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Woof! decides to keep vaccine passes as a condition of entry

Wednesday 6th April 2022 | Athina Koncke | R1 News Reporter |

Photo: Woof Dunedin, Facebook


Vaccine passes are no longer required in Aotearoa as of midnight Monday (4th of April). Without government mandates, few businesses have kept vaccine passes in place. Ōtepoti bar Woof! has decided to keep vaccine passes as a condition of entry. Athina Koncke spoke to Dudley Benson (co-owner of Woof!) about why they made this decision, and what it represents.

Local Legends: Micky Little (of Barefoot Blooms)

Tuesday 5th April 2022 | Nico Penny | R1 News Reporter |

Photo: Barefoot Blooms Instagram

Nico interviewed Micky Little, a local legend and owner of Barefoot Blooms, an environmentally conscious clothing label using upcycled and deadstock fabrics to make one of a kind pieces.

Creature of the Week: NZ Fur Seals and Sea Lions

Tuesday 5th April 2022 | Seb Rice-Walsh | R1 News Reporter |

Photo: Katherine Clements, DOC NZ website


A new segment with a local zoologist in training; Andy Johnston. Seb Rice-Walsh spoke to Andy Johnston about this week’s Creature of the Week - NZ Fur Seals and Sea Lions.


Rates of anti-Semitism are rising in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

Tuesday 5th April 2022 |

Today is International Day of Conscience, a day which promotes a culture of peace, love and conscience in our cross-cultural communication. A recent study found rising levels of anti-Semitism in the wake oft the COVID-19 pandemic.


To discuss the importance of open-mindedness in cross-cultural communication Nico Penny spoke to Associate Professor Antonie Alm (University of Otago, Global Studies).


North Dunedin Street Clean Up for Sophia Crestan

Tuesday 5th April 2022 | Seb Rice-Walsh | R1 News Reporter |

The North Dunedin Clean Up is an annual event run in memory of Sophia Crestani. The event aims to honour the memory of Sophia Crestani, and honour the Sophia Charter (a multi-agency agreement to improve student safety and well-being in North Dunedin). 

Seb Rice-Walsh spoke to Melissa Lama, President of OUSA, and Megan Prentice, Sophia’s close friend and advocate for student well-being, about what the clean up means to them, as well as the wider student community.