Otago

ORC Seeks Rook Sightings

RooksWith reports on Rooks hitting numerous places in Otago, The Otago Regional Council is reported to have called for reports of the pests which are linked to hampering crop and pasture. The main reason behind ORC call is that it seeks to ward off such pests.

Rooks have been witnessed nesting in many places in Otago this season, but none are reported in the Strath Taieri area.

Two Obese Patients Remained in Hospital for Weeks, New Report Calls for Improved Safety

Two Obese Patients Remained in Hospital for Weeks, New Report Calls for Improved

A recent report presented to the Otago District Health Board, calling for improved safety measures for obese patients in hospitals across the county, states recent example of two obese patients who had to remain in hospital for weeks because there was no transport facility available to take them safely back home.

Project Hayes Stalled

Writer: Manish Verma The Environment Court gave a big blow to Meridian Energy when it refused to give consent for what would have been New Zealand's biggest wind farm, Project Hayes, in Central Otago.

New Zealand’s preparedness ‘in place’ to combat measles epidemic

New Zealand’s preparedness ‘in place’ to combat measles epidemic

With the Auckland Regional Public Health Service cautioning that the measles outbreak in Auckland might set in motion a nationwide epidemic, the Health Ministry is

building up stocks of the measles vaccine. Thus far this year, there has been a ten-fold increase in the number of reported measles cases. As per the Health Minister, Tony

Ryall, Otago, Canterbury and Auckland have reported measles cases during the year. Commenting on the situation and the government's preparedness 'in place' to

March witnesses 11% decrease in NZ guest nights

March witnesses 11% decrease in NZ guest nights

Statistics for accommodation have witnessed a drop by 11% for the month of March, mostly affected by the late arrival of Easter this year.

For accommodation providers the depressed headline numbers from Statistics New Zealand are more bad news, but are unsurprising.

The statistics were low universally across the country and led by a 24 % decrease in paid guest nights in camping grounds for each accommodation type, typically strong performers during the Easter break.

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