In nearly 40 years of measuring the weather at his Balaclava
home, John Bradley has never seen a summer quite like it.
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
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.
A bacterial disease is unlikely to be the main cause of
endangered New Zealand sea lion deaths in the Auckland
Islands, scientists say.
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
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.
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.
The bird life of Orokonui Ecosanctuary picked the right day
to show themselves - the first visit of Department of
Conservation director-general Lou Sanson.
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
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
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