Rebecca Fox

Some still on irrigation restrictions despite rain

Some still on irrigation restrictions despite rain

Significant rainfall has eased the ongoing dry period in Otago, but some farmers are still subject to irrigation restrictions.

Lens on breath-taking behaviour

Lens on breath-taking behaviour

Underwater flight - looking over a Yellow-eyed penguin's shoulder from Tawaki Project on Vimeo.

Bobbing up to the surface of the sea, a yellow-eyed penguin takes only a small breath before she dives down again in her search for food.

Old fossil 'tickled to death' at honour

Old fossil 'tickled to death' at honour

When Hamish Spencer calls his wife an old fossil, it is not the insult people might think.

Rose entries tipped to be down

Rose entries tipped to be down

Recent heavy showers may be the downfall of one of the best rose-growing seasons in many years, Outram Flower Show convener Daphne Macfarlane says.

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.