Being able to keep its general rate increase to 2.49% is good news but it is only thanks to the Otago Regional Council's ownership of Port Otago and its good investments, Cr Michael Deaker says.
The Otago Regional Council's water quality plan change is past its last major hurdle.
People should continue to take care when walking their dogs near Otago waterways as potentially toxic algae could be present on banks as well as in the water after recent high rainfall, the Otago Regional Council says.
Otago regional councillor Gerrard Eckhoff has not ruled out further pushes to get the council to debate the issues around oil and gas exploration, after failing at the first hurdle yesterday.
Democracy at the Otago Regional Council has died, writes Gerrard Eckhoff.
A call for pay to be more even between Otago Regional councillors with the responsibility for a committee and those who do not has been turned down by the Remuneration Authority.
Otago regional councillor Trevor Kempton uses his new iPad during a council meeting yesterday.
The Otago Regional Council's ability to take a position on oil and gas exploration off Otago's coast may be restricted by having to consider future resource consents related to the activity.
Analysis showing a decrease of about 1% in use of Dunedin's public bus system is a ''reality check'', Otago regional councillor Bryan Scott says.
No-one is exempt from prosecution for spills that pollute waterways, the Otago Regional Council says.
Rather than lobbying the Government to relax air pollution standards, the Otago Regional Council should seek the reinstatement of more substantial subsidies for insulation and clean heating options, Cr Gretchen Robertson says.
An Otago regional councillor has filed a notice of motion to the Otago Regional Council encouraging it to support Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and Shell New Zealand's deep-sea oil drilling explorations off the coast of Otago.
Any apprehension Peter Bodeker may have had about leaving the primary sector for an organisation perceived as ''green'' has been put to rest in the past year.
For the third year in a row, the Otago Heritage Bus Society will provide a bus service in Dunedin on Christmas Day.
An audit and risk committee will be formed to ensure Otago Regional Council is keeping up with law changes, is accountable and its processes are robust.
Concerns the Otago Regional Council's science-based capability, especially around water quality, may be curtailed by the organisation's restructure, have been raised by Cr Bryan Scott.
Just how much investigative work the Otago Regional Council is committing to under the triennial agreement between the region's local authorities needs some clarification, Cr David Shepherd says.
The Otago Regional Council is to investigate erosion on the Taieri River after concerns were raised by the Strath Taieri Community Board.
Preventing overallocation of Otago's aquifers is the aim of the latest water plan change proposed by the Otago Regional Council.
Nutrient loads are expected to increase in Otago water, as land use intensifies, which will lead to worsening water quality, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment warns.