The Waitaki District Council is being taken to the High Court over its decision to grant approval for 16 proposed dairy farms in the Omarama and Ohau areas without notifying them for the public to comment.
Milford Sound has introduced recycling in a bid to cut rubbish heading to the landfill by 75%.
New Zealand's first biodiesel refuelling facility will be launched in Queenstown next week.
Fish and Game Otago is calling for answers as to why some wetlands are being drained and their vegetation destroyed in South Otago.
The McRae family of Glendhu Station are considering if they can provide more public access and undertake more native vegetation regeneration, in return for the right to develop part of their farm into a multimillion-dollar golfing resort.
Evidence presented at the Parkins Bay golf resort Environment Court hearing in Wanaka this week and last has focused on the appellants' suspicions the application is not all it seems.
A Waiareka Valley dairy farm company, one of its directors and the farm manager have been fined a total of $48,100 for illegally discharging dairy effluent and applying too much irrigation water.
Simon McMillan bemoans the state of Kaikorai Stream and suggests strategies for dealing with the problem.
Campervan critics have taken aim again at rental companies, saying that tourism benefits claimed by those in the industry are inflated, while the vehicles themselves are "carbon credit-munching monsters".
The freedom camping controversy is being highlighted by the Waitaki Tourism Association in an effort to persuade the Waitaki District Council to tighten its rules and educate tourists.
When All Black Andy Ellis and his mate Danny Kamo unveil their exhibit at this year's Ellerslie International Flower Show, there will be no cricket, beers or barbecue as there was in last year's garden.
Plan change hearings in May on the controversial Arrowtown South project and on urban boundaries in the Queenstown Lakes district will be chaired by district councillors Gillian Macleod and Lyal Cocks.
Don't be surprised if you see Queenstown Lakes Mayor Clive Geddes zipping around on his Ducati motorbike or push-bike next month.
Dunedin city councillors appear to have had a change of heart with regard to charging consent fees for solar hot water heaters, with a last-minute about-turn meaning the fees could be dropped permanently.
A structure which resembles a mussel farm has appeared on Lake Hayes this week, but those thinking that shellfish are being cultivated in the lake could not be more mistaken.
There is talk of putting a road through to Hollyford from Haast to pave the way for further tourism dollars. Marjorie Cook takes a look along the way.
A toxic algae is being blamed for the death of two dogs in Mosgiel and has prompted warnings to parents and caregivers.
The Otago Conservation Board is initiating an investigation of New Zealand's freedom camping industry as it tries for a national strategy to address the messy issue of campervan use.
The Otago Conservation Board will oppose any moves by the Government to open Mt Aspiring National Park to mining exploration.
Two Otago youths with a keen interest in their environment are being sought to take part in a national forum.