Dan Hutchinson

White fantail caught on camera at Ohau

White fantail caught on camera at Ohau

The sighting of a white fantail by a holiday-maker in Lake Ohau is the first that Dunedin-based Department of Conservation technical adviser Bruce McKinlay has ever heard of.

'Bandits' have big plans for park

'Bandits' have big plans for park

''Garden bandits'' are planning to seize an overgrown public reserve in Dalmore and give it back to the locals.

Youth job schemes pay off

Youth job schemes pay off

Intensive efforts have gone into tackling Dunedin's youth unemployment this year. The Star reporters DAN HUTCHINSON and JONATHAN CHILTON-TOWLE take a look at successes so far and the challenges that remain.

Plea after dog's fish-hook death

Plea after dog's fish-hook death

A simple, ''careless'' act has cost a couple their much-loved family pet - and an important link to a daughter who died too young.

Heeding the `call' for a different experience

Heeding the `call' for a different experience

Dunedin family is skipping summer this year and heading for Nepal.

Council vets Dog Rescue

Council vets Dog Rescue

An animal rescue charity has been told it must not speak about the Dunedin City Council without prior approval or it could lose access to condemned dogs at the pound.

Council takes action against dog owners

Council takes action against dog owners

The Dunedin City Council has contacted 400 dog owners about unpaid registration fees and is now sending some dogs to the pound.

Seeding salmon stocks

Seeding salmon stocks

More than half a million baby salmon will be released in the Water of Leith this season as the Dunedin Community Salmon Trust expands its programme.

Mother fears son drinking to death

Mother fears son drinking to death

Alcohol is many different things to many people but for alcoholics it is a killer. For their mothers it is a nightmare. One of these women tells her story to The Star reporter DAN HUTCHINSON.

Research 'desperately needed'

Research 'desperately needed'

The death of 29 little blue penguins at Doctors Point last week is a graphic illustration of the problems facing conservation groups in and around the Dunedin area.