Otago Regional Council consent holders may soon face extra charges after a heated debate by councillors over the ‘‘contentious'' issue of whether public or private citizens benefited most from its monitoring and audit work.
Oamaru's community patrol, the Waitaki Guardians, has proved to be a worthwhile community partnership with police, Oamaru police boss Senior Sergeant Kevin Hooper says.
A comprehensive landscape plan to develop Oamaru Harbour and its environs for a wide range of uses will go to the Waitaki District Council on Tuesday for endorsement.
A Dunedin City Council subcommittee will meet on Monday to decide the future of the Dunedin Centre upgrade.
The Government's reversal of its position on police officers serving as local body councillors has angered the Police Association.
Timaru District Council appears to be pressing ahead with its Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP), a 10-year plan that prioritises spending on infrastructure and services, despite acknowledging it is not sure how the global economic downturn will affect it.
"Significant" costs of holding resource consent hearings have led the Otago Regional Council to consider seeking 100% of the costs from the applicant.
The Dunedin City Council is to reconsider its refusal to connect a West Harbour hamlet to the city's sewerage network after receiving a petition.
The Government says its plan to set up 20-30 local boards to supplement a powerful Auckland-wide super city will help keep community involvement in local government.
When Teresa Stevenson appeared at this month's Dunedin City Council annual plan meeting more than an hour after it began, she extended a run of late arrivals.
The Dunedin City Council is reviewing its gambling and TAB venue policy, but its pre-consultation recommendation is to stick with its current policy.
Local Government Minister Rodney Hide says he will soon announce changes to legislation which will help stop rates spiralling out of control.
The Waitaki District Council has itself been caught with an illegal water connection in an investigation intended to catch people stealing water.
The budget for Queenstown's "chronic" water and wastewater system is expected to blow out by $800,000 this financial year, to the concern of councillors.
An "improvement but still flawed" is Local Government New Zealand's reaction to details released yesterday on the discount councils will have to give for late processing of resource consents.
Two more candidates have emerged to challenge for a seat at the Dunedin City Council table, under the umbrella of the Greater Dunedin ticket.
Concerns the build-up of candidates for October's election could split the vote of those challenging the status quo are unwarranted, University of Otago political studies lecturer Associate Prof Janine Hayward says.
The Central Otago District Council plans to introduce a new method of handling building and planning consents which promises to cut costs and the time taken to process consents.