Farmers in North Otago are ''desperate'' to see a good amount
of rain soon, in order to ward off a spring drought, which
could result in a disastrous lambing and calving season. Some
areas received less than half the usual amount of rain last
New Zealand's principal Family Court judge says although
Otago and Southland Family Court judges had initial
''security concerns'' over a planned trial of audio-visual
technology in court, they are still supportive of its use
because those issues had now been resolved.
Rural tourism operators in the Mackenzie Basin are reporting
big increases in visitor numbers, and are putting it down to
a decision to throw their lot in with Canterbury's Regional
Tourism Organisation (RTO).
Otago and Southland judges have abandoned a planned trial of
audiovisual technology in a court setting, revealing a
North-South rift between New Zealand Family Court judges over
greater use of technology in court.
Just two days after Oamaru residents started a petition to
improve safety at a well-known accident hot-spot in the
town's north end, the site was again the scene of another
crash - this time involving an unmarked police car.
A historic North Otago sheep station responsible for
supplying New Zealand's first shipment of frozen meat for
export in 1882 is to throw open the doors and allow the
public to experience Victorian farm life for a day.