First-term councillor Marian Hobbs, a former Labour cabinet minister, has just been elected as chairwoman of the Otago Regional Council, and former National MP Michael Laws is now deputy chairman.
Hobbs says she does not agree with moves to build a "palatial" Dunedin headquarters, but supports offices in places such as Cromwell. And Laws says the Dunedin-centric nature of the regional council needs to de-volve towards the provinces where "we are doing the work".
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When Sharlene Clements heard thieves had stolen a car belonging to Denise Pearson and her son Reuben, who lives with cerebral palsy, Sharlene jumped straight to their aid. She immediately offered them a wheelchair-modified van that had been given to her business in a life-changing act of kindness.
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ACC has spent $23.5 million on skiing and snowboarding injuries in 2019, but the number of claims is down 17 per cent on the year before.
Operators say well managed risk areas and ongoing injury-prevention education are behind the decline.
Cardrona manager Bridget Legnavsky said the rate of injuries in 2019 was consistent with previous years. About 315,000 people visited the ski area, down slightly from the 325,000 who went in 2018, which had been a "phenomenal" season.
A new department had been set up to focus on slope safety this year, she said.