Friday, August 17, 2018

University of Otago students missing their pets can now have a ten minute session with a surrogate pet.

The initiative, which is manned by SPCA volunteers, aims to help students de-stress through cuddling a dog.

Friday, August 17, 2018

A collection of works created by autistic artists is currently on display at the Otago Museum's Skinner Annex.

The exhibition gives people with autism a chance to express themselves through art, and display their work

Friday, August 17, 2018

A new $26 million [dollar] building development has been announced by the University of Otago.

The project, which is hoped to be completed in 18 months time, will create a new home for students of music, theatre and the performing arts.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Contractors have begun construction work on a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Leith by the Forsyth Barr Stadium.

The 1.4 million dollar bridge is the latest link in Dunedin's cycle and walking network.

The bridge will span the Leith between the railway and the harbour, connecting the State Highway 88 shared path to cycleways around the inner harbour and into the central city.

Access to shared paths in the area will be retained, with a detour around the work site on the Magnet Street side.

The cable-stay bridge is set to feature a 20 metre high steel mast and timber decking.

The NZ Transport Agency is to provide 66 percent of the funding.

Construction is expected to be complete by the end of October.

Friday, August 17, 2018

An ancient Maori weapon has Otago Museum staff excited after it was pulled out of the Taieri River this week.

The Museum's Curator Maori was among those examining the two metre long artefact this morning.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

A Dunedin game developer has launched a new family-friendly game called Colibrium, which differs from the usual shoot 'em up type.

John Gillanders, of Technaturally Games, hopes to appeal to the mindset of people who do not normally play video games.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The upcoming cruise ship season is predicted to be the biggest for Dunedin so far.

The city is set to host a hundred and nineteen cruise ships, up from eighty eight last season.

.. And one of the city's tourist operators is expanding to cope with the growth.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Protesters tried to storm the office of Dunedin businessman Murray Valentine today to voice their objections to a new dairy development in the Mackenzie Basin.

The contentious development could see 15,000 cows being farmed on pasture carved out of tussock grassland.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The tourist from Samoa was visiting family in Dunedin when he spotted two octopuses swimming along Andersons Bay Inlet.

In the video posted to Facebook, he and his brother-in-law can be seen clapping above the waterline, a technique used to create vibrations and attract sea life to the surface.

After a couple of minutes, a family member can be seen leaning into the water before plucking the octopus out with his bare hands.

The video, which was posted on Monday, has had more than a hundred and thirty thousand views and four hundred and forty shares.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

A plan to fund a major study into options for a performing arts venue in Dunedin has been given a welcome boost by Creative New Zealand.

It'll provide a hundred and twenty thousand dollars towards a feasibility study, which will map the current state of venues and present options for a performing arts venue.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Dunedin has been announced as a finalist for Most Beautiful City in this year's Beautiful Awards.

The city has been selected as a finalist for its achievements with the environment and sustainability.

The award acknowledges the council's waste management, and the implementing of a recycling inspection programme.

The initiative, provides feedback for residents via tags on rubbish bins, and has seen an improvement in recycling quality by over twenty five percent so far.

The Beautiful Awards are run by 'Keep New Zealand Beautiful', with the winners set be announced in Auckland in October.

Hutt City is the other finalist in the awards.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Primary and intermediate teachers throughout the south have marched in support of higher pay and better conditions as part of a nationwide strike today.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has criticised teachers for leaving the negotiating table too early.

But today's strike may only be the start.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

This year's International Film Festival includes a crowd-funded film which was recently shot in Central Otago.

"Stray" is Dustin Fennely's first film and he says the beautiful, yet brooding landscapes of the south were pivotal in making the film.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

To the layman, Norma the Dunedin Town Hall organ looks like the control panel of a nuclear power plant.

And for visiting concert organist Daniel Moult, Norma is as complicated as she looks - even for someone of his experience.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A Dunedin building shrouded in scaffolding for most of the past year has been revealed in its former glory.

The Victoria Insurance Building in Crawford Street once again has the colour scheme it had in nineteen thirty eight, when it was redeveloped in Art Deco style from the Victorian building it originally was.

Work on the facade began last November and when the building was sand-blasted, the original coloured plaster was revealed under the paint.

Owner Ted Daniels says buildings such as his were very well designed at the time, and he wanted to return it to that style.

Earthquake-strengthening of the parapets was done as part of the work.

There's still refurbishing work to be done inside the building to return its Art Deco style.

Daniels says the building was built in eighteen eighty four, and he'd received funding from the Dunedin City Council's heritage fund for the work.