The country's exports have fallen in value for a second consecutive quarter.
The merchandise terms of trade was down 2% heading into the start of the year.
It fell by almost double that amount in the previous quarter.
Export prices dropped more than imports, meaning the country had less buying power.
Dairy and meat products led the downturn.
But overall the country made $2.5b more from outgoing goods than what was spent on imports in 2015.
A new piece of public art is telling the story of an important local animal.
The life-size sea lion sculpture commemorates the return of New Zealand sea lions to the mainland after more than 150 years.
And it's hoped it'll help raise the public profile of the endangered species.
The artistic creativity of a group of Dunedin high school students is being shown to the public.
Bayfield High School's art department is holding its annual exhibition of student work.
And those running the show say it's a glimpse into what's going on inside the minds of senior pupils.
The artistic genius of some Dunedin residents is on display through an annual exhibition.
It's being run by Artsenta, which brings together dozens of talented locals within the mental health community.
And the public exhibition seems to be paying off in more ways than one.
Port Chalmers is a flurry of activity, as West Harbour schools prepare for their annual art week parade.
Children of all ages are set to bring to life this year's theme "Guardians of Otago Harbour".
And they're getting help from an artist in residence.
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.
To many people, The Beatles will go down in history as one of the most influential bands to grace the world stage.
The famous foursome visited Dunedin in 1964 and played in front of a large crowd.
And 50 years on, several local bands teamed up to pay tribute to the Fab Four.
A new art exhibition has brought some new and quite stunning photography to Dunedin.
Highly respected American photographer Gregory Crewdson's work captures a staged photo much like a Hollywood film set.
And with a full production crew working for each photo, the work aims to capture a dark side to contemporary America.
Italian-based soprano and University of Otago graduate Anna Leese is back in town.
Leese has returned to the city to perform this weekend with the Southern Sinfonia.
She says the opportunity to return to Dunedin is a chance to catch up with family, and shop at a local bridal boutique.
The military and the catwalk are two things that would not usually go together.
But both soldiers and models stepped out last night for an evening of glamour at a Zonta fundraising event.
And despite a martial setting for the event, the participants were working to fight against violence.
The 25th annual Otago University Students Association Art week opened its exhibition last night.
The exhibition gives first time artists an opportunity to showcase their works, as well as make some extra income while undertaking their studies.
Jonathan Lemalu says returning to Dunedin for a rare performance is relaxing, and makes him feel younger.
The Dunedin born bass-baritone performed with his father Foalima last night, in a duet with the RSA choir.
He says the opportunity to return home to support his father, the choir, and the community, gave him a chance to give back to his people.