at the University of Otago, an academic leader says.
The University of Otago faces an "uncertain" financial future in the face of declining student numbers and a reduction in research income.
A University of Otago masters student is appealing for sightings of a carnivorous worm that sucks out the innards of its prey, a creature he says could be living in many Dunedin residents' backyards.
Changes to laws governing access to alcohol have led to a "perfect storm" for alcohol consumption, meaning students today drink more dangerously than previous generations of students, University of Otago vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne says.
A 43-year-old Dunedin man is recovering in hospital after his hand was cut off in a workplace accident.
When University of Otago students come back from their mid-year breaks next month they can expect to find some art in unusual places around the Dunedin campus.