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ORC proposes transfer of city bus service to DCC

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 5:34 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council’s finance and corporate committee has resolved to offer the governance of Dunedin public transport to the Dunedin City Council. This means that DCC would have the opportunity to take over the planning and operational public ... More >>

SH36 is closed due to slip

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 5:17 pm | New Zealand Police

Police advise SH36 is closed due to slip, contractors have been on site and advised that likely closed over night. SH36 at Te Matai is diverted towards Te Puke (Tauranga Side), More >>

Landmark war memorial up for registration

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 5:03 pm | Heritage New Zealand

The historic value of the earliest known built World War I monument erected in New Zealand is in being assessed by the country’s lead heritage agency. Heritage New Zealand (formerly the NZ Historic Places Trust) has proposed the First World War ... More >>

SCIRT update – Easter weekend 2014

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 4:52 pm | Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team

SCIRT work sites will close over the Easter break, but traffic management will remain in place around sites and equipment. More >>

Auckland Museum’s lasting legacy - thanks to Lottery Grants

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 4:50 pm | Auckland Museum

Auckland War Memorial Museum will take its WWI centenary commemorations ‘to the people’ after receiving significant funding from the Lottery Grants Board. More >>

Police Looking for Witnesses Following Assault on Officer

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 4:49 pm | New Zealand Police

The Auckland Police officer that received a head injury in an assault early this morning has been discharged from hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. More >>

First ever CryptoParty happens in Wellington

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 4:35 pm | New Zealand Institute for Cryptography and Freedom

"A Crypto (encryption) Party is an opportunity for people to learn how to keep their online lives private and free from surveillance. We are looking forward to a fun-filled evening talking about and practicing mail encryption as well as learning ... More >>

Mangaweka students create unique Check, Clean, Dry sign

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 4:29 pm | Horizons Regional Council

Horizons Regional Council is praising Mangaweka School students for their efforts in creating a unique Check, Clean, Dry sign for the popular Mangaweka camping ground. More >>

Environment Canterbury keen to help people keep warm this wi

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 4:20 pm | Environment Canterbury

Environment Canterbury has welcomed the number of people who have responded to the letters sent out to homeowners reminding them that this winter they cannot use their wood burner if it is 15 or more years old. More >>

Missing boy - Pakuranga

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 4:16 pm | New Zealand Police

Police are seeking information as to the whereabouts of 14 year old Demetrius Masiutama. Demetrius was last seen at 6am on 24 March in Pakuranga. Yesterday was his 14th birthday. He suffers from a mild intellectual disability and is meant to take medication but ... More >>

Road users urged to take caution

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 4:00 pm | Auckland Transport

Although weather conditions have improved Auckland Civil Defence is asking drivers to take extra care on the roads with localised thunderstorms and rain expected between 3pm and 7pm. The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) is urging people to travel during ... More >>

Power Cut as Rotorua Experiences Heavy Rain and Strong Winds

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 3:47 pm | Unison

Hundreds of customers are without power in rural areas around Rotorua, with the region currently being battered by high winds and heavy rain. More >>

Wheels at Washington as skate park opens

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 3:10 pm | Christchurch City Council

Bikers, skaters and scooter riders can test out their wheels with today’s opening of the third and final phase of Washington Way Reserve Skate Park. The $3.5 million development of the park includes three skate bowls, half-pipes, ramps, steps and ... More >>

Molesworth and Rainbow roads to close due to extreme weather

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 3:02 pm | Department of Conservation

The Acheron Road through Molesworth Station is to close from Thursday 17 April, due to extreme weather conditions. The heavy rain and wind is causing flooding and hazardous driving conditions in the Station, and is forecast to worsen over the Easter weekend. More >>

Karori Cemetery to host upcoming Sport Wellington Buggy Walk

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 3:01 pm | Sport Wellington

Hundreds of buggies are set to stroll through Karori Cemetery on Thursday May 1st for Sport Wellington's monthly Buggy Walk. More >>

Smart Water Meters to Be Trialled in Tairua

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 2:30 pm | Thames Coromandel District Council

A method to measure water use is to be trialled at selected properties around Tairua. The project will help look at ways to improve water conservation and better manage water infrastructure maintenance. More >>

Wellington Zoo welcomes conservation superstar

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 2:26 pm | Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo welcomes conservation superstar Daniela Biaggio is Wellington Zoo’s new Conservation Manager – a brand new full-time role created to integrate conservation and sustainability across all areas of the Zoo. This role is critical to expand the ... More >>

Paper Meter Receipts Better for the Environment

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 2:11 pm | Dunedin City Council

After more than two years of research and trials, motorists can now get biodegradable receipts from most Dunedin pay and display meters. The Dunedin City Council is the only local authority in Australasia to use 100% paper receipts for its pay and display ... More >>

Council coordinating staff ahead of forecast wet weather

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 2:09 pm | Christchurch City Council

The Christchurch City Council is preparing to respond to a weather forecast that shows a period of extended rainfall throughout Christchurch and Banks Peninsula, from 2pm this afternoon through to 8am tomorrow morning, when it is expected to ease. More >>

Coromandel road closures prompt Police warning on travel

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 2:02 pm | New Zealand Police

As they review roading conditions following the first heavy rains in several months, Waikato Police are advising against all but essential travel to or around the Coromandel. More >>

Environment Canterbury advice on water quality rules

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 1:39 pm | Environment Canterbury

Environment Canterbury announced today that it would ease the burden on farmers in terms of their obligation to collect data on nitrogen leaching under the proposed Land & Water Regional Plan. The proposed plan includes rules to regulate use ... More >>

Wind insurance claims spike as Cyclone Ita hits North Island

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 1:12 pm | AA Insurance

Insurance claims for damage to homes and vehicles have spiked since Cyclone Ita touched down on our shores, says AA Insurance. Simon Hobbs, AA Insurance Head of Product, says the most common types of damage have been wind related. More >>

Fruit fly investigation nears end

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 1:08 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

Provided no further Queensland fruit flies are found in Whangarei, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) looks set to announce an end to its response in the area on Easter Sunday morning. More >>

More buses and improved services for Green Bay, Titirangi

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 1:06 pm | Auckland Transport

Auckland Transport has released its decisions for the bus network in Green Bay, Blockhouse Bay, Wood Bay, French Bay, Tanekaha, Titirangi, Laingholm, Kaurilands and Glen Eden. More >>

Heavy rain expected in North Otago and Dunedin tonight

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 12:52 pm | Otago Regional Council

MetService has included North Otago and Dunedin in a Severe Weather Warning for the next two days. Rain is expected to pick up this evening and become heavy at times early tomorrow morning. About 120mm to 180mm is expected about higher parts of North ... More >>

SH25 Coromandel peninsula road closure

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 12:51 pm | New Zealand Police

State Highway 25 is now closed from Hikuai in the south to Whitianga in the north. More >>

Final say on the 2014/15 Draft Annual Plan

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 12:45 pm | Christchurch City Council

It’s your final chance to have a say on the Council’s 2014/15 Draft Annual Plan. The deadline for public submissions on the draft plan is 5pm on Tuesday 22 April 2014 and 219 submissions have been received so far. More >>

Water Restrictions in Palmerston lifted

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 12:44 pm | Palmerston North City Council

Water Restrictions in Palmerston North City and Linton have been lifted This week’s wet weather has allowed for Level Two Water Restrictions in Palmerston North and Linton to be lifted. Water asset engineer, Dora Lou says while the Turitea Dam is ... More >>

Storm’s continued impact on Easter holiday driving

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 12:42 pm | NZTA

Easter holidaymakers are being advised by the NZ Transport Agency to drive to the conditions and to take extreme care for safe travel in the wake of the storms that battered Auckland and Northland. Winds gusted up to 98kph on the Auckland Harbour ... More >>

Weather adds risk to Easter driving on Canterbury roads

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 12:39 pm | New Zealand Police

Canterbury Police are urging drivers to take extra care over the extended Easter and Anzac Day holiday period - especially with rain forecast for much of the week. This year, Easter is followed by Anzac Day the following weekend, and coincides with ... More >>

Council’s hands tied in Psychoactive substances debate

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 11:56 am | Auckland Council

Auckland Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse says the council shares the community’s concerns about the social impacts from psychoactive substances and will continue to work with social agencies to minimise those impacts. More >>

Northpower – Easter storm ... Update 4

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 11:53 am | Northpower

The use of a helicopter has enabled Northpower to find the cause of a fault on its 33kV line between Maungaturoto and Kaiwaka. More >>

Larger venue for Rotorua Anzac Day civic service to accommod

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 11:47 am | Rotorua District Council

Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick will host this year’s Anzac Day Civic Memorial Service at the new location of Rotorua’s Energy Events Centre. More >>

Students develop native plant area thanks to grant

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 11:40 am | Horizons Regional Council

Bainesse School students have developed a native plant area on a steep bank at the front of their school thanks to a community grant from Horizons Regional Council. More >>

Severe Weather Warning in Thames Coromandel

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 11:32 am | Thames Coromandel District Council

Heavy rain and winds continue to batter the Coromandel. At this stage no severe flooding or slips have been reported. The situation so far: • Lees road Hahei - one lane blocked about 100M past 335 Lees road. • Settlement Rd closed from Hikuai ... More >>

Licencees Please District Licensing Unit

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 11:28 am | New Zealand Police

Counties Manukau Police District Licensing Unit (DLU) have reported a pleasing result following a weekend of Controlled Purchase Operations. A Controlled Purchase Operation is used to test a licenced premise on its integrity when presented with a minor trying ... More >>

Northpower deploys helicopter to assess damage

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 11:14 am | Northpower

Northpower has deployed a helicopter to check for damage on its 33kV line from Maungaturoto to Kaiwaka following a major power outage affecting Maungaturoto, Brynderwyns, Kaiwaka and Mangawhai. More >>

Grant helps develop outdoor classroom

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 11:01 am | Horizons Regional Council

Mount Biggs School has developed an outdoor classroom at the back of school grounds thanks to a community grant from Horizons Regional Council. More >>

ORC has no plans for harbourside land sale or development

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 10:56 am | Otago Regional Council

ORC chairman Stephen Woodhead, in response to speculation that the council was negotiating with property developers, said that it was not currently marketing any of its undeveloped land for sale or development. More >>

Flooding, debris and power cuts as storm hits

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 10:51 am | Auckland Council

Auckland Civil Defence reminds Aucklanders to stay up-to-date with weather forecasts as severe weather impacts the region. More >>

Rain ends prohibited fire season

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 9:55 am | Palmerston North City Council

Rain and lower temperatures have reduced the fire danger in Palmerston North sufficiently and as at midnight Thursday 17th April 2014 an Open Fire Season will be declared. Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer Graeme McIntyre says while the Prohibited Fire ... More >>

Operation “Super Break” Coming to Counties Manukau

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 9:54 am | New Zealand Police

With many expected to take a “super break” next week to enjoy a ten-day holiday between Easter and ANZAC weekends, Counties Manukau Police will be out in force with a focus on speed and alcohol. More >>

Leading edge procurement policies praised

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 9:43 am | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council’s sustainable procurement stance has been praised as leading edge, ground breaking and a first for New Zealand at an event attended by more than 160 current and potential suppliers. Purchasing sustainably means choosing suppliers ... More >>

Council’s plan for the provision of swimming pools

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 9:41 am | Christchurch City Council

Christchurch City Council’s Community Committee yesterday, Tuesday 15 April 2014, received a draft review of the Aquatic Facilities Plan. Recreation and Sports Unit Manager, John Filsell, says the review covered the nature and condition of Council’s ... More >>

Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora workshops underway

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 9:36 am | Healthy Rivers - Plan for Change

Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora workshops underway The initial work of a group tasked with helping find solutions to key water quality issues in Waikato has been very positive, says the group’s interim chair Bill Wasley. More >>

Wet weather will add risks on the roads

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 9:31 am | Automobile Association

Wet weather will add risks on the roads With rain forecast to dampen a lot of New Zealand’s Easter break, the AA wants people to remember to adjust their driving if the roads are wet. “If it has been raining, your car will take longer to stop ... More >>

Committee supports a co-ordinated approach to High Street

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 9:29 am | Christchurch City Council

Christchurch City Council’s Community Committee met yesterday Tuesday 15 April 2014. The committee heard a deputation from Nicky Arts, owner of a business within the CERA designated innovation precinct. Ms Arts owns two units 137 and 139 High ... More >>

Council’s plan for the provision of swimming pools

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 9:28 am | Christchurch City Council

Christchurch City Council’s Community Committee yesterday, Tuesday 15 April 2014, received a draft review of the Aquatic Facilities Plan. Recreation and Sports Unit Manager, John Filsell, says the review covered the nature and condition of Council’s ... More >>

ANZAC Day marks First World War centenary

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 9:27 am | Christchurch City Council

In the centenary year of the start of the First World War, Christchurch is paying tribute to the bravery of New Zealand’s servicemen and women with its ANZAC Day services on Friday 25 April. More >>

Northpower – Easter storm

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 9:03 am | Northpower

Northpower Limited advises of widespread power outages in Kaipara and Whangarei affecting thousands of customers following high winds overnight. More >>

State Highway 1 Road Closure

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 9:00 am | New Zealand Police

Police, Fire and Ambulance are at the scene of a fatal vehicle crash on State Highway 1 near McKerrow Road, Herbert, North Otago. More >>

Easter storm makes driving conditions hazardous

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 8:49 am | NZTA

Easter storm makes driving conditions hazardous The NZ Transport Agency says storm conditions at the start of the Easter break are making driving hazardous in Auckland and Northland and it advises people extreme care is needed on the regions’ state ... More >>

Police Officer Assaulted

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 8:47 am | New Zealand Police

At about 00.15am, police responded to a report of a large number of people fighting in the Glen Innes town centre. More >>

Wellington Police arrest and charge man with murder

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 8:30 am | New Zealand Police

Late yesterday Wellington Police arrested and charged a male with murder as part of the homicide investigation into the violent death of Mei FAN. The man will appear in the Wellington District Court today. More >>

Official Review of Fox Glacier Crash

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 8:26 am | Transport Accident Investigation Commission

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) will review the evidence and new matters raised since completing its inquiry into the 2010 Fox Glacier skydiving plane crash. The review will include a full examination of all the wreckage, including ... More >>

Northland Controlled Purchase Operation

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 5:13 pm | New Zealand Police

Police and the Northland District Health Board are very disappointed with the results of an alcohol controlled purchase operation conducted in licensed premises in the Mid North last Friday (April 11). More >>

MetService issues severe weather warning

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 5:09 pm | Auckland Council

Auckland Civil Defence reminds Aucklanders to stay up-to-date with weather forecasts in the lead up to Easter as severe weather is expected across the region. More >>

Amalgamation benefits boost council savings

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 5:02 pm | Auckland Council

Improved economies of scale from the amalgamation of the eight local authorities have helped Auckland Council maintain services at reduced cost, says a council report on efficiency savings. More >>

Be aware and take care on our roads

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 4:59 pm | New Zealand Police

As Easter holidays and Anzac Day approaches and we move into colder months Central District Police want to remind motorists to ensure their vehicle is roadworthy before they embark on a road trip. More >>

Easter/Anzac break traffic management on SH29

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 4:58 pm | NZ Transport Agency

Motorists travelling along State Highway 29 via the Kaimai Range towards Tauranga are advised that the road is reduced to two lanes at the base on the Hamilton side of the Kaimai Range and a speed restriction of 50 km/h is also in place this Easter/Anzac ... More >>

 

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