Even after a good spawning season and recent rain, the Otago whitebait season, which opens tomorrow, remains "in the lap of the gods", Department of Conservation Coastal Otago freshwater team leader Pete Ravenscroft says.
If all goes to plan, contractors could be on-site at the Otago Settlers Museum to build its new storage building by the end of the month.
A proposed Government water policy could be costly to implement, disruptive and too bureaucratic to be useful, Otago Regional Council's chief executive Graeme Martin says.
The Otago Regional Council will wait to see if the public demands a poll on how they elect their representatives, otherwise it will stay with the first past the post system for the 2010 election.
The Historic Places Trust's insistence on prosecuting the Dunedin City Council over breaches to an archaeological authority for its Wall Street development has done little to promote partnership and co-operation between the two, city council counsel Garth Gallaway says.
Dunedin might have had twice its normal rainfall for July, but it was still the driest main centre as several storms hit the country causing major damage.
Dunedin Hospital is in "code black" with the number of people needing treatment exceeding the beds available.
Coastal Otago's long wet spell ended on Saturday as Dunedin experienced its first dry day in nearly a fortnight.
Prof Pat Molloy, a retired cardiac surgeon, and his wife, Julia, celebrate his 80th birthday at the University of Otago's executive residence yesterday.
A review of Dunedin City Council's housing policy is being called for in a petition being circulated by Labour's Dunedin South candidate, Clare Curran.
A mystery "cheque" found beneath the floorboards of an old house at Studholme College is more likely to be an old-fashioned version of a hire purchase agreement, a Dunedin man believes. The document signed in February 1930 promised to pay Mawhinney and Geddes 31 and 18 shillings, 12 months after the date.
Milton has a "very large" problem, as monitoring of the town's air quality shows readings much higher than the national standard and close to the region's trouble spot of Alexandra, Otago Regional councillor Stephen Woodhead says.
Toroa, the 500th Taiaroa Head royal albatross chick, has been at sea for almost a year, and has spent most of it off the coast of South America.
A new three-day indoor market is being planned for Port Chalmers, with everything from produce to designer gear to be sold, in the hope it will provide a weekend gathering point for the West Harbour community.
The discovery of a 1930s cheque under the floorboards of an old house at Dunedin's Studholme College has its staff wondering.
Preliminary results of the autopsy on the royal albatross chick which died at Taiaroa Head at the weekend indicate it died of kidney failure.
Rain in Coastal Otago during the past week has boosted river and soil moisture levels to the point a major downpour could lead to a flood, but that might not be a bad thing, hydrologist Dave Stewart says.
A second Royal Albatross chick has died at the colony on Taiaroa Head in less than a week.
A fence and a little help from nearby residents have helped the Department of Conservation protect a sea lion who has taken up residence in bushes beside Kettle Park in Dunedin.
Visiting the Moeraki Boulders at Koekohe Beach between Hampden and Moeraki could be a threat to your health if you wash your hands in the creek which runs across the beach, the Otago Conservation Board warns.