It was unexpected, but the New Zealand sea lion's curiosity and interest in humans won Shaun McConkey over.
Macraes Flat is well known as the home of New Zealand's critically endangered skinks, but now there is a new claim - that the area has the highest diversity of threatened plants for its size in the country.
Dunedin will host the Special Olympics National Summer Games in 2013, a four-day event tipped to bring an estimated $2.5 million to $3 million to the city.
Nik Hurring has spent many hours looking after injured and sick kereru. Rebecca Fox talks to the winner of the 2008 Otago Conservation Awards - Coastal.
University of Otago frog researcher Dr Phil Bishop has been named Auckland Zoo's inaugural Conservationist of the Year.
More than 350 people from around the world have booked to see the kakapo Sirocco, one of the world's rarest parrots, at the Ulva Island bird sanctuary, Stewart Island, over the next six weeks.
An education programme has been launched to help young people gain an understanding of New Zealand sea lions and the challenges they face in life.
A young yellow-eyed penguin got its first look at the beaches of home yesterday after a three-week "OE" in the North Island.
Otago Daily Times cartoonist Garrick Tremain spoke about his work and gave details of his new book, 20 Years of Garrick Tremain at a New Zealand Book Month event at the Dunedin Public Library last night.
Just weeks before harvest, paeony growers in the South are hoping they will be able to introduce measures to get around a United States ban on all New Zealand flowers and foliage imports.
A man, believed to be 44 years old, was shaken but unhurt after falling down an old gold-mine shaft at Nenthorn, between Middlemarch and Macraes Flat, on Saturday.
When James Reardon thinks of his return to the United Kingdom in terms of giving up the "magic" of the snow-capped Kakanuis and tussock landscape of Macraes Flat for the "grey drizzle" of Regent Park, London, he wonders at the sanity of relocating.
Southland health providers will be consulted over a proposal to distribute drug funding to community pharmacies through bulk-funding of primary health organisations.
Otago Regional councillors have backed off from a suggestion it require water permit holders to install water meters, even though a catchment investigation of the Strath Taieri showed only 48% of inspected takes were compliant.
Ferrum Engineering has dropped its appeal to the Environment Court against the change of designation for the Otago Regional Council's new office block on the Otago Harbour Steamer Basin.
Dummy female sea lions may be placed lying alluringly on Otago beaches to attract more of the mammals to breed on the mainland.
The Otago Regional Council has reported a $7.5 million operating surplus for the year, double its budgeted surplus and more than three times the previous year's $2.5 million result.
Gatherings of female New Zealand sea lions along Otago's coast are not to be encouraged, it seems - unless they come of their own volition.
If you think your love life is complicated, spare a thought for the first royal northern albatross to arrive at Taiaroa Head for the new breeding season.