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.
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.
Following staff criticism, a new pilot programme is about to
start to try to address problems with the Department of
Conservation's new structure.
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
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.
Otago's summer of dry weather has smashed 91-year-old
rainfall and temperature records in Lauder, near Alexandra.
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.
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.
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
Two applications for customary fishing reserves in Otago will
go before Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy in May.
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