A joint stand by 13 South Island local authorities opposing aspects of earthquake-prone buildings legislation being introduced by the Government is making waves in the North Island, including at Cabinet level.
Waitaki First, a group of volunteers that spent nine years fighting to preserve the Waitaki River and its catchment, is to be wound up.
The Waitaki River salmon fishery has received a boost after more than 2000 salmon smolt were released this week in a bid to increase stocks.
A $150,000 project to divert the Waitaki River away from the north side of the State Highway 1 Waitaki Bridge has been completed by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).
About 2000 baby salmon will be released into the Waitaki River next week, the first step in a project to improve the river's fishery.
A new clear, concise flood protection bylaw outlining added protection for flood protection works and flow paths on the Taieri and lower Waitaki River goes out for public comment today.
A final but flexible plan for water management in the lower Waitaki River and Waimate district has been made public by the community committee which prepared it.
The Government's proposed asset sales programme has implications for Waitaki River stakeholders, writes Elizabeth Soal.
A pressure group has been set up to push for two new bridges across the Waitaki River between Kurow and Hakataramea, amid fears they could drop down the priority list partly because of reconstruction needed in Christchurch after the earthquakes.
The Waitaki River will reverberate with the sound of jet-turbine engines when Jet Boating Otago holds its annual race on July 16.
The cost of flood damage in the lower Waitaki River has risen after an inspection by Environment Canterbury (ECan) Timaru-based river engineering staff this week, an issue that will have to be addressed by ratepayers along the river.
Duntroon farmer Geoff Keeling has had enough of watching part of his farm disappear into the Waitaki River - yesterday he started emergency protection work to try to stem the damage caused by floods since the start of last month.
The State Highway 1 bridge is the latest across the Waitaki River to be affected by floods over the past four days.
The spectacular sight of the Waitaki River in flood may have contributed to a four-vehicle nose-to-tail collision on the SH1 bridge yesterday morning which virtually stopped traffic for more than an hour.
A new committee which will help manage water in the lower Waitaki River catchment and Waimate district, has been allocated $100,000 per year for five years to help fund biodiversity projects.
Geological issues have led to a rethink of a proposed major new power scheme on the lower Waitaki River.
An Environment Court appeal against water being granted from the lower Waitaki River for a new $200 million scheme irrigating up to 40,000ha in the Waimate district has been tentatively set down for a hearing in February and March next year.
After seven years of delays and consideration, the final resource consent decision has been made on using water from the lower Waitaki River and its tributaries, including the Hakataramea River.
Meridian Energy has taken a major step towards construction of a massive hydro-electric tunnel along the Waitaki River in South Canterbury.
Major irrigation companies on the lower Waitaki River have challenged an Environment Canterbury decision to grant water for a new irrigation scheme for Waimate which could cost up to $200 million to build.