Rape Crisis Dunedin is asking for community support, as residents are gearing up for the silly season.
Centre staff have held an open day, networking with people from other community organisations.
They've also been raising public awareness about the services offered locally.
They say they're underfunded and need help in providing residents with counselling sessions.
The 30 year old agency has just received almost $3000 from the city council.
But with the festive season approaching, staff are calling for extra help.
Navy vessel HMNZS Otago is on route to the Southern Ocean, having departed Dunedin this morning to monitor illegal fishing.
The offshore patrol vessel was docked at Fryatt Street for three days before departing at 10am.
Its crew is tasked with helping to protect the Southern Ocean from illegal fishing.
Officers will be checking compliance on licensed fishing vessels they encounter.
They'll also be watching for any illegal, unreported or unregulated activity.
New Zealand's been conducting maritime surveillance in the Southern Ocean since the late 1990s.
Four private investors have purchased a 77% stake in the operating licence for the Highlanders.
They're not saying how much money the five-year deal is worth.
Dunedin businessman Matthew Davey is leading the investment charge.
He's the founder and chief executive of Ticket Direct.
The Highlanders is the last of all five Super Rugby teams to be managed by new operators.
A 13% stake remains with provincial rugby unions, and New Zealand Rugby holds a 10% share.
Local community groups have been given just over $180,000 from the Dunedin City Council.
The council's grants subcommittee has allocated funds to 83 different groups.
No more than $5000 is going to each recipient.
The money is to help local organisations and groups with programmes related to a range of community activities and events.
It's also for growing arts, culture and heritage in the city, and for supporting youth development.
The country's trade deficit has widened to $963m.
That's almost $100m more than at this time last year.
Exports have been falling more than imports, but both are lower overall.
The dairy downturn is largely responsible for the drop, with milk powder, butter and cheese exports falling by just over $200m.
China has become the top annual export destination for New Zealand, nudging out Australia.
China's also New Zealand's number one source of imports.
Local school pupils are set to benefit from a fresh round of government funding through its Unlocking Curious Minds scheme.
The University of Otago is getting nearly $60,000 to run three programmes for teenagers and families.
The Digital Office is receiving almost $19,000 to help students from poor families learn computing skills.
A further $20,000 is going to the Dunedin Gasworks Museum to expand its STEM Learning Centre.
That will enable youth to undertake hands-on digital learning with new engineering and technology tools.
Almost $8000 has been raised for the local branch of the Child Cancer Foundation.
The money was generated through the organisation's annual duck dive at Moana Pool, held at the weekend.
The after-cost profit was $7912.
Organisers are thrilled with the result and say the event made for a fabulous day.
The money will go towards helping local families of children with cancer.
For many, transport to and from Christchurch is the biggest associated expense.
Local residents are already utilising just under a million dollars in grants for first home buyers, under a new government scheme.
243 Dunedin residents have been awarded grants through the government's KiwiSaver HomeStart project.
The government doubled its support for first home buyers through the scheme in April.
To date about $900,000 in grants has been paid to locals buying or building their first home.
Up to $10,000 is available for a deposit on an existing home, and double that amount can be granted for new builds.