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...
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...
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...
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..
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...
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..
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..
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.