Otago News & Alerts


John St Playground Upgrade Community Ideas Picnic

The playground on John Street in Ranfurly is getting an upgrade and we’re on a mission to enlist community input to help us create the ultimate play space.

We’ve had a really good response so far to our John Street Playground Survey: Survey John Street Reserve

And now that we are at Alert Level 2 we are keen to hold an in-person event at the playground. We would love to meet with families to chat and get more ideas to help us in the design process.

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Council Services at Alert Level 2

All Council facilities, including our service centres, libraries and pools, are open under Alert Level 2.

Community funding available

Sport Otago manages the Sport New Zealand Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa fund for the Otago region.  The fund exists to activate our tamariki/children and rangatahi/teens through sport, active recreation and play. 
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Waikouaiti/Karitane/Hawksbury Village residents can drink tap water again

The Dunedin City Council and Public Health South advise residents in Waikouaiti, Karitane and Hawksbury Village that the water is now safe to drink and use in food preparation and cooking, as long as people follow advice about flushing their taps.
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​Clyde Heritage Precinct Upgrade – Lodge Lane

Work will commence this coming Monday 14 June on a much anticipated makeover for Lodge Lane in Clyde.
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Wild Dunedin Festival

We’re giving away around 200 native trees to help rewild Ōtepoti Dunedin’s backyards as part of the 2021 Wild Dunedin Festival. We’ll also have free planting guides to help you figure out which native trees are best for your garden…
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Fire Emergency NZ

Extreme fire danger in Otago over Easter

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is suspending all fire permits across the Otago Region, which includes Coastal Zone Dunedin, Clutha including Catlins, Waitaki, Central Zone and Lakes from 12pm on Thursday 1 April until 12pm Tuesday 6 April.
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New Te Kīwai Fund: A partnership with Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu 

Sport NZ Ihi Aotearoa is pleased to announce its partnership with Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu to provide a new $850,000 Government fund called Te Kīwai. The fund will provide direct financial support for tamariki and rangatahi Māori throughout the South Island who are experiencing financial hardship and missing out on physical activity opportunities.  
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Nominations are now open for the ASB Bank Otago Sports Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for a range of award categories – including Innovation in Sport, Coach of the Year and Services to Sport. The nomination period is 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

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DCC investigation into water issue continues

Mayor of Dunedin Aaron Hawkins says the Dunedin City Council is working hard to ensure a clean, safe permanent drinking water supply is re-established as soon as possible for residents in Waikouaiti, Karitane and Hawksbury Village.

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