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Council housing plan practical solution, says Chamber

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 3:54 pm | Wellington Chamber Of Commerce

Wellington City Council’s plan for social and affordable housing looks to be a practical solution to a pressing issue, says Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford. More >>

Southland’s swimmable rivers

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 3:44 pm | Environment Southland

The Ministry for the Environment today released information relating to the swimmability of New Zealand’s lakes and rivers. More >>

Help Shape Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Draft Local Board Plan

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 3:40 pm | Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board

The Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board is currently writing its Local Board Plan. Please find attached a flyer inviting you to come and meet with local board members to let them know what you think is important for this local board area. More >>

Police investigating Huntly ram raid

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 3:27 pm | New Zealand Police

Police are investigating the ram raid of the Mobil service station in Huntly early yesterday morning. At approximately 4:15am on Wednesday 22 February 2017 a silver coloured Mazda Familia Hatchback and a silver Mazda Familia Sport car were used to ... More >>

Freshwater report reinforces opportunities

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 3:23 pm | Greater Wellington Regional Council

A new national report on water quality reinforces the need for regional councils to work with communities on managing freshwater says Chris Laidlaw, Greater Wellington Regional Council chair. “Our whole approach to improving water quality in this ... More >>

Swimmability standards already in effect in Horizons Region

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 3:18 pm | Horizons Regional Council

Horizons Regional Council has welcomed Prime Minister Bill English and Minister for the Environment Nick Smith’s freshwater announcements in Auckland today. The Ministers’ announcements included changes to the National Policy Statement – Freshwater Management ... More >>

Freshwater announcements build on current success

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 3:17 pm | Tasman District Council

The National Policy Statement work, swimmability maps and the new Improvement Fund are a reflection of the Government’s response to growing community expectations about freshwater. Regional and Unitary Councils throughout the country have been ... More >>

$39,000 fine for toxic fish kill

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 3:14 pm | Waikato Regional Council

A chemical cleaning company has been convicted and fined $39,000 for a toxic discharge that resulted in a significant fish kill event at Paeroa last year. The case, against Chemwash Hamilton Limited, involved the discharge of toxic chemicals through the ... More >>

New maps add to water information but improvements essential

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 3:11 pm | Waikato Regional Council

New Government maps indicating where bacteria and potentially toxic algae are at levels safer for swimming will help Waikato people make choices but further improvements in water quality are still needed, says Waikato Regional Council. More >>

Port Hills Fire Public Update – Thursday 23 February

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 2:50 pm | Christchurch City Council

Free GP visits are being offered to people affected by the Port Hills fires, at the discretion of their General Practice team. This includes people who worked on or are still working on fire control and recovery operations. More >>

More Aucklanders converting to compost

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 2:47 pm | Auckland Council

Almost 10,000 Aucklanders have learnt the finer points of using their organic waste in the last 20 months, thanks to free composting workshops. More >>

Donations needed urgently to protect rare native forest

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 2:44 pm | Native Forests Restoration Trust

The Native Forest Restoration Trust has launched an urgent appeal to grasp what it describes as an amazing opportunity to save a unique area of indigenous forest. More >>

Aucklanders light up the night sky for Pride

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 2:37 pm | ANZ Bank

ANZ’s #HoldTight campaign to support the Pride community motivated more than 75 ANZ staff and supporters to hold hands on Auckland’s Pink Path last night. More >>

Northland’s ‘swimmable’ freshwater status

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 2:25 pm | Northland Regional Council

Most of Northland’s most popular freshwater swimming spots – and their coastal equivalents – are suitable for swimming all or most of the time over summer, newly-released regional council data shows. The council’s annual summer testing programme officially ... More >>

UPDATE: Kamo shooting incident

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 1:55 pm | New Zealand Police

Police are continuing to investigate the shooting incident on Clark Road, Kamo, Whangarei which occurred at approximately 10:30pm last night. More >>

Settled weather prevails

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 1:22 pm | MetService

High pressure is bringing settled weather to much of New Zealand for the end of the week and into this weekend. Many people are already seeing the sunshine today, and any remaining areas of cloud are expected to clear this afternoon, followed by a ... More >>

Port Hills Fire Public Update – 1pm

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 1:15 pm | Christchurch City Council

Fire services advise that 90% of the fire perimeter area is now considered to be controlled. Controlled is defined as bare earth or blacked out ground for at least 10 metres. More >>

Update on Motorcycle crash in Tasman

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 1:05 pm | New Zealand Police

Shortly after 8am this morning Police and emergency services attended a crash involving a motorcyclist and a fence on the Shenandoah Highway (SH65) near Maruia in the Tasman District. More >>

750 new social and affordable homes for Wellington

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 12:46 pm | Wellington City Council

The next stage of Wellington’s Housing Upgrade Programme will see at least 750 new units of social and affordable housing built over the next decade, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. “This is a major development in how our city handles housing. ... More >>

Port Hills Fire Update – 11.30am

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 12:37 pm | Christchurch City Council

Christchurch City Council wants to remind people that rubbish collection will take place in fire affected areas today from 12pm to 5pm. Wheelie bin collection will take place in: More >>

More services ahead of “March Madness”

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 12:17 pm | Auckland Transport

Auckland Transport is putting on more services to meet passenger demand during March. More >>

Christchurch’s pockets of awesome captured in new resource

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 11:53 am | Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism

Christchurch’s pockets of awesome - the city’s trending places to meet, eat, drink, and experience - are now featured in a new online resource at pocketsofawesome.co.nz Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism (CCT) launched the Pockets of Awesome campaign ... More >>

Two highway updates: Correction

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 11:30 am | New Zealand Transport Agency

A serious crash one kilometre south of Shenandoah, State Highway 65, south of Murchison, the alternate state highway route between Picton and Christchurch, has reduced the highway to one lane at that point this morning. (NB: Our earlier report said it was ... More >>

New rules coming for storage of used tyres

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 11:26 am | Waikato Regional Council

Development of national regulations for the storage of end-of-life tyres, and the finding of alternative end uses, cannot come soon enough, says Waikato Regional Council. More >>

Least cost approach to road maintenance best for NZ Inc

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 11:22 am | Raupehu District Council

Ruapehu Land Transport Manager Warren Furner said that he wasn’t surprised with national media taking an interest in increasing truck volumes putting pressure on the District’s rural road network and aging rural bridges. More >>

Randwick Park wins Mitre 10 Community of the Year

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 11:22 am | Mitre 10

A small South Auckland suburb that rebounded from tragedy to create a close knit community was last night named Mitre 10 New Zealand Community of the Year for 2017. More >>

Satellite images show fire devastation in Port Hills

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 11:16 am | Deimos Imaging

Satellite imagery released by the Spanish company Deimos Imaging shows Christchurch's Port Hills, in New Zealand, before and after the wildfire that ripped through about 2075 hectares last week. More >>

Wellington Zoo saddened by passing of Tisa the Giraffe

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 11:10 am | Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo staff and volunteers were deeply saddened yesterday after the Zoo’s eldest female Giraffe Tisa passed away Tuesday night. Tisa had a health check and hoof trim under general anaesthetic last Thursday, and while Animal Care and Veterinary ... More >>

Church pew disappearance no longer being treated as burglary

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:54 am | New Zealand Police

Police investigating the removal of several church pews from a Mt Eden church are pleased to advise that there has been a development this evening. More >>

Emergency Services on way to motorcycle crash in Tasman

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:52 am | New Zealand Police

Police are on the way to a crash involving a motorcyclist and a fence on the Shenandoah Highway (SH65) near Maruia in the Tasman District. More >>

Tool launched to check if money grows from trees

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:51 am | Bay of Plenty Regional Council

An online tool has been launched to help landowners in the Lake Rotorua catchment understand the potential economic gains from converting all or parts of their property to pine or Mānuka. More >>

UPDATE 3: Akaroa bus crash

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:48 am | New Zealand Police

Police are this morning continuing their investigation into a bus crash near the intersection of Summit Road and Christchurch Akaroa Road last night. More >>

Two highway updates

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:45 am | NZTA

A serious crash one kilometre south of Shenandoah, State Highway 65, south of Murchison, the alternate state highway route between Picton and Christchurch, has closed the highway at that point this morning. More >>

Statement from Mayor regarding shootings in Kamo

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:28 am | Whangarei District Council

“I am dismayed to hear this terrible news. We feel for the families, friends and community of the people caught up in this. The police are managing the situation and I don’t expect to have any information until later today.” More >>

Rotorua Breathes Easy as Smokefree Spaces Increase

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:22 am | Rotorua Lakes Council

Rotorua residents will have a greater chance of avoiding second-hand smoke following Rotorua Lakes Council’s commitment to increasing smokefree spaces in the district - a move that has been applauded by health officials. More >>

Response to IPCA report on unjustified use of Taser

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:16 am | New Zealand Police

Police accept a finding by the Independent Police Conduct Authority that a probationary officer’s use of Taser on an Auckland man was contrary to policy and unjustified. More >>

Police use of a Taser on an Auckland man was unjustified

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:14 am | Independent Police Conduct Authority

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a probationary constable’s use of a Taser on an Auckland man as he ran away from Police was contrary to policy and unjustified. More >>

Least cost approach to road maintenance best for NZ Inc.

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:13 am | Raupehu District Council

Whole of life - least cost approach to road maintenance best for NZ Inc. Ruapehu Land Transport Manager Warren Furner said that he wasn’t surprised with national media taking an interest in increasing truck volumes putting pressure on the District’s ... More >>

Enhanced emergency alerting system planned for Auckland

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:05 am | Auckland Council

Auckland Council’s Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group Committee today endorsed a draft Public Alerting Framework that will see enhancements made to the region’s existing emergency alerting systems. More >>

Endorsement from The Dunedin Amenities Society

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 9:59 am | Dunedin Tunnel Trails Trust

The Dunedin Tunnels Trails Trust was delighted to receive endorsement of their project from The Dunedin Amenities Society with a $10000 donation towards the purchase of the 324 Gladstone Rd , Mosgiel. More >>

Tuakana Matthews, 25, wanted for breaching bail conditions

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 9:55 am | New Zealand Police

Waitematä Police are seeking Tuakana Matthews, who is wanted to arrest for breaching his bail conditions. More >>

Police concerned for safety of Christopher Neal

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 9:53 am | New Zealand Police

Central District Police have concerns for the safety of 36 year old Christopher Neal, and would like the public's help in locating him. More >>

Crash involving bus and car near Akaroa – UPDATE #2

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 9:46 am | New Zealand Police

Police remain at the scene of a crash between a car and a bus carrying tourists in Canterbury. More >>

Port Hills Fire Public Update – Thursday 23 February

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 9:44 am | Christchurch City Council

Civil Defence is holding street meetings for residents affected by the Port Hills fire at 6.30pm this evening. Meetings will be held at these locations: · Kennedys Bush: 305 Kennedys Bush Road · Hoon Hay Valley: 51 Hoon Hay Valley Road · Worsleys ... More >>

Constructive meeting

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 9:42 am | Dunedin City Council

Dunedin (Wednesday, 22 February 2017) – The Dunedin City Council hosted a constructive meeting this afternoon in Dunedin to explore a city-wide approach to supporting the community affected by the proposal to close Cadbury plant. More >>

Police investigate crash on SH2 near Katikati

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 9:34 am | New Zealand Police

At about 2.50pm today (Wednesday 22 February 2017) the driver of a Mazda car travelling north on State Highway 2 near Wharawhara Road, Katikati, attempted a U-turn. More >>

Police investigating shooting incident in Whangarei

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 9:32 am | New Zealand Police

At approximately 10:30pm last night Police were called to a Clark Road address in Kamo, Whangarei after receiving reports of a shooting. More >>

NZTA & DOC teaming up to protect east coast fur seals

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 9:07 am | New Zealand Transport Agency

The NZ Transport Agency is teaming up with the Department of Conservation (DOC) to ensure that the native fur seal breeding colony at Ohau Point is protected while work is undertaken to clear slips and restore the coastal Kaikoura road and rail ... More >>

Grand old dame of Warkworth back on the public stage

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 5:11 pm | Auckland Council

The page turns on a new chapter in the 105-year-old history of the Warkworth Town Hall on Saturday, when the newly refurbished ‘grand old dame’ reopens to the public. More >>

Port Hills Fire Update – 4.15pm: Water quality

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 4:33 pm | Christchurch City Council

Water supplies in areas affected by the fire have been tested to ensure they remain at the required drinking water standards and additional treatment has been undertaken where necessary. Ongoing testing will continue to ensure quality is maintained. More >>

Diversion in place after serious crash south of Katikati

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 4:14 pm | New Zealand Transport Agency

The NZ Transport Agency is asking people to avoid using State Highway 2 near Katikati or delay their travel after a serious crash closed the road. More >>

Ongoing planning needed as Northland drought lingers

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 4:13 pm | Northland Rural Support Trust

Date: 22 February, 2017 Ongoing planning needed as Northland drought lingers Northland farmers are being urged to closely monitor stock feed levels as the impact of the region’s drought continues. “People think the pressure’s off because it’s ... More >>

Wakeman questions how Labour funds housing @ by-election?

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 3:59 pm | Peter Wakeman

While “It’s time for Labour’s plan to build 100,000 affordable homes for first homebuyers, ban foreign speculators, and invest in thousands more state houses,” says Phil Twyford, but how will these houses be funded? More >>

AOS callout in Loburn - Waimakariri Canterbury - update

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 3:58 pm | New Zealand Police

Earlier today Canterbury Police responded to a report that a woman was being held against her will at a property on Loburn-Whiterock Road by a man known to her. More >>

Eagle-eyed public reports massive illegal scallop haul

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 3:50 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

Vigilant members of the public are being praised for helping to uncover a haul of over more than 300 illegally taken scallops by two divers in an incident at Whangarei Heads. More >>

Pilot uninjured after crash in Kawakawa Bay

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 3:31 pm | New Zealand Police

No one else is thought to have been on board and the information at this stage is that the crash occurred during take-off because of a change in wind conditions. More >>

Port Hills Fire Update – 3pm 22/2/17

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 3:28 pm | Christchurch Civil Defence

Rural firefighters are using drones above the fire zone today and this work will continue into the evening. More >>

Get on your bike and ride!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 3:05 pm | Otago Polytech

I want to ride my bicycle I want to ride my bike! Otago Polytechnic has gone all spokes and handlebars this month with the Aotearoa Bike Challenge. Perhaps one of the more absurd events is on Tues Feb 28 where staff are invited to ride around a ... More >>

Parkway Junior Playground ready for action 4 March

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 2:56 pm | Hutt City Council

Children under five in Wainuiomata will be very happy with the re-opening of a local playground that has been given a new lease of life. More >>

Hamilton looking for share of housing fund

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 2:53 pm | Hamilton City Council

Hamilton City Council is ready to get the diggers rolling on developments in the south and northwest, pending investment from the Government’s $1B housing fund. More >>

 

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