"Everyone is in amazing good spirits" is the message China-based teacher Catherine McKinlay sent home to her parents in Dunedin after an earthquake devastated the southwestern region of the country on Monday.
The Otago Regional Council's proposal to help fund the Awatea St stadium has ignited the most interest in ratepayers' submissions to its 2008-09 draft planning documents.
She is older than many of the rest-home residents she helps, but age has not stopped 83-year-old Dunedin woman Joyce Myers from working.
Nearly 1000 Otago pupils are learning how to remain physically, mentally, spiritually and socially healthy at Dunedin's annual youth expo, which started yesterday.
The Otago Regional Council is seeking costs as a result of the recent Environment Court appeal on the Leith Lindsay flood-protection scheme.
Frankie Wells wound an Otago scarf around her neck and declared her wholehearted support for the Awatea St stadium - one of the few voices to do so at yesterday's Otago Regional Council plan hearings.
Free buses and more shelters were among suggestions made recently to help the Otago Regional Council increase the numbers of bus users.
A clear statement is needed from the Otago Regional Council to show what it is doing about climate change, environmental groups say.
A proposed 25% increase in bus fares would discourage people from taking buses, submitters at yesterday's Otago Regional Council annual plan hearings warned.
Hearing opposition to the Otago Regional Council's proposal to put $37.5 million towards the Awatea St stadium was a "sobering" experience, Carisbrook Stadium Trust chairman Malcolm Farry said.
Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Cairns "philosophically" believes the Awatea St stadium could be of long-term benefit to the region, but wonders where its supporters are.
Dunedin accommodation is being booked fast for the first test rugby match the city has hosted in about three years.
While the latest survey of clam beds at Waitati Inlet has shown they are sustainable, the Dunedin company harvesting the shellfish faces challenges from pollution and plans to develop Otago Harbour.
An Environment Court judge has declined the Otago Regional Council's application for costs to be awarded to the council after a legal challenge from a Dunedin marine engineering company last year.
Fishermen around the country need to unite and fight the "over the top" measures to protect the rare Hector's and Maui dolphins announced yesterday, Port Chalmers Fishermen's Co-op Society president Neil McDonald says.
A basic right of every New Zealander to put a dinghy in the sea to get a "feed of fish" will be denied by new measures to protect threatened dolphins, Dunedin recreational fishing advocates say.
From a 10-part challenge to be sustainable, to pupils helping clean up stream habitat, a variety of activities are being planned throughout Otago to mark World Environment Day.