John Gibb

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.

‘World-first’ effort

‘World-first’ effort

An international crowd-funding project is soaring towards success and will further protect the kakapo, a critically endangered flightless parrot.

Planetarium attendance passes 10,000

Planetarium attendance passes 10,000

More than 10,000 people have flocked to the Otago Museum's Planetarium since it opened late last year, and visitor numbers also rose sharply at the museum's Tropical Forest last month.

‘Blown away’ by bus petition reaction

More than 400 people have signed a petition urging the restoration of an hourly ‘‘local to Dunedin'' bus, directly linking Brighton, Green Island, Concord and South Dunedin.

Fears of drug cost rise under TPP

University of Otago academic Prof Pauline Norris is concerned New Zealand's overall drug costs will rise under the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership agreement.

Minimum flow agreed as mediation settles appeals

Minimum flow agreed as mediation settles appeals

The Otago Regional Council has adopted a minimum-flow plan change for the Waiwera River, after mediation resolved two earlier appeals to the Environment Court.

Psychological shock follows quake

Psychological shock follows quake

The psychological shock for Christchurch people of yesterday's ‘‘severe'' earthquake should not be underestimated, a University of Otago academic says.