A Dunedin family and three relatives escaped their burning
Flagstaff-Whare Flat Rd home on Christmas morning thanks to
their two dogs.
The Fire Service has warned one small spark could start a
serious wildfire, as much of Otago is at risk of fire.
A Dunedin family home is uninhabitable after fire destroyed
much of it this morning.
An ombudsman's opinion criticising the Department of
Conservation's approval of a concession application ''raises
some interesting questions'', Doc deputy director-general,
policy, Doris Johnston says.
Finding a tale of survival against all the odds is not hard
when looking at Otago's endangered yellow-eyed penguin
A decision by Doc to allow a 66% increase in overnight guided
walkers daily on the Routeburn Track ''drives a horse and
carriage through'' the Mt Aspiring National Park Plan.
Two of Otago's coastal recreation spots are among 14%
nationally where water quality is considered to be at high
risk for swimming.
Get out the sundresses and shorts for Christmas Day but keep
the umbrella and cardi handy.
A close watch is being kept on Otago rivers as they drop
steadily and little relief from rain is in sight.
Christmas Day could bring showers and partly cloudy weather
across Otago, according to a MetService 10-day forecast
issued yesterday afternoon.
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