A combined total of more than 80 years of local government service by four Central Otago men was recognised as their council and boards held final meetings for this term.
The Otago Regional Council has turned down for a second time an application by Southern Clams to finish off Bluff oysters in Otago Harbour.
Dunedin needs to ''stand up'' to government cuts, and a new political party giving a voice to the South could be just the ticket, businessman Ian Taylor says.
Otago Regional Council candidates have criticised the council's stance on wilding pines.
It is ''irrational'' to exempt dams built before national building standards from proposed dam safety regulations, the Otago Regional Council says.
It was time for the Otago Regional Council to reconsider how to more effectively manage adverse effects of controlled burn-offs, which have the potential to affect the tourism and film industries, an Otago Regional Council candidate says.
Duncan Butcher is synonymous with local government in Otago. After 30 years representing the region and his hometown of Cromwell he is retiring, leaving behind the need to travel thousands of kilometres a year, attend meetings and answer constant phone calls. Rebecca Fox finds out how he came to be known as the ''father'' of water regulations in Otago.
The Otago Regional Council had no ''quick fix'' to remedy air pollution caused by outdoor burn-offs - described as a ''significant issue'' across the Otago and Central Otago regions.
Retiring councillor Duncan Butcher had the last word at yesterday's final meeting of the Otago Regional Council's 2010-13 three-year term.
The Otago Regional Council will go into the next triennium having lost considerable experience from around its table, yet facing crunch time on some big issues.
North Otago people will next week hear how the physical shape and form of the Kakanui and Kauru Rivers have changed through the years.
A surplus of $12.8 million, nearly $4 million greater than budgeted, has been recorded by the Otago Regional Council for the 2012-13 year.
The Otago University Students' Association has set aside $25,000 to provide students with Go Cards so they can take advantage of a discounted bus fare trial next year.
Serious breaches of resource consent conditions have more than doubled in the past year.
A long ''pre-application'' process is expected before Southern Clams' proposal to finish Bluff oysters in Otago Harbour is accepted, the Otago Regional Council says.
A discounted tertiary student bus fare to be trialled during Orientation Week next year could cost the Otago Regional Council about $15,000 but it will not mean an increase in rates, the council says.
Floods and emergencies, both real and imagined, contributed to the overspending detailed in the Otago Regional Council's 12-month review.
The Otago Regional Council says it will consider handing responsibility for public transport to the Dunedin City Council.
Keep of flood protection infrastructure protecting the Henley township is one of the issues the Otago Regional Council is investigating at the request of residents.
Changes to regulations governing wetlands could give Fish and Game Otago's Takitakitoa Wetland proposal a second chance.