Otago Regional councillors need to know all the possible funding implications of its decisions on big dollar projects like the Otago Stadium, proposed office block and Leith Lindsay Flood Protection Scheme, Cr Doug Brown says.
The need to inform ratepayers about a mountain of debt facing the city has prompted the Dunedin City Council to produce two new magazines which will be sent to every household in the city in the coming days.
A proposed expansion of Alexandra's commercial sector has been denied resource consent by the Central Otago District Council.
A second Dunedin city councillor has been forced to apologise after breaking Dunedin City Council rules governing confidential information.
Invercargill City Council chief execut ive Richard King is "shocked and dismayed" following a car accident on Friday which has left him facing a drink-driving charge.
A $500 grant from the Dunedin City Council's economic development unit to "bring a VIP client to Dunedin" would help Benthic Science's technical development, director Brian Paavo said.
The Queenstown Lakes District had already secured 40 Environment Court hearing days for the first quarter of 2010, but it was not enough, solicitor Graeme Todd told the council's strategy committee yesterday.
At this year's local body election, the Forsyth Barr Stadium will, no doubt, be sitting high on the list of matters voters will consider when they make decisions about the candidate they choose.
Waitaki Mayor Alex Familton is to seek a second term, yesterday confirming he would stand for the mayoralty in this year's October local body elections.
A new pre-local election initiative loosely based on speed-dating has been planned to bring voters and council candidates together.
A "last-minute curve ball" from the Office of the Auditor-general meant the Otago Regional Council's annual report for 2009-10 could not be completed in time for yesterday's council meeting.
A tour of the Dunedin Centre yesterday did little to resolve the dissent of three vocal critics opposed to the proposed ‘‘glass house'' development in Harrop St.
Dunedin urban ratepayers already pay a $370 a year fee for their water, and conservation, not money, is behind the consideration of water meters in the future, the council says.
A proposed 25% increase in bus fares would discourage people from taking buses, submitters at yesterday's Otago Regional Council annual plan hearings warned.
Half a sack of porridge was the only thing left to eat at the Mayor's Midwinter Breakfast by 8am yesterday after the largest turnout in its five-year history.
Two Dunedin city councillors criticised for not attending a debate on Monday to tighten conditions surrounding the Awatea St stadium have responded their presence would not have changed the overall outcome.
Otago regional councillors are still divided over whether to go ahead with their council's proposed waterfront office block, yesterday voting to wait on the outcome of a tender process before finally committing to the project.
A consent customer survey has shown 74% of applicants rate the Otago Regional Council's quality of service as excellent or very good.