A Dunedin driver has managed to prevent a theft from their vehicle after surprising the offenders in the act.
But police have again called on drivers not to leave valuables in their cars, after a spate of thefts.
The incident occurred about 7 o'clock last night in the Edgar Centre car park.
Rates income for New Zealand councils reached $1.18 billion dollars in the March quarter.
Those figures come as Statistics New Zealand reports local authorities had a quarterly operating surplus of $90 million dollars.
Total rates income is now almost $25 million dollars higher than it was in the March quarter last year.
The speed of motorists on John Wilson Ocean Drive was up for discussion by the Dunedin City Council again today.
The recommendation that the speed limit, north of the bollards, be reduced from fifty to thirty kilometres per hour was unanimously passed.
A Dunedin blogger with concerns about feral cats, rats and rubbish in the city, brought it to the attention of the Dunedin City Council today at its public forum.
Her answer to the issue includes taking advantage of the Student Volunteer Army, a group she says is partly responsible for the problem in the first place.
More than 100 people attended the opening of the Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday, and many more are expected to the event which lasts all week.
And with visitor numbers already up on figures from this time last year - the Chinese Garden is moving from strength to strength.
A Rugby League competition for 8 to 10 year olds in Dunedin is one step closer to being a reality.
It's been a long time since junior rugby league has been played here.
But thanks to an initiative by Sport Otago, school children across the city can have a go at playing their own set of six.
Otago Polytechnic students did their bit to bring back the history of one of Dunedin's former commercial hubs on the weekend.
Vogel Street's diverse past was resurrected, with everything from Maori settlement to the early days of the Dunedin sound on the agenda.
The Dalai Lama has arrived.
The spiritual leader and Nobel Prize winner was welcomed by the Buddhist community as he made his fourth visit to Dunedin.
And the visit will see him visiting 'old friends'.
Clear skies, low wind and cold overnight temperatures meant a week of pollution for much of Otago - but not its major city.
The Otago Regional Council's weekly air quality report shows pollution levels climbed to new maximums in most centres.
Alexandra, Cromwell and Milton recording days at more than twice the acceptable thresh hold.
Dunedin will host a major search and rescue exercise involving about 200 people this weekend.
Police and other emergency services personnel will stage an exercise based on a cruise ship disaster off Taiaroa Head.
The Forsyth Barr Stadium will be used as an assembly point, and the University of Otago vessel the Polaris II will stand in as the cruise ship.
An increase in property values in Dunedin has slowed slightly, as winter takes hold.
Quotable Value figures show just a 0.2% increase in the past three months, though values still sit 4.2% above last year.
Quotable Value says the beginning of May was good for the lower end of the market in Dunedin, but there was a noticeable drop-off in demand later in the month.
Dunedin City Council staff have recommended councillors go ahead with the original complicated route across the Water of Leith to connect the city to the current cycleway.
Forsyth Barr Stadium has hosted crowds larger - in total - than the population of Dunedin, in less than half the year.
The facility's chief executive says the numbers have an important financial flow-on effect for the stadium, as it caters to tens of thousands of hungry and thirsty punters.
Most people have heard of talent shows such as 'Australian Idol' and 'The Voice'.
But one local school with a strong focus on performance skills has decided to up the ante this term with their own version of a talent quest.
Vehicle speeds on part of John Wilson Ocean Drive could soon be cut almost in half.
A frozen start to the day caused at least one crash in the city this morning.
A vehicle skidded in frosty conditions and crashed into a parked car on Lovelock Avenue shortly after 8am.
Police say nobody was injured in the crash, but the road was closed for a short time.
Council grit trucks were brought in to deal with the issue.
A New Zealand union has welcomed a decision by Kmart to sign an accord set up to protect workers in Bangladesh.
The collapse of the Rana Plaza a month ago killed more than 1000 clothing manufacturing workers in that country.
Kmart today announced it has signed an international accord, meaning it will only do business with factories that meet standards for safety and social compliance.
An Otago weightlifter will be winging his way to the World University Games in Russia next month.
The cost to get there is around $6,000, and between training and study he hasn't had much time for fund raising.
But thanks to social media he's reached his target amount and is one step closer to achieving his ultimate goal.
The Otago Regional Council is taking steps to address the request for discounted bus fares by University and Polytechnic students.
The SPCA is full to the brim with animals at the moment and it's hoping Dunedin residents will be able to help ease the burden.
Staff at the facility decided to have a mid-winter Christmas to re-home their furry friends.
And it's not just cats and dogs that are up for adoption.