A large-scale installation at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery is showcasing a slice of Buddhist culture.
The work is by Auckland artist Tiffany Singh who was commissioned by the gallery to create it.
She was given permission from her Buddhist teachers in Auckland to use a mantra in Tibetan print.
Singh made about 240 silk ribbons to fill the 23m by 7m space.
A recording of the mantra is available for gallery visitors to listen to on headphones.
Singh will be talking about her work at the gallery tomorrow.
City Rise residents are being warned about a child sex offender who has been released into the community.
Some schools in the Dunedin suburb, including Kavanagh College, informed parents this week.
Department of Corrections staff visited several City Rise schools in the last few days, advising staff of the offender's release.
He's subject to 24 conditions including GPS monitoring, and he's not to associate with anyone under the age of 16.
The offender is living within a 1.5km radius of Kavanagh.
His neighbours have also been notified.
A new commander for the southern police district has been appointed.
Inspector Paul Basham will be based at the district headquarters in Dunedin.
He's been the Kapiti Mana area commander for four years, and has also worked in Wellington and the Wairarapa.
At one point he was in charge of the central Wellington CIB.
His start date in the south hasn't been confirmed.
Dunedin authorities are trying to prevent a repeat of last year's severe flooding, which prompted a review of the stormwater system.
A new screen has just been installed at the Portobello Road pumping station.
And while there's no guarantee it will stop flooding, at least it will ensure the system works at full capacity.
A southern cyclist is recovering in hospital with serious injuries after being involved in a collision with a car last night.
The incident happened about 5pm at the intersection of Dalrymple and Ness streets in Invercargill.
Police attended the crash, involving a car and a cyclist who was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Officers are looking into the circumstances surrounding the crash.
They're hoping to speak with any witnesses, including anyone who assisted at the crash site.
The median house price in Otago has reached a new high of $296,000.
That's a $16,000 jump compared to this time last year.
Prices are mostly up in rural areas but down in Dunedin, and overall sales volumes have fallen 7% in the last 12 months.
Otago is one of six regions in the country to hit a new record high median sale price.
Smaller increases are also being reported in Southland and the Queenstown Lakes area.
There has been a large jump in sales volumes in Gore and commentators say demand from first home buyers remains solid.
Organisers of the iD Dunedin Fashion Week are looking at ways to cut costs after reporting an almost $55,000 loss.
The society in charge of the annual fashion week just publicly confirmed the deficit.
In the 2015 financial year it enjoyed a net profit of more than $120,000.
But that's turned into a net loss of just under $55,000 following this year's event.
Income dropped and expenditure increased for the society, disappointing members.
They're blaming lower than expected ticket sales and are now looking at trimming costs and boosting sponsorship.
Otago is the second fastest growing region in the country in relation to tourism, according to the latest statistics.
It's second only to the Nelson region, which has had 11.7% growth in tourism expenditure.
The figure for Otago is 9.6%.
That equates to $3.2b for the year to August.
Wanaka led the country for individual towns and cities, experiencing a $16.3% increase.
Dunedin's also had a winter tourism boom, thanks in part to a new promotion enticing Australians and New Zealanders to the city.
Port Otago has generated $7.3m for parent organisation the Otago Regional Council in the last financial year.
The company's just publicly announced its latest annual performance, reporting a group profit of just over $34m.
There has been an increase in export container volumes and higher valuations on investment properties.
But the log industry has declined slightly, as have import container volumes and cruise ship numbers.
Port Otago's well into its planned $45m infrastructure upgrade, spanning several years.
New Zealand Cricket and the New Zealand Cricket Players Association have agreed that women's cricketers will be paid more.
A new three-year Memorandum of Understanding will see 15 of the country's best women cricketers offered annual retainers ranging in value from $20,000 to $34,000.
Previously, only the top 10 players received contracts worth more than $10,000.
The New Zealand Cricket Association says paying our best women's players more fits in well with the organisation's commitment towards inclusivity and diversity.
Despite a season-ending loss to the Lions at the weekend, the Highlanders are celebrating success, having 7 players selected in the latest All Blacks squad.
All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen named his side for the upcoming rugby championship, with the now expected contingent of Highlanders making the cut.
He says he and his fellow selectors are very happy with the squad and combinations they had come up with.
The Kia Toa Tigers have been crowned this year's Otago rugby league champions after defeating the East Coast Eagles.
The side won 32 to 18 at Forsyth Barr Stadium taking home the coveted William Johnston Cup.
And while there were a few stand-out players, the Tigers captain says it was very much a team effort.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will retain his position through to the next Rugby World Cup in 2019.
His previous contract was set to expire next year following the British and Irish Lions three test tour.
The 57 year old has been involved in the side's two back-to-back World Cup successes in the past eight years.
And he's lost just three of 57 All Blacks tests as head coach.