Otago Regional councillors have asked staff to come up with a
range of options which could halt declining bus patronage,
although Cr Sam Neill says the move is a "knee-jerk" and
"political" reaction to the figures presented.
New water-take measurement and reporting regulations should
be seen as an "opportunity" rather than an impediment by
Otago's mining privilege holders, Otago Regional Council
resource management director Selva Selvarajah says.
Otago Regional Council chief executive Graeme Martin is
threatening to advise the council to withdraw its support for
the Government's proposed dam safety regulations because the
"current liability is totally unacceptable".