Friday 5 July noon
Otago Flood Update
Clutha, Manuherikia, Taieri, and Pomahaka rivers are
dropping from earlier flood levels.
are predicting heavy rainfall along the Main Divide today
and tomorrow, with likely spillover for the headwaters of
Lakes Wakatipu and Wanaka. This may cause river levels in
these areas to rise.
ORC flood managers will continue to
closely monitor the situation.
Up-to-date river level and
rainfall information is available on the ORC Water Info site
(www.water.otago.govt.nz) or by phoning
0800 426 463.
Further information on flood hazard can be
found in the Otago Natural Hazards Database. Flood alerts
can also be received via Twitter. See www.orc.govt.nz
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On The Northland By-Election
Supposedly, Winston Peters’ victory in Northland has exposed the simmering dissatisfaction with the government that exists out in the provinces. Yet it remains to be seen whether this defeat will have much significance – and not simply because if and when Labour resumes business as usual in the Northland seat at the next election, Peters’ hold on it could simply evaporate.
On Saturday, National’s electorate vote declined by 7,000 votes, as the 9,000 majority it won last September turned into a 4,000 vote deficit – mainly because Labour supporters followed the nod and wink given by Labour leader Andrew Little, and voted tactically for Peters. In the process, Labour’s vote went down from nearly 9,000 votes six months ago, to only 1,315 on Saturday. More>>