Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull is about to travel to China, to build closer local government ties and discuss economic development.
He's participating in the first mayoral forum between New Zealand and China, following agreements reached last year.
The forum will focus on growing tourism, education and primary industries in both countries.
Ten other New Zealand mayors are involved, set to build relationships with their Chinese counterparts.
Dunedin's long been a sister city to Shanghai, where Cull will also do business while in China.
Business profits are rising, as indicated in the latest data from Statistics New Zealand.
Total operating profit before tax has increased 7% in the last financial year.
It's a rise led by the agricultural sector, and worth another $4b to businesses overall.
More than 70% made a profit in the last financial year.
That's comparable to 2013 but profits are generally larger at present.
Despite the dairy downturn, exports for the month of July were up compared to last year.
The total value of goods exported during the month was $4.2b.
That's a 14% increase on last July.
The main contributor was fruit, up 51% to more than $300m.
A weaker New Zealand dollar aided the increase in returns.
Meat exports also rose, up 24%, while dairy powder trade was down.
Almost 100 first home buyers in Dunedin are making the most of a new government funding scheme.
Since the HomeStart programme was launched in April, the government's received 89 applications from within Dunedin.
Of those, 75 have been paid out.
HomeStart replaces the KiwiSaver first home deposit subsidy. It allows first home buyers to apply for grants of up to $20,000.
Nationwide almost 7,000 applications have been lodged, and just over $7m paid out.
A locally owned electrical repair company is in liquidation, owing an estimated $200,000.
A F Johnston Electrical is owned by Lianne and Michael Montgomery, of Sawyers Bay.
Liquidators say the company ceased trading because of difficulties in collecting payments for completed work.
Assets have been sold to another electrical firm. There's $50,000 listed as being owed to the company.
Creditors haven't been finalised, but it's estimated that Inland Revenue is owed almost $150,000 alone.