University of Otago wildlife management masters student Carey Knox hopes he has the answer to an unusual problem facing the Department of Conservation - how to get 16 stolen jewelled geckos, estimated to be worth $192,000, back to their original homes on the Otago Peninsula.
A Southern right whale dolphin has washed up on a South Otago beach, something which has only been reported once before in Otago.
Horse owners and riders in the Wakatipu say they have been overlooked concerning access to tracks around the region and have met representatives from the Queenstown Lakes District Council, the Department of Conservation and Wakatipu Trails Trust to solve the problem.
There are some great walks in Otago and Southland, including the Milford, Routeburn, Kepler and Rakiura Tracks. Hamish McNeilly reports on the growing popularity of the walks by domestic and overseas tourists.
Department of Conservation staff say it is only a matter of time before someone is injured by sea lions, as recreational fishermen continue the dangerous practice of feeding them.
The Wanaka Community Board resolved last week to oppose the New Zealand Geographic Board's proposal to put a macron - long vowel sound - over the first "a" in the place name "Hawea".
A national "screen desk" and closer ties between the Department of Conservation and Film New Zealand have been welcomed by Doc Wakatipu and Film Otago Southland.
A new method of battling wilding pines could save millions of dollars on pine control in the next decade.
Department of Conservation staff were powerless when tourists chose to endanger themselves by deliberately flouting warning signs, the Coroner's Court in Greymouth was told today.
Attempts to mine asbestos in a remote area of the Mount Aspiring National Park in the 1970s were deemed a commercial failure.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) is going green with its campsites, introducing new energy efficient upgrades.
Makarora's Department of Conservation headquarters will have a new works depot built to replace a building gutted by fire in July.
An environmental lobby group is dismayed the Department of Conservation (Doc) appears to have thrown a possible lifeline to the $170 million Milford Dart Tunnel proposal.
Bogus Department of Conservation (DOC) signs suggesting trampers wear nappies instead of defecating in National Parks have been spotted around Southland.