The DCC and the company behind the 27 storey hotel proposal for Dunedin today announced an agreement that may result in the hotel's construction.
Under the agreement the council will put together an urban design panel to review the proposed building and offer advice.
And the outcome could be a change of land zoning for the proposed site.
In just over one year the next generation of footballing stars will descend on Dunedin.
New Zealand will host the 2015 FIFA Under 20 World Cup, with FIFA members in town today to check out the facilities.
The tournament is the second biggest football event in the world, and organisers say the players are what makes the event something special.
Pine Hill was inundated, while Musselburgh had a below average February rainfall.
Both the European Union and the United States are talking sanctions as they deal with Russia's response to political changes in Ukraine.
It is the latest in an issue that has put a serious strain on east-west relations.
Professor of International Relations Robert Patman is here to give his thoughts on the ongoing issue.
All kinds of vehicles took part in the Landrover Owners Club annual Mud Plug on the weekend, an event designed to test both driver and machine.
With everything from the standard sports utility to V8 modified four wheel drives, teams made their way around the seemingly impossible to navigate muddy tracks.
More than 1200 runners took to the pavement yesterday in the annual Stadium 2 Surf race.
Some competitors took a laid back style and walked, while others pushed hard for records.
Prime Minister John Key has announced the next election will be held on the 20th of September.
Key called the Governor-General to inform him of the date yesterday, and chose September to allow a coalition to form before the Prime Minister attends the G20 summit in Brisbane in November.
Meat and dairy products are behind a record rise in total manufacturing sales volume in the December quarter.
Statistics New Zealand says after adjusting for seasonal effects, the volume of total manufacturing sales rose 5.7%.
Meat and dairy were up 15%.
They were backed up by good gains for transport equipment, machinery and equipment manufacturing, and food manufacturing.
Dunedin's former Chief Post Office is one step closer to being reopened.
A one-storey high spiral staircase was craned into the historic building this morning.
And after 17 years without use, it is only a matter of weeks before the doors of the historic building officially re-open.
The New Zealand Dental Association has given the Government the thumbs up for mostly getting behind recommendations on oral health.
International hip-hop artist Tinie Tempah performed in front of a frenzied Orientation crowd of around 6000 people last night.
The Otago University's Orientation week runs at a cost of around $1m, and after the final show organisers say it's money well spent.
And the OUSA says promoters who travelled from Auckland to see the production were most impressed.
The discovery of an ancient cemetery on a Vanuatu island ten years ago has given researchers important information about the first generations of people to inhabit the area.
The Lupita people lived 3000 years ago, and after studying their archaeological remains it is now known how they lived and survived.
A group of Dunedin women has been quietly working in the last few years, producing a surprising number of quilts to be distributed to those in need.
Anne Greene from the Community Quilts Group joins us this evening to tell us about it.
Three Otago cricketers took honours last night at the New Zealand Cricket Awards.
Contractors will work 12 hour overnight shifts next week to finish a $250,000 road sealing job on Cumberland Street.
Old asphalt between Andersons Bay Road and Police Street will be dug out, the surface levelled and new asphalt laid on the section of State Highway One.
The work will de done between 6pm and 6am over five nights, weather permitting.
Wholesale trade sales rose 2.7% in the December quarter, reaching $21.6b.
Statistics New Zealand says every wholesaling industry reported increases during the quarter.
Basic materials - which includes businesses that trade in agricultural supplies and products, raw materials and construction supplies wholesaling - had the biggest increase.
The Electricity Authority plans to check claims electricity retailers are making about the reasons for price increases.
The race to gain votes in the national Gigatown competition has seen Dunedin romp into second place overnight.
Dunedin supporters' response to a challenge to create videos on the Instagram platform is behind the move up the Gigatown ladder.
But a local campaigner says more education is still needed to make the most of the competition.
The ravages of ultra-violet light on young eyes was the lesson learned at Wakari School this morning.
An event at the school encouraged pupils to wear sunglasses, and make a film about their efforts.
And it put a creative twist on safe eye-wear.
Exciting and inspiring New Zealanders to renew their connections with the sea is the message behind national Seaweek.
A series of events from clean-ups to films are being run in Dunedin to recognise the week.
And today the library got in on the cause, hosting a screening of a Dunedin-made film.