The country's general election is only a few weeks away.
And candidates for Dunedin North and Dunedin South are locked in and vying for votes.
So our Word on the Street team visited the central city to find out if locals have decided which party they're voting for.
Dunedin secondary school pupils have proven themselves to be skilled poets, reading their work alongside some of the country's best at a recent event.
The teenage writers were part of the inaugural Dunedin Secondary Schools Poetry Competition, which culminated in a reading at the city library for National Poetry Day on Friday.
Competition judge Sue Wootton is here to tell us all about it.
Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie has been appointed as the director of Enterprise Dunedin.
Christie was one of 37 people who applied for the role.
It was created with the establishment of Enterprise Dunedin - an amalgamation of Tourism Dunedin and the Dunedin City Council's economic development unit.
The latest tourism statistics show the industry provides more than a quarter of Otago's gross domestic product.
Visitors spend $2.17b in Otago each year - the equivalent of 25.2% of the region's GDP.
That's the highest rate in the country, according to new figures released by the Tourism Industry Association.
The Dunedin City Council is seeking public feedback on a road marking trial, in which cycle symbols have been painted on several streets.
The council has launched an online survey about the trial, through its Dunedin People's Panel.
Council staff want to know what residents think of the road markings - called sharrows - and whether they are effective.
Presbyterian Support Otago has thrown its weight behind a proposed warrant of fitness scheme for rental housing in Dunedin.
The organisation has undertaken research, which it says highlights the deterioration of the city's rental housing stock.
And those involved hope to kick-start local conversation around housing with a new report.
The Registrar of Companies is investigating a recommendation to ban a disgraced Dunedin bar owner from running a company for five years.
Speight's Brewery has long claimed to produce the 'pride of the south', but that title may be under threat.
Fellow Dunedin brewery Emerson's has cleaned up at the latest Brewers Guild of New Zealand Beer Awards - taking 15 titles.
And while four of those awards were gold medals, one Emerson's staff member received an even higher accolade.
A book compiling music lyrics and images by a Port Chalmers artist is being created at the University of Otago.
The work is all being done with an old hand-press - a long redundant method.
And for the man who came up with the idea, it's a dream come true.
The demolition of an empty Forth Street building owned by Cerebos Gregg's is almost complete.
Dunedin will host the Otago Primary and Intermediate Schools Cross Country competition in just over a week.
And children hoping to enter the race have been practising hard to gain selection.
Dunedin North Intermediate pupils were the latest to stake their claim, and after a run of bad weather, their teacher was relieved to see them take to the course.
The Arts Festival Dunedin celebrates the excellent and the extraordinary.
It was established in 1999, and since the inaugural festival in 2000 it has continued to attract local and international performers.
This year's programme was launched last week, and here to tell us what we can expect to see is festival director Nicholas McBryde.
A Dunedin bar has received a written warning for serving alcohol to an intoxicated patron during a police sting at the weekend.
Undercover police officers visited six bars in the city, some several times over.
Just one bar was found to be serving alcohol to an intoxicated patron, about 4am yesterday.
Statistics New Zealand has prosecuted dozens of people for failing to fill out forms in the latest national census.
The agency filed 99 cases in district courts throughout the country, following the census last July.
As a result, 46 people have been convicted of failing to fill out forms.
They have received fines ranging from $50 to $500.
A charity led by Dunedin tertiary students has raised more than $27,000 for World Vision.
The brains behind the initiative say it's a big achievement.
But they have plans to take it much further.
A combined choir of Otago Boys' and Girls' High School pupils has won a bronze medal in the national Big Sing competition.
The top award went to an Auckland combined choir.
The Otago Boys' and Girls' singers received one of seven bronze awards in the competition.
Dunedin man Nick Chisholm has continued to beat the odds - competing in his first bodybuilding competition this afternoon.
Chisholm deals with a condition called locked-in syndrome, meaning he is mentally alert in a body that won't respond.
And after months of training, he showed off his body in an online competition, helping to complete two world firsts.
A new generation of book-loving Kiwis is the aim behind a national festival brought to Dunedin's central city library at the weekend.
The annual Storylines Festival is part of a plan by organisers to promote reading to children.
But, as the event proved, it's not just the little ones getting behind it.
Dunedin Thunder needs to win its next game after losing to the Canterbury Red Devils at the Dunedin Ice Stadium last night.
Central Otago may have put on some of the season's best skiing conditions over the weekend.
But it was inside Forsyth Barr Stadium where some of the more extreme riders landed on Saturday night.
They competed in an indoor winch jam competition, and there was no shortage of tricks from the small field.