It may have started in Australia, but some New Zealanders are giving Aussie Rules their best shot.
Four Otago Boys High School pupils have been selected in the New Zealand under-16 Hawks side to play Australia's Flying Boomerangs next weekend.
Despite the game being relatively unknown down south, these boys are eager to prove to their rivals that kiwis really can fly.
South Island offenders have put in more than 220,000 hours of community work since the middle of the year.
Figures released from the Department of Corrections show that was the South Island's contribution to what is one million hours clocked up nationally in that period.
Offenders do work from cleaning up graffiti to gardening, clearing rubbish, painting and planting.
Holiday-makers heading off to Australia over the summer break should get a financial break when it comes to exchange rates.
The New Zealand dollar is at its highest in five years compared to its trans-Tasman neighbour, buying close to 91 Australian cents this morning.
The Aussie dollar, meanwhile, dropped sharply overnight with a continuing slide predicted.
New Zealand has seized control of the test match against the West Indies and seem likely to record their first test win of the year.
The home side dismissed the Windies for 213 runs, 396 runs behind New Zealand's first innings mammoth total of 609.
The best of the bowlers for the Black Caps was Tim Southee who collected four wickets to force the visitors to bat again.
University of Otago research has found women who smoke while pregnant suffer severe DNA damage to cells in their placenta.
While lower birth rates and complications were a well known result of smoking, the mechanism by which that happened - until now - was not.
And the research has also found it is never too late in a pregnancy to give up.
Summer officially got under way on Sunday with many expected to flee to the beach over the upcoming months.
With beaches full of swimmers and surfers, lifeguards are back on duty to ensure people swim safely.
This afternoon they were educating a group of children on how to be water safe, teaching them where to swim and what to do if danger strikes.
Police have made an arrest in a case in which a masked man robbed a North Dunedin dairy.
Every year almost 3000 New Zealanders are diagnosed with bowel cancer, making it the most common cancer affecting both men and women.
Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa has launched a new campaign with a slightly unusual name and a Dunedin connection.
Twenty four teams from three local Intermediates competed in the annual 'Boules To You' petanque tournament at the Caversham Valley Club this morning.
The competition began in 2000 as a way to introduce young people to the game and the club has remained committed to organising the event every year.
New Zealand is in a commanding position heading into day three of the test match against the West Indies.
As the festive season takes hold, many people will be digging deep into their pockets to finance Christmas.
For many families it's a happy and joyful time, but the pressure of providing expensive gifts can undermine the Yuletide spirit.
Police are warning Dunedin residents to be certain of the legitimacy of charity collectors after a city restaurant was scammed yesterday.
A man with a Scottish accent calling himself Mark McAdams claimed he was raising money for the University Rugby club.
A person at the Hanover Street restaurant handed over $60, but later realised they had been scammed.
Results of a new study suggest employers should consider flexible working options to reduce absenteeism.
The Wellness in the Workplace survey shows 6.1 million days of work absences cost the New Zealand economy about $1.3b last year.
The study of around 97,000 staff was carried out by Southern Cross Health, BusinessNZ and Gallagher Bassett.
This Thursday is a day to recognise and congratulate volunteers on their work in the community.
December the 5th is International Volunteers Day.
Anna Clere is the manager of Volunteering Otago, and she joins us to provide some insight into volunteering in Dunedin.
Adults skipped work and children missed class as cricket fans flooded to the University Oval this morning.
The sun broke through to set up an enthralling first day of the test between New Zealand and the West Indies.
Without a win this year, New Zealand looked to make their intentions known early after losing the toss and being sent in to bat.
Four Dunedin School of Design graduates have sewn their way onto the Railway Station catwalk for next year's iD Fashion Week.
The students will graduate this Friday alongside fellow classmates.
And thanks to their inclusion in the 15th anniversary show, their collections will grace the stage with some of New Zealand's most successful designers.
A Dunedin theatre company set up to give a voice to young artists has taken on a dark and disturbing Christmas tale for its latest production.
The Eight: Reindeer Monologues does have a Christmas theme.
But anyone with fond memories of a merry and benevolent Santa Claus might want to look away.
Petrol heads and motorcycle enthusiasts made their way South in the weekend for the Burt Munro Challenge.
The latest census results show Otago has 5,000 more occupied dwellings than in the previous census.
But the census, held earlier this year after being delayed by the Christchurch earthquake, also shows home ownership in the region is declining.
Another aspect of the Otago population highlighted is the region has the lowest percentage of Māori among its population at 7.5%.
The Otago Regional Council is seeking feedback on potential bus service changes in Dunedin.
The council have proposed changes to several services from the 1st of July when two bus contracts expire.
The five routes in question are in Garden Village, Roslyn, the Peninsula, Port Chalmers and Waverley.