A survey of Department of Conservation staff has found the
overwhelming majority believe the department is now less
efficient than before it was restructured.
Getting up in the morning instead of going to bed will be the
biggest adjustment for Lawrence Finnerty after 40-odd years
of night shifts.
A Dunedin man is disappointed at the Department of
Conservation's lack of acceptance ''that they got it wrong''
following his successful complaint to the Ombudsman.
Otago escaped yesterday's forecast major thunderstorms, with
only North Otago benefiting from yesterday's cooler weather
Severe thunderstorms may hit Dunedin, North Otago and Clutha
this afternoon bringing heavy rain and hail as large as 20mm
to some areas, MetService warns.
A total fire ban across Otago has begun as authorities warn
of extreme risk of a major blaze that could take weeks to put
Otago's dry conditions are being monitored closely by
government and support agencies as the prospect of drought
A ''stark'' contrast of temperatures in Middlemarch has
highlighted two halves of December, Niwa says.
The Otago Regional Council is on the brink of restricting
irrigators, with officials saying little significant rain is
likely in coming weeks and river levels are low.
On a rough day the view out of the Faris' crib-cum-boathouse
window can resemble a David Attenborough documentary as blue
penguins are knocked over by waves and washed back out into
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