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Dunedin public transport could soon be the sole responsibility of the Dunedin City Council.
The Otago Regional Council today voted to hand control of the system to the DCC - if the city chooses to take it.
But despite giving control away, councillors are adamant there are no problems with the system.
Rather, they say, the DCC has more to offer.
A brief lull in interest in Dunedin City Council affairs is over - annual plan submissions have topped 1000, more than four times last year's figure.
Getting organised for your own exit from the land of the living is an activity most of us are inclined to put off.
But the Southern District Health Board is urging people to plan for death, and discuss those plans with family, friends and medical professionals.
The health board says advanced care planning can make dealing with the inevitable a lot less stressful.
Otago Polytechnic students have been out and about in the community this week putting their hands up to make a difference.
Pre-trade training students have been laying gravel and planting trees.
And when 39 Dunedin News caught up with them they were busy painting the interior of a local organisation's new premises.
Dunedin North and Dunedin South registrar of electors Dee Vickers is gearing up for another election year.
The woman behind the nuts and bolts of the voting process in the city is here to tell us what that will involve.
Police will enforce a 4km threshold over the Easter period, ticketing anyone doing more than 104 kph.
The same campaign was run over the summer period and the Police say there was a 26% reduction in road deaths - helping give 2013 the lowest road toll in 60 years.
This week's 39 Dunedin News Word on the Street team went to George Street to see if you think the rule should be made permanent.
Police plan to again target speed and alcohol on New Zealand roads on an Easter weekend where bad weather is expected to play a part.
Since 1956 more than 560 people have been killed and 14,600 injured in Easter road crashes.
The only year that nobody died was 2012.
A jump in tobacco prices was the main driver of a 0.3% consumer price index rise in the March quarter.
Cigarette and tobacco prices rose 10.2%, following an 11.3% rise in excise duty in January.
Statistics New Zealand says without cigarettes and tobacco the CPI showed no change in the quarter.
Dunedin police are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed a crash that left a Stuart Street traffic light on an unusual angle at the weekend.
While nobody was injured in the crash between a dark blue Toyota Corolla and a silver BMW, police say they are investigating the circumstances.
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull has labelled claims the Dunedin City Council did not communicate with the developers of the $100 waterfront hotel as completely untrue.
The city was left dealing with the fallout today, following the sudden and unexpected dumping of plans for the controversial building.
But city and business identities say Betterways' loss may be another developer's gain.
Street upgrades in the warehouse precinct, in doubt because of budget pressures, have been given the green light.
More than 1200 young people will walk in their brightest colours from Tahuna Park to the Oval later this year to commemorate World War One.
It will be part of Embarkation Weekend, signalling 100 years since more than 1100 men left Otago for a war that killed 18,000 Kiwis.
The elections are still more than five months away, but leaders are already lobbying for votes in Dunedin.
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters got his chance to speak to the Dunedin public over the weekend as he tries to stay above the 5% threshold needed for a seat in parliament.
Tweeting, death, and Peaches Geldof took the attention of a Dunedin academic recently.
Dr Rosemary Overell has been writing about the relationship between social media and the big sleep, and she joins us to explain.
Weather permitting you won't see the moon tonight, when you look up at the sky.
That's because it'll be hiding in the earth's shadow.
And one man who'll be casting his eyes skyward has just returned from Shanghai, where planets and astronomy was all that was talked about.
Dunedin police are crediting ''good old fashioned police work'' for the quick capture of a man alleged to have held up a Highcliff Road dairy yesterday afternoon.
At around 2pm a man armed with a knife entered the Shiel Hill Food Centre and demanded money and cigarettes from a woman behind the counter.
A quantity of cigarettes was taken during the robbery.
Some buyer resistance to prices is emerging in the Otago rural real estate market, despite solid localised activity for sheep and beef farms.
That came through in the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand's rural report for the three months to March.
Nationwide there were 1,842 farms sold in the year to March, 28.5% more than the year before.
Otago cricketer Mark Craig is one of two new faces named in the New Zealand test squad to face the West Indies next month.
Twenty-seven year old Craig was named after a stand-out Plunket Shield performance, taking 22 wickets for Otago.
Head coach Mark Hesson said Craig, who is a right arm off-spinner, will be valuable against the West Indies left-handed heavy top order batting line-up.
A montage of the Royal visit at the weekend.
Police say a young man with a knife has held up a Dunedin dairy this afternoon.