Rebecca Fox

Rainfall buys time for Taieri River catchment

Rainfall buys time for Taieri River catchment

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 says.

Students asking what do Kiwis see in sea lions?

Students asking what do Kiwis see in sea lions?

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.

Driest, warmest January on record

Otago's summer of dry weather has smashed 91-year-old rainfall and temperature records in Lauder, near Alexandra.

Farmers meet ORC as river ban set to begin

Farmers meet ORC as river ban set to begin

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.

Five sea lion pups tagged

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.

Council invokes water ban

Council invokes water ban

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 drought.

Mataitai application progress

Mataitai application progress

Two applications for customary fishing reserves in Otago will go before Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy in May.

Wallaby control call

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 caught in ecosanctuary

Two stoats caught in ecosanctuary

Two stoats have been caught in traps inside Orokonui Ecosanctuary's predator-proof fence, sparking an intensive search for the way they got inside.

Pressure mounts as river levels fall

Pressure mounts as river levels fall

Rumours of water being taken illegally are surfacing in Otago as farmers face increasing pressure from the continuing dry weather and resulting irrigation restrictions.