Fears a commitment to the planned $188 million Otago Stadium, and other capital projects, could be mortgaging Dunedin's future were dismissed as "scare tactics" during day three of the Dunedin City Council budget hearings yesterday.
A move to cut a proposed budget increase for Dunedin's libraries was narrowly defeated yesterday, despite calls to put the city's economy first.
Some Dunedin roading projects could be deferred to save money if the planned $188 million Otago Stadium development proceeds, Dunedin City Council staff have suggested.
A proposal to increase Tourism Dunedin's budget by 43%, above the $1.1 million already pencilled in for 2009-10, was knocked back on the second day of the Dunedin City Council's budget hearings yesterday.
Smaller building companies are feeling the pinch as new figures show a slump in building consent applications across Otago.
The Dunedin City Council says it is looking at all options as it plans the defence of the city's most popular beaches from erosion caused by pounding Pacific waves.
There are no plans to increase the frequency of water quality tests at Dunedin's beaches despite concerns swimmers could - in extreme circumstances - risk contracting hepatitis A, officials say.
Dunedin surf life-savers claim a plume of pollution washing on to the city's most popular beaches is making them ill.
A new heritage study aimed at providing better protection for Dunedin's historic buildings could also help turn the page on last year's clashes between the city council and New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT).
Dunedin's community boards have made their opening pitches for new projects and continued funding during the first day of the city council's budget hearing.
Dunedin women are being warned to ensure their personal safety at all times on nights out, after two separate sex attacks in the city during the weekend.
The sight of a police officer emerging from a Dunedin home clutching a young baby tightly to her chest signalled the peaceful end to a tense standoff at the weekend.
Dunedin city councillors will spend three days from Wednesday scouring the budgets as they begin this year's annual plan process.
Homeowners and developers face fee increases for resource consents, as well as a host of other price hikes, if Dunedin city councillors accept a list of new charges in the pre-draft community plan.
Large volumes of sand may have returned to Dunedin's most popular beaches, but the picture being painted by two University of Otago students may soon show if it is here to stay.
The Dunedin City Council is weighing several "quite expensive" options aimed at preventing improvements to the Esplanade, at St Clair, crumbling in the next big storm.
The actions of tourists risking their lives for a closer look at Fox Glacier have been captured on camera by former glacier guide Jane Pearson, of Outram.
Tenants occupying one of four protected buildings on Dunedin's Princes St have been ordered out over fears the building is earthquake prone and unsafe.
What to do with Carisbrook?
Business owner Jim Lloyd has seen a lot from behind the counter of his South Dunedin antiques store.