Jayden Taggart had half his left ear ripped off by a Staffordshire bull terrier when he was visiting a Wakari home in May.
Farmers in some parts of Otago are starting to feel the "bite" from dry conditions after parts of the region were among the driest in the country last month, Otago Federated Farmers president Michael Lord said.
The Otago Farmers Market Trust has made the decision to scale back its South Dunedin market after it failed to attract as many customers as expected following its opening last year, trust general manager John More says.
A South Otago grain farmer says conditions are the driest he has ever seen in December and grain farmers in the region are starting to feel the bite.
Holidaymakers are taking advantage of the dry and warm weather and flocking to Southern walking tracks.
Beekepers in Otago are having a "spectacular" season, with warm weather in the region resulting in better honey producing conditions, says National Beekeepers Association of New Zealand Otago president Allen McCaw.
"Shower-stealing" freedom campers who sneak into holiday parks to use facilities are infuriating park owners around the country, with some parks in the Otago and Southland region catching more than 50 campers a week.
A University of Otago study involving Dunedin primary school pupils has shown spending money on upgrading playgrounds does not appear to result in children being more active.
The Dunedin City Council (DCC) has started work on a policy that could impose greater restrictions on alcohol outlets in the city, DCC liquor licensing and projects officer Kevin Mechen says.
No bars have applied to the Dunedin City Council (DCC) to stay open into Christmas Day, after it indicated it would stick to the letter of law this year.
Sixteen staff at Muffin Break in Dunedin Hospital have been dealt a pre-Christmas blow with the loss of their jobs when the franchise closes next month.
Age Concern Otago and Grey Power are concerned many older people will not be able to read the print in the recently released Otago 2011/12 phone book.
University of Otago health experts say a study showing a correlation between suicide, homicide and a lower drinking age in the US is further evidence the drinking age should be raised here.