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Rivers and Lakes Rainfall Update 2

Friday, 11 October 2019, 2:59 pm | Otago Regional Council

MetService have now lifted the Severe Weather Watch for heavy rainfall in Coastal Otago. The heaviest of the predicted rainfall has passed, but light to moderate rainfall is still expected to continue through to midday Saturday. Rivers and streams in Coastal ... More >>

Rivers and Lakes Rainfall Update

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 2:30 pm | Otago Regional Council

Metservice have lifted the Severe Weather Warning for Otago lakes and rivers in the headwaters, however the Severe Weather Watch for Coastal Otago is still in place, with heavy rainfall predicted between this afternoon and Saturday morning. The highest ... More >>

Recommendation on Queenstown Lakes wastewater overflow

Monday, 7 October 2019, 1:05 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) today recommended that Hearing Commissioners decline a consent application by the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) to discharge wastewater overflows into freshwater receiving environments. The recommendation was ... More >>

ORC approves return of Harbourmaster responsibilities

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 4:19 pm | Otago Regional Council

Councillors today approved the process to reverse the 2006 transfer of Harbourmaster functions for Lake Dunstan, meaning the Otago Regional Council (ORC) will take these responsibilities back from the Central Otago District Council (CODC). More >>

ORC to extend water plan rule timeframes

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 3:29 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) resolved today to notify a plan change that proposes to postpone the date when certain water quality rules come into effect, from 1 April 2020 to 1 April 2026. This plan change will lay the ground for another in 2020, to ... More >>

Two New General Managers Join ORC Executive Leadership Team

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 10:49 am | Otago Regional Council

Richard Saunders has joined the Otago Regional Council (ORC) as the new General Manager Regulatory, and Gwyneth Elsum as the General Manager Policy, Science and Strategy, rounding out a full complement in the Executive Leadership Team. More >>

Working together for the Manuherekia River catchment

Friday, 20 September 2019, 12:33 pm | Otago Regional Council

As part of our work on freshwater, ORC wants to find out how people use the Manuherekia* River, what they love or value about it, and how they want it to be managed in the future. Feedback from the community will help ORC develop a Manuherekia Rohe Plan ... More >>

Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust Presents Annual Report to ORC

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 2:22 pm | Otago Regional Council

An upgraded helicopter fleet, rising rescue numbers, improved GPS routes, and new medical equipment were the headlines of the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust’s presentation of their annual report to the Otago Regional Council (ORC) last week. More >>

Action plan for healthy waterways

Thursday, 5 September 2019, 1:03 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Ministry for the Environment today announced a new National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPSFM) and new National Environmental Standards (NES) and regulations aimed at improving the health of New Zealand waterways. These policies ... More >>

Developers sentenced for contaminating water

Tuesday, 3 September 2019, 3:40 pm | Otago Regional Council

Northlake Investment Ltd was sentenced today in the Queenstown District Court, following prosecution in June for a discharge in August 2017 generated by earthworks in the course of subdivision development. The discharge resulted in discolouration in the ... More >>

ORC Chairman not standing for re-election

Friday, 16 August 2019, 1:44 pm | Otago Regional Council

Stephen Woodhead, Chairman of the Otago Regional Council, has decided not to stand for another term in this year’s local government elections. “After 15 years as a Councillor, including three as Deputy Chair and nine as Chairman, I have reflected ... More >>

Bus passenger numbers at an all-time high

Friday, 9 August 2019, 4:59 pm | Otago Regional Council

Passengers made four million bus trips in Queenstown and Dunedin in the last year, breaking records for patronage in the region. More >>

Responsible outdoor burning

Friday, 2 August 2019, 4:47 pm | Otago Regional Council

ORC is reminding people to consider their neighbours – and the rules of the Air Plan – when burning outdoors this season. More >>

Media advisory on behalf of the Otago Mayoral Forum

Friday, 2 August 2019, 3:59 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Mayoral Forum has been actively engaged with the polytechnic and institute of technology sector reforms since they were first announced by Minister Hipkins earlier this year and approaches the announcement made yesterday with cautious optimism. More >>

Dairy company sentenced for effluent discharge

Friday, 2 August 2019, 3:44 pm | Otago Regional Council

On 11 July 20129, Greg Cowley Limited was sentenced in the District Court on one charge of discharging dairy farm effluent onto land in circumstances where it might enter water. The charge was brought by the Otago Regional Council (ORC). More >>

ORC has attended a substantial green waste fire

Sunday, 28 July 2019, 6:54 pm | Otago Regional Council

ORC has attended a substantial green waste fire at the foot of the Remarkables today. More >>

Rooks spotted on Maniototo property

Friday, 26 July 2019, 9:54 am | Otago Regional Council

Otago Regional Council (ORC) staff responded this week to a report of about twenty rooks on a farm in the Maniototo, and confirmed the sightings. More >>

ORC: Rainfall and rivers update: Saturday evening

Saturday, 20 July 2019, 6:12 pm | Otago Regional Council

ORC staff have been keeping close watch today on river levels and predicted flows, following Metservice’s heavy rain warning for North Otago and heavy rain watch for the Dunedin area tonight between 9pm and 9am. More >>

Rainfall and rivers update

Saturday, 20 July 2019, 12:55 pm | Otago Regional Council

Metservice is warning of heavy rain in North Otago overnight tonight in the 12 hours from 9pm, with potential for heavy rain in the Dunedin area as well. More >>

ORC taking to the skies

Wednesday, 17 July 2019, 12:24 pm | Otago Regional Council

Starting next week, the Otago Regional Council (ORC) will undertake flights across Otago to monitor and check for sediment disturbance and discharges to water from winter grazing practices and other land-use activities. More >>

 

 

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