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Operation Vintage: Murder charges laid

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 5:34 pm | New Zealand Police

Police can now confirm that three people have been jointly charged for the murder of Matthew Stevens. A 27 year old male and a 27 year old female have had their charges upgraded from previous accessory charges. More >>

LGNZ welcomes increased local roads funding

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 5:33 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) welcomes the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS 2015) released today, providing $38.7 billion in funding for local roads. More >>

Update on child struck by car in New Lynn

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 5:21 pm | New Zealand Police

The child injured in this morning's incident on Titirangi Road remains in a critical but stable condition in Auckland's Starship Hospital. The child was initially thought to have been 6 years old however enquiries since this morning's release of the early ... More >>

Scarves will fly in solidarity for Auckland Muslim community

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 5:03 pm | Splice Group

Aucklanders will come together tomorrow in support of Muslim women, following the siege held in Sydney by an alleged Islamic extremist. ‘Flying Scarves’, encourages women to don a headscarf for the day, demonstrating that the actions of a few will ... More >>

Three Timaru men arrested following serious assault in Chch

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 5:01 pm | New Zealand Police

Canterbury Police have arrested three men from Timaru in relation to a serious assault on a man in Christchurch on 4 December 2014. More >>

Governing Body – summary of decisions

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 4:58 pm | Auckland Council

The Governing Body adopted the consultation document for the Long-term Plan 2015-2025 following a written letter and verbal report from Auditor-General Lyn Provost confirming the document provided an effective basis for public participation in the decision ... More >>

Major Delays on NW Motorway (SH16), Te Atatu Rd 27/12 to 5/1

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 4:47 pm | New Zealand Transport Agency

This project is widening the five existing motorway on-ramps and exits at Te Atatu and widening the Northwestern motorway (SH16) between Te Atatu Road and Henderson Creek. It is also enhancing existing facilities for walkers and cyclists and widening ... More >>

Man arrested for alleged attempted kidnapping

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 4:26 pm | New Zealand Police

Canterbury Police arrested a Christchurch man in relation to an alleged attempted kidnapping of a woman in New Brighton at approximately 8.30am this morning (18 December 2014). More >>

International wine enthusiasts coming to Queenstown

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 4:01 pm | Southern PR

One of the world’s premier wine events returns to Queenstown next year, bringing together international wine enthusiasts from across the globe for a special celebration of Central Otago Pinot Noir. More >>

Findings of fraud investigation released

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 3:50 pm | Dunedin City Council

Dunedin (Thursday, 18 December 2014) – The findings of an independent investigation into a fraud at the Dunedin City Council have been released publicly. More >>

Gisborne District Council Closed for Christmas

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 3:33 pm | Gisborne District Council

Gisborne District Council customer service office at Fitzherbert St and all Council departments will close for Christmas holiday break from 5pm Tuesday 23 December and reopen Monday 5 January 2015. More >>

Alcohol and road policing prevention work in Canterbury

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 3:10 pm | New Zealand Police

Canterbury Police will be running another alcohol focus on 19 December 2014 - a prevention activity to reduce harm caused by alcohol on the road, in public places and licensed premises. This activity is part of Operation Capricorn which runs throughout ... More >>

Incident in supermarket carpark, Devonport

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 2:52 pm | New Zealand Police

Just after 12.30pm this afternoon emergency services were called to the carpark of New World supermarket in Clarence Street, Devonport. More >>

Te Awarua o Porirua Whaitua Committee appointed

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 2:45 pm | Greater Wellington Regional Council

A diverse and talented group of people have been chosen to help the Porirua community decide how it wants to care for and manage its rivers, harbours and coastal water into the future. More >>

The Plaza grants Christmas wish for a marriage proposal

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 2:03 pm | Alexander Communications

As part of Kiwi Income Property Trust’s #WinYourWish Christmas campaign, The Plaza in Palmerston North was able to unite a couple of lovebirds in an in-centre proposal, captured and witnessed by shoppers and well-wishers. Ann-Marae Dudley wished for ... More >>

Wellington’s Students are Absolutely Positively Awesome

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 2:01 pm | Wellington City Council

Wellington’s Students are Absolutely Positively Awesome Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has launched the Absolutely Positively Wellington Student awards, celebrating secondary school students’ contribution to their communities in October this year, ... More >>

Nest smugglers sent home

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:58 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

Border officials have sent two foreign air passengers back to Shanghai after they tried to smuggle a large quantity of edible bird nests through Auckland airport. More >>

Free insulation for 100 Rotorua rental properties

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:56 pm | Rotorua Lakes Council

Rotorua landlords are being urged to take up an offer of free insulation for their rental homes through the Government’s Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes programme. More >>

Clip-on Lanes Closed Over Holidays

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:45 pm | NZTA

The two northbound clip-on lanes of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, as well as the Curran Street on-ramp and Stafford Road off-ramp will be closed over the Christmas-New Year holiday period for annual resurfacing work. The closure will start at 7am Friday ... More >>

Bringing home the catch of the day

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:43 pm | Waikato Regional Council

The next best thing to catching the big one is getting home after a trip out on the water and telling everyone about the big one. It’s all a quintessential part of the kiwi summer. More >>

Non-fluoridated water supply in Hastings

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:39 pm | Hastings District Council

Hastings has its first purpose built, non-fluoridated drinking fountain/bottle filling station. The facility has been installed at the Eastbourne St bore at the intersection of Warren and Eastbourne Streets. More >>

Fisherman has a near miss at Waimakariri River mouth

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:25 pm | New Zealand Police

Canterbury Police were alerted that a fisherman had been swept out to sea shortly before 7.45am this morning at Kairaki beach near the Waimakariri River mouth. More >>

Child struck by car at Titirangi Road, New Lynn

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:24 pm | New Zealand Police

A 6 year-old girl who was crossing the road to go to a dairy on the other side has been struck by a car. More >>

“Rate, tax, borrow and toll” budget passes

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:22 pm | Cameron Brewer

“Given the huge level of public dissatisfaction, it’s disappointing that a majority of councillors have voted for a typical centre-left budget which sees the hand coming out for much more money from Auckland households, rather than dialling back pet projects ... More >>

Council gets building consents accreditation

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 12:31 pm | Christchurch City Council

Christchurch City Council has been granted accreditation as a Building Consent Authority. International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) has confirmed the Council has met the requirements of the Building (Accreditation of Building Consent Authorities) ... More >>

Gisborne gears up

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 12:14 pm | Gisborne District Council

“Gisborne is happy to welcome R&V and BW festival goers’ to these iconic events every year,” says Mayor Meng Foon, speaking about the circa 20,000 revellers set to descend on the city between Boxing day and New Year’s day. More >>

Give the Heathcote River a summer break

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 12:13 pm | Cassels and Sons

Zak Cassels, of Cassels & Sons and The Tannery has said it would be a good start in improving city river quality if there was no dumping of rubbish in the Opawaho / Heathcote River this summer. More >>

Planning for Waihirere Domain’s future

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 12:12 pm | Gisborne District Council

Release date: 17 December 2014 Planning for Domain’s future Council’s new draft Reserve Management Plan for Waihirere Domain is out now for public comment. More >>

Canterbury Police speak to missing French tourist

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 11:56 am | New Zealand Police

Canterbury Police have located Celine, the French tourist who was unaccounted for in Arthurs Pass, safe and well in Te Anau. A Police officer from Te Anau met up with Celine this morning and confirmed she was the same person that had left a note with ... More >>

New tool to keep marine pests out of Fiordland

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 11:54 am | Environment Southland

New tool to keep marine pests out of Fiordland Environment Southland councillors yesterday agreed to co-fund the purchase of an inflatable vessel quarantine facility, which is a major step forward in the fight to keep new marine pests from entering ... More >>

Application for Subdivision at New Chum Beach

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 11:51 am | Thames Coromandel District Council

An application to subdivide land at New Chum Beach (Wainuiototo Bay Whangapoua) will go out for public notification on Friday 16 January 2015. The application was submitted to Council in October 2014. More >>

Living Streets Aotearoa: Cycle Safety Panel report

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 11:39 am | Living Streets Aotearoa

Living Streets Aotearoa welcomes the final report of the Cycling Safety Panel, with a Government commitment to fund $100 million of improvements for cyclists and a focus on safe speeds. More >>

ORC monitoring Otago river levels

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 11:03 am | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is maintaining a close watch on rivers throughout the region as levels steadily drop and approach minimum low flows in some areas. More >>

Options for managing feral goats to be explored

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 10:59 am | Hawkes Bay Regional Council

Options for managing feral goats in Hawke’s Bay are likely to be explored as the region grapples with the positive and negative effects of the hairy creatures. A report to a recent Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Environment and Services Committee ... More >>

Cave Terrace, Redcliffs reopened

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 10:57 am | New Zealand Police

Cave Terrace has now reopened following a single vehicle crash on Cave Terrace in Redcliffs shortly before 8am this morning (18 December 2014). More >>

Award for community engagement

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 10:47 am | Auckland Transport

A project that has made major transport improvements in Panmure has been recognised for excellence in community engagement. More >>

Development companies fined for sediment discharges

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 10:18 am | Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Two Tauranga development companies have been fined $75,000 in Tauranga District Court for six offences of discharging sediment-contaminated water from the Tauriko Business Estate into Kopurererua Stream. More >>

Time to check out lifejackets

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 10:14 am | Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Before you head out on the water this summer check all your lifejackets and other safety equipment on the boat. More >>

Hamilton Gardens’ Chickens Put to Work

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 10:09 am | Hamilton City Council

Eggs laid by Hamilton Gardens’ two resident chickens are being used for an exclusive range of products launched in the new Gardens’ shop. The newly refurbished store now sells products inspired by the Gardens – with lemon curd blended with eggs ... More >>

Green Light for New Auckland Kart Complex

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 9:46 am | KartSport

Christmas has come early for the Auckland KartSport community with word from the Otara-Papatoetoe Board that they have been given the green light to begin work on the Colin Dale Park motorsport complex near the airport. More >>

Weather related road issues - Waikato

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 9:29 am | New Zealand Police

Waikato Police urge caution on roads in the Waikato / Coromandel areas. The current rain and wind have caused issues on many roads. There have been trees blocking roads and surface flooding. More >>

Whakatane driving conditions treacherous

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 9:28 am | New Zealand Police

Current weather conditions are leading to very poor driving conditions across Whakatane and Eastern Bay of Plenty. More >>

Cave Terrace closed after crash - Redcliffs

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 9:27 am | New Zealand Police

Emergency services were alerted to a single vehicle crash on Cave Terrace in Redcliffs shortly before 8am this morning. Cave Terrace is currently closed and diversions are in place. More >>

Three Akaroa farms targeted for wool and lamb

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 9:25 am | New Zealand Police

Canterbury Police have received reports of two Akaroa farms being targeted for wool in the last three weeks and one for lamb over the last 9 months. More >>

Statement on Aratere fault

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 9:21 am | KiwiRail

Interislander ferry Aratere has encountered what is believed to be an electrical fault on her arrival into Wellington yesterday afternoon. The vessel was still fully operational, and berthed safely, and passengers disembarked. More >>

Reverend who refused help is jailed for tax evasion

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 9:10 am | Inland Revenue Department

An Auckland Reverend who deliberately ignored offers of help from Inland Revenue has been jailed after evading more than one million dollars of tax. More >>

Wellington City Council votes to fund runway consenting work

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 9:02 am | Wellington City Council

Wellington City Council has voted to contribute $1.95 million to start the formal consenting process associated with the proposal to extend Wellington Airport’s runway by 350 metres. Deputy Mayor Justin Lester says the contribution – to be ... More >>

Luck of the "Irish"

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 8:58 am | New Zealand Police

In what appears to be a case of good luck as opposed to good management, a driver stopped by Waikato Police on a rural Coromandel highway appears to have escaped a ticket for driving with his kayak lying sideways across his car's roof because of ... More >>

Second round of feedback on Draft Economic Strategy

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 3:44 pm | Queenstown Lakes District Council

Queenstown Lakes District Council is inviting further comment on aspects of the draft Economic Development Strategy for the district. More >>

Making the grade important for foodies

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 3:41 pm | Auckland Council

As the local food scene expands to include the latest international style with that quintessential Kiwi flavour, competition in the industry is high and nothing but an A grade will do. More >>

Wet weather - Safety on Northland roads

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 3:39 pm | New Zealand Police

Wet weather in Northland is making the roads hazardous and police are asking motorists to take care. More >>

Prosecutions in relation to dog attack

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 3:30 pm | Queenstown Lakes District Council

The Queenstown Lakes District Council is prosecuting one person in relation to an attack by two dogs on a child at Lake Hayes Estate last month. More >>

Council bans fires in city

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 3:16 pm | Christchurch City Council

The Council is banning the lighting of fires in urban Christchurch from Sunday 21 December 2014. A restricted fire season will also be in place in rural parts of the city meaning people who want to light outdoor fires will need a permit. More >>

Police locate 57 year old man from Christchurch

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 2:05 pm | New Zealand Police

Canterbury Police confirm that 57 year old Garnet Christopher SCOULLAR was found in Ashburton shortly after 12 noon today safe and well. More >>

Auckland housing now very different from the rest of NZ

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 1:46 pm | Statistics New Zealand

Auckland’s housing has changed markedly over the past two decades as the city reacts to its growing population, with more multi-storey homes, greater density, and fewer unoccupied homes all making it very different to the rest of the country, according ... More >>

New campaign debunks stupid drink-driving myths

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 1:37 pm | Auckland Transport

This is just one of the alarming myths that’s come out of a recent Auckland Transport survey that sought to understand how people make decisions around drinking and driving. More >>

Police investigating vicious sexual assault release sketch

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 1:26 pm | New Zealand Police

Police investigating a vicious sex attack on a 16 year-old girl earlier this year are issuing a computer sketch of the offender and are encouraging anyone who may recognise the man to contact Police. More >>

Red light camera for Wellington motorway intersection

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 1:00 pm | New Zealand Police

Police, NZ Transport Agency and Wellington City Council are working together to reduce risk for road users by installing a high-tech red light camera at the intersection of Karo Drive and Victoria Street, on the State Highway 1 inner city bypass. More >>

Man charged with Ashburton burglary

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 12:59 pm | New Zealand Police

Canterbury Police have charged a 27 year old man in relation to a burglary at the Ashburton Trading Store which is reported to have taken place at approximately 12.45am on Friday morning last week (12 December 2014). More >>

10 years of freedom in the North

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 12:55 pm | Horizons Regional Council

This summer marks 10 years of didymo freedom in the North Island and Check, Clean, Dry advocates are encouraging users to make the most of it. More >>


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