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Farmers Urged To Continue Good Management Practice

Thursday, 16 May 2024, 11:15 am | Otago Regional Council

Otago farmers are being urged to continue to operate at good management practice this winter and in line with the regulations around intensive winter grazing, says ORC’s Acting General Manager Regulatory Joanna Gilroy. More >>

Communities Respond To Otago Regional Council’s Long-Term Plan

Friday, 10 May 2024, 11:46 am | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council has received just over 400 public submissions on its Long-Term Plan, with strong views and feedback from all over Otago on a range of topics. More >>

Huge Rise In Bus Use In Queenstown And Dunedin

Thursday, 9 May 2024, 2:19 pm | Otago Regional Council

Queenstown patronage for the nine months to date exceeds the full year patronage for the past four years and is just 27,412 trips short of the previous annual high in 2018 – 19, meaning that year-end patronage will exceed all previous years since ... More >>

Natural Hazards Report Highlights Glenorchy Community Resilience - ORC

Monday, 6 May 2024, 11:21 am | Otago Regional Council

A socio-economic impact assessment for the Head of Lake Whakatipu area identifies that the community is well-functioning and motivated, with generally high levels of readiness for natural hazard events. More >>

ORC’s ECO Fund 3X Oversubscribed Again

Monday, 6 May 2024, 10:52 am | Otago Regional Council

Applications for Otago Regional Council’s annual ECO Fund has been three times oversubscribed again, with 33 of this year’s 65 applicants having now made it to a recommended list. Of an approximate total $918,000 available this year – from ... More >>

ORC Providing Support And Resources For Dam Owners Around New Regulations

Monday, 6 May 2024, 9:16 am | Otago Regional Council

Dams which meet a certain height and volume threshold defined in Government Regulations, which come into force on 13 May, need to be classified. The owners of these dams need to arrange and have this classification submitted to ORC no later than 13 August ... More >>

Air Quality Reports Reveal Some Improvements – But More Work Needed

Thursday, 2 May 2024, 7:51 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Annual Air Quality Report 2023 outlined monitoring efforts over the past year and compared data gathered against the current National Environmental Standards for Air Quality (NESAQ) limit. More >>

Reminder – Some Bus Fares Changing On 1 May

Friday, 26 April 2024, 9:38 am | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council is reminding bus passengers to top up their Bee Cards ahead of fare changes on 1 May 2024. More >>

ORC Planning Broader Flood Work Programme For Mosgiel’s Silver Stream

Wednesday, 24 April 2024, 9:49 am | Otago Regional Council

ORC’s maintenance work programme on Silver Steam near Mosgiel will resume next month and be completed by the end of June and planning for a broader programme of flood works is already in the pipeline. More >>

Pilot Study Will Model Nature-based Solutions In Te Hakapupu / Pleasant River

Friday, 19 April 2024, 12:30 pm | Otago Regional Council

This new project, the Wai i te reporepo, wai i te wao: Nature-based Solutions Study, is one of 21 nationally to be fully funded by the Ministry for the Environment’s (MfE) Essential Freshwater Fund. More >>

Communities Urged To Have Say On ORC’s Long-Term Plan

Tuesday, 16 April 2024, 12:22 pm | Otago Regional Council

The proposed average rates impact for households would see possible increases of 18.6% for 2024-25, 11.2% for 2025-26 and 9.4% for 2026-27. More >>

Last Weather Event Update - ORC

Friday, 12 April 2024, 3:59 pm | Otago Regional Council

ORC’s Manager Science, Tom Dyer: Rain warnings for Otago have now been lifted and the wet weather has now passed. People should remain cautious especially around the Clutha River and Pomahaka as flood waters make their way down the catchment over ... More >>

Update For Media On South Island Weather Event. 3:20pm, Thursday.

Thursday, 11 April 2024, 3:22 pm | Otago Regional Council

ORC’s Manager Science, Tom Dyer: This is a significant rainfall event for parts of the South Island and localised flooding is possible across parts of Otago. People should treat all waterways with caution, as some rivers are now beginning to rise ... More >>

Shotover Wilding Conifers Moves To Maintenance Only Phase

Tuesday, 9 April 2024, 11:36 am | Otago Regional Council

“Adequate funding is still needed to control seedling regrowth and to control wildings on neighbouring management areas so that wind-blown seed doesn’t re-infest the Shotover management area,” says Cr Robertson. More >>

Councillors Green Light Proposed Otago Regional Policy Statement To Be Publicly Notified

Thursday, 28 March 2024, 1:04 pm | Otago Regional Council

Following delivery of a recommendations report by the two Independent Hearings Panels over the Proposed Otago Regional Policy Statement (pORPS), ORC’s Councillors yesterday accepted the report and moved to publicly notify the document. The pORPS will be ... More >>

ORC-Environment Canterbury Agree To Look At Waitaki River Management Proposal

Wednesday, 20 March 2024, 8:17 pm | Otago Regional Council

"Shared management would be a collaborative effort which would provide for both Councils and iwi to be at the table" More >>

Councillors Considering “quality Feedback” From Stakeholders In LWRP Workshop

Tuesday, 19 March 2024, 9:38 am | Otago Regional Council

Today’s ORC Environmental Science and Policy Workshop - Land and Water Regional Plan will allow Councillors to take on board key stakeholders’ input, says ORC Chair Gretchen Robertson. The workshop’s purpose is for Councillors to consider ... More >>

Rare Smeagol Sea Slug Population Discovered South Of Dunedin

Thursday, 14 March 2024, 9:14 am | Otago Regional Council

Otago can now lay claim to its own population of the rare and nationally threatened Smeagol sea slug following an ORC discovery in January in the Akatore Creek estuary - 50 kilometres south of Dunedin. <img src="" ... More >>

Outram Floodbank Focus Of Test Drilling Programme Next Week

Thursday, 29 February 2024, 9:29 am | Otago Regional Council

A two-week Otago Regional Council drilling and material testing programme is scheduled to begin next week on the 1.5-kilometre Outram floodbank. ORC’s Manager Engineering Michelle Mifflin says planning for the investigation started in mid-2023 as part ... More >>

Caution Urged Over Water Use As Dry Spell Persists

Tuesday, 27 February 2024, 10:16 am | Otago Regional Council

As near-drought conditions persist across much of the South Island, the Otago Regional Council is cautioning Otago farmers and rural and urban communities to consider conserving water in the weeks ahead. The use of water from streams and rivers in some areas ... More >>





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