Wastewater decision imminent

The hearing commission into the proposed Te Anau Wastewater Scheme at Manapouri was adjourned yesterday afternoon, with commissioners expected to make a decision on the project in the coming weeks. Having requesting further technical information from the applicant – Southland District Council – in July, the commissioners re-convened on Monday to hear this information and… Read more

Southern DHB plan under scrutiny

Representatives of the Southern District Health Board met with a strong crowd in Te Anau on Monday night to facilitate feedback on the organisation’s 10-year plan. The DHB is nearing the end of a district-wide tour to engage with the public on its guiding strategic document, which is underpinned by two goals: improving patient access… Read more

New consents lodged

A resource consent application has been renotified for a section of the second stage of the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail. Consent applications have been lodged with Environment Southland and the Southland District Council for work relating to about 30km of proposed trail near the upper Oreti River and Centre Hill Road. Meanwhile, the opening… Read more

Opposition growing

Support continues to build for alternatives to the proposed Te Anau wastewater scheme at Manapouri, with a public meeting held last week as the current consent was about to expire. The 10-year consent for the Southland District Council to discharge Te Anau’s effluent to the Upukerora River expired last Wednesday, but district mayor Gary Tong… Read more

WINZ visits suspended

Work and Income visits to rural and satellite sites have been suspended until further notice. This comes as part of a nationwide service centre security review after two WINZ staff were killed in Ashburton at the beginning of September. The Southern region is the most affected, with site visits suspended at Fairlie, Geraldine, Lumsden, Nightcaps,… Read more

Highs hindered

The communities of Winton and Te Anau are one step closer to an outright ban on the sale of legal highs, with a combined council hearing last week leaning towards keeping them out. Southland District Mayor Gary Tong said the final Local Approved Products Policy still had to pass through council, but at this stage… Read more

Dissent at Iris Burn 1080 drop

The aerial 1080 pest control operation in the Iris Burn Valley was completed on Monday, the third of 22 confirmed South Island drops to be carried out. The Department of Conservation applied poison-laced cereal baits over 11,200 hectares of the valley just over a week after it was covered with non-toxic pre-feed bait. The 1080… Read more

First 1080 sites confirmed

The Department of Conservation’s ‘Battle for our Birds’ poison operations have been confirmed for Dart Valley, the Routeburn and Caples tracks, Iris Burn Valley, Waitutu and Waikaia. The operation is a preemptive measure to curb a predicted predator plague in New Zealand native bush this year, after a prolific flowering of beech trees and high… Read more

Parliamentary challenge of 1080

As the Department of Conservation (DOC) prepares for a concentrated 1080 drop in the second half of the year, a new political party is rising to fight it. Seed fall, possum and rodent levels are being monitored at specific national sites and, if a threshold is met, wide scale predator control will be actioned in… Read more