And this is where we begin our 2016 local body election coverage.
We're going to kick things off by talking to University of Otago Associate Professor Janine Hayward, who is head of the Department of Politics.
The New Zealand First Party has its conference and Annual General Meeting in Dunedin this weekend, however the party's leader Winston Peters is already in the city, speaking at a forestry conference today..
Otago Daily Times Political Editor Dene Mackenzie is a man with his finger on the pulse of politics...and he joins me now...
Former Prime Minister Helen Clark's bid to become the next head of the United Nations appears to be on the rocks.
This, despite the efforts of Prime Minister John Key, and Foreign Affairs Minister, Murry McCully.
To discuss what Miss Clark's chances are, international relations expert Robert Patman joins me now..
Otago Polytechnic's School of Fashion Academic Leader has just returned from New Zealand Fashion Week.
Margo Barton was given the task of opening proceedings at the prestigious show, and she joins me now...