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 Otago, in the south of New Zealand's South Island, is the second largest region in terms of land area. It has a population of 190 600 (2002 census). The city of Dunedin on the east coast is the regional centre.

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Friday, 14 December 2012
Otago Natural Hazards Database goes live A repository for information about natural hazards in Otago is now online. 324 views

Monday, 3 December 2012
ORC warns of possible emergence of toxic algal bloom The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is warning people to be wary of the possible presence of toxic algae in rivers and lakes throughout the Otago region this summer. 289 views

Monday, 26 November 2012
Study highlights pressures on Kakanui catchment water quality A ten month Otago Regional Council (ORC) study of water quality in the Kakanui catchment has revealed that water quality parameters have deteriorated in recent years, with many waterways exceeding nationally recognised guidelines for nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorous) and E.Coli (bacteria). 282 views

Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Working relationship between local authorities and iwi strengthened A new chapter has begun in the relationship between Ngai Tahu in Otago and local authorities in the region. 291 views

Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Continuation of next stage of Water of Leith floodworks to start shortly The next stage of work in the Leith flood protection scheme will begin in the next few days, after Otago regional councillors let a construction contract to Lund South Limited. 471 views

Tuesday, 6 November 2012
ORC to consult on Tarras Water Ltd investment request The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is seeking public comment on whether it should invest about $3.5 million to help develop a proposed irrigation scheme for the Tarras district. 275 views

Friday, 28 September 2012
ORC rates penalty deadlines reminder The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is reminding ratepayers that penalty deadlines for non-payment of rates have changed. 252 views

Monday, 24 September 2012
All in readiness for nationwide earthquake drill Otago local authorities are ready for New Zealand Shakeout, the nationwide earthquake simulation drill which will take place this Wednesday (September 26) at 9.26am. 263 views

Friday, 14 September 2012
Last chance for say on future Otago public transport options Time is running out for those who want to have their say on the future of Otago’s public transport system. 246 views

Successful year for Clean Heat Clean Air programme More than 700 Otago households received assistance from the Otago Regional Council’s Clean Heat Clean Air programme during 2011-12 through subsidised replacement of non-complying heating appliances and home insulation. 229 views

ORC concerned about lack of water metering compliance Many Otago people are likely to miss the first deadline for complying with new Government regulations dealing with measurement and reporting of water takes, and may face enforcement action for failing to do so. 277 views

Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Now's the time to look for rooks Otago Regional Council (ORC) staff are keen to hear from anyone in the region who have seen rooks. 283 views

Monday, 3 September 2012
New chief executive appointed for Otago Regional Council Otago Regional Council (ORC) chairman Stephen Woodhead announced today that Peter Bodeker has been appointed as the new council chief executive, replacing Graeme Martin, who is retiring. 276 views

Saturday, 18 August 2012
ORC adopts 2012 Flood Protection Management Bylaw The Otago Regional Council (ORC) adopted the Flood Protection Management Bylaw 2012 on 8 August 2012. 470 views

Otago people asked to advise on future developments in public transport The Otago Regional Council (ORC) has released its new draft Regional Public Transport Plan (RPTP) for public comment. 263 views

Wednesday, 15 August 2012
ORC staff continuing to monitor Otago river levels ORC rainfall sites in the Otago region have recorded between 50mm and 200 mm over the past three days. 601 views

Tuesday, 14 August 2012
ORC staff remain on active alert for potential floods A potential flood risk still exists in coastal Otago as persistent heavy rain continues to affect the area from the Taieri Plain to the Waitaki River. 571 views

ORC staff on active alert for potential floods A potential flood risk still exists in coastal Otago due to persistent heavy rain. 560 views

Wednesday, 8 August 2012
Queenstown bus service proves its worth The Queenstown bus service is moving towards becoming fully commercialised, having been subsidised by the Otago Regional Council (ORC) for the past two years. 219 views

Tuesday, 7 August 2012
Otago heavy rainfall warning The Otago Regional Council (ORC) advises North Otago residents to be prepared for possible heavy overnight rain. 238 views

Thursday, 28 June 2012
Proposed Otago Regional Land Transport Programme completed The Otago Regional Land Transport Programme (RLTP) for 2012-2015 has been completed and will now go to the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) for consideration. 216 views

Wednesday, 27 June 2012
New appointee to ORC natural resources committee Michael Skerrett has been appointed to the Otago Regional Council’s natural resources committee. 226 views

Tuesday, 19 June 2012
ORC develops innovative heli-gauging technique for major floods An Otago Regional Council (ORC) hydrologist has developed a world-leading, innovative method of measuring high river flows during a flood, using a modified kayak. 240 views

Friday, 15 June 2012
Otago dairy farmers getting the message on compliance Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Woodhead says a drop in the number of Otago dairy farms being prosecuted for breaches of permitted activity rules reflects greater awareness of ORC’s enforcement regime. 264 views

Wednesday, 9 May 2012
New ORC flood protection bylaw out for consultation The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is seeking public input on its new flood protection bylaw. 371 views

Thursday, 3 May 2012
Chief executive Graeme Martin to retire Long-serving Otago Regional Council (ORC) chief executive Graeme Martin is to retire on November 2, subject to the availability of his successor. 471 views

Saturday, 28 April 2012
Early compliance urged with water measuring regulations Consent holders for rural water takes in the Otago region are being urged not to leave compliance with new Government water measuring regulations to the last minute. 248 views

New approach mooted for urban stormwater discharges Now that proposed Plan Change 6A to the Otago Water Plan has been publicly notified, the Otago Regional Council (ORC) has started preliminary work on related plan changes, which includes addressing discharges from urban stormwater systems. 262 views

Friday, 20 April 2012
Councils urge Milton residents to contribute views on draft flood plan Milton residents are being encouraged to get involved in a community process aimed at better managing the area’s flood risk. 330 views

Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Regional council hosting Taieri flood protection scheme meetings The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is hosting two meetings to update Mosgiel and Taieri Plain residents about proposed works on the Taieri flood protection and drainage schemes. 238 views

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