Residents enjoy living in the Whare Flat-Flagstaff Rd area because it has all the benefits of a rural setting but is close to the city.
Logan Park High School pupil Alec Dawson's essay on "the struggle of priority and values confronting us all" has won the Dunedin teenager a top Commonwealth writing award.
Dunedin taxi users regard most drivers as professional, and had fewer bad rides than passengers in other centres - but are more likely to take the first cab off the rank.
A return to construction and maintenance techniques similar to those used in the 19th century is ensuring the future of the historic sea walls around Otago Harbour, writes Sam Stevens.
Lifeguards are relieved water safety messages seem to have sunk in over the holiday period, making Otago beaches some of the safest in the country.
As Otago dries out and the fire risk rises, those people who fight and investigate each blaze have a clear message for holiday-makers and land owners alike - if you cause a fire, you will pay for it.
A spate of thefts from vehicles in car parks at Dunedin's Moana Pool has led to a warning being issued to keep possessions - and gifts - under wraps.
Forget vandals and ghost trains - hot weather caused barrier arms to malfunction at level crossings near Mosgiel on Monday, a rail company spokeswoman said.
As temperatures in inland and coastal Otago hit the high 20s, and topped 30degC in places, hundreds of people took to the water around the region yesterday.
Seal on roads on the Taieri seems to be increasingly prone to melting in hot weather, an agricultural contractor says.
The 100 or so military and police personnel, and members of the public, who attended the International Close Combat Instructors Association convention in Dunedin this week may have learned skills which will enable them to turn the tables on future assailants - literally.
A "delightful guy", diligent, professional and "someone you would be happy to have as a doctor" was how senior Dunedin Hospital staff described the young English doctor killed in a jet boat crash on the Matukituki River on Friday.
Christmas Day for almost 4000 passengers on two large cruise ships which visited Port Otago at the weekend involved trees, carols, gifts and festive cheer - but some passengers still found the high seas an unusual place for celebrations.
A teenage construction worker is in Southland Hospital after being crushed by a concrete slab at Fonterra's Edendale dairy factory yesterday morning.
An uncommon storm water system could provide common sense solutions to potential rainwater drainage problems on a large residential subdivision near Mosgiel, the developer behind the scheme says.
Otago transport operators are welcoming the introduction of tougher testing criteria for heavy vehicles' brakes.
They sit unused for months and are then expected to traverse Otago's highways and byways with ease over the holiday season - but caravan maintenance must not be left to the last minute, experts say.
A $1.14-million roading project on State Highway 1 between Waikouaiti and Palmerston should be finished on schedule.
As one Otago local authority moves to make life jacket use compulsory, and others consider it, Dunedin Marine Search and Rescue chairman Martin Balch believes lack of knowledge of boating navigation rules is a more pressing safety issue.