Dan Hutchinson

Agencies aim to curb stress and spending this Christmas

Agencies aim to curb stress and spending this Christmas

Seventeen Dunedin social agencies have joined forces to try to change Christmas this year and put a stop to the stress and financial burden it places on many people. DAN HUTCHINSON talks to some of those who want to make a difference this year.

Locals urged to keep eye on sky during kereru census

Locals urged to keep eye on sky during kereru census

There is no time for navel gazing this week, with all eyes up for the Great Kereru Count of 2014.

Pair see project through

Pair see project through

Twelve-year-olds Beth Lynch and Rosa Miller got pretty serious about a school project recently and raised enough money to fund 540 meals that will be distributed through Dunedin charities.

Putting away keys is hard decision for older drivers

Putting away keys is hard decision for older drivers

Driving is part of our culture and the key to independence for many people so it is no wonder some are reluctant to call it quits when it becomes unsafe. Dan Hutchinson talks to those with the inside knowledge of life after driving.

Dunedin-born charity on the front lines

Dunedin-born charity on the front lines

An Iraq aid programme established by a University of Otago student three years ago has taken on a whole new dimension as conditions in Assil Russell's land of birth worsen every day.

Excitement brewing as beer festival season draws near

Excitement brewing as beer festival season draws near

The pressure is on for Dunedin's home brewing fraternity with bragging rights and reputations on the line during the city's beer festival season.

Sanctuary's 'halo effect' boosts birds

Sanctuary's 'halo effect' boosts birds

Dunedin is reaffirming its status as the wildlife capital of New Zealand thanks to a range of conservation projects that are starting to pay off.

More homes to be insulated

More homes to be insulated

A group that aims to make every house in Dunedin warm within 11 years has been given another shot in the arm by the Government's Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (Eeca).

Botanic Garden project nearing end

Botanic Garden project nearing end

As work nears completion on a $6 million redevelopment of the Dunedin Botanic Garden propagation buildings and glasshouses, attention is turning to shifting thousands of rare plants and seeds.

Skateboard ban 'way over the top'

Skateboard ban 'way over the top' Surfers and skateboarders say a skateboarding bylaw at St Clair Esplanade is 'way over the top' and are staking a claim for their right to roll up and check out the waves.