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Regional council focus on oversight

An audit and risk committee will be formed to ensure Otago Regional Council is keeping up with law changes, is accountable and its processes are robust.

Council science losses of concern

Council science losses of concern

Concerns the Otago Regional Council's science-based capability, especially around water quality, may be curtailed by the organisation's restructure, have been raised by Cr Bryan Scott.

Questions on triennial agreement

Questions on triennial agreement

Just how much investigative work the Otago Regional Council is committing to under the triennial agreement between the region's local authorities needs some clarification, Cr David Shepherd says.

Groundwater allocation

Preventing overallocation of Otago's aquifers is the aim of the latest water plan change proposed by the Otago Regional Council.

ORC to work with board on erosion

The Otago Regional Council is to investigate erosion on the Taieri River after concerns were raised by the Strath Taieri Community Board.

Two ORC directors' jobs disestablished

Two ORC directors' jobs disestablished

Two Otago Regional Council directors, who together have 22 years' experience with the organisation, have lost their jobs in restructuring led by new chief executive Peter Bodeker.

Concern over 'gold-plated' transport plan

Concern over 'gold-plated' transport plan

A ''gold-plated'' strategy for public transport in Dunedin is being proposed without consideration of the cost on ratepayers and bus users, Otago regional councillor Michael Deaker says.

Rush on water take consents

Rush on water take consents

Landowners are rushing to get their water take consents approved before minimum flows are established on Otago rivers, Otago Fish and Game says.

Support for online voting

Changes are needed in how local government elections are run in the future, including a serious look at online voting, Otago regional councillors say.

Intensive land use bad news for water

Intensive land use bad news for water

Nutrient loads are expected to increase in Otago water, as land use intensifies, which will lead to worsening water quality, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment warns.

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