Maintaining the ability to give ''frank and independent''
advice as well as work in partnership with the Department of
Conservation will be a challenge for Otago's new conservation
board, department partnerships manager Barry Hanson says.
Concerns over the release of grass carp to control weed in
North Otago irrigation canals have been raised by the Otago
Conservation Board, but as reporter Sarah Marquet finds out,
there is more to the story.
Otago's endangered wildlife and habitats are ''on their own''
because the Government's cuts and policies are undermining
the processes set up to protect them, former Otago
Conservation Board chairwoman Associate Prof Abby Smith says.