First five Marty Banks has been given the nod to lead the Highlanders around the field when they take on the Blues in Auckland tonight.
But his promotion into the starting 15 is a step up from what he was expecting.
Close to 1000 people gathered outside Dunedin's Al Huda mosque today to remember those who fell victim to last Friday's terror attack in Christchurch.
Those gathered were welcomed with a karakia ahead of a national call to prayer and two minutes silence to remember those killed in one of New Zealand's darkest days.
The call to prayer echoed across a packed Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Thursday.
As the sun set, members of Dunedin's Muslim community knelt in silent worship, surrounded by the flickering candles of a city united in support.
The Maritime Union has been evicted from its Port Chalmers offices as Port Otago prepares to demolish the 1946 building.
A few past and present union members met across the road recently, remembering bitter battles and better times.
A little more energy in the legs, but otherwise business as usual.
That's how the Highlanders are approaching tomorrow night's game against the Blues at Eden Park.
World Hijab Day is traditionally held on February the first, but an event was held today following the tragedy in Christchurch.
The Muslim students' association at the University of Otago hosted a Hijab Day, encouraging non-Muslim women to wear the religion's traditional head scarf.
The Highlanders rugby team have paid tribute to the lives lost in last week's Christchurch terror attacks.
The squad will miss tonight's vigil as they fly to Auckland for tomorrow's Super Rugby match against the Blues, but took some time earlier today to show their support to the local Muslim community.
Authors of beloved books, such as The Book Thief and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, are Dunedin-bound for a celebration of literature.
The programme for this year's Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival has been launched, to be held in the city in May.
The iD Dunedin Fashion show supplied some colour on Friday with the Christchurch terror attack casting a Paul over proceedings.
But the show celebrated it's 20th anniversary in style highlighting colour in a time of darkness.
Thousands of people have flocked to vigils in the Central Lakes District to pay tribute to those affected by Friday's Christchurch terror attack.
Locals from Queenstown and Wanaka turned out in force last night to show support for their Muslim communities.
Love and hope overtook fear and anxiety yesterday as Dunedin's Islamic community returned to their mosque to pray for the first time since Friday's terror attack in Christchurch.
Hundreds of members of the public gathered outside Dunedin's Al Huda mosque in Clyde Street for nearly three hours in a show of support for the city's Muslim community.
Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger is imploring his side to be more ruthless as they prepare to take on the Crusaders in Dunedin Saturday night.
The home side are two and two after the first four rounds of Super Rugby, and face a tough few weeks ahead.
Pupils from many schools in main centres around the Otago region took part in a global march for climate change today.
Thousands of Dunedin school pupils are calling for action to stop climate change before it's too late.
The opposition leader has heard first-hand the concerns of local leaders regarding plans to amalgamate all New Zealand polytechs and institutes under one governing body.
MP Simon Bridges says he's interested in the Otago Polytechic's alternative proposal regarding the planned merger.