Thursday, August 25, 2016

25 years ago local truckie Greg Inch was talking with a couple of friends and heard the idea of giving disadvantaged children rides in trucks.

Now a quarter of a century on, Dunedin's Special Rigs for Special Kids attracts drivers from all around the country who volunteer their time...


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Next month you'll have the chance to help tidy our city as we do our bit for Clean Up Week.

Keep Dunedin Beautiful is spearheading the clean up here, and co-ordinator Ashlea Muston joins me now..


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

New data from Statistics New Zealand shows suicide rates appear to be declining.

World Suicide Prevention Day is approaching, and to discuss it, Corinda Taylor of the Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust joins me now...


Monday, August 22, 2016

Otago Polytechnic's Bachelor of Design fashion programme has been named among the top 50 schools of fashion in the world.

Caroline Terpstra is the Head of Design at the organisation, and joins me now...


Friday, August 19, 2016

This week Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne announced a plan to better tackle Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Government figures show 570 children are born each year with permanent effects due to being poisoned by alcohol while in the womb.

University of Otago Associate Professor Anita Gibbs facilitates a parent support group for families where FASD is an issue, and joins me now..


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Work is due to begin on the brand new School of Dentistry building on the University of Otago Campus.

A 'sod turning' event is planned for next week, and to discuss the developments, Dean of the Dental School Professor Paul Brunton joins me now...


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A group of organisations attempting to tackle domestic violence issues are planning to meet later this year.

Rob Thomson heads the Dunedin Coalition Against Family Violence, and is one of the people behind the gathering...

And he joins me now..


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum Curator Sean Brosnahan is about to repatriate a German military dog tag to a museum in Hamburg.

But instead of flying to Germany himself, he's sending it via a close family member...

...and to explain he joins me now..


Friday, August 12, 2016

Weight control attempts by middle-aged New Zealand women are not linked with a change in weight three years later.

That's the finding from new University of Otago research. And to explain what it means, we're joined by researcher, and study co-author Sook Ling Leong...


Thursday, August 11, 2016

New figures from Otago Polytechnic show the institution's economic benefit to Otago is nearly $300 million dollars.

Chief executive Phil Ker says the numbers illustrate the facility's significance to the region, and he joins us now to discuss it further.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull has added his weight to the push for an upgrade of Dunedin Public Hospital.

He's written to the ministers for Local Government, Health, and Tertiary Education asking to be included in discussions around the hospital's future.


Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Nominations close soon for the local body elections, and it's a busy time for the officials, especially those at the helm.

Dunedin returning officer Pam Jordan, has one of the busiest jobs, and joins me now.


Monday, August 08, 2016

Karitane based writer Iona Winter is soon to leave her coastal enclave for major travel overseas.

She's been invited to the prestigious Edinburgh International Book Festival, representing the Edinburgh of the south... and she joins us now.


Friday, August 05, 2016

The Grow Dunedin Partnership Group is itself experiencing growth, with the appointment of three new independent members.

Chairman Chris Staynes believes the new directors will bring both extensive business experience and strong city connections to the table and he's here to tell us more.


Thursday, August 04, 2016

The city's biennial arts festival is on the way, with a range of national and international acts on the bill.

Director Nicholas McBryde has recently rejoined the team after some time away and he's with us now to talk about how far the festival has come and what's next.