People applying for resource consent in the Otago region are much happier with the process.
John Key is on something of a delicate mission of diplomacy in Sri Lanka.
The Prime Minister has been at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting there, sharing drinks with David Cameron and Tony Abbott.
He is also shoring up support for New Zealand to take a seat on the powerful UN Security Council in 2015.
The Otago Rugby Union is on the look-out to find the union's next coaching maestros, with a total of ten positions available.
The union has advertised the head coaching roles for teams from the Otago Spirit to schoolboy representative grades.
Many are expected to apply, but one coaching stalwart can rest easy knowing his job is safe
It's not every day you get to take your pet to school but for pupils at Macandrew Bay that's exactly what they were allowed to do today.
A menagerie of very tame animals, kept in all manner of cages and on leads occupied the school grounds.
The children took their chance to show off their furry, and not so furry friends, not just to each other, but also to the pet show judge.
Dunedin councillor Andrew Noone appears set to be second-choice deputy mayor.
A DCC meeting on Thursday will consider a report from Mayor Dave Cull to appoint the Waikouaiti Coast-Chalmers ward councillor as acting deputy.
That role kicks in when both the mayor and his deputy Chris Staynes are absent, and means an elected member is designated to deal with any issues.
A manufacturer of plastic rubbish bags has been sentenced following a ruling it made environmental claims that breached the Fair Trading Act.
Eco-Pal Ltd was found guilty of 15 breaches of the Act.
The company claimed its rubbish bags were oxo-biodegradable, biodegradable, and suitable for domestic composting.
It also gave the impression of environmental friendliness.
West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle will play his one hundreth test match next month when he turns out at Dunedin's University Oval.
The big hitting left handed batsman was named in the fifteen man squad to tour the country which starts later this month.
The Dunedin City Council has gained a new chief executive, and lost the head of its stadium, all in one day.
One announcement followed the other as the top jobs came and went.
And both mean new searches are on for replacements.
Staff at the Southern District Health Board were in the Dragon's Den this morning, aiming to find new ways of improving patient care.
Eleven applicants were given the chance to deliver a presentation to a panel of senior staff and share their ideas.
An uninvited carpet python has been foiled in a brazen escape bid in Port Chalmers.
The non-venomous snake was caught by a Ministry for Primary Industries inspector, who had recently completed snake training in Adelaide.
A national day of protest was held in the weekend to highlight the issues of rape culture and victim blaming.
Organisers say the recent Roast Busters scandal has highlighted the concerns, and they are focused on trying to make a change.
A Dunedin academic has set up a support group for families with a member with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
The group met for the first time last week to share their experiences.
For the last six weeks a group of 5 to 12 year olds have been taking part in some special drumming sessions.
The O-Taiko Drumming Ensemble held a concert this weekend so the children could show-off their newly found skills.
Interest in junior cricket is starting to grow again.
Over 500 kids are playing the sport this year, after the Dunedin grades recorded a drop in participation in 2012.
And with renewed interest and a sunny Saturday morning, children got right into the swing of things.
Police have arrested the first poppy thief of the season, after a 29-year-old man was apprehended in Mosgiel.
The drug user who is well known to police was caught in the back yard of a residential address.
Police urged members of the public to call 111 if they see such activity, and to be vigilant if they grow the flowers.
Farm sales in Otago, and the rest of the country, showed a strong increase in October.
Real Estate Institute of New Zealand figures show there were 35 sales in Otago for the month, up from 23 last year and 26 in 2011.
The Otago market has been busy, with dairy selling at around $23,000 a hectare.
Queer people in Dunedin have been facing discrimination and public harassment by the rest of the community.
A Diversity Hui was held today to talk about those issues with several high-profile speakers attending.
The Hui was formed to talk through the issues and look for a plan moving forward.
There was a buzz around South Dunedin today as the former Wolfenden and Russell Building began a new era.
An indoor market is being trialled right up until Christmas with up to 25 stallholders selling their wares.
And organisers hope in the future local groups will use the space to help bring the community closer together.
Forty year old Wellington builder Rob Cope has been hitch-hiking around New Zealand with his fridge, Simpson.
That may sound like a difficult task, but Mr Cope is a man on a mission.
The Dunedin City Council is hoping a new initiative will provide concerned ratepayers some insight into the city's finances.