No one can tell Eleanor Doig that something strange isn't going on in South Dunedin.

Eight years ago, after a heavy rain, she could quite comfortably walk to the washing line out the back of her century-old Musselburgh cottage.

The ground might have been a little soggy. A few years after that, she needed gumboots. Then, the water reached halfway up them.

She happens to live in what's a working case study for researchers studying the impacts of sea level rise.


South Dunedin - home to about 10,000 residents, 12 schools and six rest homes - straddles a spread of