John Gibb

Findings shed light on climate change

Findings shed light on climate change

Big changes in the earth's oceans contributed to the greatest mass extinction of all time, research into which has provided a ''wake-up call'' about the dangers of modern climate change.

Combined approach

Central Otago is New Zealand's most rabbit-prone area, and good planning and neighbourly collaboration are crucial to cutting rabbit numbers, Jeff Donaldson, the Otago Regional Council's director, environmental monitoring and operations, says.

Red Cross assessor describes ravaged Vanuatu

Red Cross assessor describes ravaged Vanuatu

Cyclone Pam is over but the people of Vanuatu still face difficult challenges as recovery from the disaster continues.

Deep secrets divulged as never before

Deep secrets divulged as never before

A world-first expedition involving University of Otago researchers is expected to attract growing international scientific interest as it sheds new light on an underwater volcano in the Kermadec Islands.

Farmers 'blindsided' by costs in ORC plan: Feds

Federated Farmers is urging the Otago Regional Council to properly ''explain themselves'' to ratepayer farmers who are facing ''huge increases'' in rates and consent costs this year.

Otago ties in world first volcano studies

An international expedition, including University of Otago researchers, is gaining striking new views of an underwater volcano in the Kermadec Islands, which recently produced a floating pumice island the size of Israel.

Positive view of Otago economy

Despite a dry summer for many in the primary sector, the Otago economy's overall performance is ''promising'', with the manufacturing sector performing well, Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Woodhead says.

Ready for consultation

A consultation document about the Otago Regional Council's latest long-term plan can be released for public consideration.

GNS Science has roots in Dunedin

GNS Science has roots in Dunedin

GNS Science celebrates its 150th anniversary today, but few people know national geological science began at a building in Dunedin, where Otago Boys' High School now stands.

Rain 'all but' restores river flows

Recent rain has ''all but remedied'' the low flow situation in the main rivers the Otago Regional Council has been monitoring, ORC chief executive Peter Bodeker says.