Rebecca Fox

Conservation board budget too small by half

Conservation board budget too small by half

The Otago Conservation Board is now running in the red, with members concerned it might not have enough funds to adequately do its work in future.

Cold snap sharp, but expected to be short

Cold snap sharp, but expected to be short

A cold front hit Otago yesterday morning, dropping temperatures by 10degC in the space of a few hours, but it is predicted to be short-lived, the MetService says.

Doc reassessing its structure over shortcomings

Doc reassessing its structure over shortcomings

Following staff criticism, a new pilot programme is about to start to try to address problems with the Department of Conservation's new structure.

Rainfall buys time for Taieri River catchment

Rainfall buys time for Taieri River catchment

The Taieri River catchment is not ''out of the woods'' yet and recent rainfall has provided only a week to a fortnight's grace, Otago Regional Council chief executive Peter Bodeker says.

Students asking what do Kiwis see in sea lions?

Students asking what do Kiwis see in sea lions?

A group of American students see nothing unusual about travelling halfway around the world to survey the public about a marine creature they'd never heard of - the New Zealand sea lion.

Driest, warmest January on record

Otago's summer of dry weather has smashed 91-year-old rainfall and temperature records in Lauder, near Alexandra.

Farmers meet ORC as river ban set to begin

Farmers meet ORC as river ban set to begin

Farmers concerned about the impact of irrigation cuts on the Taieri River had the chance to air their concerns at a series of meetings yesterday.

Five sea lion pups tagged

The birth of at least five sea lion pups on Otago's coast this summer is heartening, although their future is still tenuous, Sea Lion Trust chairman Steve Broni says.

Council invokes water ban

Council invokes water ban

The Otago Regional Council will stop all water takes from the Taieri River and its tributaries from noon on Wednesday, as the region faces the worst dry conditions since the 1999 drought.

Mataitai application progress

Mataitai application progress

Two applications for customary fishing reserves in Otago will go before Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy in May.