Dan Hutchinson

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.

City bird life increasing

City bird life increasing

The population of tuis, kereru and bellbirds is making a huge comeback in Dunedin, Otago Conservation Board member Dr Jim Williams says.

Unclear where poison will go

It is still unclear to what extent a massive pest control operation spanning 700,000ha of the South Island and the bottom half of the North Island will need to be carried out.

Consent given to fell specimen tree

Consent given to fell specimen tree

A Dunedin City Council committee has granted consent for a giant, protected specimen tree to be cut down because of the risk to the building and people underneath it.

Skater's icy resolve to compete

Skater's icy resolve to compete

There is no easy road to the Winter Olympics for Dunedin's champion figure skater Sarah MacGibbon.