The Christchurch rebuild means retail and hospitality growth in the city continues to outpace the rest of the country.
Retail and hospitality spending in Christchurch increased 1.4% in the June quarter.
Nationally that figure was just 1%.
Statistics New Zealand says retail and hospitality sales in Christchurch have risen 24% since June 2010.
National may have won the election, but Labour candidates have retained Dunedin's vote.
David Clark and Clare Curran will again represent Dunedin North and Dunedin South for the next three years.
But with National's increasing dominance over the party vote in Dunedin, both sides are celebrating.
A 26 year old Dunedin man has been jailed for five years over the death of another man in a Dunedin bar.
A giant red ball is rolling its way across the country as part of a health promotion.
It's one of several initiatives employed by those behind the nationwide Stoptober campaign.
And it has reached Dunedin, where smokers are being encouraged to quit for a month, and ultimately for good.
More than 70 bronzed bodies took centre stage for the National Amateur Bodybuilders Association South Island championships at the weekend.
Muscle definition, proportion, symmetry and stage presence were all qualities the judges were looking for.
But in the end it was the competitors having total confidence in themselves that shone through.
Science fiction with a historic twist has come alive in the city.
A steampunk carnival at the Dunedin Gasworks Museum gave locals a closer look at the unique art style.
And it seems the Victorian-inspired movement is picking up steam throughout Otago.
Twenty six elite breweries have showcased their finest drop of liquid gold at the inaugural Dunedin Craft Beer Expo.
About 2000 people attended the event, and organisers say it's the younger generation leading the charge to test their taste buds.
In the lead-up to tomorrow's election, 39 Dunedin News invited all local candidates to come into the studio for an interview.
Tonight David Clark, of the Labour Party, joins us to talk about why he's running for the Dunedin North electorate.
At least ten redundancies are likely at the University of Otago, following the scrapping of two programmes.
The university is doing away with its one-year graduate diploma and four-year bachelor's degree in education studies.
That means more than ten College of Education staff are likely to lose their jobs.
The programmes will be dropped from the start of next year.
Strong growth in service industries has pushed New Zealand's gross domestic product up 0.7% in the last quarter.
Statistics New Zealand says services make up about two-thirds of the economy, and all 11 service industries increased in the June quarter.
The biggest increases were in industries that include advertising, employment services, and software development.
It's a rare treat for Dunedin scientists to get their hands on a perfectly intact spectacled porpoise.
They're usually found in deep water thousands of kilometres from New Zealand.
But the recent discovery of an adult male on a Dunedin beach means exciting things ahead for local researchers.
Warning: this story contains images that may offend.
The Department of Conservation is urging locals to control their dogs on the beach - or face the consequences.
A series of fatal attacks on seals and other wildlife has prompted the warning.
And DoC says fines and even imprisonment await those who endanger marine mammals.
Wet conditions nearly stopped the early stages of the first wall being spray painted for the inaugural Dunedin Street Art Festival.
But the rain did eventually clear, enough for international street artist Dal East to mark the beginnings of a large-scale work depicting an extinct bird.
The senior pupils of Concord School take the responsibility of looking after new entrants very seriously.
Every second Friday they welcome the youngsters into the library and put their role model skills to the test.
The curtains have closed on a space-spanning production called Cosmos Conundrum at Anderson's Bay School.
The show tells the story of a man whose intergalactic travels create havoc across space.
And the out-of-this-world journey proved to be more than an adventure for the main character.
In the lead-up to the election, 39 Dunedin News has invited all local candidates to come into the studio for an interview.
Tonight Hamish Walker, of the National Party, joins us to talk about why he's running for the Dunedin South electorate.
New Zealand's current account balance shows a deficit of $2b.
That's $1.4b larger than in the previous quarter.
Statistics New Zealand says it's partly because the value of exports has fallen.
Dairy was the commodity with the most severe change in value during the last quarter.
Despite the current deficit, New Zealand's financial position is improving.
The Dunedin City Council is spending more than $2m on a pipeline renewal project in Andersons Bay and Musselburgh.
The council has just awarded two tenders for the work to a local company.
And it's work that staff say is seriously needed.
Traffic delays are likely to effect residents living between Dunedin and Port Chalmers over the next week.
The race is on to find out which town will become a leading digital innovation hub and the country's first Gigatown.
Dunedin has an opportunity to become more connected than ever before, as the competition reaches the final stage.
And if one giga-bit internet speed is to be a reality then we all need to log on and get hash-tagging.