57 days ago

Massive bill hike looms for Otago lines company customers

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Central Otago News

The Commerce Commission is reviewing a massive spend-up signalled by an Otago lines company.

Aurora Energy has signalled it needs to spend $400 million to address historic under-investment in its ageing power pole network which has led to safety issues and unplanned power cuts.

Aurora, under its draft plan to the Commerce Commission, estimated an average household’s monthly electricity bill would increase by 18 per cent, or about $21 a month in residential line charges.

The final proposed line charges from the Dunedin City Council-owned company, via another holding company, would be known in June.

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10 hours ago

Humanely dealing with pests this winter.

Kylie Klein Nixon Reporter from Homed

Have you ever had a pest problem? I used to have a pet rat. They are smart, affectionate, clever little things. I'd never want to cause one unnecessary pain or suffering, which is why we've chosen to manage pests in our home with traps. It's not ideal, but it's better - and safer - than poison. I've done a little research on humane, effective vermin control during the wet months, when they like to come in from the cold. Take a look:

2 days ago

Things that surprise Kiwis returning to NZ

Lorna Thornber Reporter from Stuff Travel

Hi everyone,
I'm working on a travel story for Stuff about the things that have surprised returning Kiwis about New Zealand. If you have recently returned from overseas or know someone who has, it would be great to hear about the things that have stood out for you, for better or for worse. Whether it's to do with the weather, the cost of things, the public transport, the food, the housing, the people or something else entirely, we'd be keen to hear about it. Please remember that your comment may be included in the article, unless you say you don't want it to be. Thank you.

11 hours ago

Choppers sluicing unstable Otago highway rockface after massive slip

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Central Otago News

Work to stabilise a massive rocky slip threatening a busy state highway near Cromwell is causing traffic delays.

Two helicopters are sluicing the unstable face, dumping water from Lake Dunstan onto the hillside.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency maintenance contract manager Mark Stewart said work started on the rockface – on State Highway 8 at Deadmans Point, near the SH8B intersection – at 9.30am on Wednesday and would continue all day.

“This sluicing work will continue for the next few days at least until we are sure the hillside is again stable. The highway is likely to remain at single lane while this work is under way.”