The achievements of Otago's brightest high schoolers have been celebrated at today's Class Act awards.
Prime Minister John Key was on hand to personally congratulate the pupils.
And he had some advice for them as they reach the end of their high school years.
North Dunedin residents are being encouraged to pick up the pen and enrol to vote.
The election is just over one month away and less than 80% of the area's residents are yet to enrol.
And one local group is hoping a concert tonight will push that number up over the coming days.
Primary school pupils stepped out of the class room today and went back 150 years in time.
They were shown around Toitu Otago Settlers Museum as part of the museum's 'Outside the Classroom' programme.
And with several different classes all year round, the museum has been experiencing numbers greater than they expected.
A Dunedin-led academic study has found the use of hand sanitiser in classrooms does not reduce the amount of sick leave children take.
New traffic signals are up and running in Highgate, with Council staff hoping they will reduce the risk of accidents.
The lights cost just over $100,000 to install, and were turned on yesterday afternoon.
With high volumes of use by pedestrians before and after school, the lights have come as a welcome relief to many.
There are still 380,000 eligible New Zealanders who haven't enrolled to vote.
Over half of them are under 30, and time is running out if they want to have their say at the general election in September.
Dunedin registrar of electors Dee Vickers says just over 78% of Dunedin North voters have enrolled.
And in Dunedin South nearly 92% are enrolled.
Tough economic times are being blamed for a surge in demand at Mosgiel's Community Food Bank.
Staff say food parcel requests are among the highest levels recorded.
But members of the public are digging deep to help.
Figures released today by Paymark show a marked increase in spending in the Otago region during the July school holidays.
The numbers traditionally rise during this period, but the 9.4% regional increase during the two week period was well above previous years.
Ski fields, restaurants, cafes and accommodation providers all experienced growth.
Sport Otago has launched a new initiative to control bad behaviour on the sidelines.
The project aims to encourage a positive and supportive environment on the sports field, and to eliminate bad behaviour.
So with that in mind, our word on the street team decided to find out what the public thinks is more important on the sports field: winning or having fun.
Several Dunedin organisations are looking for ways to move towards a cleaner and more sustainable future.
Around 30 people attended a workshop this afternoon run by the Sustainable Business Network.
And with plenty of opportunities in the market, one man is hoping to see some real traction over the next three years.
A University of Otago professor has made the list of the world's top 1% of the most-cited science researchers.
Professor Richie Poulton is the director of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study.
He joins us to talk about his work, and the recognition it's brought.
The national median house price fell by just over $11,000 in July.
But prices across Otago bucked the trend, rising up to $9,000.
Figures released by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand report the market is firmly in winter mode, with listings low and activity muted.
It says rising interest rates and the forthcoming election are most likely influencing buyer behaviour.
Dunedin's medical students have thrown their support behind a national rental housing warrant of fitness scheme.
They've started a campaign to support the programme recently trialled across the country.
And those involved with the movement say the health issues resulting from poor quality housing need to be tackled head on.
Student artists at the University of Otago have made a record amount of money after the most successful Art Week ever.
With a proud history of more than 130 years, Otago rugby has had many iconic captains.
And now the newest man to join that prestigious list is Taieri hard man Charlie O'Connell.
And after watching many of his predecesors, he says it's a huge honour to be given the role.
Five teams of budding young chefs from Otago are among the top 12 school teams that will battle it out in the kitchen for a nationwide cooking competition.
Balmacewen Intermediate, Dunedin North Intermediate, Waitati School and two teams from Outram School are in the regional final.
School pupils are giving the city a taste of their creativity this week.
Hundreds of works of art have gone on display at Bayfield High School.
And those running the show say it's a chance for art loving kids to express themselves.
Whether you're a new age hipster or a long time music fan, there's a good chance you love the feel of vinyl.
Today was the perfect opportunity to cherish that love by celebrating World Vinyl Day.
And while record sales are experiencing a resurgence, finding something to play them on could be the hard part.
A 21 year old Dunedin man has been arrested following a drug bust in the city.
LSD and Ecstasy was recovered today by members of the Southern Police and New Zealand Customs, after two search warrants were executed.
The drugs had been imported from Germany and the United Kingdom.
After some warmer-than-average temperatures in Dunedin, last week's cold blast that left a blanket of snow covering the city was a reminder we're still in the grips of Winter.
Here to talk to us about the weather we've been experiencing and what may be on the horizon is Raineffects director Dave Stewart.