Ranfurly Shield fever is well and truly alive in North Otago, as the small union prepares for its challenge against Otago on Friday.
The shield is being toured around schools across the district to help promote the game, which is expected to draw a strong crowd.
About 800 birds were on show at the '135th Oamaru Poultry, Pigeon and Canary Society Show,' over the weekend.
Pigeons were banned, but Geese were added to the flock for the first time.
Oamaru penguin experts say seeing little blue penguins waddling along the town's streets after dark is perfectly normal.
It follows concerns about the welfare of penguins living under a sushi stand in Wellington this week.
The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony says the birds have shown they can survive, and even thrive, in close proximity to humans.
One of Dunedin's best-known restauranteurs has now swapped his chef's hat for a business one.
Michael Coughlin has been spending the last few years promoting Provenance Meat, which encourages farming in an organically sensitive and sustainable way.
Year nine pupils from East Otago High School have visited Oamaru as part of a term-long, multi-subject project on sustainability.
Their main port of call was the Waitaki Resource Recovery Park, looking for inspiration amongst the myriad of recycling materials.
The Oamaru Steam and Rail Society is working hard to improve safety and infrastructure at a busy intersection near its workshop and Harbourside Station.
Volunteers from the society are installing electronic sensors to control the crossings light and barrier arms, as opposed to triggering them manually.
Members of the Black Ferns rugby team were at Saint Kevin's College, in Oamaru, this week, to take a training session for female pupils in the Waitaki Region - and they brought along a special trophy to help inspire the next generation.
The Waitaki-Community Hospital Action-Group has continued its calls, for the Chief Executive, and the Board Chairman, of Waitaki-District Health-Services, to stand down.
Their concern has arisen over the company's handling, of its controversial 'Proposal for Change' document, with the group holding a protest-march over the weekend, to show their discontent.
Screams for help could be heard from the Saint Kevin's College campus in Oamaru on Wednesday.
But the pupils screaming were merely acting, for the benefit of a large multi-agency emergency services exercise, staged in Oamaru.
Services won't be cut, following a proposal to change staffing at Oamaru Hospital.
That was the upshot of a community meeting organised by Waitaki District Health Services yesterday.
This follows the ODT's discovery of a confidential document proposing the restructuring of staff and changes to the hospital's layout.