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ORC councillors back Woodhead

ORC councillors back Woodhead

Otago regional councillors yesterday backed council chairman Stephen Woodhead by voting down two code of conduct complaints against him.

Consent bid reveals problems

Frustrations with aspects of dairy farming under Otago's new 6A regional water plan and with a computerised modelling system used to monitor dairy effluent were highlighted at a Dunedin hearing yesterday.

Runanga should have been notified of application, hearing told

The Otago Regional Council had "clearly offended and disadvantaged'' the Ngai Tahu tribal council by not directly notifying it of an effluent consent application involving land near the Kakanui River.

Fears ratepayers will cop free-bus funding shortfall

Otago Regional Council member Louise Croot is concerned that a planned funding cap on the SuperGold Card free bus travel scheme could adversely affect ratepayers.

Farmers urged to fit water monitors

Farmers taking water from Otago rivers are being urged to comply with government regulations by installing water measuring and recording equipment on their properties.

ORC blocks Doc, Fish and Game

ORC blocks Doc, Fish and Game

Public confidence in the hearing process for Otago's new water plan could be undermined by restrictions that prevent Fish and Game from making submissions on a key consent hearing.

Curiosity key for festival

Curiosity key for festival

The latest New Zealand International Science Festival will celebrate curiosity and the difference science makes in our lives.

Seven-star uni group hosted in Dunedin

Seven-star uni group hosted in Dunedin

The University of Otago's ambition to make further improvements and not rest on its laurels is reflected in its membership of an international network of leading universities, University of Otago vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne said yesterday.

Opinion swings against wilding conifers

Opinion swings against wilding conifers

A big swing in public opinion shown in a recent Otago Regional Council survey augurs well for eventual victory in the battle to control wilding conifers.

Pressure on NZ’s farmland discussed

Pressure on NZ’s farmland discussed

The challenge of achieving sustainability and growing pressure on New Zealand's rural landscape were highlighted during a national geography conference at the University of Otago yesterday.