This year marks a century since the flu pandemic killed an estimated fifty to a hundred million people globally.
Dunedin alone saw over two hundred and seventy people die in just a few weeks.
Among those were husband and wife Annie and Tom Holt, who left behind five young daughters.
A group of forty five young musicians have been honing their craft around Dunedin city in an effort to improve their performance.
The Logan Park High School Orchestra, along with the school's choir, took their talents to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery today for a lunchtime concert...
Arts Festival Dunedin opens tonight with performances in various venues around the town...
One of the acts is a one-woman play called Jane Doe, written by New Zealand playwright Eleanor Bishop.
The play addresses the topics of rape, feminism and empowerment.
But, despite the dark subject matter, actress Karin McCracken says the hard-hitting drama is, at times, funny and ends with the audience being given the chance to share tea and biscuits with her.
Dunedin's two-yearly arts festival is ready and raring to take to the stage today after problems with everything from finding venues to finding missing paint have been resolved.
Performers are arriving in the city, with technicians working hard to prepare venues.
And for festival director Nicholas McBryde, managing his stress levels is simply part of the job.
A young man has been spied stealing a charity collection jar, thanks to an in-store surveillance camera.
Crystal-clear footage of the theft of a jar of cash from the Waikouaiti Fish Inn at the beginning of the month has been released by the owner, in the hope of identifying the culprit.
The video shows the man pacing around while waiting for his order of fish and chips.
He's wearing a black singlet and sporting distinctive tattoos.
A precious native bird has been given a second shot at life thanks to Dunedin wildlife experts.
The young kakī, or black stilt, is one of only a hundred and thirty two adults remaining in the wild, and went under the knife at the Wildlife Hospital this morning.
Rapidly dropping wildlife numbers on Dunedin beaches has prompted an education campaign for dog owners.
The city-wide campaign advises people on how to make sure their four-legged friends do not scare or kill wildlife when they're enjoying the beach.
The New Zealand premiere next week of a Dunedin produced show on orangutans is set to raise funds for the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital.
Orangutan Jungle School, produced by Judith Curran, will screen at the Regent Theatre on Tuesday.
Temperatures will be rising in some Dunedin restaurant kitchens as their chefs prepare to go head to head in a competition first for Dunedin city.
The Farm to Fork competition is part of the Great Kiwi Home and Living Show at Forsyth Barr Stadium in November.
But while the chefs are embracing the Fresh Food Show cook-off, they're also full of admiration for their culinary colleagues.
Next year sees the celebration of 250 years since Captain Cook first visited New Zealand in 1769.
One of the scientists on board was Swedish botanist Daniel Solander, who now has a trail in Dunedin Botanic Garden named after him.
Today the Swedish ambassador visited the walk and spoke of upcoming plans for next year's anniversary celebrations.