Christmas is fast approaching, and so is the associated debt some people find themselves in following the festive season.
Chris Watkins from the Salvation Army is spearheading a campaign for Dunedin families to save themselves from financial stress, and he joins us to talk about it.
Proposed changes to local alcohol laws have attracted the largest response from submitters that the city council has ever seen.
The draft local alcohol policy is now the subject of an extensive hearing.
Otago Daily Times reporters have sat through the whole thing, and editor Murray Kirkness is here to give us an insight.
The latest statistics on tourism show Otago has fared relatively well through winter.
The number of commercial guest nights in the region are up slightly on the same time last year.
In July, August and September there were about 1.2 million commercial guest nights in Otago.
In the year to September more than 5 million commercial guest nights were recorded in the region.
A Dunedin surf life saving club is one of three in the South Island competing to win a new inflatable rescue boat.
The boat's worth $25,000, and will be given to the winning club, complete with all associated accessories.
Public voting for the competition is about to close, and members of the local cash-strapped club say it would be an invaluable addition to their fleet.
A Dunedin mother has reportedly had her car stolen by a teenage hitchhiker, while collecting her children from school.
Police have thrown their support behind the Dunedin City Council's draft local alcohol policy.
Officers delivered a staunch message during the third day of a hearing for the proposal.
They're urging council staff to refrain from watering down any of the provisions.
The subject of peace has inspired Dunedin secondary school pupils to create artworks that are on display in a local church.
Dunedin police are honing in on two local suburbs, where there's been a recent spate of burglaries and car crime.
Officers have been out and about, warning residents in Tainui and Musselburgh to be aware that they're being targeted.
It's a double-pronged approach, making the most of old and new policing methods.
The Royal New Zealand Ballet is visiting the city, and that's led to an exciting day for Arthur Street School pupils.
They've had the time of their lives, learning some tricks of the trade from one of the country's best ballerinas.
The second day of the Dunedin City Council's hearing over its draft local alcohol policy has wrapped up.
And it's seen representatives from the Otago University Students' Association slam the proposal.
They want to see the DCC take its policy back to the drawing board.
The Dunedin Pride Collective is gearing up for its second annual showcase of events this week.
Dunedin Pride 2014 involves a range of activities, and co-ordinator Hahna Briggs is here to give us the details.
Dunedin police are on the hunt for an underwear thief after a string of clothing thefts in the city.
In the past week there have been three reported incidents in the student quarter.
That's included the theft of women's underwear, as well as a dress.
Police are unsure if the person, or persons, responsible are male or female.
A Dunedin freight company has been purchased by a global competitor.
DCB International has been based in Dunedin for 45 years.
It's been bought by Mainfreight for an undisclosed sum, and will continue operating under the new owner.
The purchase was highlighted by Mainfreight in its half-year financial report, released this week.
A resource consent application for new accommodation near Logan Park is being considered by the Dunedin City Council's hearings committee.
The seventh annual Otago International Health Research Network conference is being held at Otago Museum.
It aims to bring together academics from around the world to discuss the most pressing health concerns of developing nations.
And local school children are getting the chance to mingle with delegates, by providing some artwork to celebrate the event.
Another significant business conference is under way in Dunedin, linking members of local government from throughout the country.
The summit involves more than 200 people, who all work in or with councils and other territorial authorities.
They're in town to discuss risk, and how it can be turned from a negative into a positive.
Significant progress has been made on pipeline renewal work in Andersons Bay and Musselburgh.
Earlier this year the Dunedin City Council awarded two tenders to a local company for the work.
It's worth about $2.2m, and it seems everything is running on time.
The nationwide gigatown competition is in its final stage, with the social media component finished.
For months Dunedin residents have been encouraged to support the city's bid for faster internet, by using specific content online.
So the 39 Dunedin News Word on the Street team asked members of the public if they've supported the city in its bid.
300 people gathered at Queens Gardens to take part in the Armistice Day service of remembrance.
It commemorates the armistice signed to end World War One, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month.
A field gun was fired at the beginning and end of two minutes' silence to remember those who lost their life in the war.
The Otago University Students' Association has given out awards to some of the best tutors on campus.
Dr Kristin Hillman is one of the recipients, and she's here to tell us about her winning teaching style.