The Otago Heritage Bus Society are making the holidays a bit more festive for locals in need.
They're operating a free bus service on Christmas Day, to get people to and from the community Christmas dinner.
So the 39 Dunedin News team went out to meet the folks making the holidays more merrier for those who need it most.
Over a thousand people have visited the Mega World of Mini Beasts exhibition at Otago Museum in its first week.
The team who put the experience together say there seems to be a never-ending fascination with the tiny creatures we encounter on a daily basis.
The New Zealand Transport Agency is encouraging motorists travelling into the city on State Highway 1 from the South early next year, to be wary of delays.
A short section of the northbound lanes of the highway will be down to one lane for up to six days.
The lane reduction will allow pavement reconstruction on a 100m section near the Lookout Point Fire Station.
The Dunedin City Council has stepped in to fund the cardboard collection service provided in the CBD for the rest of the financial year.
The collection service has been run twice weekly for the last eight years but the present contractor has chosen to cease the service.
A spokesman from the DCC says there will be no interruption to the collection.
The Dunedin City Council has announced the appointment of director Keith Cooper to Dunedin City Holdings Limited.
And Raewyn Lovett and Alan McConnon have been appointed directors of Dunedin Venues Management Limited.
Mayor Dave Cull says the appointments will inject new blood and proven skills into the Council company boards.
As Christmas and the festive break approaches, there's one thing on everyone's minds: what will the weather be like?
A local forecaster has given his best prediction of what Dunedin will encounter over the coming days and weeks.
And it's set to be welcome news for most.
Speed limits are being reduced on a dozen roads throughout the city.
The reductions will be effective from the 1st of February.
And there's more changes to come, on roads around some of the city's schools.
Cat houses at the SPCA in Dunedin are filling up fast, as the organisation faces another busy Christmas period.
While people get ready to unwind, SPCA staff are hard at work providing sanctuary for animals with no-one to care for them.
And they hope the good feelings of the festive season extend to pets.
With summer holidays approaching, many Dunedin residents are likely to be planning activities on the water.
And that raises safety issues, so Coastguard Dunedin president Lox Kellas is here to give us some tips.
An unusual-looking visitor has made the rounds of the children's ward at Dunedin Hospital.
Only a few days remain before Christmas, and Santa is out in force around Dunedin.
Peter Appleby is one of the dedicated people who dress up as jolly Saint Nick.
And he's celebrating - but not just because of the holidays.
Local Maori students are being congratulated for their entrepreneurship.
A dozen polytechnic and university students have taken part in a dragon's den-style business contest.
The competition ended a month-long programme, which was run in conjunction with Te Puni Kokiri.
It's the second year the programme has been held in Dunedin.
Gross domestic product is up slightly, buoyed by growth in the primary industries.
Milk production, oil exploration and gas extraction have all increased.
And that's pushed GDP up, with some of the strongest growth seen in 15 years.
Agriculture and mining are key drivers of the move, while the forestry and logging industry is down.
Manufacturing activity has also grown.
Findings in the city council fraud investigation have just been made public.
A report by Deloitte states that former council worker Brent Bachop was responsible for defrauding the council of about $1.5.
Bachop died suddenly in May, just after questions were asked about discrepancies in the Citifleet accounts.
A group of local basketball players are headed for the courts of Las Vegas.
The Mainland Eagles women's team will fly out at the end of this month for the overseas tour.
But there's a lot of preparation ahead first, to ensure the team is on the ball.
While Christmas is predominantly a happy time for families, the rate of domestic violence typically increases.
Senior Sergeant Matt Scoles is the manager of victims and family violence for the southern police district.
And he's here to talk about what people can do to look after each other during the holiday period.
This year has been the best yet for the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
In June the gallery surpassed its annual visitor record of 250,000 people.
And it's not just big name artists drawing in the crowds.
Dunedin's first co-housing development is set to go ahead, with the proposal securing resource consent from the Dunedin City Council.
A car stolen from Dunedin has been found burnt-out in Christchurch.
The white Nissan Pulsar was reported stolen yesterday, from a Waverley address.
And early this morning the vehicle was found in Christchurch, having been torched.
Police believe the vehicle was used in a petrol drive-off at Timaru.
It’s all go at Otago Museum as the school holidays kicks off.
With Christmas just around the corner, the museum's Animal Attic has had a festive transformation.
And among the animals, elves are on hand, getting everyone ready to meet the big man in red.