Rebecca Fox

Rain records tell a story

Rain records tell a story

In nearly 40 years of measuring the weather at his Balaclava home, John Bradley has never seen a summer quite like it.

Summer of discontent

Summer of discontent

Ask anyone and they will tell you Otago's had a lousy summer - even the experts. With the official summer season ending yesterday, Rebecca Fox seeks the truth behind the perceptions.

An ill wind for warmer summers

An ill wind for warmer summers

An increasing trend towards more westerly weather patterns along Otago's coast does not bode well for future warm summers, climate scientist Jim Salinger says.

Sea lion claim doubted

A bacterial disease is unlikely to be the main cause of endangered New Zealand sea lion deaths in the Auckland Islands, scientists say.

Delay in creation of forum queried

Delay in creation of forum queried

Nearly five months after Conservation Minister Nick Smith announced he was creating a forum to discuss creating a marine protected area off Otago's coast, it has not eventuated.

Musterers' race a highlight

For those who like a meat pie and a beer, and who are not too bad on a horse, the Strath Taieri A and P Show on Saturday has just the thing - the annual musterers' race.

Flood risk higher with Otago off the radar

Flood risk higher with Otago off the radar

The Taieri and other flood-prone catchments are at risk by not having an effective rain warning system, Dunedin City councillor and Middlemarch farmer Kate Wilson says.

Ecosanctuary one of Dunedin's jewels in the crown: Doc boss

Ecosanctuary one of Dunedin's jewels in the crown: Doc boss

The bird life of Orokonui Ecosanctuary picked the right day to show themselves - the first visit of Department of Conservation director-general Lou Sanson.

Battle to stop wallabies moving south

Battle to stop wallabies moving south

Bennett's wallabies could infiltrate 30km to 40km into Otago in coming decades if their numbers are not kept in check, Landcare Research's Bruce Warburton says.

Call for more study of ocean change

The plight of Otago's yellow-eyed penguins highlights the need for a greater understanding of the changes in ocean conditions, Department of Conservation director-general Lou Sanson says.