Rowena is in charge - and has broken new ground.
Otago coach Ben Herring is to leave his post after this season, heading for a family trip around the United States.
Town clubs and the Otago Country board have won two extra seats at the Otago Rugby Football Union board table, but it comes with a warning shot fired by the outgoing board chairman.
Otago will have three warm-up games - two involving Ranfurly Shield challenges - before the Mitre 10 Cup kicks off.
Otago fielding a team made up of players from overseas competitions will simply not happen, a meeting was told last night.
The Otago Rugby Football Union has recorded a tidy profit for the year while chairman Keith Cooper has announced he is standing down.
Prop Donald Brighouse has gone to Coventry as Otago front rowers spread themselves around the world.
There were plenty of teams lining up to have a crack at the Ranfurly Shield this season but Otago is limiting itself to just the two mandatory pre-season challenges.
John Haggart played 119 games for Otago, finishing with the blue and golds when the side won the national provincial championship in 1991. Since then he has been all around the world. He catches up with Rugby writer Steve Hepburn.
As more opportunities arrive for players, Otago coach Ben Herring believes it is fantastic that some have the chance to become professional players for 12 months of the year.
The North Otago Rugby Football Union has lost three of the four members of its board although the union says nothing is amiss.
Was Otago’s season one of achievement or one of disappointment? Rugby writer Steve Hepburn picks over the carcass and gives his take.
The Otago union wants to host Southland next year in its first home game of the Mitre 10 Cup which will also double as a Ranfurly Shield challenge.