Two local businesses are being fined by the Ministry of Health, after staff sold cigarettes to a minor.
It happened during a controlled purchase operation conducted by the Southern District Health Board.
The 15 year old involved bought cigarettes at the two shops without being asked for identification.
It's illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18.
Creditors of embattled counselling service Relationships Aotearoa have a month to stake their claims for compensation.
The national incorporation is in interim liquidation, and its Dunedin office is closed.
Four local staff are understood to have lost their jobs as a result.
The board in charge of the Southern DHB has been sacked by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman.
He's appointed a local woman to replace the board, as a commissioner.
And there's mixed reaction from residents.
Firefighters are dampening down hot spots at a local panel beating business, which went up in flames last night.
A scene examination is under way at the Wharf Street property.
And authorities say it's likely to be days before the cause of the fire is determined.
One of the city's most photographed features is being altered forever by rough winter storms.
Several of the iconic poles at St Clair beach are missing, presumably swept out to sea.
And the tidal surge is placing additional pressure on nearby infrastructure.
Basketball Otago is bouncing back, after months of financial turmoil and uncertainty.
An agreement has been struck with creditors, and debt is being repaid.
And the organisation's future is finally looking up.
Today's announcement by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to sack the board in charge of the Southern DHB comes as a shock to some.
Although others welcome the appointment of a local legal expert to replace the board.
And with that in mind, our word on the street team asked members of the public if they think it's the right move.
Although retired from a long stint leading the University of Otago's music department, Emeritus Professor John Drummond continues to work.
He's rejigged a popular comic opera, for local audiences.
A push to involve local youth in civic decision-making is paying off.
The city council's received government funding for its youth programme.
And already teenagers are having an impact.
A string of number plate thefts is prompting police to take action, to prevent more serious crime associated with the practise.
A local building apprentice is officially among the best in the country, taking third place at a national competition.
Dunedin's premier ice hockey team has had a mixed start to the season, following a loss with a win.
A new trust has been established to look after the management of reserve land at Taiaroa Head.
Members are signing off a management plan for a large swathe of land at the tip of Otago Peninsula.
It covers property vested in the city council as well as local iwi.
And it also includes Crown land administered by the Department of Conservation.
While Dunedin's property market is showing steady growth, there's a downward trend in rural sales.
Less farms have been sold in the past three months, than during last year's corresponding period.
And the median price per hectare is also down.
But it's not all bad news in Otago, with the region seeing a lift in arable land sales.
The city's flood relief appeal is expected to be bolstered by a six-figure sum from the government.
It's believed an announcement about the funding will be made by the Minister of Civil Defence tomorrow.
And while the fundraising effort ramps up, another is winding down.
Long awaited work is finally under way at one of the city's oldest theatres.
After years of fundraising, half a million dollars is going into the renovation of the Globe Theatre.
And those who've worked hard to get the money couldn't be happier to see construction begin.
A new deal is in play between Otago Polytechnic and a leading Chinese tertiary institute.
Delegates have signed an agreement at the polytechnic campus.
And staff say such partnerships are becoming increasingly important.
The Dunedin City Council is about to seek public feedback on recommended changes to the way members are elected.
Councillors have just voted in support of the changes, suggested by an independent review team.
Although not everyone's happy with what may result.
Age Concern Otago staff say an alarmingly high number of elderly locals are being abused.
As many as one in ten are thought to be victims.
And that's prompting a call for action.
A section of the Caversham highway development is being closed, until the multi-million dollar project is complete.