Queenstown is hosting more than 500 scientists from all around the world, for the biggest Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology conference in the Southern Hemisphere.
The 'AMN8' conference focuses on the latest research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.
Police say a small cluster of offending west of the city may be part of a growing trend in the area.
A daytime burglary in Outram was followed by an unusual crime nearby at a Goodall Street address yesterday.
The occupant reported finding a small wooden man on fire in the garden of their Mosgiel property.
Nothing was taken in either incident and a suspect has been put forward by the Goodall Street resident.
Police are keeping an open mind on whether the incidents are related, but say any information from the public is welcome.
Writing a 50,000 word novel in a month is a tall order.
But that's what almost 100 Otago and Southland residents are attempting at the moment.
They're part of a global community of thousands, all with the same goal.
The Storylines Festival provides a unique opportunity for children to meet the people who are writing the books they love to read.
And this year's festival proved to be more popular with children than ever before.