The Dunedin Chinese Garden looks set to party this weekend, celebrating its fifth anniversary.
To commemorate the milestone, a book detailing the gardens will be launched on Sunday.
The book looks at a facility planned and built on opposite sides of the world.
It was a case of being the odd one out today, as children from Balaclava school got behind a worthy cause.
As a fundraiser for children living with cancer, pupils were encouraged to wear a pair of mis-matched shoes.
It was part of the annual Odd Shoe Day held throughout New Zealand, all to help raise funds for children living with cancer.
A group of local organisations are pledging to pick up where a major Government-subsidised insulation scheme leaves off.
The Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart programme helped see more than 230,000 homes insulated nationwide.
But the programme is due to expire this month, and Dr Niki Bould from the Cosy Homes project is here to tell us about the work that's still left to be done.
Police have arrested an 18 year old North Otago man just one day after dairy farm worker Justin McFarlane was found dead.
The man was arrested late yesterday, and appeared in the Dunedin District Court today charged with murder.
Mr McFarlane was found dead in his home in the rural community of Elderslie near Oamaru early on Wednesday.
Food prices fell for the first time in five months in August.
Prices fell 0.5%, though that was after rises totalling 2.6% in the two months before.
The drop came on the back of cheaper fruit, meat and bread, biscuits and breakfast cereals.
Statistics New Zealand says prices are still up 0.3% on a year ago.
Prime Minister John Key says the door has not yet shut on Invermay.
Key arrived in Dunedin this morning, presenting the ODT's Class Act Awards and visiting businesses.
And he told media the Government was listening to southern concerns.
Their arrival hung in the balance, but a visit by a Chinese delegation finally took place today.
A group of 15 from Qingdao[Kingdow] in China spent the day in Dunedin, meeting Mayor Dave Cull and other councillors, and signing a memorandum of understanding set to benefit both cities.
Good news for Dunedin's economy could be on the horizon, with a local steel fabrication company proposing an upgrade in size.
Doc has recognised the work of the some region's conservation leaders, by way of their annual Coastal Otago Conservation Awards.
Taking out the top prize was Professor Ian Jamieson of the University of Otago, for his work at the forefront of genetic research into endangered species.
The best pupils from Otago region schools were celebrated at a function in Dunedin.
The Indian Students' Association are warming up for another sell out performance of their annual cultural night.
Being the second largest ethnic group on campus, and the most popular, the audience will be in for a treat with their Bollywood performance.
A getaway attempt by four teenagers in Waldronville early this morning lasted all of 10 seconds.
Four males aged between 16 and 18 were apprehended by police at about 3 o'clock this morning.
They were stopped after a spate of thefts from vehicles in the Waldronville area.
But keen to evade the clutches of the law, the four attempted to go on the lam, trying to flee in a car.
The Reserve Bank says increases in official interest rates are likely to be required next year.
The bank says in the next couple of years, rates could move about 50 points higher than expected just three months ago.
Rates would have been even higher without new limits on low-deposit home loans.
A new University of Otago study has pinpointed a genetic link between sugary drinks and the arthritic condition gout.
University of Otago and Auckland scientists have, for the first time, discovered a human gene variant which can turn bad when affected by sugary drinks.
Police have launched a homicide inquiry after a 35 year old dairy worker was found dead near Oamaru.
Police found Justin Conrad McFarlane early yesterday at a rural address in Elderslie, about 10km inland from Oamaru.
The alarm had been raised by a fellow dairy worker who had called at the address after he was concerned McFarlane had not turned up for work.
Southern region residents facing a cancer diagnosis now have specialist support as they weave their way through the health system.
Last year the Government approved 40 cancer nurse co-ordinators throughout New Zealand, as part of a $33m cancer care programme.
Those roles are now filled in the south, with those involved certain the programme will make a difference.
Street lights flickered and many Dunedin buildings experienced dark patches yesterday, as gale force winds wreaked havoc in the city.
International urban cirque group Traces arrived in Dunedin late last night, ready to perform three shows starting Thursday.
Bad weather cancelled its flight into the city, meaning a long and late bus ride from Christchurch to Dunedin.
The show is a goodbye of sorts for the group, as this is their final destination before the group disperses.
This week is Stroke Awareness Week, with Stroke Foundation of New Zealand street appeals and education campaigns taking place throughout the country.
As part of the awareness campaign the foundation has been stressing the importance of being able to identify the signs of stroke as quickly as possible.
Conservation Week may be 43 years old, but the middle aged event is showing no signs of slowing down.
The week includes everything from volunteers working to protect wetlands to others preparing to give Dunedin's coastline a spruce up.