Lake Level Advisory
As forecast, the
Queenstown Lakes District Council is not anticipating any
problems resulting from high lake levels in the district
today. The Otago Regional Council has advised that modelling
indicates both lakes will peak at around 3-6pm with levels
not expected to cause issues. Lakes will be high and some
ponding may occur in low lying foreshore reserve areas but
it is entirely business as usual in the district. The
Council will keep a watching brief on the foreshore areas.
Back country roads in the area are being inspected this
morning, at this stage Greenstone, Kinloch, Paradise and the
Mount Aspiring Roads remain closed but these roads will
re-open as flow and repair permit. The remainder of the
roading network in the Lakes District is
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Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand
The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.
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