For one American living in Dunedin, the inauguration of Barack Obama as president tomorrow will have extra significance.
Dunedin will this weekend be at the centre of what may well be the first controversy over sheep racing.
The list of Otago individuals and businesses unhappy with the new telephone directory has grown to 14 since the issue was first raised with the Otago Daily Times last week.
Is it something to do with the letter "g"?
Tony Pemberton, of Dunedin, has taken seagull feeding to a whole new level.
Two University of Otago zoology graduates are stationed at Sandfly Bay on the Otago Peninsula this summer, not to study the bay's yellow-eyed penguins but the bevaviour of the humans who come to visit them.
Photography seems to be the main motivation for tourists wanting to get close to penguins, but just how far do tourists go to get that penguin family portrait when no-one is watching?
Mose hunter Ken Tustin is employing new digital technology in an effort to convince sceptics that the North American native still roams parts of Fiordland.
The future of the small South Otago seaside settlement of Bull Creek will soon be a lot more secure.
Agresearch scientists are still pondering the problems of raising Cromwell's endangered Chafer beetle (Prodontria Lewisi) in captivity.
For 27 years, former Dunedin inventor, Glenn Martin, now living in Christchurch, kept a secret.
Two Dunedin scientists will investigate the possible link between folic acid and cancer.
Country race meetings in the South have been a runaway success this summer, and yesterday's Waikouaiti Racing Club's New Year's Day event played its part, with the biggest crowd in seven years.
A Dunedin Women's Refuge worker says she has lost count of how many crisis calls she has attended over the Christmas period.
One of the main seasonal employment agencies in Central Otago believes there are signs that students are showing more interest this year in fruit picking.
"It's a long drive home at night, but it's fun counting the cash."
The two Dunedin engineers building an unusual one-bladed wind turbine hope to go commercial mid-way through next year, but much will depend on attracting an investor.
Going . . . going . . . and almost gone. Dunedin's best known antique experts and auctioneers, Trevor and Pam Plumbly, yesterday took another major step towards their permanent move to Auckland next month.
The big electricity companies seem to have changed their tune over buying electricity from the public.
A Glenorchy family who have spent almost seven years afloat on their yacht Gypsy Queen are about to begin a search for a new place to live - this time on dry land.