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The art of growing exceedingly small trees is being celebrated in Dunedin, with the Otago Bonsai Society exhibiting the work of its members.
Final confirmation has come a Christchurch City Council-owned firm has taken a multi-million dollar contract to maintain the Dunedin City Council's water and waste-water network.
The change affects 30 council staff in Dunedin, though most are expected to either go to the new company, or stay within the council.
Several Otago rugby players were up for awards in the 2013 Steinlager rugby awards, held last night.
All Black and Green Island back Ben Smith took one of the higher honours, named Super Rugby Player of the Year.
Smith played every minute of the Highlanders campaign in 2013 with his form making him an automatic selection in the All Blacks squad.
Around 500 graduates from the Otago Polytechnic donned their blue gowns and sashes to parade down the centre of the city this afternoon.
Manufacturing sales increased by almost 15% in October.
The latest New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association Survey of Business Conditions shows export sales increased by 36%.
Domestic sales, however, dropped by almost 5%.
New Zealand is still favoured to win the test match against the West Indies, despite a spirited fightback from the visitors.
New Zealand started day four in a commanding position after a first innings lead of 396 runs.
The Windies were forced to follow on, with batsman Dwayne Bravo fighting hard to try and salvage a draw.
Anti-apartheid campaigner and South Africa's first black President Nelson Mandela has died.
The death at his home in Johannesburg was announced around 10.30am New Zealand Time.
Flags dropped to half-mast in Dunedin and social media exploded with tributes to a man many have described as an inspirational leader.
Disabled Dunedin bus users are seeing red over what they say is an unnecessary hike up a Dunedin hill to access discount bus cards.
Getting a GoCard Extra involves a trip to Work and Income, then to the Otago Regional Council in Stafford Street.
But there is no bus route to help them make that journey, and a public transport advocacy group says an ORC response does not go far enough.
Knowing all the ins and outs of heritage building ownership can be tricky, but a free workshop today aimed to address and shake up some of the issues.
Around one hundred people attended seminars to hear practitioners covering practical topics.
And that information could well end up saving owners money in the long run.
The race to attract the fastest internet speeds in the Southern Hemisphere has hotted up, as towns and cites across New Zealand get involved.
A recent spat between Oamaru and Wanaka over how towns are gathering points on the Gigatown table points to the importance of the prize.
Two Dunedin businesses have been recognised today as the city's most beautiful accommodation providers.
It may have started in Australia, but some New Zealanders are giving Aussie Rules their best shot.
Four Otago Boys High School pupils have been selected in the New Zealand under-16 Hawks side to play Australia's Flying Boomerangs next weekend.
Despite the game being relatively unknown down south, these boys are eager to prove to their rivals that kiwis really can fly.
South Island offenders have put in more than 220,000 hours of community work since the middle of the year.
Figures released from the Department of Corrections show that was the South Island's contribution to what is one million hours clocked up nationally in that period.
Offenders do work from cleaning up graffiti to gardening, clearing rubbish, painting and planting.
Holiday-makers heading off to Australia over the summer break should get a financial break when it comes to exchange rates.
The New Zealand dollar is at its highest in five years compared to its trans-Tasman neighbour, buying close to 91 Australian cents this morning.
The Aussie dollar, meanwhile, dropped sharply overnight with a continuing slide predicted.
New Zealand has seized control of the test match against the West Indies and seem likely to record their first test win of the year.
The home side dismissed the Windies for 213 runs, 396 runs behind New Zealand's first innings mammoth total of 609.
The best of the bowlers for the Black Caps was Tim Southee who collected four wickets to force the visitors to bat again.
University of Otago research has found women who smoke while pregnant suffer severe DNA damage to cells in their placenta.
While lower birth rates and complications were a well known result of smoking, the mechanism by which that happened - until now - was not.
And the research has also found it is never too late in a pregnancy to give up.
Summer officially got under way on Sunday with many expected to flee to the beach over the upcoming months.
With beaches full of swimmers and surfers, lifeguards are back on duty to ensure people swim safely.
This afternoon they were educating a group of children on how to be water safe, teaching them where to swim and what to do if danger strikes.
Police have made an arrest in a case in which a masked man robbed a North Dunedin dairy.
Every year almost 3000 New Zealanders are diagnosed with bowel cancer, making it the most common cancer affecting both men and women.
Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa has launched a new campaign with a slightly unusual name and a Dunedin connection.
Twenty four teams from three local Intermediates competed in the annual 'Boules To You' petanque tournament at the Caversham Valley Club this morning.
The competition began in 2000 as a way to introduce young people to the game and the club has remained committed to organising the event every year.