John Gibb

ORC to seek feedback on draft plan

The Otago Regional Council will soon be seeking public feedback on the council's draft annual plan, and proposed new activities and programmes for 2016-17.

Brain Week activities to begin (+ video)

Brain Week activities to begin (+ video)

If you want to learn more about the power of the mind, your chance will come when Brain Week Otago activities start in Dunedin today.

A degree of satisfaction from studies (+ video)

A degree of satisfaction from studies (+ video)

At the age of 68, Mike Smith is discovering life still holds plenty of surprises.

ORC votes for new base by 2019

ORC votes for new base by 2019

Otago regional councillors yesterday recommended that the council move out of its headquarters within three years and into new premises, or perhaps a remodelled heritage building.

ORC ponders rate rise and new HQ

A few election year nerves jangled at an Otago Regional Council meeting yesterday, when councillors recommended approving an 18.4% general rate increase, and a switch to a new headquarters within three years.

Cofferdams being installed

Cofferdams being installed

A workman pulls in a hose from behind a cofferdam in the Water of Leith, near Montgomery Ave, in North Dunedin yesterday.

Concern at ORC staff leaving

Concern at ORC staff leaving

Maniototo farmer Geoff Crutchley is "alarmed'' that the recent resignation of experienced Otago Regional Council staff could undermine implementation of the region's crucial 6A water plan.

Duck race in low Leith raises $30,000 (+ video)

Duck race in low Leith raises $30,000 (+ video)

Unruly winds and low water levels in the Water of Leith caused a few complications during Dunedin's fifth ‘‘great annual duck race'' yesterday, but about $30,000 was successfully raised for charity.

Fun day at Stadium a big success (+ video)

Fun day at Stadium a big success (+ video)

A Big Little Day Out at the Forsyth Barr Stadium turned into a big success, organisers said.

Regional focus for water group

The Otago Regional Council is establishing a more grass-roots Otago water quality stakeholder group, reassuring critics who feared a less productive national approach could be taken.