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Potentially toxic algae confirmed in Cardrona River

Friday, 13 January 2017, 4:43 pm | Otago Regional Council

The presence of the potentially toxic algae Phormidium has been confirmed in the lower Cardrona River. This has prompted the Otago Regional Council (ORC) to warn dog owners to be vigilant when exercising their pets alongside Otago’s rivers and ... More >>

Cyanobacteria found in Lake Waihola

Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 4:33 pm | Otago Regional Council

Sampling carried out by the Otago Regional Council has shown high concentrations of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) at Lake Waihola and a health warning has been issued for the lake. Visitors are advised not to use it for recreational purposes ... More >>

Reminder to Check, Clean, Dry this summer

Friday, 23 December 2016, 3:01 pm | Otago Regional Council

With summer finally upon us, the Otago Regional Council is reminding holidaymakers to look after the region’s beautiful southern waterways by checking, cleaning and drying equipment after use. More >>

Summer swimming spot monitoring under way

Friday, 9 December 2016, 4:59 pm | Otago Regional Council

As the summer season gets underway, the Otago Regional Council (ORC) is beginning its annual programme of weekly monitoring at the beaches, rivers, and lakes where Otago people most like to paddle, swim, and generally enjoy the water. More >>

ORC invites community feedback on planned bus ‘hub’

Monday, 5 December 2016, 10:22 am | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council is inviting the Dunedin public to let it know how they want the planned Great King Street bus hub to look and feel. More >>

Councils continuing to watch lake levels

Friday, 25 November 2016, 4:53 pm | Otago Regional Council

Queenstown Lakes District Council and Otago Regional Council (ORC) are continuing to keep an eye on lake levels in light of a severe weather warnings issued by the MetService. More >>

Councils keeping an eye on lake levels

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 5:16 pm | Otago Regional Council

Queenstown Lakes District Council and Otago Regional Council (ORC) are keeping an eye on lake levels in light of a severe weather warning issued by MetService. More >>

Dunedin achieves 5 consecutive years air quality complance

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 12:19 pm | Otago Regional Council

Central Dunedin has notched up its fifth consecutive year of compliance with air quality standards. More >>

ORC director appointed to climate change panel

Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 5:11 pm | Otago Regional Council

Otago Regional Council director of engineering, hazards, and science Dr Gavin Palmer has been appointed to a 10-member panel of experts who will advise the Government on how New Zealand can be better prepared for climate change. More >>

Rain bursts push up Otago river levels

Thursday, 17 November 2016, 4:22 pm | Otago Regional Council

Volatile rainfall patterns and intermittent bursts of heavy rain throughout the Otago region are causing many rivers to rise rapidly. The Pomahaka, Taieri, Manuherikia, and North Otago rivers are all high and are likely to remain so for several days. ... More >>

ORC maintaining watching brief despite revised forecast

Wednesday, 16 November 2016, 1:27 pm | Otago Regional Council

Heavy rain forecast for the next 24 hours in coastal Otago is not expected to be as intense as first thought. Rivers in already-saturated catchments are still expected to rise, but not as high as originally forecast. More >>

Otago river levels dropping but forecast to rise again

Tuesday, 15 November 2016, 4:35 pm | Otago Regional Council

Otago Regional Council (ORC) staff are monitoring a changeable weather event which is seeing many rivers drop after heavy rain in the past 24 hours, but more rain forecast for the region tomorrow and Thursday is set to push them up again. More >>

New faces take up key committee roles

Thursday, 3 November 2016, 1:59 pm | Otago Regional Council

ORC’s committee structure for 2016-19 sees some experienced councillors taking on new governance challenges and all four new councillors being appointed to chairmanship or deputy roles. The same major standing committees – Policy, Technical, Finance ... More >>

Stephen Woodhead re-elected as ORC chairman

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 3:26 pm | Otago Regional Council

Re-elected Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Woodhead has expressed his hope that the new council will focus “constructively and proactively” on what it can achieve over the next three years, and on delivering outcomes for the community. ... More >>

October clouds offer silver lining to Otago farmers

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 3:02 pm | Otago Regional Council

Higher-than-normal rainfall in Otago has brought some much needed breathing space for Otago farmers who may be facing another summer of dry conditions. Otago Regional Council manager of resource science Dean Olsen said soil moisture is currently close ... More >>

ORC grants boost community pest control efforts

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 4:39 pm | Otago Regional Council

A volunteer effort in the Makarora Valley adjacent to the Haast Pass Highway near Wanaka to help control predators which threaten native birds has received a $23,395 boost from the Otago Regional Council’s Environmental Enhancement Fund. More >>

ORC makes decision on proposed Regional Policy Statement

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 5:02 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) today resolved to notify its decision on the proposed Regional Policy Statement (RPS) for Otago. More >>

Long-serving ORC councillors attend last meeting

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 4:46 pm | Otago Regional Council

Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Woodhead has paid tribute to retiring councillors Louise Croot and David Shepherd, who attended their last council meeting today after 27 years and nine years’ service respectively. More >>

Reserve funding approved for wallaby targeting

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 4:25 pm | Otago Regional Council

Otago regional councillors today approved funding of $273,000 for a dedicated search-and-destroy and surveillance programme to step up targeting the reduction of wallaby numbers in the region. Wallabies are listed as an unwanted organism under the Biosecurity ... More >>

Dead cattle washed up on St Clair Beach

Monday, 5 September 2016, 12:23 pm | Otago Regional Council

ORC’s Pollution Hotline received a notification at the weekend concerning a dead cow which had washed up below the high water tide mark on St Clair Beach. Because of this, ORC engaged a contractor to remove and dispose of the carcass (territorial ... More >>



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