A warning has been issued from across the ditch after two measles-affected Australians visited the lower South Island.
The Southern District Health Board confirmed a Queenstown resident as a new measles case on Friday, bringing the total number of cases in the southern region to 58. The majority of those – 53 – were in a resort. Two cases had been confirmed in Dunedin, along with two in Wanaka, and one in Oamaru.
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The Otago Regional Council has been given until Christmas to work out how it will fix its broken freshwater planning system.
Environment Minister David Parker set down the deadline after a four-month investigation into the vexed issue of 100-year-old Central Otago water rights.
The investigation found the system was "not fit for purpose" to manage the region's rivers, lakes and aquifers and that the council had inadequate rules for the taking of water and the discharge of nutrients, he said.