They have made gingerbread houses based on landmarks in Russia and Paris, but the owners of Oamaru's historic Pen-y-bryn Lodge looked a little closer to home this year.
You take the good with the bad in video games. Hayden Meikle has been on the sticks long enough to know that, so here he offers the good and the bad of two recent releases.
His cousin's rugby career is about to be grounded, but Alex McCaw has been soaring in the family's other chosen sport.
The Highlanders will play European Cup holders Toulon in a pre-season game in Hong Kong next year.
Yes, it's that time of year again. Stand by as the sports video games flood the market. Hayden Meikle checks out two of the heavy hitters.
If only every club and province had a numbers man like Scott Cameron.
The All Blacks v France. Cardiff. A Rugby World Cup quarterfinal. Bring back a few memories? It does for former Otago Daily Times rugby writer Hayden Meikle, who was there in 2007, when the world went black (well, blue). He recalls that night.
There is a word all reporters are taught to avoid: iconic.
An uninhabited house and two farm buildings were destroyed by a fire that started on an Enfield property on Wednesday afternoon and flared up again yesterday morning.
Barry Stevens has been reappointed for another year as North Otago coach.
The Highlanders have capped a great weekend by getting two more players into the All Blacks.
Well, this is goodbye.
Put aside, for a minute, the issue of whether Lord President Baron His Royal Highness The One And Only Legend Right Honourable Viscount Duke Der Kaiser King Richie McCaw should be given a knighthood.
Barry Stevens will be on familiar ground when he makes his Heartland Championship debut as North Otago coach on Saturday. The long-serving Southern club coach talks to Hayden Meikle.
New Zealand football is mired in an eligibility saga but there is NEVER any scandal in the English Premier League. Oh, right. Sports editor Hayden Meikle looks ahead to the new season starting this weekend.
Tiime to play the armchair selector game.
Rugby fans searching for some good news after Saturday night's shock All Black loss will be pleased to know Highlanders co-captain Ben Smith will probably be fine for the Bledisloe Cup decider this weekend.
How is the air up there? Just ask Jonas Lobitz. The Otago Boys' High School old boy is seeing the world from a great height and rising up the hang gliding rankings. Hayden Meikle tracks him down.