Temperatures will be rising in some Dunedin restaurant kitchens as their chefs prepare to go head to head in a competition first for Dunedin city.
The Farm to Fork competition is part of the Great Kiwi Home and Living Show at Forsyth Barr Stadium in November.
But while the chefs are embracing the Fresh Food Show cook-off, they're also full of admiration for their culinary colleagues.
Next year sees the celebration of 250 years since Captain Cook first visited New Zealand in 1769.
One of the scientists on board was Swedish botanist Daniel Solander, who now has a trail in Dunedin Botanic Garden named after him.
Today the Swedish ambassador visited the walk and spoke of upcoming plans for next year's anniversary celebrations.
A small but enthusiastic group have protested for better pay and conditions at Dunedin's courthouse.
Ministry of Justice staff were joined by affiliated unions.
Around ten workers left their posts at the Dunedin courthouse and joined supporters on Stuart street before walking to Castle street.
Once there the protesters shook signboards, and received many toots from passing cars and trucks.
The workers are protesting for better pay and conditions, and intend to 'work to rule' in the coming weeks.
Under cover of darkness, a huge crane worked away at the former Conservation House, on the corner of Cumberland and Lower Stuart Streets, in central Dunedin last night.
The top three floors of the four-storey building are being developed into a nineteen unit boutique hotel.
The building, built in nineteen ten, is category two listed and is on the council's heritage schedule.
It was originally the premises of engineering company John Chambers & Son.
The crane was used to remove building materials from the roof area.
School principals from across the country are visiting Dunedin this week to learn about Ngai Tahu history.
The ninety five primary and secondary principals are part of a national collaboration called Te Ara Hou, designed to support Maori achievement and cultural responsiveness in schools.
The visiting principals have spent two nights at Otakou marae, and yesterday were taken on a Parihaka tour with Otakou kaumatua Edward Ellison.