Search and rescue operations and other services that depend on radio transmission in the Blue Mountains could be compromised because of the theft of solar panels from radio repeaters in the area, police say.
The economic recession is real but nowhere near as bad as media and commentators would have the public believe and simple solutions will help get New Zealand through it, a leading economist told an audience in Balclutha last night.
An Owaka Valley farming couple who refused to wait for the economic recession to bite have hatched a tasty new business venture courtesy of their Highland cattle.
Volunteer firefighters from Balclutha were greeted with hundreds of crayfish when they attended a crash on an icy State Highway 1 just north of Balclutha, on Tuesday night.
There was very little golf being played recently at the Owaka Golf Club, but plenty of celebration as its ladies team became national champion - again.
Five southern local authorities will be involved in deciding if a large-scale wind farm near Wyndham will go ahead.
Tighter rules for farmers with stock along the Pomahaka River look likely, with early results from a major Otago Regional Council (ORC) investigation suggesting their presence is dramatically affecting the river's water quality.
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The environmental impact of pylons, wires and other power transmission infrastructure were just as important as the dams that may be built on the Clutha River, an Otago Conservation Board member said yesterday.
The Otago Conservation Board, in a move to diffuse any public perception of bias, will publicly declare its faith in its two representatives who will hear more than 500 submissions to the 10-year review of the Mount Aspiring National Management Plan.
They may have enjoyed their brief time behind bars, but most people attending an Otago Corrections Facility open day on Saturday were happy to leave.
The Department of Corrections has declined to say how much money it will spend to accommodate an extra 150 prisoners at the Otago Corrections Facility at Milburn and whether the project can meet its February 2010 deadline.
Southern councils which process the majority of their resource consent applications on time have been given a pat on the back by Deputy Prime Minister Bill English, but he has criticised one southern local authority for its track record.
The Clutha District Council has awarded a $2.2 million contract which will see extra capacity and better treatment at its Milton sewage treatment plant.
An extra $100,000 may have been added into the Clutha District Council's 2009-10 budget but the overall effect on rates has been a slight drop on the original figure.
Presbyterian church representatives from throughout Otago and Southland have converged on Balclutha for a rural churches conference.
It is a big band full of South Otago High School staff members and it is making a big noise ahead of its public debut early next month.