The Dunedin City Council appears to have no intention of sending in a razor gang to cut council spending in the face of worldwide recession.
A new heritage study aimed at providing better protection for Dunedin's historic buildings could also help turn the page on last year's clashes between the city council and New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT).
Dunedin's community boards have made their opening pitches for new projects and continued funding during the first day of the city council's budget hearing.
The Central Otago District Council has yet to receive a retrospective application for consent from Queenstown company SRL (Steve Rout Limited) for work carried out without consent last year.
An apology has been issued to about 100 rural water users who were mistakenly charged an extra $715 each by the Otago Regional Council.
Authorities in Ashburton have been granted consent to dam a popular fishing spot for electricity generation and irrigation.
Planned spending by the Dunedin City Council should be brought forward where possible to help combat "economic climate change" and stimulate the city's flagging economy, the Otago Chamber of Commerce says.
Otago regional councillors are still divided over whether to go ahead with their council's proposed waterfront office block, yesterday voting to wait on the outcome of a tender process before finally committing to the project.
Timaru District Council appears to be pressing ahead with its Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP), a 10-year plan that prioritises spending on infrastructure and services, despite acknowledging it is not sure how the global economic downturn will affect it.
The already busy electorate office of Bill English is set to get even busier, now the Clutha Southland MP has been named Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.
Re-elected National MPs Jo Goodhew and Jacqui Dean have begun their second terms determined to put into practice the experience gained in their first terms.
Calvin Oaten runs the ruler over the last year's Dunedin City Holdings accounts.
The timing of a proposal to build a "medium-sized" theatre in Dunedin, at a cost of up to $35 million, has been questioned by city councillors.
The cost of installing solar water heating in Dunedin homes looks set to get a little cheaper, after Dunedin city councillors agreed to waive an $804 building consent fee as part of a one-year trial.
Closed-circuit television cameras could be installed across Dunedin's central business district as part of the rollout of a planned surveillance network, despite cost and privacy concerns.
Two senior Dunedin City Council jobs have been filled, with the employment of a new city property manager and transportation operations manager.
An anti-fluoride lobby group has been criticised for "misleading" claims linking bone cancer and fluoridated drinking water made in a pamphlet distributed in Dunedin.
Dunedin City Council staff hope a new policy will bring a crystal-clear framework - as well as clear water - to outlying communities wanting to join the city's reticulated network.
The Dunedin City Council yesterday voted to approve using the capital value of Dunedin city as security for $92.5 million of loans, effectively meaning banks could place a claim on rates income if the city was unable to meet its repayments.
Controversial plans for a "glass clip-on" atrium as part of the $45.4 million redevelopment of Dunedin's Town Hall are officially on hold, following a vote at yesterday's Dunedin City Council meeting.