More than seventy businesses from around Otago have been praised at an awards ceremony in Dunedin for their courage and willingness to stand out.
The Westpac Otago Business Awards have run biennially for the past 20 years, and this year received nearly a hundred and fifty entries from more than seventy businesses.
A Dunedin pair, who some reality TV-show viewers love to hate, are eagerly awaiting the outcome of My Kitchen Rules New Zealand this weekend.
Jess Mackay, a real estate agent in Brighton, and Cindy Holmes, a mortgage broker who lives on a Taieri dairy farm, are one of two pairs left in the cooking show.
A group of street artists from as far away as Auckland are in Riverton this week to create a series of large murals.
Eight New Zealand artists are painting areas of the town for the South Sea Spray Riverton permanent exhibition.
Southland artist Danny Owen says murals are slowly becoming more popular in major cities throughout the country, and creating eight massive murals in the space of a few days is spreading vibrancy in one hit.
He says while each artist has their own narrative as to what they create, the murals will compliment the town's seaside vibe.
The two pods are stranded at the southern end of Mason Bay, approximately two kilometres apart.
Doc say half of the whales have had to be euthanised due to their condition, and the remote area they were found.
The other half had already died.
They say the likelihood of being able to successfully re-float the remaining whales was extremely low, so the most humane thing to do was to euthanise.
Doc has notified local Ngai Tahu iwi and they're working together on next steps.