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.
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.
A second Royal Albatross chick has died at the colony on Taiaroa Head in less than a week.
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.
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.
Preliminary results of the autopsy on the royal albatross chick which died at Taiaroa Head at the weekend indicate it died of kidney failure.
The discovery of a 1930s cheque under the floorboards of an old house at Dunedin's Studholme College has its staff wondering.
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.
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.
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.
Prof Pat Molloy, a retired cardiac surgeon, and his wife, Julia, celebrate his 80th birthday at the University of Otago's executive residence yesterday.
Coastal Otago's long wet spell ended on Saturday as Dunedin experienced its first dry day in nearly a fortnight.
Dunedin Hospital is in "code black" with the number of people needing treatment exceeding the beds available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.