The country's account deficit has grown, and it's now the largest it's been in almost six years.
An account deficit means the country's earned less than it's spent.
It relates to offshore income and overseas expenditure.
At present the country's got a deficit of $2.5b.
That's a debt increase of almost $500m from June.
The plan to save Basketball Otago is under way, with a massive fundraising effort about to start.
Members have unanimously voted to delay the shutting down of the heavily indebted organisation.
And that's partly thanks to a ten thousand-dollar prize, which is set to help balance the books.
A surge of holiday goodwill has been the saving grace for Dunedin's Night Shelter.
Just last month, the Trust's Chairman said they didn't have enough money to operate until its next round of grants funding kicked in, in February.
But the community heard their plea and has rallied to get them through to the New Year.
A University of Otago biochemist has just received a $50,000 grant to test her research.
Doctor Monica Gerth plans to develop enzymes that help to prevent catheters and other medical devices from causing infection.
That should reduce the rate of serious complications following surgery.
Doctor Gerth's research deals with stopping bacteria forming, and from becoming immune to antibiotics.
A nationwide initiative to roll out cigarette butt bins has been taken up by the Dunedin City Council.
Keep New Zealand Beautiful is providing the bins for free, and plenty of Dunedin businesses have taken up the offer.
Council staff are also using the campaign to raise awareness about how much work goes into keeping the streets clean.
The number of dairy cattle in New Zealand continues to rise.
Statistics New Zealand says there's now about seven million dairy cattle in the country.
Generally good pastoral conditions over the last 18 months have contributed to the increase.
But sheep, beef and deer numbers have fallen.
There were about 30 million sheep nationwide, as at June.
The government has changed drink-driving laws.
And it means the permitted level of alcohol for drivers has almost halved.
So the 39 Dunedin News word on the street team asked members of the public if they support the reduced limit.
The Dunedin City Council has been called on to help fund a multi-million dollar pool development.
Councillors have heard details of the proposal for a new Mosgiel aquatic facility.
But they're not the only ones likely to be involved, with community members keen to take a leading role in the project.
The Dunedin City Council has put a stop to the trial of a new freedom camping area in the city.
Councillors are concerned a new site, near Bayfield High School, would only add to increasing problems around freedom camping.
And the ongoing issues at Macandrew Bay were enough to see the idea voted down, with 7 of the 13 councillors against it.
A myriad of holiday activities are on offer around the city, particularly for our youngest residents.
One key attraction is Pixie Town, which has a long history in Dunedin, dating back to the 1970’s.
But it's not just kids enjoying themselves, parents with fond memories of the Christmas attraction are also getting in on the action.
A new chief executive has been confirmed for Dunedin International Airport.
Richard Roberts has been appointed to the role.
It's a promotion for Roberts, who has worked at the airport for 15 years.
Most recently he's been the general manager of infrastructure and service delivery.
Wholesale trade for groceries, liquor and tobacco has increased, heading into Christmas.
Statistics New Zealand reports that trade sales of those products are up by $74m.
That's in the last quarter of this year.
Trade sales of motor vehicles and associated parts are also up.
That sector has risen by 2% - a value of $39m.
Surf life saving clubs across the city are gearing up for a busy summer.
Sam Clutterbuck is the local club development officer for Surf Life Saving New Zealand.
He's here to discuss his role, and how residents can stay safe in the surf.
The Dunedin City Council is looking at the future of the Green Island landfill, and a possible replacement site.
It's calling for expressions of interest into a potential public/private model for managing waste.
And while consent for the Green Island landfill doesn't expire for nine years, council staff say now is the time to set a new plan in motion.
A fight between staff and management at Anglican Family Care is heating up, with a rally held outside the organisation's Dunedin office.
A greenhouse with an environmentally-friendly twist has been built at Sawyers Bay School.
Its walls are constructed from recycled plastic bottles.
And although the building project is now finished, it's not been without its share of difficulties.
It's all go in the Northeast Valley, with celebrations for the festive season.
Community group The Valley Project has hosted an end of year Christmas party at the Dunedin North Intermediate swimming pool.
And while fun events have been the group's speciality of late, members have much bigger plans for the new year.
A Dunedin woman faces several charges after she was allegedly found showering in a stranger's home.
The 28 year old was arrested on Saturday after being found in a South Dunedin house by the owner.
Police say the woman thought she was at the home of an acquaintance, and they suspect she was affected by drugs or medication.
A new x-ray machine has been installed at Dunedin International Airport, to enhance customs checks.
The biosecurity machine will help ensure international passengers arriving at the airport don't bring pests or diseases into the country.
It has been installed by the Ministry for Primary Industries, and replaces an older model.
Retired Dunedin businessman and philanthropist Graeme Marsh has become the first Honorary Doctor of Commerce from the University of Otago.
He was given the title at the university's graduation over the weekend.
Marsh first graduated from Otago with a degree in accounting, and has held many positions on university boards and committees.