It's not every day you get to take your pet to school but for pupils at Macandrew Bay that's exactly what they were allowed to do today.
A menagerie of very tame animals, kept in all manner of cages and on leads occupied the school grounds.
The children took their chance to show off their furry, and not so furry friends, not just to each other, but also to the pet show judge.
Dunedin councillor Andrew Noone appears set to be second-choice deputy mayor.
A DCC meeting on Thursday will consider a report from Mayor Dave Cull to appoint the Waikouaiti Coast-Chalmers ward councillor as acting deputy.
That role kicks in when both the mayor and his deputy Chris Staynes are absent, and means an elected member is designated to deal with any issues.
A manufacturer of plastic rubbish bags has been sentenced following a ruling it made environmental claims that breached the Fair Trading Act.
Eco-Pal Ltd was found guilty of 15 breaches of the Act.
The company claimed its rubbish bags were oxo-biodegradable, biodegradable, and suitable for domestic composting.
It also gave the impression of environmental friendliness.
West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle will play his one hundreth test match next month when he turns out at Dunedin's University Oval.
The big hitting left handed batsman was named in the fifteen man squad to tour the country which starts later this month.
The Dunedin City Council has gained a new chief executive, and lost the head of its stadium, all in one day.
One announcement followed the other as the top jobs came and went.
And both mean new searches are on for replacements.
Staff at the Southern District Health Board were in the Dragon's Den this morning, aiming to find new ways of improving patient care.
Eleven applicants were given the chance to deliver a presentation to a panel of senior staff and share their ideas.
An uninvited carpet python has been foiled in a brazen escape bid in Port Chalmers.
The non-venomous snake was caught by a Ministry for Primary Industries inspector, who had recently completed snake training in Adelaide.
A national day of protest was held in the weekend to highlight the issues of rape culture and victim blaming.
Organisers say the recent Roast Busters scandal has highlighted the concerns, and they are focused on trying to make a change.
A Dunedin academic has set up a support group for families with a member with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
The group met for the first time last week to share their experiences.
For the last six weeks a group of 5 to 12 year olds have been taking part in some special drumming sessions.
The O-Taiko Drumming Ensemble held a concert this weekend so the children could show-off their newly found skills.
Interest in junior cricket is starting to grow again.
Over 500 kids are playing the sport this year, after the Dunedin grades recorded a drop in participation in 2012.
And with renewed interest and a sunny Saturday morning, children got right into the swing of things.
Police have arrested the first poppy thief of the season, after a 29-year-old man was apprehended in Mosgiel.
The drug user who is well known to police was caught in the back yard of a residential address.
Police urged members of the public to call 111 if they see such activity, and to be vigilant if they grow the flowers.
Farm sales in Otago, and the rest of the country, showed a strong increase in October.
Real Estate Institute of New Zealand figures show there were 35 sales in Otago for the month, up from 23 last year and 26 in 2011.
The Otago market has been busy, with dairy selling at around $23,000 a hectare.