Andrea Miller, the dominant hurdler in New Zealand athletics last year, is one of the three finalists for the Otago sportswoman of the year award.
Queenstown has once again won a top ranking in a tourism award - this time from the travel website Trip Advisor.
Secondary school pupils' contribution to their schools and community is being recognised again this year: nominations are being called for the TrustPower Waihemo youth community spirit award.
A Dunedin environmental scientist and two colleagues have won a top international science prize for developing a simple test which measures arsenic levels in drinking water.
Tapanui dairy farmers Tim and Lorraine Johnson were last night named the 2011 Otago sharemilker-equity farmers of the year at a function in Balclutha.
Otago strike bowler Neil Wagner and retiring Sparks spinner Tanya Morrison won the major prizes at the Otago Cricket Association awards at the University Oval last night.
Cadbury is vowing to regain its top spot, after the chocolate giant discovered its support with the public had melted away in the latest survey of New Zealand's most trusted brand.
Southern dairy farmers scooped the major prizes at the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards at the weekend, with South Otago's Blake Korteweg named trainee of the year and Stefan and Annalize du Plessis, of Southland, sharemilkers of the year.
Creative solutions transforming old and historic buildings have dominated the Otago Southland Regional Design Awards.
From modest beginnings, two young Dunedin film-makers are headed for the top, having just won the Platinum Best Film Award at the 2010 Colorado International Film Festival.
The "Grain Brains", a team of four Kavanagh College pupils, has won the top award in Dunedin's inaugural food science challenge, with a novel product, partly made from recycled pages of the Otago Daily Times.
New Zealand underwater hockey representative Bailey Lovett is still trying to catch her breath after winning the $50,000 Prime Minister's Future Scientist Prize, to support her planned study at the University of Otago.
More FM Dunedin has won two national awards for the "Save Our Neurosurgery" campaign it ran last year.
The Hokonui Fashion Design Awards event has been championing fashion design creativity since 1988. Jude Hathaway reports on last weekend's show.
Black Caps wicketkeeper-batsman Brendon McCullum epitomises the quality of the finalists at the Otago sports awards at the Dunedin Town Hall tonight.
The chief judge at this year's competition to find the best pie in New Zealand is a fan of the innovation that gourmet pies have brought to bakeries around the country.