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SCIRT traffic update: Week starting Monday, 31 August, 2015

Friday, 28 August 2015, 5:23 pm | Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team

• Worcester St closed between Woodham Rd and Dacre St, and one-way southbound (towards Linwood Ave) between Dacre St and Linwood Ave. More >>

New Matai Street cycleway opens to public

Friday, 28 August 2015, 5:05 pm | Christchurch City Council

People wanting to connect between the University of Canterbury and the Central City have a new option with the opening today of a cycleway along Matai Street East. More >>

New cycleway completed, Lincoln to Rolleston

Friday, 28 August 2015, 4:55 pm | NZ Transport Agency

Selwyn’s newest cycleway is now ready to ride. The new Rolleston to Lincoln cycleway was completed in late August and provides a 9km off road link between Selwyn’s two largest townships. More >>

Selwyn-Waihora Zone Committee focuses on sensitive lake zone

Friday, 28 August 2015, 4:40 pm | Environment Canterbury

Selwyn-Waihora Zone Committee focuses on sensitive lake zones The Selwyn-Waihora Zone Committee will meet at 1pm on Tuesday, 1 September, at the Selwyn District Council offices for its regular monthly water management meeting. Environment Canterbury’s ... More >>

Fatality - 2 vehicle crash Riversdale

Friday, 28 August 2015, 4:23 pm | New Zealand Police

Police have completed the scene examination at the two vehicle crash that occurred on the Riversdale Waikaia Road intersection with Two Chain Road, North of the Riversdale township. More >>

Upper Hutt community groups recognised

Friday, 28 August 2015, 4:05 pm | Upper Hutt City Council

An increase in nominations this year brought an unprecedented number of community groups together for the Wellington Airport Community Awards ceremony for Upper Hutt on 26 August. More >>

Appointment to Road Controlling Authorities Forum

Friday, 28 August 2015, 3:54 pm | Wairoa District Council

Appointment to Road Controlling Authorities Forum After convening a group of 12 rural and provincial Councils collaborating on land use effects on low volume roads, Wairoa District Council Engineering Manager, Jamie Cox has been appointed onto the ... More >>

Maggie's death not believed to be accidental

Friday, 28 August 2015, 3:40 pm | New Zealand Police

Police investigating the death of four year-old Maggie Watson, whose body was found in her Onehunga home at about 4am on Friday, August 7, believe her death was not an accident. More >>

Interim Limit Options for Heretaunga Groundwater

Friday, 28 August 2015, 2:40 pm | Hawke's Bay Regional Council

Interim Limit Options for Heretaunga Groundwater The possibility of setting limits on new application for water take resource consents from the Heretaunga Aquifer are to be further explored by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. Regional Councillors have ... More >>

Reports of firearms presented. - Lorne St Auckland

Friday, 28 August 2015, 2:31 pm | New Zealand Police

Auckland Police are investigating an incident in Lorne St after reports that firearms were presented during a dispute. More >>

Short delays on SH29 Tauranga this month

Friday, 28 August 2015, 2:11 pm | New Zealand Transport Agency

Short delays on SH29 Tauranga this month The NZ Transport Agency advises motorists to expect short delays on SH29 Tauranga from Monday August 31 as contractors begin removing the old Route K toll plaza. More >>

Ahoy! Westhaven Marina to host open day

Friday, 28 August 2015, 2:09 pm | Westhaven Marina

Westhaven Marina is hosting a gala open day on Saturday 3 October and invites all Aucklanders and prospective boaties to visit. More >>

Happiness essential part of rebuild

Friday, 28 August 2015, 1:42 pm | Lincoln University

Happiness essential part of rebuild A smile should be as reflective of Christchurch as its shiny new glass buildings, a visiting academic at Lincoln University says. More >>

Newtown library open for business

Friday, 28 August 2015, 1:40 pm | Wellington City Council

Newtown library opens its doors on Monday 31 August after 3 months of renovations. More >>

NZTA Traffic Bulletin

Friday, 28 August 2015, 1:37 pm | NZTA

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, 4 September. ... More >>

Innovation in Tertiary Education ICT Sector Recognised

Friday, 28 August 2015, 1:32 pm | Microsoft New Zealand

University of Otago virtual student desktop wins Supreme Award at the 2015 Microsoft Tertiary ICT Innovation Awards More >>

Police investigate possible serious assault

Friday, 28 August 2015, 1:30 pm | New Zealand Police

28/8/2015 Detectives in Hamilton are investigating whether a serious assault may have taken place, after the discovery of a quantity of human blood behind the Activate Church, in Bisley Road, Hamilton East. Detective Sergeant Andrew Mortimore said “Police ... More >>

Region welcomes sheep and beef announcement

Friday, 28 August 2015, 12:24 pm | Horizons Regional Council

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy visited the Horizons Region today to launch the first collaborative programme between Central Government and regional stakeholders resulting from the Regional Growth Study. More >>

Changes to Buller older persons’ health services finalised

Friday, 28 August 2015, 12:23 pm | West Coast District Health

Following nearly a year of conversations with the community and staff in Buller, the West Coast District Health Board will introduce new community-based positions and will soon close the DHB-operated Kynnersley Rest Home in Westport. The DHB has ... More >>

Rising star to sing for the Coromandel

Friday, 28 August 2015, 12:19 pm | Coromandel Watchdog

One of New Zealand’s rising stars on the music scene Estère, is playing at a fundraising event next Thursday for a Coromandel community group working to stop gold mining. More >>

Cruise season soon to set sail

Friday, 28 August 2015, 12:13 pm | Dunedin City Council

Dunedin (Friday, 28 August) - Dunedin is gearing up for the arrival of the first cruise ship in early October of what will be a busy season. More >>

Local board shares concerns over Oruarangi SHA

Friday, 28 August 2015, 12:13 pm | Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board

The Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board is disappointed at the outcome of a community petition to revoke the Oruarangi Special Housing Area in Mangere. More >>

Liquor Bans Retained for Manurewa

Friday, 28 August 2015, 12:12 pm | Auckland Council

Liquor Bans Retained for Manurewa The Manurewa Local Board voted tonight unanimously to retain the vast majority of alcohol drinking bans which were up for review under Auckland Council’s Alcohol Bylaw 2014. Manurewa Local Board Chairperson Angela ... More >>

Unanimous for JMA

Friday, 28 August 2015, 11:21 am | Gisborne District Council

Unanimous for JMA A unanimous decision by Gisborne District Council yesterday will see the development Joint Management Agreement (JMA) formed with Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou for the Waiapu Catchment. More >>

Cameron Partners and EY awarded council financing tender

Friday, 28 August 2015, 11:14 am | Auckland Council

Today Auckland Council announced Cameron Partners and EY as the two independent advisory firms awarded the tender to review alternative sources of financing available to council. More >>

Council to look at alternative funding for Sumner Skate Park

Friday, 28 August 2015, 11:02 am | Christchurch City Council

Christchurch City Council will look at alternative funding for the proposed Sumner Community Skate Park. Levi's has indicated that though they support the skate park, the extended length of the project approval has exhausted their budget, which means ... More >>

Employment law breaches cost Canterbury rebuild business

Friday, 28 August 2015, 10:00 am | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

28 August 2015 Employment law breaches cost Canterbury rebuild business The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has ordered Pro-Build Canterbury Limited to pay more than $58,000 in penalties and arrears to workers for breaching employment laws. The Ministry ... More >>

Second Hamilton road fatality in two days

Friday, 28 August 2015, 9:44 am | New Zealand Police

Waikato Police investigating last night’s fatal crash say it is another tragic death on Waikato roads that was preventable. The crash, which happened about 11.30pm, is currently under investigation by the Waikato Serious Crash Unit. More >>

Trans-Tasman Rivalry Returns to Hamilton's Seddon Park

Friday, 28 August 2015, 9:23 am | Hamilton City Council

Trans-Tasman cricket rivalry resumes at Hamilton's Seddon Park this summer, with New Zealand to play Australia in a Chappell-Hadlee Series match on Waitangi Weekend. More >>

Auckland tradesman sentenced to 10 months home detention

Friday, 28 August 2015, 9:17 am | Inland Revenue Department

A recidivist Auckland tax cheat has been sentenced to 10 months home detention and ordered to pay $92,400 reparation, following a second conviction for tax evasion offences. More >>

Kauri check on Pirongia comes up clean

Friday, 28 August 2015, 9:05 am | Waikato Regional Council

A sick-looking kauri tree on private land at Pirongia has been cleared of having kauri dieback disease, which authorities are keen to stop the further spread of into the Waikato region. The owner of the land where the tree stands had become concerned ... More >>

Home Invasion - Paraparaumu Beach

Friday, 28 August 2015, 8:18 am | New Zealand Police

At 5.51am, Friday the 28th August 2015 police were called to an address in Paraparaumu Beach, Kapiti where a female occupant of the address woke to find an unknown male standing in her bedroom. The male proceeded to punch the occupant around the head ... More >>

Dawn blessing today for Auckland’s newest urban village

Friday, 28 August 2015, 8:17 am | Auckland Councillor Cameron Brewer

This morning’s dawn Maori blessing and official sod-turning marks the start of construction of the first building in Alexandra Park’s stunning new urban village. More >>

Applications to open for rates relief

Friday, 28 August 2015, 8:15 am | Horizons Regional Council

People whose homes or livelihoods were affected by June’s heavy rainfall will be able to apply for assistance from Horizons Regional Council’s rates relief fund from 1 September 2015. More >>

Nelson to host BLACKCAPS at Saxton Oval

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 7:46 pm | Nelson City Council

Nelson has been awarded two One Day International Cricket matches for the 2015/16 season. The BLACKCAPS will take on Sri Lanka at Saxton Oval in the 3rd ANZ ODI on Thursday 31 December, and then again for the 4th ANZ ODI on Saturday 2 January. More >>

Oamaru death earlier today

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 7:40 pm | New Zealand Police

Earlier today, Police attended the death of a 58 year-old male at a work premise in Oamaru. More >>

Councils take action on water resilience

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 5:15 pm | Wellington Water Committee

The Wellington Water Committee is taking a regional approach to the challenge of getting Wellington’s water network up and running after a major incident. More >>

Referendum on transport funding, Development Auckland, SHA

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 5:02 pm | Auckland Council

A number of reports were presented and discussed at today’s Governing Body. The following is a digest of decisions made. More >>

China Week programme unveiled 7-13 September

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 4:58 pm | Nelson City Council

The programme for Nelson's inaugural China Week has been launched with an exciting array of activities, performances and business talks to celebrate and promote cross-cultural relationships and connectivity. More >>

Agreement on transport alignment agenda – “a welcome step"

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 4:35 pm | Auckland Business Forum

The Government and Auckland Council agreement on Terms of Reference announced today on how they will work together to develop Auckland’s transport system is a welcome step forward for the City. “Let’s hope it puts an end to Auckland-Wellington ... More >>

Progress on Auckland transport alignment highly encouraging

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 4:21 pm | Automobile Association

The Automobile Association (AA) has welcomed the launch of the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP), which aims to improve alignment between Auckland Council and the Government over the way Auckland’s transport network should develop. More >>

Tamaki homes signal national commitment to safe, dry homes

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 4:16 pm | Housing New Zealand

Housing New Zealand’s Chief Executive, Glen Sowry, today used the unveiling of 11 new social homes in the Auckland suburb of Glen Innes to underline his organisation’s commitment to providing warm, dry healthy homes for families in need both locally ... More >>

Mayor hails historic agreement on transport

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 4:14 pm | Auckland Council

Mayor Len Brown has hailed the launch of the Auckland Transport Alignment Project as an historic milestone in the relationship between Auckland and the government. More >>

Work starts on Hamilton’s Hillcrest roundabout next month

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 3:44 pm | NZTA

Work will start on a $2.6 million upgrade of Hamilton’s busiest roundabout next month. More >>

Celebrate the beauty of bungalows

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 3:28 pm | Auckland Council

If you love architecture, heritage and home renovations, the Albert-Eden Bungalow Festival is the perfect opportunity to indulge your interests. More >>

‘GoRoam’ app goes live

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 2:57 pm | Waikato District Council

‘GoRoam’ app goes live The Wairoa District Council’s ‘GoRoam’ smart phone application (app) is ready to go live. A demonstration of the app was presented to councillors at their council meeting on Tuesday. The app is designed for anyone who ... More >>

Hunua Falls reopens

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 2:54 pm | Auckland Council

Hunua Falls, including the car park and access to the picnic area, has re-opened to the public following stage two of the Hunua pest control programme. The rest of the parklands remain closed. More >>

Lindis River Minimum Flow

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 2:18 pm | Otago Fish and Game

“Have your say on the Lindis River”, Fish and Game Environmental Officer Peter Wilson says, with the deadline looming for submissions to the Otago Regional Council on the proposed Lindis River minimum flow on Friday 4 September. “At the moment ... More >>

Waikato Regional Council supports farmers in tight times

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 2:17 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council supports farmers in tight times Waikato Regional Council says it’s keen to help where it can when it comes to farmers and related agricultural businesses weathering the stresses caused by the current low dairy payout. These ... More >>

Building stronger local government connections with China

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 1:30 pm | Dunedin City Council

Dunedin (Thursday, 27 August 2015) – Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull is joining New Zealand and Chinese mayors at the first New Zealand China Mayoral Forum in the city of Xiamen to build closer local government connections and discuss economic development. More >>

Kids Classes at New Dunedin Cookery School

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 1:20 pm | BrandAmp

Dunedin parents wrestling with how to keep kids amused in the September holidays have a new option - children’s cookery classes at Art of Cuisine. More >>

Change proposal aims to meet community needs

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 1:13 pm | Christchurch City Council

Christchurch City Council Chief Executive Dr Karleen Edwards has released a change proposal that aims to deliver on the high expectations of the community and prepare the organisation to lead the city as CERA transitions its responsibilities. More >>

Resource consent approved for new Wellington Airport tower

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 12:40 pm | Airways New Zealand

Resource consent has been granted for a new air traffic control tower for Wellington Airport – a building which will appear to lean into Wellington’s prevailing northerly wind. More >>

New Wellington bus depot officially opened

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 12:34 pm | NZBus

Today the Minister of Transport Hon Simon Bridges officially opened NZ Bus’ new depot in Kaiwharawhara, Wellington. The strategic location of the depot, near the Wellington Railway Station, provides operational efficiencies and complements the ... More >>

Tamaki family moves info ‘flash’ new home

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 12:29 pm | Housing New Zealand

Long-time Tamaki resident Ruth Tongialele (42) and her family can only find one word to describe their new Glen Innes home – ‘perfect’. Ruth and her five children are one of 11 families to move into the recently completed Taniwha Street homes, ... More >>

Crowne Plaza team plants over 50 native trees in one day

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 11:25 am | Crowne Plaza

Making a difference to the environment is something the team at Crowne Plaza Queenstown is passionate about – and they’re happy to get their hands dirty to prove it. More >>

Next WWI Memorial Forest planting is in Pauanui

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 10:53 am | Thames Coromandel District Council

The next planting session for the WWI Memorial Forest is to take place at Tangitarori Lane, in Pauanui, at 11am on 5 September. More >>

Grafton Bridge taxi trial

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 10:42 am | Auckland Transport

27 August 2015 Grafton Bridge taxi trial Taxis are getting access to Grafton Bridge on a trial basis to make it easier for people to get to Auckland City and Starship Children’s Hospitals, the City Centre and Newmarket. The year-long trial will allow ... More >>

Bell Block spill contained

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 10:26 am | Taranaki Regional Council

27 August 2015 About 200 to 300 litres of synthetic drilling mud is being removed from the Mangati stormwater treatment system at Bell Block after a spill yesterday. More >>

Nelson School of Music Great Musical Raffle

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 9:41 am | Nelson Media

‘One in 200’ is excellent odds in a raffle, even more attractive when the first prize is a $5000 Toss Woollaston watercolour and every dollar of the $100 ticket price is a donation to the Nelson School of Music building restoration fund. More >>


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