The Dunedin City Council has given its tick of approval to turn Montgomery Avenue into a walkway.
Closure of the street will allow flood protection work on the Water of Leith to be continued by widening the river.
But not all councillors were in favour of the change, with one questioning the original plans.
The success of this year's Masters Games in Dunedin means the Dunedin City Council will not have to dip into its reserves.
Insulation and ventilation continue to be the focus of the Dunedin City Council's goal to make every home warm, healthy and affordable by 2025.
The council is involved in two initiatives related to housing, both of which were discussed at its community and environment committee meeting today.
The Dunedin Public Art Gallery has had a giant inflatable brain on display this week to teach the public about brain health.
The organ belongs to the University of Otago's Brain Health Research Centre.
And it's teaching residents there's more to the mind than they think.
Local tourism professionals have just returned from New Zealand's largest tourism conference in Auckland.
It saw hundreds of people from throughout New Zealand and overseas gather, for four days of meetings, government announcements and events.
Dunedin Host chairwoman Kylie Ruwhiu-Karawana was there, and she joins us to talk about the event's importance to the local tourism industry.
The annual Scrabble for Fun competition kicked off at the Dunedin City Library today.
About 120 local school children are taking part this year.
And organisers hope the event will set some kids on the path to Scrabble stardom.
Last week the city was covered by a blanket of snow.
The icy weather caused cars to slide off the roads and even meant some of the city was cut off.
So the 39 Dunedin News Word on the Street team asked the public if they have taken steps to prepare for emergency situations, like snow storms.
A local film has taken top spot at a national film contest.
The short film ''Inc'd'' won three main prizes at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival at the weekend.
The Short Film Otago production was premiered in Dunedin last month.
It was made by Darren Simmonds and Neil Durrant, and won the festival's top award as well as best actor, and the audience award for best film.
Building activity continues to rise throughout the country.
Statistics New Zealand says the volume of both residential and non-residential building activity grew strongly in the first quarter of this year.
And overall building activity increased 16%.
Non-residential building was up 17%, just ahead of the 15% growth in the residential sector.
Dunedin's largest wildlife tour boat is out of the water and under going work.
The Monarch was hauled ashore on Friday as part of its yearly maintenance.
And with a tight schedule, workers hope to have the boat back up and running in no time.
The Dunedin City Council is considering whether to lower the speed limit around five schools.
The Dunedin City Council will investigate ways it can improve the city's stock of dilapidated heritage buildings.
It already encourages building owners to maintain old properties, but says some uncooperative owners have created an issue of demolition by neglect.
So today the council's planning and regulatory committee made a decision in the hope of finding a solution.
More than 400 teddy bear lanterns will light up George Street later this month for the Midwinter Carnival.
Dunedin residents took part in one of three organised workshops on Sunday, in the lead-up to the annual event.
And with this year's carnival taking on a teddy bear theme, organisers say those making the lanterns are in for a challenge.
The National Party has appointed its new candidate for Dunedin South, in the lead-up to this year's election.
He will run a campaign against the current Dunedin South MP Clare Curran, of the Labour Party.
National candidate Hamish Walker joins us to introduce himself and his plans for the suburb.
A dozen burglaries and thefts from vehicles were reported to Dunedin police over the long weekend.
There were at least seven burglaries across the city, mostly of houses and student flats.
Laptops, clothing and groceries were among the items reported stolen.
And about $160 dollars worth of cheese was taken from the Evansdale cheese factory near Karitane.
New Zealand's Merchandise Terms of Trade have risen 1.8% in the last quarter.
Statistics New Zealand says the latest increase is due to rising export prices and falling import prices.
Terms of trade is a measure of the purchasing power of New Zealand’s exports abroad.
An increase means New Zealand can buy more imports for the same amount of exports.
International cricket will return to the University Oval this summer in the form of two one-day internationals.
New Zealand Cricket revealed its summer schedule this morning for matches before the 2015 world cup.
New Zealand will play Sri Lanka in a Friday and Sunday double header in January.
With winter here, the Dunedin City Council is making it easier for residents to decide IF and HOW to navigate the city's streets on a snow day.
The council has added more information to its website, and created ways for people to get Real Time information about road conditions and road closures.
The council is also working more closely with other transport agencies.
It is the start of another long weekend and Dunedin police launched a road safety campaign today.
AgResearch has made a final decision about the restructuring of its Invermay campus near Dunedin.
And while some jobs have been retained locally, there is still widespread anger over the planned shift to Lincoln.
Invermay campaigner and Dunedin North MP David Clark joins us to discuss the announcement.