Dan Hutchinson

Call to extend trial to solar panels

Call to extend trial to solar panels

A year on from the start of a trial to allow home owners to add the cost of insulation and heating appliances to their rates bill and the Dunedin City Council has underwritten more than $2 million in loans. Dan Hutchinson looks at the popularity of the Warm Dunedin scheme. About $2 million has been loaned to hundreds of Dunedin home owners to insulate and heat their houses under the scheme.

Bradford's flying fox a swooping success

Bradford's flying fox a swooping success

Fun has taken on a whole new dimension at Bradford School after the installation of what could be the longest flying fox in Dunedin.

End in sight for silty saga

End in sight for silty saga

The Otago Yacht Club may be close to fixing the bane of many boaties' existence. Dan Hutchinson investigates the silting problems that have prevented full use of Dunedin's central city marina and the solution that is tantalisingly close.

Curb legal highs, DCC told

Curb legal highs, DCC told

The Government has passed legislation that allows the Dunedin City Council some control over the sale of psychoactive substances like party pills and synthetic cannabis.

Realtors, lawyers apprised of natural hazards

Realtors, lawyers apprised of natural hazards

Dunedin's house buyers are demanding - and being given - much more information about things such as tidal waves, floods and landslides than ever before.

Community garden growing well

Community garden growing well

It is hard to imagine, just five months ago, there was not a single vegetable sprouting out of the ground at the new Bathgate Park School Community garden.

All Dunedin rentals 'failed Wof'

All Dunedin rentals 'failed Wof' A Dunedin property investors' spokeswoman says she does not believe any of the 125 houses trialled under a new warrant of fitness (Wof) scheme have passed the test.

Otago marine panel announced

Dunedin environmental lawyer Maree Baker-Galloway will head the new Otago Marine Protection Planning Forum.

FoodShare in expansion bid

FoodShare in expansion bid

An organisation has sprung up in Dunedin over the past two years that is helping feed people in need. Dan Hutchinson looks at the FoodShare phenomenon that is taking food banks to a whole new level.

Landfill fees drive binman to quit

Landfill fees drive binman to quit

Michael Miller is closing the lid on 15 years of door-to-door rubbish collection in Dunedin after watching landfill fees rise from $30 to $300 for a truckload in that time.