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Minister of Conservation Nick Smith (left) and Central Otago Ecological Trustee Grant Norbury, of Alexandra, with an Otago skink (on the left) and a Duvaucel's gecko in Alexandra yesterday, after Dr Smith announced a grant to the trust's skink sanctuary. Photo by Lynda van Kempen.

$146,000 for skinks move 'an honour'

Skinks might not be as ''sexy'' as other endangered wildlife but giving $146,000 to support the work of a community group focusing on boosting the Otago skink population is money well spent, Conservation Minister Nick Smith says.

Timely boost for the skifields

Timely boost for the skifields

After warm weather and record-setting sunshine hours for Queenstown last month, snow fell again at the resort's skifields yesterday.

Cycle trail trust efforts secure Supreme Award

Cycle trail trust efforts secure Supreme Award

After eight years' work, including more than 5000 volunteer hours, the group responsible for the Clutha Gold Trail had its efforts recognised in Balclutha this week.

Call not to increase, extend NOIC loan

Call not to increase, extend NOIC loan

Former Waitaki mayor Alex Familton believes the Waitaki District Council should not today increase and extend its loan with the North Otago Irrigation Co.

Assault after woman disturbs intruder

Assault after woman disturbs intruder

A woman has been assaulted after interrupting an intruder in her Invercargill home early this morning.

Mine could be hit by water proposals

Mine could be hit by water proposals

Job losses and the early closure of Macraes Mine could be the consequence of proposed changes to groundwater allocation in Otago, Oceana Gold representatives told a hearings panel in Dunedin yesterday.

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