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ORC Adopts ‘He Mahi Rau Rika’, A New Significance, Engagement And Māori Participation Policy

Wednesday, 27 October 2021, 2:45 pm | Otago Regional Council

The policy includes a commitment to improve the regional council’s partnership with mana whenua and engagement with our communities. The Otago Regional Council (ORC) today adopted its new Significance, Engagement and Māori Participation Policy, ... More >>

Plan Change 7 Environment Court Decision

Wednesday, 27 October 2021, 10:11 am | Otago Regional Council

The Environment Court has released its interim decision on Plan Change 7 to the Regional Plan: Water for Otago. “We acknowledge that this decision is a pivotal one for the future of water management in Otago, especially given the weight of Te ... More >>

ORC Urges Safety On The Water As Labour Weekend Approaches

Tuesday, 19 October 2021, 2:21 pm | Otago Regional Council

This Labour Weekend, as the summer boating season kicks off, Otago Regional Council Harbourmaster Steve Rushbrook is hoping for another year of good boating behaviour on the water. Labour Weekend is traditionally the start of the recreational boating ... More >>

Free Buses In Dunedin And Queenstown To Support Super Saturday Vaccination Drive

Friday, 15 October 2021, 12:31 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is offering free travel on its Orbus Dunedin and Queenstown networks for all passengers on Saturday 16 October, to ensure as many people as possible can travel to vaccination centres. Manager Transport Garry Maloney ... More >>

Community Input Vital On New Plan To Safeguard Otago’s Land And Water

Friday, 1 October 2021, 4:42 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Council, together with mana whenua partners Kai Tahu, is developing a new Land and Water Regional Plan (LWRP), and is seeking involvement from a wide range of people in communities with views and ambitions for Otago’s freshwater taonga. ORC is promoting ... More >>

ORC Urging Outdoor Burners To Be More Considerate Of Community Health

Tuesday, 28 September 2021, 3:00 pm | Otago Regional Council

A burn off last week in the Upper Clutha that may have caused health impacts in the community, including reports of primary school children needing to remain inside, has prompted a strong rebuke from the Otago Regional Council. ORC Manager Compliance ... More >>

ORC team places second in Trans-Tasman competition

Friday, 17 September 2021, 2:21 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) Team, ‘In Our Element’, won the New Zealand leg of the Australasian Management Challenge in May and competed remotely in the finals on 24 August, during alert level 4. More >>

E-bus trial coming to Dunedin

Friday, 17 September 2021, 9:34 am | Otago Regional Council

From 28 September, keep your eyes peeled for a GBV Enviroline 35-seater e-bus zipping around the streets and hills of Dunedin. The electric bus trial, a collaboration between the Otago Regional Council (ORC) and Go Bus Transport, is likely to rotate ... More >>

Otago marks one year with the Bee Card

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 1:05 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Bee Card, the smart, tag-on tag-off card used for public transport across nine New Zealand regions, launched in Queenstown one year ago today. The Queenstown launch followed Dunedin by two weeks. Otago Regional Council Manager Transport Garry Maloney ... More >>

Winter grazing flyovers show improvements

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 2:47 pm | Otago Regional Council

Compliance flyovers by the Otago Regional Council (ORC) in May, July and August this year found nearly all landowners were abiding by current rules, but more work is needed to comply with incoming intensive winter grazing regulations. More >>

Otago air quality is improving, but more work is needed

Wednesday, 8 September 2021, 4:00 pm | Otago Regional Council

A report presented at the Otago Regional Council’s (ORC) Data and Information Committee today shows air quality has improved over the last ten years, although the amount of particulate matter in the air in seven out of eight monitoring areas still exceeds ... More >>

Be on the lookout for rooks this spring

Friday, 3 September 2021, 1:57 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) undertakes active rook pest management between September and November, and we need help from the community to spot them around Otago. Rooks, or Corvus frugilegus , are members of the crow family and pests in Otago’s ... More >>

Manuherekia Workshop

Thursday, 12 August 2021, 3:30 pm | Otago Regional Council

A public workshop about water management in the Manuherekia Rohe took place today at ORC’s council chambers. This is part of the process to develop a new Land and Water Plan for Otago which is due to be notified at the end of 2023. At the workshop, ... More >>

Overall Public Transport Customer Satisfaction Remains High Across Dunedin And Wakatipu

Wednesday, 4 August 2021, 2:18 pm | Otago Regional Council

The results of an annual survey by the Otago Regional Council (ORC) show a lot of positives for the Orbus service, as well as highlighting areas with room for improvement. Ninety-four percent of passengers in Dunedin (up from 88 percent in 2019) and 96 ... More >>

Drilling In South Dunedin And Harbourside To Improve Groundwater And Hazards Understanding Starts Today

Tuesday, 3 August 2021, 11:31 am | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) will be drilling at up to nine sites in South Dunedin and coastal parts of the central city, following up on 27 monitoring bores installed in 2019. ORC will be installing groundwater monitoring equipment and extracting geological ... More >>

ORC Releases Summary Report On Manuherekia Management Scenarios Consultation

Thursday, 22 July 2021, 3:15 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) today released a summary report following consultation on five flow scenarios for the Manuherekia River. The consultation will inform the provisions that are part of the development of ORC’s new Land and Water Regional ... More >>

Otago Regional Council Urges Careful Sediment Management Amidst Winter Rainfall

Friday, 9 July 2021, 1:07 pm | Otago Regional Council

Wet weather has disturbed sediment at a number of locations around the region, and the Otago Regional Council (ORC) is issuing a reminder about the importance of good sediment management at earthworks sites. ORC Manager Compliance Tami Sargeant said ... More >>

New Fund To Support Environmental Enhancement Projects

Thursday, 1 July 2021, 2:48 pm | Otago Regional Council

$50,000 per year is available to help community and catchment groups with resource consent processing fees as part of a new fund introduced through the Long-term Plan. The new fund aims to reduce the barriers for Otago groups to advance projects that ... More >>

Otago Wallaby Programme Leads To A Wallaby Kill In The Kakanui Mountains

Friday, 25 June 2021, 4:09 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council’s (ORC) programme of wallaby monitoring and surveillance in northern parts of Otago has already led to the identification and destruction of a wallaby in the Kakanui Mountains. Contractors from Heliventures and thermal ... More >>

Proposed Otago Regional Policy Statement To Be Notified For Public Submissions Tomorrow

Friday, 25 June 2021, 2:36 pm | Otago Regional Council

Anyone can have their say on the Proposed Otago Regional Policy Statement, up until 3 September. The Otago Regional Council (ORC) will notify its Proposed Otago Regional Policy Statement 2021 (RPS) tomorrow, beginning a ten-week consultation period during ... More >>