When pedestrians suddenly found themselves confronted by a teenager politely demanding they hand over their plastic shopping bags in George St, Dunedin, yesterday, there was a moment of panic followed by giggles of delight.
The early childhood education sector is predicting a shortage of more than 1000 teachers nationwide next year, but providers in Otago say the region will be safe from the deficit.
The heavy snow which created havoc for many Dunedin drivers yesterday, was good news for panel beaters.
Synapses were firing furiously at Otago Museum yesterday despite freezing temperatures, as more than 40 secondary school pupils competed in the New Zealand Brain Bee South Island Challenge.
For some opera singers, the choice between studying at the Royal College of Music in London and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow would be a hard one.
If New Zealand schools fail to embrace the new New Zealand Curriculum, they will continue to put pupils with dyslexia on a path to crime, a visiting authority has told Otago teachers and parents.
Some might say arranging one of Bach's great violin works to be performed by clarinet, saxophone, flute, trumpet, trombone, two violins, two pianos and a tambourine is a travesty.
In tough economic times, Forbury School in Dunedin would be among those noticing the financial strain on families.
Strong winds gusting up to 109kmh have hammered Dunedin overnight but the city appears to have escaped any serious damage.
If Pacific Blue's transtasman flights from Dunedin and Queenstown are well supported, flights to other Australian destinations will be added, airline bosses say.
A Dunedin primary school will continue with its plans to introduce a red and black uniform for pupils, despite objections from one parent, who says it looks like a Mongrel Mob gang uniform.
The University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry is under increasing pressure to deal with referrals to the paediatric unit from school dental clinics - and is worried the problem may be exacerbated by the Otago District Health Board's plans to replace the school service.
The water in Tomahawk Lagoon may not be fit for consumption, but Tahuna Intermediate pupils hope their tests will show it is once again fit for aquatic activities.
Secondary school teachers from around Otago found themselves sitting at their pupils' desks this week as they took part in curriculum support seminars aimed at helping them prepare for the implementation of the new curriculum.
When Roy Goodman is not in front of a musical ensemble thrilling audiences, he is in the outdoors getting his own kicks.
New Zealand universities face hard decisions as a result of changes to tertiary education funding in the Government's 2009 Budget, University of Otago vice-chancellor Professor David Skegg says.
About half of Otago's primary school pupils could have "black and toothless smiles" by the time they finish school if the Government goes ahead with plans to close the region's 85 school dental clinics, the Otago Primary Principals Association warns.
Dunedin secondary school pupils shone on stage at the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival at the weekend, winning several major awards at the national competition.
Kings High School has joined the growing number of schools in Dunedin which are installing security cameras to help prevent costly vandalism.