The outstanding values of the Nevis River should not be left vulnerable to compromise, degradation, balancing acts and trade-offs, the special tribunal deciding the fate of the river heard yesterday.
Lynda van Kempen
A native fish, the Smeagol galaxiid which is only found in the Nevis River, has recently moved up the rankings of threatened species, a special tribunal was told yesterday.
Fruit varieties enjoyed by Alexandra residents more than half a century ago are being planted in a public reserve in the town, and will be available to all.
The Millers Flat Baths Committee is upset at a suggestion the operation of the community-run pool falls short of recommended safety standards.
Children's Commissioner John Angus is pleased his appointment has been extended for a further year.
Three men were in hospital yesterday after a high-speed, head-on collision between a car and campervan on the Lindis Pass on Thursday night.
The scope of the project has narrowed after "scary" prices for a two-pool complex, but the Roxburgh Community Board has agreed to go ahead with building a new outside pool.
Moves to reclassify Central Otago landscapes thought worth protecting has drawn a reaction from wind farm developers, power companies and Federated Farmers.
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has labelled as "nonsense" new planning rules excluding Oamaru stone as a building material for houses in rural Central Otago.
Physiotherapy services and outpatient clinics are likely to be affected as Dunstan Hospital moves to cut services in response to a funding shortfall.
Bookings have been flooding in to Otago Central Rail Trail operators since last month's Government announcement on funding for sections of the national cycleway.
A Central Otago co-operative is believed to be the second-biggest employer in Vanuatu.
Waitaha wants Minister of Maori Affairs Pita Sharples to help protect its cultural and spiritual values from a proposed cement plant development in the Waiareka Valley.
Central Otago Mayor Malcolm Macpherson yesterday floated the idea of Contact Energy as a possible funding source for new water supplies, like the $35 million scheme proposed for Tarras.
A new Government programme aimed at delivering literacy and numeracy skills to seasonal workers from the Pacific Islands has been welcomed by a Central Otago co-operative which employs overseas workers.
The Central Otago District Council has been given permission to place a water reservoir on a ridge in Omakau, breaching two of its own district planning rules.
The Maniototo Community Board has delayed introducing water-metering in Naseby for a year and will seek a "fairer" method of allocating water.
Maniototo Community Board chairman Richard Smith will step down at the next election, saying being in public office is exacting too high a toll on his family and business.
Blending cocktails and sipping the contents was all part of a day at school for Dunstan High School pupils yesterday.
A new Central Alexandra base for more than 50 community groups should be open for business within two years.