Rebecca Fox

More birds after possum control: study

More birds after possum control: study

There has been a 20% increase in bird numbers on Otago Peninsula in areas where possum eradication work has been done.

ORC $5.1m surplus $2m above budget

ORC $5.1m surplus $2m above budget

The Otago Regional Council may have posted a $5.1 million surplus, about $2 million more than budgeted for, but it is not money in the bank, council finance and corporate services director Wayne Scott says.

Planning document delayed

Planning document delayed

The release of a draft document which will direct environment and planning requirements throughout Otago has been delayed as the Otago Regional Council seeks buy-in from all the region's councils.

$1.4m irrigation reserve refocused after Act change

$1.4m irrigation reserve refocused after Act change

A $1.4 million reserve set aside to provide grants to develop irrigation schemes has been rendered unusable under its present status by a change to the Local Government Act, the Otago Regional Council says.

Councillors praise new strategic plan

Councillors praise new strategic plan

The Otago Regional Council will probably be more active, more generous and more interventionist than before under the direction of its new strategic plan, Cr Michael Deaker says.

ORC could take up different 'posture'

Enabling ''development opportunities'' and ''unleashing potential to enhance prosperity'' through planning could be the new direction of the Otago Regional Council.

Walking for wellness

Walking for wellness

Walkers head out on the inaugural Wellness Walk from King's High School, in Dunedin, yesterday.

High art wall to wall

High art wall to wall

It's a tall order: beautify the walls of buildings in and around Dunedin's warehouse precinct.

Sam pitches Ruth a winning proposal

Sam pitches Ruth a winning proposal

Sam Gilchrist took a deep breath and, with flowers in hand, strode out before 3500 people at Forsyth Barr Stadium last night as the big screen lit up with the big question.

1080 fish risk low: Doc

1080 fish risk low: Doc

Concerns about the health risk from eating trout that have eaten mice contaminated with 1080 should not stop anglers enjoying the new fishing season, Fish and Game Otago says.