The economy may be on an upswing, but retail spending using electronic cards was flat in March.
Statistics New Zealand says spending was unchanged after a 0.8% increase in February.
Across all industries in March there were 119 million transactions, with an average value of $52.
The total amount spent was $6.2b.
A Dunedin architect recently won a major design award for the Taieri Mouth crib he both designed and owned.
Plans to introduce separated cycle lanes in Dunedin have met with mixed reactions from the public.
Those in favour see it as a way to improve cycle safety, while some argue about the loss of car parks and money.
Our 39 Dunedin News team decided to get to the bottom of the issue, and see how many cyclists really are using our roads and whether cycle lanes should be introduced.
With seven of the scheduled 85 cruise sips cancelled this season due to weather, the impact on the Dunedin economy has been significant.
Fewer passengers and crew visiting the city has meant less money being spent and tour operators and visitor attractions left out of pocket.
A debrief was held today to discuss the issues, and many were disappointed with a loss of income.
New stormwater pipes are bedding in under the Queens Gardens area, as below-ground infrastructure gets a million dollar makeover.
A Dunedin City Council committee got an update from its economic development unit this week, as a plan to develop a more business-friendly council had its first birthday.
The Red Tape Not Red Carpet project was launched a year ago.
And despite its strategy to say yes to business, staff promised it did not mean getting around council policies.
The need for vulnerable people in the city to find somewhere to stay is on the increase, and the Dunedin Night Shelter is asking the community to help.
Volunteer fire fighters performed the opposite of their usual role on the weekend, setting fire to a house north of Dunedin.
But crews from Port Chalmers and elsewhere quickly put their skills to good use and put the blaze out.
The controlled house burn gave fire fighters some good practice for when they are faced with a situation not of their own making.
The Otago Regional Council is about to find out how well the community understands its role, and how it rates the council's service.
The ORC is conducting a survey of residents in Otago this month.
The telephone survey of 900 people will be complemented by an online version.
The council says the survey was the first of its kind it has embarked on.
A new PricewaterhouseCoopers study into training for new skills and industries says people's inability to retrain is costing money.
The international study for online employment network LinkedIn says there is an increasing need for adaptability in the workforce.
The lights may have faded on the 15th iD Anniversary Fashion Show, but organisers say they've got their sights set on lighting it up again next year.
It was a weekend of celebration, glitz and glamour featuring tall slender models wearing local and international designers.
But it was the dancers from the Royal New Zealand Ballet who stole the show.
Dunedin-made television network Zoomoo has officially launched in Singapore.
The station went live on Friday, and runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
And while it is not live on New Zealand television sets yet, one creator says that goal is not too far away.
The last cruise ship of the season brought its passengers to a drizzly Dunedin this morning, ending a season badly affected by bad weather.
Pussy cats of all sizes, colours and breeds were on display at the New Zealand Cat Fancy Show in Dunedin, with each feline putting their best paw forward.
Long-haired and short-haired breeds were displayed in front of judges to see whether or not they had the right look at the right time.
The DCC's economic development team last week released what it is calling an ''investment prospectus'' for potential investors.
The prospectus targets business people wanting to expand their businesses and ex-pats thinking of returning to New Zealand.
Two of Otago's brightest sporting stars have been rewarded with selection in their respective national touch teams.
Both players will fly to Australia in two weeks' time, playing three matches against the green and golds.
And while their main focus is on that series, both players hope to use the tournament as a stepping stone to a bigger tournament next year.
Three Dunedin organisations are getting together to promote cyclist visibility as winter days grow short.
Staff from the Dunedin City Council, Sport Otago and the police will be stopping cyclists this week to survey them on what they know about the legal requirements around the use of lights.
Dunedin home values remained stable in March, reflecting a nationwide residential increase of just 0.1% over the last three months.
Quotable Value New Zealand says Peninsula and coastal properties showed the biggest increase, up 2.1%.
Dunedin City was down 0.2%, while South, Central and North Dunedin are down 0.7%.
The Otago Regional Council has approved its draft annual plan for the next financial year, with a proposed general rate increase of 2.49% tipping the rate take over $5m.
Targeted rates, however, are falling by 21% to $8.5m.
Approval of the draft plan means consultation begins, with submissions open until the 2nd of May.
Community members at a meeting in Portobello this week were keen to tell the DCC their thoughts on road safety issues in the area.
The issue is one that has arisen as the council does its annual plan consultation with the community.
Otago Peninsula Community Board chairwoman Christine Garey is here with the details.