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Organisers hope for another big Seaweek turnout

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 9:17 am | Northland Regional Council

Organisers are hoping thousands of Northlanders will take part in a variety of events being held across the region to mark Seaweek 2018, which officially runs from Saturday 03 March to Sunday 11 March. More >>

Drinking water an LTP priority

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 9:14 am | Hastings District Council

Council’s top priority of providing the community with safe drinking water is strongly reflected in this year’s draft Long Term Plan. More >>

WCC and Excio team up to showcase creativity on the streets

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 9:11 am | Excio

WCC and Excio team up to showcase creativity on the streets in NZ's Capital of Culture More >>

School/ECE Closures at the top of the South Island

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 8:32 am | Ministry of Education

Over 40 schools and 17 early learning centres at the top of the South Island have indicated they won't be opening today (Tuesday) following severe weather warnings for the region. More >>

Fatal crash – South Canterbury

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 8:25 am | New Zealand Police

Only one vehicle was involved and a 34-year-old passenger in that car died. More >>

Cyclone Gita update #2 7:44 AM

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 8:04 am | Horizons Regional Council

Horizons Regional Council emergency management staff have been monitoring the situation overnight and while there's been some rain across the region, it hasn't been significant so rivers and streams are coping well so far. We will continue to keep an eye on ... More >>

Trust Urges Riders to Keeps Pedals Cranking

Monday, 19 February 2018, 9:05 pm | Heart of Biking Nelson Tasman

Sections of Nelson's Great Taste Trail damaged by recent storms will be fixed in time for the Easter holidays. More >>

Sticking Their Necks out for New Zealand Youth

Monday, 19 February 2018, 9:03 pm | BDO New Zealand

On 22 February, 24 Taranaki cyclists will be setting off on a 900 kilometre, 9-day charity ride, covering the most beautiful scenery and challenging terrain the region has to offer for a charity that is making a real difference to our youth. More >>

Wellington preschoolers recycle 8,700 yoghurt pouches

Monday, 19 February 2018, 7:35 pm | TerraCycle

The kids at St Mark’s Church School have diverted 8,795 yoghurt pouches from landfill on behalf of the Wellington community in a national recycling programme operated by recycling pioneers, TerraCycle. More >>

20-Year Plan – Horowhenua prepares for growth

Monday, 19 February 2018, 6:58 pm | Horowhenua District Council

Horowhenua District Council has given the go-ahead to public consultation on the 2018-2038 Long Term Plan. More >>

Search continues for man near Bulls

Monday, 19 February 2018, 6:26 pm | New Zealand Police

Around 100 people have spent today search for 54-year-old Kevin Hartley, last seen in the Scotts Ferry beach area near Bulls on Friday. More >>

Homicide investigation launched in Opotiki

Monday, 19 February 2018, 6:25 pm | New Zealand Police

Around 1:15pm today Opotiki Police responding to a reported domestic incident found a woman deceased in a residential property near the CBD. More >>

Arrest in Hamilton homicide investigation

Monday, 19 February 2018, 6:24 pm | New Zealand Police

Today Hamilton Police have arrested and charged a 25-year-old man with murder in relation to an incident at a Dominion Road Hamilton address on the 4th of February 2018. More >>

Thames Heritage Festival mines golden past

Monday, 19 February 2018, 5:41 pm | Thames Coromandel District Council

Dig into the rich history of our district's largest town during the Thames Heritage Festival, from 16-18 March, as the events marking the 150th anniversary of the goldfields opening continue. More >>

Council launches Hutt Science initiative in Upper Hutt

Monday, 19 February 2018, 5:31 pm | Upper Hutt City Council

The Hutt Science programme for primary and intermediate schools is now available in Upper Hutt, thanks to initial funding from Upper Hutt City Council. More >>

Horowhenua rates and the first 20 year Long Term Plan

Monday, 19 February 2018, 5:28 pm | Veronica Harrod

Rates set to sky rocket if Horowhenua District Council first 20 year Long Term Plan is adopted. More >>

APO packs up instruments and heads to the Shore

Monday, 19 February 2018, 4:56 pm | Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

APO packs up instruments and heads to the Shore The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) musicians are heading to Bruce Mason Centre on Friday 23 February, and they’re bringing some of classical music’s heavyweights with them: Wagner, Schumann and ... More >>

NZ gets another Low Power Wide Area Network

Monday, 19 February 2018, 4:33 pm | First Tree Growing

New Zealand’s first Weightless Internet of Things (IoT) wireless network has launched. In order to support the economic aspirations of Iwi in the Manawatū, First Tree Growing Ltd is providing local Māori farmers hands on access to a range of emerging ... More >>

Statement from Horizons Regional Council regarding Gita

Monday, 19 February 2018, 4:19 pm | Horizons Regional Council

Horizons Regional Council emergency management staff will be monitoring Cyclone Gita over the next 24 hours as it passes across the country. At this stage the south of the region is likely to feel the effects of Gita the most, with Metservice issuing ... More >>

Councillors signal value of Gordon Kear Forest ownership

Monday, 19 February 2018, 4:15 pm | Palmerston North City Council

Palmerston North City Council’s Finance and Performance Committee has today unanimously voted to recommend that Council retain ownership and consider ways to enhance the community environmental value of the 678 hectare Gordon Kear Forest property, south ... More >>

Update #2 - Ahipara incident

Monday, 19 February 2018, 4:01 pm | New Zealand Police

The police search for a male in Ahipara continues this afternoon following a firearms incident on Takahe Rd. More >>

Results of Hanmer Community Board By-election Confirmed

Monday, 19 February 2018, 3:54 pm | Hurunui District Council

The results of the Hanmer Springs Community Board by-election have been confirmed, with Graham Frith receiving 218 of the 322 votes received resulting in his election as a new member of the Board. More >>

Severe Weather associated with Cyclone Gita to begin Tuesday

Monday, 19 February 2018, 3:32 pm | MetService

MetService have issued several Severe Weather Warnings and Watches for the impacts of Cyclone Gita. More >>

Dunedin Police lay murder charges following Wesley St fire

Monday, 19 February 2018, 3:27 pm | New Zealand Police

A 46-year-old man charged with arson following a fatal house fire in Wesley Street, Dunedin on 22 January has now been charged with murder. More >>

Gita: NZTA urging drivers to consider delaying travel

Monday, 19 February 2018, 3:02 pm | NZTA

The NZ Transport Agency is urging people to plan ahead and consider delaying road travel in areas likely be most impacted by Cyclone Gita until the predicted severe weather has passed. More >>

Cyclone Gita is heading our way but our services are running

Monday, 19 February 2018, 2:38 pm | Metlink

Metlink is operating all its normal bus, train and ferry services tomorrow and Wednesday. We will be managing any impacts that the severe weather may have on our networks and keep customers up-to-date via the Metlink website, the Metlink Communter app, ... More >>

DHL promotion to celebrate Surf Life Saving NZ partnership

Monday, 19 February 2018, 2:33 pm | DHL

DHL announces ‘Drop Your Flag’ promotion to celebrate 15 years of Surf Life Saving New Zealand partnership More >>

Dutch elm disease found on iconic Auckland trees

Monday, 19 February 2018, 2:12 pm | Auckland Council

Dutch elm disease has been confirmed on an elm tree outside the Auckland Art Gallery, and on a group of elms located within the historic Symonds Street Cemetery, in central Auckland. More >>

Cyclone Gita: advice from Marlborough Civil Defence

Monday, 19 February 2018, 1:38 pm | Marlborough District Council

Cyclone Gita is expected to bring a period of severe weather to many parts of New Zealand, including Marlborough. More >>

Police release footage of violent aggravated robbery

Monday, 19 February 2018, 1:26 pm | New Zealand Police

Police are investigating a violent aggravated robbery that occurred late last month at the Westgate Bowling alley in Westgate Shopping Centre, Massey. More >>

Preparation advice ahead of Cyclone Gita

Monday, 19 February 2018, 1:09 pm | Insurance Council of New Zealand

The Insurance Council is advising people to take the time today to prepare their properties for Cyclone Gita. Gita is due to make landfall at Wellington and on the West Coast around 10 o’clock tonight. With it, it’s forecast to bring strong ... More >>

Severe impacts expected for Nelson Tasman

Monday, 19 February 2018, 1:09 pm | Nelson Tasman Civil Defence

Residents are asked to prepare for a very severe weather event as Cyclone Gita crosses the Nelson Tasman region on Tuesday and into Wednesday. Weather forecasters are expecting gale force winds, heavy rain and storm surge along the Nelson Tasman coastline. Civil ... More >>

Ahipara incident - update

Monday, 19 February 2018, 1:07 pm | New Zealand Police

Police remain in the Ahipara area as the search continues for a male following a firearms incident this morning. More >>

Summer hunting for paradise shelduck on offer

Monday, 19 February 2018, 1:04 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

For Taranaki game bird hunters who can’t wait for the traditional May start of the hunting season to come around, Fish & Game is all set to lay on some summer hunting opportunities. More >>

Mayor wants Wellingtonians to be prepared for ex-cyclone

Monday, 19 February 2018, 1:02 pm | Wellington City Council

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says commuters should make early decisions tomorrow morning about whether to stay home or delay journeys if ex-Cyclone Gita hits the region with force. More >>

Name release – paraglider crash

Monday, 19 February 2018, 12:53 pm | New Zealand Police

Police can now name the man who died following a paraglider crash at Mount Maunganui on Saturday. More >>

Police attending firearms incident in Ahipara

Monday, 19 February 2018, 11:47 am | New Zealand Police

Police are currently responding to an incident where a male has been sighted with a firearm in Ahipara, Northland. More >>

Interactive hub - visitors build unique walking experiences

Monday, 19 February 2018, 11:36 am | Auckland Council

An innovative digital portal has opened allowing visitors to design their own custom walking tours of the central city. More >>

Shamubeel Eaqub to talk about Housing and Inequality

Monday, 19 February 2018, 10:11 am | Friends of Hastings District Libraries

Economist Shamubeel Eaqub will be in Hastings district to talk about Housing and Inequality on Tuesday 6 March, 12 noon at the Havelock North Function Centre. More >>

Coromandel Town water restrictions lifted

Monday, 19 February 2018, 9:59 am | Thames Coromandel District Council

The full water restrictions for Coromandel Town put in place late last week have now been lifted. More >>

Large crowds expected at Warbirds

Monday, 19 February 2018, 9:53 am | Warbirds

Wanaka: Organisers of this Easter’s 30th Anniversary Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow are preparing for the possibility of one of the biggest crowds in years. More >>

Extended work hours at new Kawarau Falls Bridge

Monday, 19 February 2018, 9:52 am | NZTA

An accelerated work programme is about to start at the new Kawarau Falls Bridge in Frankton, Queenstown, to get both lanes of the new State Highway 6 bridge open in May. Currently just one lane of the bridge is open to traffic. More >>

Lake Taupō Across the Lake Swim

Monday, 19 February 2018, 8:32 am | Legend

The first Lake Taupō Across the Lake was in 1963, now in its 55th year the event, New Zealand’s largest freshwater challenge, and Taupō’s longest running activity continues to entries from around the country and the world. This year sees a significant ... More >>

Wattle seed-flavoured ice cream latest field days treat

Monday, 19 February 2018, 8:17 am | Northland Regional Council

A clever co-operative culinary coup; that’s how the Northland Regional Council and NorthTec are hoping the visitors to the upcoming Northland Field Days will view their wattle seed-flavoured ice cream. More >>

UPDATE: Firearms incident Omakau, Central Otago

Sunday, 18 February 2018, 8:04 pm | New Zealand Police

"UPDATE: Firearms incident Omakau, Central Otago" The firearms matter in Omakau has been resolved without incident this evening. A 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged with threatening to kill. He will appear in Queenstown District ... More >>

Serious anti-social behaviour in Hastings over the weekend

Sunday, 18 February 2018, 6:45 pm | Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History

"Police investigating incidents of serious anti-social behaviour in Hastings over the weekend " Statement attributable to Detective Sergeant Craig Vining More >>

Missing person, Bulls

Sunday, 18 February 2018, 6:20 pm | New Zealand Police

Police are searching for missing 54-year-old Kevin Hartley in the Scotts Ferry beach area, near Bulls. More >>

Firearms incident in Omakau, Central Otago

Sunday, 18 February 2018, 5:49 pm | New Zealand Police

While this incident is being managed people in the town will notice an increased and visible Police presence in the area. More >>

Aggravated robbery, Napier

Sunday, 18 February 2018, 5:49 pm | New Zealand Police

At around 10.00am today (18 February) a man entered Pita Pit on the corner of Kennedy Road and Georges Drive, armed with a knife. More >>

Cambridge fatality

Sunday, 18 February 2018, 4:18 pm | New Zealand Police

A man has died following a medical event and a subsequent crash on the Victoria Road on-ramp in Cambridge. More >>

Time to plan ahead as Gita gears towards NZ

Sunday, 18 February 2018, 3:56 pm | Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management

Now is a good time to think ahead about how Cyclone Gita might impact you and your household, and plan accordingly, the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management is advising the public. More >>

Severe Weather Watches issued for Cyclone Gita

Sunday, 18 February 2018, 1:24 pm | MetService

Cyclone Gita, currently a Category 3 Tropical Cyclone south of New Caledonia, is expected to move southwards over the next couple of days, and curve towards New Zealand. During its journey, it will weaken to a Category 2 Tropical Cyclone, before it undergoes ... More >>

Swimming advisory lifted at Tahunanui Beach

Sunday, 18 February 2018, 11:52 am | Nelson City Council

Testing results have just been received, and confirmed that the no swimming advisory can now be lifted at Tahunanui Beach. More >>

East Coast Regional Final of the Young Farmer of the Year

Sunday, 18 February 2018, 11:20 am | Young Farmers

Sheep and beef farmer Patrick Crawshaw wins East Coast Regional Final of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year More >>

One dead in fatal crash in Maungati, Canterbury

Sunday, 18 February 2018, 11:06 am | New Zealand Police

One person is dead following a single vehicle crash on Pareora Gorge Road, Maungati, in Canterbury this morning. More >>

Paraglider crash Mount Maunganui

Saturday, 17 February 2018, 11:00 pm | New Zealand Police

"Paraglider crash Mount Maunganui" A paraglider has died after hitting rock at Mount Maunganui this afternoon. Emergency services were notified at 3:25pm. The Rescue Co-ordination Centre and the Civil Aviation Authority will be notified. ... More >>

Name release: Prebbleton crash

Saturday, 17 February 2018, 10:59 pm | New Zealand Police

Police can now release the names of the two people who died following the crash involving a car and a truck in Prebbleton, Christchurch on Thursday (15 February). More >>

NZ Rodeo Welcomes End of Animal Activist Protests

Saturday, 17 February 2018, 4:18 pm | NZ Rodeo Cowboys Association

NZ Rodeo Welcomes End of Animal Activist Protests – “We Will Not Be Intimidated, We Will Fight Back with the Facts” More >>

Search for missing Alexandra man continues

Saturday, 17 February 2018, 4:11 pm | New Zealand Police

Police staff and LandSAR volunteers from the Wakatipu and Central Otago areas are involved in the search as well as a large group of Christopher’s family and friends. More >>

Fatal crash, Cromwell

Saturday, 17 February 2018, 4:00 pm | New Zealand Police

"Fatal crash, Cromwell" Emergency services are attending a fatal crash on SH 8 near Cromwell. Police were called to the single car crash near the lookout at 3.09pm. One person has died at the scene. The road is closed and diversions are ... More >>




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