Community efforts to restore habitats and protect species through fenced enclosures may be taking the pressure off the Government support conservation, Otago business academic Prof Colin Campbell-Hunt says.
It is a moment that has been more than two decades in the making, and for Dr Ralph Allen, Friday's opening of Orokonui Ecosanctuary's visitor and education centre will be a worthy tribute to the people who have worked on the project.
Orokonui Ecosanctuary plans to develop its educational focus by holding a series of themed talks by "eminent" local and out-of-town speakers every year, Otago Natural History Trust chairman Neville Peat says.
The forest parrots are the entertainers of Orokonui Ecosanctuary but, as Sue Hensley writes, their survival is a serious business.
Kiwi chicks could be scuttling around the Orokonui Ecosanctuary by the end of this year, as 16 Haast tokoeka kiwi have already begun preparations for breeding.
Former All Black and current Highlanders scrum coach Kees Meeuws spent Father's Day digging holes at the bottom of a gully yesterday, and enjoyed every minute.
Orokonui Ecosanctuary has exceeded all expectations - a 307ha sanctuary for native flora and fauna, protected from exotic predators. Rebecca Fox looks at the history of the project initiated by the Otago Natural History Trust.
Up to eight of New Zealand's most endangered kiwi, the Haast tokoeka, will be rehoused in Orokonui Ecosanctuary's predator-proof enclosure from the end of next month.
For the first time in 130 years, the call of kiwis in the wild is being heard near Dunedin, at the Orokonui Ecosanctuary.
Reducing winter opening days from seven to five days is just one of the tough decisions the Otago Natural History Trust may have to make about Orokonui Ecosanctuary in the coming year.
Although kaka, takahe and kiwi are among the headline species living at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, the forested valley also harbours some bush birds that are dainty and intriguing, writes Neville Peat.
A sighting of a Haast tokoeka kiwi chick at Orokonui Ecosanctuary is an important milestone for the recovery of the rare native bird, the Department of Conservation says.
The bird life of Orokonui Ecosanctuary picked the right day to show themselves - the first visit of Department of Conservation director-general Lou Sanson.
The Orokonui Ecosanctuary has responded to criticism of its pricing after an ODT reader complained tickets were too expensive for her and her family.
It will be three years before the kiwi being transferred to Orokonui Ecosanctuary will breed.
Suspicions mice are getting through the corners and culverts of Orokonui Ecosanctuary's predator-proof fence has led to plans for an upgrade.
No new species were introduced to the Orokonui Ecosanctuary in the past year, and its focus has been ensuring those species already there are settling in.