Dunedin Buddhists joined others around the world in a vigil for peace on Saturday, praying for those who have died tragically, are oppressed or starving.
"Disturbing" environmental damage in the Waipahi and Catlins river catchments has left Otago Fish and Game councillors shocked at what farmers can do to their land.
Fish and Game Otago will push for a higher minimum flow in the Lindis River to better protect its ecosystem during dry years.
There was a buzz in the air as about 300 secondary school musicians filed into the Town Hall ready to show their talents in a Dunedin tradition - the Otago Secondary Schools Music Festival.
Landowners are responsible for the control of pests on their properties, even in semi-rural properties where it can be more difficult, the Otago Regional Council says.
Grit trucks were on standby last night as severe frosts were forecast so soon after Monday's snow and rain.
A heavy snow warning was still in place for Otago and Southland last night, but forecasters expect conditions to clear slowly today, bringing frosts and sunshine by tomorrow.
A dead whale lying on Ocean View Beach near Brighton, has been illegally butchered, raising concerns that someone might risk illness by eating the meat which was possibly diseased.
Sickness and weather problems dogged the Otago Regional Council's hearing into proposed changes to the council's regional transport plan yesterday, leaving only four organisations with representatives making submissions in person.
Prime Minister Helen Clark yesterday was close to tears as she explained how she and others battled for hours to attempt to save the life of close friend and respected mountain guide Gottlieb Braun-Elwert.
Researchers seeking further protection for Oceania humpback whales are welcoming a new "endangered" classification for the sub-population, which twice a year migrates past New Zealand.
Hours of working with stressed, slimy hagfish have paid off for Otago marine ecologist Rebecca McLeod, who last night was named the MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year.
A break in the snow has let search and rescue staff send in a helicopter to rescue the remaining members of Prime Minister Helen Clark's ski party this morning.
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.