They have piled up on dashboards, got stuck under seats and -worse still - polluted our environment.
But now the plastic coated parking receipts used in Dunedin are gone, replaced by a more environmentally friendly paper version.
And the Dunedin City Council says that makes Dunedin unique in Australasia.
Three people had to be assisted to safety and one treated for smoke inhalation after a fire in the former Woodhaugh Hotel in Malvern Street.
Easter came early for North Dunedin residents this morning, with fresh hot cross buns served up.
But they weren't the only thing on offer, with second year culinary students putting on a farmers market as part of their studies.
Withdrawing labour to make a change is just one of the things American rapper and political activist Boots Riley raps about.
The artist is in Dunedin for three days, lecturing and performing.
But it won't be your typical rap performance, with Riley trying to push home a series of political messages.
Dunedin ACC lawyer Peter Sara was reported this week as saying the onus is on the organisation to rectify serious privacy-related problems.
His comments came after a district court judge upheld an appeal by a Dunedin ACC claimant against being required to sign an ACC consent form.
Peter Sara joins us to explain what that all menas.
Dredging the Tomahawk Lagoon has emerged as one option, as the Otago Regional Council considers a response to continuing algal blooms.
Dunedin can look forward to a thorough soaking over the first part of the Easter holiday, with the city included in a MetService severe weather warning.
The warning covers eastern Otago from Dunedin northwards.
MetService says rain is expected to pick up this evening and become heavy at times early tomorrow morning.
Labour says it will introduce a capital gains tax if elected to government in September.
The tax would be part of a manufacturing policy the party says will get investment into productive businesses rather than the housing sector.
The policy, released today, would also introduce research and development tax credits.
A spill of about three cubic metres of expanding concrete on Dunedin's Southern Motorway caused major traffic delays this morning.
Police say a northbound concrete truck had to slam on its brakes travelling uphill just south of Lookout Point.
Its load spilled on to the road about 9am, causing what police say was ''a hell of a mess''.
Dunedin public transport could soon be the sole responsibility of the Dunedin City Council.
The Otago Regional Council today voted to hand control of the system to the DCC - if the city chooses to take it.
But despite giving control away, councillors are adamant there are no problems with the system.
Rather, they say, the DCC has more to offer.
A brief lull in interest in Dunedin City Council affairs is over - annual plan submissions have topped 1000, more than four times last year's figure.
Getting organised for your own exit from the land of the living is an activity most of us are inclined to put off.
But the Southern District Health Board is urging people to plan for death, and discuss those plans with family, friends and medical professionals.
The health board says advanced care planning can make dealing with the inevitable a lot less stressful.
Otago Polytechnic students have been out and about in the community this week putting their hands up to make a difference.
Pre-trade training students have been laying gravel and planting trees.
And when 39 Dunedin News caught up with them they were busy painting the interior of a local organisation's new premises.
Dunedin North and Dunedin South registrar of electors Dee Vickers is gearing up for another election year.
The woman behind the nuts and bolts of the voting process in the city is here to tell us what that will involve.
Police will enforce a 4km threshold over the Easter period, ticketing anyone doing more than 104 kph.
The same campaign was run over the summer period and the Police say there was a 26% reduction in road deaths - helping give 2013 the lowest road toll in 60 years.
This week's 39 Dunedin News Word on the Street team went to George Street to see if you think the rule should be made permanent.
Police plan to again target speed and alcohol on New Zealand roads on an Easter weekend where bad weather is expected to play a part.
Since 1956 more than 560 people have been killed and 14,600 injured in Easter road crashes.
The only year that nobody died was 2012.
A jump in tobacco prices was the main driver of a 0.3% consumer price index rise in the March quarter.
Cigarette and tobacco prices rose 10.2%, following an 11.3% rise in excise duty in January.
Statistics New Zealand says without cigarettes and tobacco the CPI showed no change in the quarter.
Dunedin police are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed a crash that left a Stuart Street traffic light on an unusual angle at the weekend.
While nobody was injured in the crash between a dark blue Toyota Corolla and a silver BMW, police say they are investigating the circumstances.
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull has labelled claims the Dunedin City Council did not communicate with the developers of the $100 waterfront hotel as completely untrue.
The city was left dealing with the fallout today, following the sudden and unexpected dumping of plans for the controversial building.
But city and business identities say Betterways' loss may be another developer's gain.
Street upgrades in the warehouse precinct, in doubt because of budget pressures, have been given the green light.