Rebecca Fox

Need for new tools to control pests in NZ

Need for new tools to control pests in NZ

Urgent action is needed to develop new approaches and improve tools to protect New Zealand's environment and economy from pests as some older approaches to pest management become ''obsolete'', a new Royal Society of New Zealand report says.

Call for more oversight of ORC health, safety

Health and safety needs to be more proactively managed by the Otago Regional Council, councillor Trevor Kempton says.

Water plan change 6A approved by ORC

Farmers and foresters have been put on notice by the Otago Regional Council.

Stay granted for `No Drill' sign

The St Martin Island Community has won its quest for a ''stay'' to keep its ''No Drill'' sign up on Quarantine Island's jetty in Otago Harbour.

New water regulations may start on May 1

New water quality regulations may become operative on May 1 if they get the Otago Regional Council's seal of approval at a meeting today.

New pumps will help keep West Taieri dry

New pumps will help keep West Taieri dry

West Taieri's $1.1 million pumping station upgrade has future-proofed drainage of about 7000ha of productive pastoral land, Otago Regional Council engineering manager Ramon Strong says.

Campaign in memory of beloved son

Campaign in memory of beloved son

On the surface Todd Campbell was a ''healthy, strapping young lad'', who was the life of the party, but behind the smile he struggled with epilepsy, a condition which ultimately claimed his life aged 22.

Rabbits a 'major problem'

Rabbits a 'major problem'

High rabbit numbers combined with warmer winters and a lack of resources could mean contractors will struggle to complete the poisoning programmes needed to keep pest numbers down to acceptable levels this winter.

'Better off' with green NZ

'Better off' with green NZ

New Zealand has the time, the resources and the people - all it needs to do is make a start towards a green economy, Emeritus Prof Gerry Carrington, of Dunedin, says.

Penguin refuelling for journey home

Penguin refuelling for journey home

A subantarctic erect-crested penguin carried off course on to a Northland beach is now recuperating at Moeraki's Katiki Point penguin hospital.