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.
A Dunedin businessman is ''gobsmacked'' after the Otago Regional Council charged him $500 in late fees, even though he sent his rates payments before the due date.
Voter turnout for the Dunedin City Council elections is still hovering at record low levels, despite a last-minute rush of returns.
The Government has been slammed after a leaked document revealed it approved a ''shoddy'' AgResearch business case for restructuring, which included slashing jobs at Invermay.
Two Otago Regional Council directors, who together have 22 years' experience with the organisation, have lost their jobs in restructuring led by new chief executive Peter Bodeker.
A ''gold-plated'' strategy for public transport in Dunedin is being proposed without consideration of the cost on ratepayers and bus users, Otago regional councillor Michael Deaker says.
Landowners are rushing to get their water take consents approved before minimum flows are established on Otago rivers, Otago Fish and Game says.
Changes are needed in how local government elections are run in the future, including a serious look at online voting, Otago regional councillors say.
Another Dunedin businessman has slammed the Otago Regional Council's customer service after he was charged late fees for rates bills he says he never received.
A decision on funding a walking and cycling bridge over the Water of Leith has been deferred by Otago regional councillors who want to see the proposal fully investigated.
The Otago Regional Council is moving with the times.
All Otago Regional councillors, except its chairman and longest-serving councillor, have committee responsibilities under its proposed new structure.
Work on regulations to improve Otago's water quality has cost the Otago Regional Council $2.4 million so far.
The potentially toxic algal bloom affecting Lake Waihola is getting worse and could be there for the summer.
Otago Regional Council's youngest councillor has now become its youngest deputy chairman.
Issues regarding securing the supply of underground services to the University of Otago have meant the Otago Regional Council has yet to let a contract for flood protection works on the Water of Leith.
Who will lead the Otago Regional Council for the next three years will be decided at the inaugural meeting of the council on Tuesday.
Otago Regional Council staff are facing uncertain times as chief executive Peter Bodeker proposes to restructure the organisation.
There will be only two new faces at the Otago Regional Council table, all its incumbent councillors having fought off challenges for their seats.
Fewer people have voted in the local body elections than in the past three elections, electoral officer Pam Jordan says.