Otago Regional Council

Rabbits are out of control in the Queenstown countryside – and Otago Regional Council's in the gun for it. Long-time local farmers and rural residents say the problem's never been worse. Jim Hunter, who lives above Lake Hayes, says there's a...

Bus drivers to strike

Bus drivers in Queenstown will walk off the job on Friday over what they say are negotiations going nowhere and unsafe buses. Members at Ritchie’s Queenstown have voted to take strike action from midnight tomorrow to midnight Friday. Despite three bargaining...

Wakatipu washing warning

A concrete business which had staff snapped washing machinery in Lake Wakatipu's been given a telling-off by the regional council. Allied Concrete Queenstown branch manager Shane Tell says some of its drivers had been seen washing discharge chutes on their...
Fluctuating E coli levels in Queenstown's Lake Wakatipu are going largely unexplained, prompting calls for more scientific research. Tests found high levels of the bacteria at Queenstown Bay on Sunday, and the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) was advising people...

Comms costs increase

Queenstown's publicly-funded organisations spent more than $1.2 million on communications and public relations in the 2016/17 year. The district council spent $444,328, Southern District Health Board (SDHB) $462,406, and Otago Regional Council (ORC) $330,000. And two of those organisations, Queenstown's council...
It once had the dubious claim to the worst air quality in Otago, but Arrowtown appears to have cleaned up its act. The town registered 23 air quality breaches as of July 13, eight fewer than the 31 recorded by...

Lake Hayes spend-up

After years of inaction, Otago Regional Council is addressing water quality problems in Queenstown's scenic Lake Hayes. In recent times the lake's colour, clarity and trout population have been affected by algae bloom caused by high nutrient levels. Early this year,...
Secrets hidden in the depths of Lake Hayes and Lake Wakatipu are set be revealed thanks to a new piece of equipment. Otago Regional Council (ORC) carries out regular checks of the region's iconic lakes, but its machinery has been...

Lake Hayes E.coli anger

A Queenstown mum is accusing Otago Regional Council of negligence for failing to put up signs warning E.coli had been detected in Lake Hayes. Cath Hudson is furious ORC didn't warn locals earlier. Samples taken on December 11 revealed high levels...
From November 20 Queenstowners can take their cars to work – or bus free for a week. Today Mountain Scene exclusively reveals the four new Orbus routes, which cover most of the Wakatipu Basin. For the first seven days of the new...
Parking in Queenstown is set to become more expensive from December as the council tries to encourage other forms of transport. Queenstown Lakes District Council adopted the new Queenstown Town Centre Transport Strategy at a full council meeting in Wanaka...

Jim Boult: Buses a first step

OPINION: The saying goes that "all good things come to those who wait", and I am pleased to share with you that we have a commitment from the Otago Regional Council (ORC) to start the new $2 bus service...
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