Southlanders may be tough, but one father thinks his daughter's school beanie ban even on the frostiest of mornings is too far.
Central Southland College, a high school in Winton, is enforcing the longstanding rule that beanies cannot be worn on school grounds.
But, as local dad Daniel McLean told Stuff, "beanies are a no-brainer down here in Southland".
Despite this, Mr McLean is concerned the school won't change its mind "no matter how bad the weather gets". The region has dipped well below zero around the time school starts, this week.
Central Southland College principal Grant Dick told Stuff beanies are not part of the school uniform, and did not personally believe they were necessary at school.
Mr McLean told Stuff he had to negotiate with a staff member to allow his daughter to wear her beanie up until the school gate. However, Mr Dick said it was unlikely a beanie would be taken off child as they travelled to school in the cold.
Mr Dick says the classrooms, where children spend most of their time at school during winter, are heated.