East Taieri School pupils got into the spirit of World Environment Day with enthusiasm yesterday, swinging shovels over their shoulders and carrying their plants and trowels as they headed off to create a new home for skinks and geckos.
Demand for Central Otago rabbit meat has grown, with nearly 20 supermarkets around the country stocking Tarras Game Foods' products.
NewZealand's "special tone of voice" when writing hymns will be one characteristic Emeritus Prof Colin Gibson will speak about at international hymn society conferences next month.
Police want help from the public after two separate incidents in Dunedin where one woman was robbed and another intimidated.
Bus fares and compliance monitoring costs will go up if recommendations by the Otago Regional Council's hearing subcommittee are accepted by the council, but the general rate will go down.
Two or three undecided Otago regional councillors appear to hold the fate of the Awatea St stadium in their hands as the council meets today to vote on funding the project.
Otago regional councillors have voted 7-4 to financially back the Awatea St stadium in today's crunch meeting - removing the project's last political hurdle.
Insults and jeers hurled from a packed public gallery failed to deter seven Otago regional councillors from supporting the council's funding of the Awatea St stadium, although the decision came with conditions some think will be difficult to meet.
Money, education and consultation with industry have failed to achieve the environmental outcomes the council and community desire of dairy farms, Otago regional councillor Duncan Butcher says.
Dunedin marine engineering company Ferrum Engineering has lodged an appeal with the Environment Court seeking the cancellation of the Otago Regional Council's designation for its new office block.
A small Otago Regional Council working party has been set up to liaise with the Dunedin City Council over a suggestion it hand over control of the city's bus system.
"Basically crap" is the impression an Otago Regional Council water quality report gives of three of Dunedin City's significant waterways, Cr Michael Deaker says.
Rainfall in the southern hydroelectricity lake areas is "good news" even though it was not as much as first hoped, Raineffects hydrologist Dave Stewart says.
More conclusive data is needed on the number of sea lion deaths during the squid fishing season in the Auckland Islands, even though a reduction in numbers has been estimated this season, the New Zealand Sea Lion Trust says.
A house which cost less than $350,000 to build has won the supreme award in the Southern region house of the year awards announced in Invercargill on Saturday.
Otago recreational fishing representatives, still smarting from the Ministry of Fisheries decision to ban set netting along Otago's coast, have decided not to attend a shellfish management group meeting tonight.
Winter air pollution has exceeded national guidelines much earlier this year in Otago compared with 2007, mainly due to cool, calm climatic conditions, the Otago Regional Council says.
Surplus rainbow trout from Macraes hatchery have been released into reservoirs around Dunedin in the past week, providing a winter bonus for anglers.