Rebecca Fox

Doc restructuring panned by staff

A survey of Department of Conservation staff has found the overwhelming majority believe the department is now less efficient than before it was restructured.

Retirement after 49 years in newspapers

Retirement after 49 years in newspapers

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.

Doc response to ruling disappoints

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.

Thunderstorm reprieve

Otago escaped yesterday's forecast major thunderstorms, with only North Otago benefiting from yesterday's cooler weather change.

Severe thunderstorms warning for Dunedin

Severe thunderstorms warning for Dunedin

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.

Fire ban across Otago

Fire ban across Otago

A total fire ban across Otago has begun as authorities warn of extreme risk of a major blaze that could take weeks to put out.

Close watch on looming Otago drought

Close watch on looming Otago drought

Otago's dry conditions are being monitored closely by government and support agencies as the prospect of drought looms.

December a month of two halves

December a month of two halves

A ''stark'' contrast of temperatures in Middlemarch has highlighted two halves of December, Niwa says.

Severe shortage may force water cuts

Severe shortage may force water cuts

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.

Harbour haven window on wildlife

Harbour haven window on wildlife

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 Otago Harbour.