Rebecca Fox

Warning properties vulnerable

Warning properties vulnerable

Further land development in the Upper Clutha Valley will increase the risk from hazards, the Otago Regional Council says.

Water discharge problems blamed on old infrastructure

Old town infrastructure has been partly blamed for water discharge and take non-compliance which has caused environmental effects.

June warm but winter not a record-setter

An ''exceptionally'' warm June and a late warm spell failed to produce another record-setting winter, Niwa has confirmed.

Planned bus route change draws 200 submissions

A proposal to change the route and frequency of a bus service to Brockville has led to about 200 submissions being made to a proposed transport plan.

Stall holder now running the show

Stall holder now running the show

Six weeks ago Jakkii Goody, of Napier, swapped from being a stall holder to running the Great New Zealand Craft Show, which is on this weekend in Dunedin.

More details required for septic tank policy

An inspection regime for septic tanks is likely to be needed but more information will be required before the Otago Regional Council sets a policy, chief executive Peter Bodeker says.

ORC voting change bid fails

ORC voting change bid fails

A push by a councillor to change the Otago Regional Council's voting system for the 2016 local body elections has been derailed due to his need to catch a plane.

New approach to dairy inspections

Dairy farmers who fail to improve their systems to protect the environment and those in catchments with degraded water quality will face more inspections from the Otago Regional Council this season.

August month for many weather records

The combination of northwesterly winds and the foehn effect which hit the South Island at the start of August combined to produce record-breaking temperatures, Niwa says.

Bye, bye blackbird

Bye, bye blackbird

It is bright, airy, warm, sheltered from the wind and gets afternoon sun.