Just how useful pre-election reports by councils will be at ''stimulating debate'' before October's local body elections is questionable, Andy Asquith of Massey University, says.
Water conservation orders have escaped the knife under the Government's freshwater reforms, to the relief of Fish and Game Otago and the disappointment of the Otago Regional Council.
Lake Tuakitoto needs more intensive management than is being employed by the Otago Regional Council (ORC) if the lake's wetland values are to be protected, the Otago Fish and Game Council says.
Setting pay rates for a council that has yet to be elected is a bit ''strange'', Otago regional councillor Doug Brown says.
Another effort may be made to get students on Dunedin buses, perhaps with a tertiary discount.
A special project team has been set up within the Otago Regional Council to develop its approach to implementing water quality regulation changes.
Having irrigation investment decisions reliant on the ''whim of the political vote'' cannot work, Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Woodhead says.
New public bus contracts for Dunedin have been scrapped and old ones reinstated.
A decision not to invest in Tarras Water's irrigation scheme means Otago ratepayers will only see a 2.97% increase in their Otago Regional Council general rates this year.
Names on the Otago Regional Council's election papers will be randomly selected for the next local government election.
A decision on whether the Otago Regional Council will invest in Tarras Water Ltd's irrigation scheme will be made next week. The Tarras investment - $3.5 million in dry shares and ongoing fixed costs - has been a controversial topic for more than six months.
Further shifts in attitude need to occur if water quality is to remain in ''good health'' in Central Otago, the Otago Regional Council says.
A cheaper option for easing flooding concerns for Dunedin's central city appears to have been ruled out by the University of Otago's latest building plans.
New Zealand Transport Agency's latest procedures and rules, if adopted, will go against what the Otago Regional Council believes is good for Otago's public transport system.
Bad discharge practices could be promoted by the granting of stormwater discharge consents to the Dunedin City Council, the Otago Regional Council says.
The Otago Regional Council's newest catchment programme is under way in South Otago, as council staff work with landowners to improve water quality.
Dunedin, Mosgiel and Balclutha residents can no longer get a subsidy to install a clean heating appliance, but their more inland neighbours still will.
Berwick farmer Dan Lyders is continuing his legal fight against the Otago Regional Council.
Twenty-one appeals over the Otago Regional Council's proposed water quality regulations have been lodged with the Environment Court.
Otago regional ratepayers will have to wait another three weeks to find out if their general rates will increase by 2.97% or 5.34%.