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Ruapehu Exceptions Annual Plan Attracts Plenty of Comment

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 5:32 pm | Ruapehu District Council

The consultation on the Ruapehu District Council (RDC) Draft Exceptions Annual Plan 2014/15 (Draft EAP) attracted 83 submissions on 67 different topics. More >>

Solid Foundations Recognised at ZEALANDIA

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 5:23 pm | Zealandia

Robbie Tocher mucks in to plant a flax bush during the Foundation Members' Day under the watchful eye of his grandmother, Naomi. More >>

Council congratulated on exceptional performance

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 5:22 pm | Palmerston North City Council

Palmerston North City Council has been congratulated by the Minister for the Environment the Hon Amy Adams, for its exceptional resource consent processing performance. More >>

Traffic update - school holidays/ANZAC weekend 2014

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 5:03 pm | Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team

Please bear in mind this week and next are the school holidays so watch out for cyclists and pedestrians. Major routes should be less congested. More >>

Public warned to be wary of cheap designer sunglasses

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 4:58 pm | New Zealand Police

On Monday the 14th April at about 1.30am the Silverdale branch of OPSM glasses was the target of a 'smash and grab' style burglary. More >>

Search for suspect - update

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 4:17 pm | New Zealand Police

Police have visited at least 22 addresses of Brett Makiri's known associates throughout the Auckland Central, Waitemata, Counties Manukau and Waikato Police Districts today. More >>

Council to consult on where legal highs can be sold

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 4:16 pm | Christchurch City Council

The community will get the chance to have a say on where retailers can sell party pills and herbal highs, with the Christchurch City Council’s adoption of a draft Psychoactive Products Retail Locations policy. The draft policy proposes to address ... More >>

Mobil Lyttelton Terminal made safe following March landslide

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 4:06 pm | Mobil Oil New Zealand

Mobil Oil New Zealand Limited (Mobil) has concluded its emergency response efforts at Lyttelton Terminal, seven weeks after the Naval Point facility suffered serious damage during a major storm and subsequent landslide on March 5. More >>

Localising Food Project Launches This Saturday

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 3:59 pm | Laurence Boomert

The Localising Food Project will officially launch at the National Permaculture Conference at Tapu Te Ranga Marae, Island Bay, Wellington, this Saturday evening, 26th April at 8.10 pm. More >>

Busy week for LandSAR in Central North Island

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 3:14 pm | New Zealand Police

Police want to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of LandSAR volunteers after a busy few days that have seen plenty of search and rescue action around the Central Plateau. More >>

The Sooner The Better If You’re Having a Baby

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 3:12 pm | Waikato District Health Board

Less pregnant women living in the Hauraki region register with a midwife as early as they should compared with the rest of the Waikato District Health Board region. While an average of 67.3 per cent of pregnant women in the Waikato DHB region registers ... More >>

Weight Based Charging at Ruapehu Landfill From 1st May

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 3:06 pm | Ruapehu District Council

From 1st May all refuse being disposed of at the Ruapehu district landfill in Taumarunui will be charged based on weight (per kilogram) instead of volume (per cubic metre). Ruapehu District Council Waste Minimisation Officer, Steve Carson, said that the ... More >>

Far North police seek owners of stolen property

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 2:51 pm | New Zealand Police

Police would like to find the owners for some stolen property that was located recently. More >>

Crash repairs on Auckland’s Northwestern Motorway

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 2:46 pm | NZTA

Crash repairs on Auckland’s Northwestern Motorway There may be short delays for city-bound traffic on the Northwestern Motorway (State Highway 16) tonight as the NZ Transport Agency repairs damage to safety equipment near the Carrington Road overbridge ... More >>

Police confirm identity of body found in Beach Haven

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 2:44 pm | New Zealand Police

A post-mortem examination has been conducted today on the body found in a Beach Haven creek on the North Shore yesterday afternoon. More >>

Women’s Refuge launches recycled designer boutique

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 2:38 pm | Women's Refuge

Women’s Refuge launches a flagship boutique, Yellow Belle, in Takapuna stocked with high-end designer garments donated by women and designers from throughout New Zealand. A stylish recycled designer clothing boutique whose profits will help women ... More >>

Auckland Weekly Traffic Bulletin 27 April – 3 May 2014

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 2:09 pm | New Zealand Transport Agency

The NZ Transport Agency advises of the following closures for motorway improvements. Closures start at 9pm and finish at 5am, unless otherwise stated. Work delayed by bad weather will be completed at the next available date, prior to Friday, 2 May. ... More >>

Cropping farmers encouraged to seek support

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 1:49 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is encouraging farmers to help each other as cropping farmers in Canterbury and North Otago seek respite from a prolonged wet spell which is threatening specialist crops and cereals ahead of harvesting. More >>

Aucklanders reminded to take care around trains

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 1:47 pm | KiwiRail

With Monday heralding a new era of electric train services for Auckland, KiwiRail and TrackSAFE NZ are reminding Aucklanders to stay alert and vigilant around level crossings and train tracks. TrackSAFE NZ Manager Megan Drayton says “electric trains ... More >>

Final Submission Numbers on Proposed District Plan

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 1:01 pm | Thames Coromandel District Council

The final number of submissions on our Proposed District Plan has come in at 1236. More >>

Police continue search for suspect

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 12:54 pm | New Zealand Police

Police advise friends, family and associates of Brett Makiri to ensure they do not unnecessarily get caught up in an investigation by assisting him to flee from Police. Mr Makiri escaped from Police custody while in an interview room yesterday afternoon ... More >>

Christchurch City Council to set up flooding taskforce

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 12:51 pm | Christchurch City Council

The Christchurch City Council is establishing a task force dedicated to improving the flood risk across the city, in response to recent floods. Mayor Lianne Dalziel says she welcomes the setting up of a task force to deal with what is a very complex ... More >>

A fine weekend but wet again next week

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 12:42 pm | MetService

The wet spell during ANZAC day, and in Auckland at first on Saturday, will clear away by the weekend as a front departs and a large anticyclone builds in across the country. More >>

Trams a hot issue in Council’s Draft Annual Plan

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 12:39 pm | Christchurch City Council

A call to extend the tramway features highly in submissions on Christchurch City Council’s Draft Annual Plan. By the 22 April closing date the Council had received 445 submissions with a few more expected to arrive by post over the next few days. More >>

SH29 Slip Repair Work near Hastings Road starts Monday 28th

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 12:09 pm | NZ Transport

Motorists are advised that portable traffic signals will be operating along State Highway 29 near Hastings Road from Monday night during repairs to a small slip. Access for local Hastings Road residents will be available. More >>

Awards Draw Out the Best in the Bay

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 11:35 am | Alexander Communications

Innovation, creativity and ‘pure genius’ is once again being asked of the youth and yo-pros living in the Bay. With serious prizes on the table, there’s no better time for young innovators of the region to seek inspiration, roll up their sleeves ... More >>

Canterbury’s tight labour market – new report

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 11:19 am | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

Canterbury’s tight labour market – new report Canterbury labour demand is growing at a greater rate than the national average while labour supply is limited, according to the Canterbury Job-Matching Report for the December 2013 quarter released by the ... More >>

Makara shooting update

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 10:56 am | New Zealand Police

Today five police divers and ten search staff have returned to Makara to continue the search for the shotgun allegedly used in the Easter Monday shooting at Makara Beach. The search will primarily focus on the Makara Stream and roadside area. More >>

Tauranga Eastern Link – State Highway 2 traffic changes

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 10:21 am | NZTA

Motorists are advised that traffic will be switched across onto the new eastbound lanes between Mangatawa and Domain Road, as part of on-going construction of the NZ Transport Agency’s Tauranga Eastern Link (TEL) project. The traffic switch will ... More >>

Body Discovered at Beach Haven

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 9:19 am | New Zealand Police

At around 3pm yesterday a member of the public discovered the body of a middle aged man in a creek in Beach Haven, on the North Shore. More >>

Karangahake Gorge Road -Road Crash/congestion

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 9:07 am | New Zealand Police

Police are attending a Truck and trailor that has flipped on the Karangahape Gorge Road 18 kilometres east of Paeroa. More >>

Serious road crash Carrington

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 9:06 am | New Zealand Police

Just prior to 5 am this morning police were told of a crash on the North Western Motorway City bound under the Carrington road overbridge. More >>

Suspect escapes custody

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 8:59 am | New Zealand Police

Auckland Central Police have advised that 23 year old Brett Makiri, arrested yesterday in relation to a kidnapping and assault, has escaped police custody. More >>

Lake weed clean-up follows storm

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 4:09 pm | Rotorua District Council

Lake weed clean-up follows storm Council staff and contractors are still hard at work cleaning up after last week’s storm which washed a large amount of lake weed onto Lake Rotorua shores. It is the biggest clean-up of lake weed following stormy ... More >>

Open fire season

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 3:56 pm | Whangarei District Council

Open fire season An open fire season has been declared in the Whangarei and Kaipara districts, says Principal Rural Fire Officer Kevin Ihaka. This means that residents can now light fires on the open air without a permit providing they comply with all ... More >>

Drought-hit Northland farmers miss Cyclone Ita’s rain

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 3:31 pm | Federated Farmers

Drought-hit Northland farmers miss Cyclone Ita’s rain While the South Island has received so much rain that it is now posing problems for crop harvest and pasture growth ahead of winter, the worst drought affected parts of Northland received very ... More >>

Substance found at Mail Centre identified as flour

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 3:07 pm | New Zealand Police

Police advise that the substance located at the Christchurch Mail Centre this afternoon has been identified as flour. More >>

Suspect in kidnapping case located

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 2:42 pm | New Zealand Police

Auckland Police have arrested a 23 year old man in West Auckland this afternoon. He will appear in court tomorrow on charges relating to the kidnapping of a 29 year old woman in Glen Innes. More >>

Busy end to April’s long holiday on country’s highways

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 2:29 pm | NZTA

Busy end to April’s long holiday on country’s highways State highways across New Zealand will be extremely busy this Sunday (27 April) as holidaymakers return home after the 10-day Easter/ANZAC Day break, and the NZ Transport Agency is urging ... More >>

Board appointed to steer Economic Development Strategy

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 2:26 pm | Horowhenua District Council

A board largely made up of local business leaders has been appointed to help steer Horowhenua's Economic Development Strategy. More >>

Police seek person of interest in kidnapping case

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 2:04 pm | New Zealand Police

Police investigating the violent kidnapping of a 29 year old woman are releasing a photo of Brett Makiri in an effort to locate him as soon as possible. More >>

White substance found in envelope at Mail Centre

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 1:58 pm | New Zealand Police

Police and other emergency services are attending an incident at the Christchurch Mail Centre on Orchard Road, after a white powder substance was found in an envelope. More >>

Horowhenua District Council lifts water supply restrictions

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 12:47 pm | Horowhenua District Council

Horowhenua District Council has now lifted the water restrictions which have been in place since the start of last summer in efforts to conserve water. The recent change in weather conditions, including significant rain, has allowed the Level One ... More >>

Oil and Gas Regulatory Information Session

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 12:17 pm | Dunedin City Council

Six government agencies, together with regional and district councils, share the responsibility for managing petroleum and mineral activities in New Zealand. More >>

Auckland’s Port stops to pay respects

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 11:43 am | Ports of Auckland

Over 1,000 lights to be turned off across the Waitematā Seaport this ANZAC Day More >>

Earthquake bill could unnecessarily sting Waikato

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 10:57 am | Waikato Mayoral Forum

Earthquake bill could unnecessarily sting Waikato The Waikato Mayoral Forum is warning local Waikato communities could individually face multi-million dollar expenditure to comply with “excessive” new earthquake legislation being promoted by the Government. ... More >>

Aggravated Robbery – Mobil Mt Wellington

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 10:27 am | New Zealand Police

Counties Manukau Police are investigating an aggravated robbery incident at the Mobil petrol station on Mt Wellington Highway. More >>

Council review coming to a close

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 10:20 am | Palmerston North City Council

With just days left to have your say on Palmerston North City Council’s review of the rural zone and boundary change areas, staff are reminding those interested in making a submission to get cracking. Submissions close at 5pm on Monday and city ... More >>

Heavy rain causes some flooding issue in Levin

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 10:11 am | Horowhenua District Council

Heavy rain causes some flooding issue in Levin Heavy rain caused some flooding issues in parts of Levin on Tuesday afternoon and evening. A car was stranded after driving into a flooded part of Argyle Avenue. A house in Lynch Grove was flooded, along with ... More >>

Students Call for Co-ordinated Response to Recent Assaults

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 9:46 am | VUWSA

Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association President Sonya Clark sends her support to the victims of this weekend’s assaults and is calling for greater action to keep students safe on campus and around Wellington. “The recent ... More >>

May 01 deadline for comment on NRC’s Draft Annual Plan

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 9:18 am | Northland Regional Council

Time is running out to have your say on a Northland Regional Council proposal for a nil average general rates increase and other initiatives outlined in its Draft Annual Plan for 2014/15. Council chairman Bill Shepherd says better-than-expected ... More >>

Death of 5 year old boy in driveway accident

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 8:51 am | New Zealand Police

A 5 year old boy has died at a property in Pokeno, south of Auckland. More >>

Auckland, Southern Councils join on Quake Prone Buildings

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 5:12 pm | Joint Media Statement

Auckland and Southern Councils have come together in response to proposed Government changes to earthquake Building rules. Auckland Mayor Len Brown and Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull have written to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee considering ... More >>

Rain sparks recovery but things remain fragile

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 4:57 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Recent rain in Waikato and South Auckland has set farmers on the road to recovery from the drought but the situation remains fragile for some, a meeting today of farming leaders and central and local Government officials has heard. More >>

Winter F.A.W.C! 2014 tickets on sale

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 4:55 pm | Hawke's Bay Tourism

Winter F.A.W.C! dates have been announced for June 2014 with tickets going on sale to the general public tomorrow , Wednesday 23rd at 12 noon. More >>

Charity Fundraiser a big success

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 4:52 pm | Mainstreet Wanganui

Mainstreet Wanganui kicked off Easter with a bang when Wanganui’s CBD retailers celebrated by staying open late on Thursday 17 April and combined ‘late night shopping’ with a charity fundraiser that saw Victoria Avenue buzzing. The inaugural ‘Mr Whanganui ... More >>

Fire season changes

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 4:50 pm | Auckland Council

Auckland Rural Fire today announced the fire season will officially change from restricted to open, meaning fire permits are no longer required for fires lit on private land within the rural fire area. More >>

Citizens’ panel to enhance public engagement

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 4:49 pm | Hastings District Council

If you live in the Hastings District you may be contacted over the next month to ascertain whether you would like to join a citizens’ research panel. More >>

Council helping with big post-storm clean-up near Te Aroha

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 4:45 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council staff and contractors are expected to spend several weeks helping landowners near Te Aroha deal with the aftermath of Cyclone Ita, which hit the Coromandel and surrounding areas just before Easter. More >>

Palmerston North City Council is on track for surplus

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 4:37 pm | Palmerston North City Council

Palmerston North City Council’s operating budget surplus has continued through the third quarter of the financial year with a recorded improved operating position of $5.2m for the nine months to 31 March 2014. Chief executive officer Paddy Clifford ... More >>


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