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
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.
Otago's summer of dry weather has smashed 91-year-old
rainfall and temperature records in Lauder, near Alexandra.
Farmers concerned about the impact of irrigation cuts on the
Taieri River had the chance to air their concerns at a series
of meetings yesterday.
The birth of at least five sea lion pups on Otago's coast
this summer is heartening, although their future is still
tenuous, Sea Lion Trust chairman Steve Broni says.
The Otago Regional Council will stop all water takes from the
Taieri River and its tributaries from noon on Wednesday, as
the region faces the worst dry conditions since the 1999
Two applications for customary fishing reserves in Otago will
go before Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy in May.
More resources need to go into the fight to stop wallabies
moving into Otago from their South Canterbury home to prevent
a problem similar to those caused by rabbits and wilding
pines in the region, some Otago regional councillors say.
Two stoats have been caught in traps inside Orokonui
Ecosanctuary's predator-proof fence, sparking an intensive
search for the way they got inside.
Rumours of water being taken illegally are surfacing in Otago
as farmers face increasing pressure from the continuing dry
weather and resulting irrigation restrictions.
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