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Music festival prosecuted for holding event without consents

Friday, 27 November 2015, 4:46 pm | Thames Coromandel District Council

Chronophonium Limited has been fined $5,000 for holding a music festival in January 2015 without first obtaining resource consent and for ignoring Council directions to turn down excessive noise. More >>

Hundreds expected at Wellington childrens waterfront fun run

Friday, 27 November 2015, 4:05 pm | Athletics Wellington

Hundreds of children are expected at a fun run on the waterfront in December, with the chance for competitors to receive a personalised race bib and certificate on the day and be in with the chance to win spot prizes. More >>

IWI Recognised for Excellence in Cultural Programmes

Friday, 27 November 2015, 4:01 pm | Ngati Apa

Top of the south iwi Ngati Apa ki te Rā Tō was recognised at the Meke Māori Excellence Awards with an award for its cultural revitalisation programme. The awards dinner and ceremony was part of the Te Atakura Economic Summit 2015, held in Whakatū (Nelson) ... More >>

Fire restrictions imposed for rural and urban areas

Friday, 27 November 2015, 3:54 pm | Christchurch City Council

A combination of warm temperatures and the lack of rain has prompted fire restrictions for rural Christchurch, and a ban on outdoor fires in the urban fire district. More >>

Drugs seized at the border

Friday, 27 November 2015, 3:48 pm | New Zealand Police

A patched Tribesmen gang member has been arrested and methamphetamine with a street value of over $2-million-dollars seized following a joint Operation with Counties Manukau Police and New Zealand Customs. More >>

Long-distance medical evacuation from cruise ship

Friday, 27 November 2015, 3:45 pm | Maritime New Zealand

An 86-year-old British woman with a serious medical condition has been evacuated from the cruise ship Astor, 270km (145 nautical miles) north east of Great Barrier Island. More >>

Praise for Wellington City Council from NZCCSS AGM

Friday, 27 November 2015, 3:30 pm | NZ Council of Christian Social Services

Wellington City Council’s commitment to intuiting a Living Wage has won praise from the NZ Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) at their recent annual meeting. More >>

Info day for flood mitigation project near Thames

Friday, 27 November 2015, 3:28 pm | Waikato Regional Council

An information day is being held for people to find out more about a multi-agency project to mitigate flooding at Kirikiri near Thames. More >>

Wellington wants a piece of the campervan market

Friday, 27 November 2015, 3:15 pm | Wellington City Council

At yesterday’s WCC Environment committee it was agreed that the Council develop a regional camping strategy to provide much needed camping options for visitors to Wellington given the popularity of Wellington as a camping destination. More >>

600 to 700 Kiwis helping Kiwis at Christmas

Friday, 27 November 2015, 3:05 pm | Life Centre Trust – help spread a little cheer to those in need in our communities More >>

Know Your Number Plate For New Park & Ride

Friday, 27 November 2015, 2:55 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

Know Your Number Plate – You’ll Need It to Pay at the New Park & Ride More >>

Wellington Police ask for help in identifying burglar

Friday, 27 November 2015, 2:53 pm | New Zealand Police

Wellington Police are trying to identify this man after a spike in burglaries over the past week. More >>

Take care with open air fires this summer

Friday, 27 November 2015, 2:40 pm | Auckland Council

As El Nino conditions promise a windier, drier summer, Auckland Council has declared a restricted fire season for Auckland mainland from 1 December 2015, and a total fire ban for all of the Hauraki Gulf islands. The restriction will see mandatory ... More >>

Mannering named top Young Auctioneer

Friday, 27 November 2015, 2:37 pm | Canterbury A and P Show

PGG Wrightson auctioneer, George Mannering took out the top spot in the Heartland Bank Young Auctioneers Competition recently at the Canterbury A&P Show. The competition, now in its fourth year, attracted nine entries from around the country, and Mr Mannering ... More >>

First in the country for innovation

Friday, 27 November 2015, 2:34 pm | Gisborne District Council

Gisborne District Council has been awarded the prestigious 2015 ALGIM Excellence in Innovation award for developing a smart financial management system called Financial Business Intelligence (FBI). More >>

Empowered communities can’t be built in a day

Friday, 27 November 2015, 2:32 pm | Calum Penrose

It’s been almost two months since Auckland Council launched the Empowered Communities approach. This encourages council and community organisations to approach community development in a new way that builds on community strengths with council playing ... More >>

Invercargill: CCTV footage from Tay Street robbery

Friday, 27 November 2015, 2:31 pm | New Zealand Police

Invercargill police can now release some CCTV footage of a man alleged to have been involved in two robberies in Invercargill on Tuesday night, 24 November 2015. More >>

Council opens new centre in Halswell

Friday, 27 November 2015, 2:28 pm | Christchurch City Council

A distinctive new library and community facility opening tomorrow creates a hub for the fast-growing Halswell community. More >>

Road now open following fatal Kawerau crash

Friday, 27 November 2015, 2:10 pm | New Zealand Police

McKee Road, south of Kawerau has now re-opened following a fatal crash early this morning. More >>

Boost for waste minimisation efforts

Friday, 27 November 2015, 2:07 pm | Wellington City Council

Wellington has increased its commitment to reducing rubbish and waste thanks to almost $50,000 in support from the Waste Minimisation Seed Fund. Wellington events such as the Newtown Festival, CubaDupa and the Island Bay Festival have received ... More >>

Roof lifts off H2O Xtream aquatic facility

Friday, 27 November 2015, 2:02 pm | Upper Hutt City Council

UPPER HUTT, Wellington NZ, 27 November 2015 — Swimmers and staff at Upper Hutt’s H2O Xtream were stunned when the skylight within the roof lifted today in high winds. The skylight, part of a multi-level roofing structure, began lifting at 11.00am as ... More >>

No Change to goBay Bus Fares

Friday, 27 November 2015, 1:39 pm | Hawke's Bay Regional Council

Hawkes’ Bay Regional Council has approved keeping bus fares for the Napier and Hastings urban goBay service unchanged over the next year. More >>

'Trash to Flash' is happening in North Canterbury

Friday, 27 November 2015, 1:39 pm | Rangiora Twilight Market

A new activity is launching tonight at the Rangiora Twilight Market. Local artist Shinning Dove has completed 5 sculptures to take centre stage at the new Waimakariri Eco Sculpture garden. More >>

Overnight Motorway Closures

Friday, 27 November 2015, 1:32 pm | New Zealand Transport Agency

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 December. ... More >>

Continued cooperation on water management sought

Friday, 27 November 2015, 1:21 pm | Otago Regional Council

Continued cooperation on water management sought during dry summer conditions The Otago Regional Council is asking irrigators in the region to again work together to share water in the lead-up to expected dry weather conditions this summer. Otago ... More >>

Major Events Fund invests in Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

Friday, 27 November 2015, 1:18 pm | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

The Government is investing up to $250,000 through the Major Events Development Fund in the annual Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, with the 2015 event taking place this Saturday. More >>

QLDC roading update 12.45pm

Friday, 27 November 2015, 1:01 pm | Queenstown Lakes District Council

The Glenorchy Road will reopen at both ends from 1pm. Drivers can expect delays as work is still continuing to clear fallen trees and debris. • An arborist is assessing several trees that appear unstable to see whether they need to be felled. • This ... More >>

Cycling map now includes South Dunedin routes

Friday, 27 November 2015, 12:53 pm | Dunedin City Council

Dunedin (Friday, 27 November 2015) – Those taking advantage of the warmer weather and pulling their bikes out from the shed will be pleased to know the popular Dunedin City Cycle Map now has an insert showing completed sections of the South Dunedin ... More >>

Major Events Funding second round decisions out

Friday, 27 November 2015, 12:40 pm | Thames Coromandel District Council

A new seafood festival, a music festival, a sports event and a concert with two X-Factor performers have been approved funding from the second and final round of our 2015 Major Events Fund More >>

Popular Pixie Town Opening Soon

Friday, 27 November 2015, 12:35 pm | Otago Settlers' Museum

Dunedin (Friday, 27 November 2015) – Christmas arrives at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum when Pixie Town opens on Saturday, 5 December. More >>

Paraparaumu cordons lifted

Friday, 27 November 2015, 12:24 pm | New Zealand Police

Police have now assessed the bag that was left at the Paraparaumu Work and Income Service Centre and have confirmed it does not pose any risk to the public. More >>

Popularity leads to road user charge at Mt John

Friday, 27 November 2015, 12:01 pm | PerceptionPR

Due to the increased popularity of Earth & Sky’s tourism experience at the University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory, Lake Tekapo, a $5 road user charge is being introduced from Monday 30 November 2015. More >>

Suspicious package found outside Paraparaumu Work and Income

Friday, 27 November 2015, 11:46 am | New Zealand Police

Surrouding buildings including Coastlands Mall have been evacuated as a precaution while we assess what the item is. More >>

Sediment Reduction Plan endorsed

Friday, 27 November 2015, 11:40 am | Porirua City Council

Last night the Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour and Catchment Joint Committee endorsed a sediment reduction plan for the harbour catchment. More >>

Refreshed structure for PCC

Friday, 27 November 2015, 11:38 am | Porirua City Council

Following the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Porirua City Council has refreshed its leadership and organisational structure with a number of positions being advertised this weekend. More >>

Weather update South Island

Friday, 27 November 2015, 11:22 am | NZTA

NZ Transport Agency road crews have been working hard since first light to keep the state highways open and safe after a night of severe winds and heavy rain on the West Coast of the South Island. Crews are continuing to patrol state highways through ... More >>

Regional council acknowledges Piako farmers’ efforts

Friday, 27 November 2015, 11:21 am | Waikato Regional Council

Regional council acknowledges Piako farmers’ efforts The efforts of farmers to improve the health of the Piako River have been deservedly recognised at an awards ceremony in Wellington last night, says Waikato Regional Council chairperson Paula ... More >>

Otago farmers win river award

Friday, 27 November 2015, 11:06 am | Otago Regional Council

Farmers in the Pomahaka River catchment in southwest Otago who have banded together to improve water quality in their area were recognised last night at the Morgan Foundation-sponsored annual NZ River Awards in Wellington. The Pathway for the Pomahaka project was joint ... More >>

One man dead in Kawerau crash

Friday, 27 November 2015, 11:02 am | New Zealand Government

Police are still at the scene of a two-truck crash on McKee Road, south of Kawerau. More >>

Eco projects get boost through Council funding

Friday, 27 November 2015, 10:55 am | Wellington City Council

Council’s Environment Committee have funded seven projects with a total of $20,522 through the Our Living City Fund. More >>

Kilbirnie business booster scheme a step closer

Friday, 27 November 2015, 10:30 am | Wellington City Council

27 November 2015 Kilbirnie business booster scheme a step closer Kilbirnie’s proposed business improvement district (BID) is a step closer following this week’s meeting of Wellington City Council’s Economic Growth and Arts Committee. The committee ... More >>

Calf truck crash closes busy Waikato rural road

Friday, 27 November 2015, 10:19 am | New Zealand Police

Calf truck crash closes busy Waikato rural road Waikato Police are advising against all but essential travel between Te Awamutu, Arapuni and Putaruru following a serious crash that has blocked the main road between these towns which is expected to take ... More >>

Keeping the opera house is “a no-brainer”

Friday, 27 November 2015, 9:50 am | Hastings District Council

Keeping the opera house is “a no-brainer”, says internationally acclaimed urban designer James Lunday. More >>

A new Christmas market for Takanini

Friday, 27 November 2015, 9:43 am | Takanini Christmas Market

Following the success of the the weekly Saturday Farmers' Market at 163 Airfield Road, Takaini, there will be a Sunday Christmas market from 29 November to 20 December. More >>

Mangapapa Stream shines at River Awards

Friday, 27 November 2015, 9:39 am | Horizons Regional Council

The Mangapapa Stream near Woodville in the Horizons Region has been recognised as the second most improved waterway for dissolved inorganic nitrogen at this year’s New Zealand River Awards. More >>

Rotorua residents feeling much safer

Friday, 27 November 2015, 9:37 am | Rotorua Lakes Council

Rotorua residents believe their district has become a safer place to live, and they are also feeling safer in the inner city. More >>

Musicians Raise Festive Funds for DCM

Friday, 27 November 2015, 9:36 am | DCM

Wellington’s top musicians are lining up to raise money for DCM, the organisation that works at the “the tough end of things”. More >>

SCIRT traffic update: Week starting Monday, 30 November

Friday, 27 November 2015, 9:28 am | SCIRT

SCIRT traffic update: Week starting Monday, 30 November, 2015 Wainoni Rd – one-way for 2 weeks Aranui commuters please allow more travelling time while Wainoni Road is one-way for two weeks from Wednesday 2 December until mid-December • If you ... More >>

Hutt Valley Police seeking Hurricane Taylor

Friday, 27 November 2015, 8:51 am | New Zealand Police

Hurricane TAYLOR has a Warrant to Arrest for failing to appear in the Hutt Valley District Court on Wednesday the 11th of November 2015. He’s an 18 year old Maori, 170-180cm, Medium Build. More >>

Truck crash on Arapuni Road, Waikato

Friday, 27 November 2015, 8:46 am | New Zealand Police

Diversions are in place on Arapuni Road in the Waikato due to a stock truck crash. More >>

Fatal Crash - Kawerau - Bay of Plenty

Friday, 27 November 2015, 8:45 am | New Zealand Police

Police and emergency services are at the scene of a fatal crash on McKee Road 12kms south of Kawerau. More >>

Serious motor vehicle crash Wallacetown, Invercargil

Friday, 27 November 2015, 8:44 am | New Zealand Police

At about 1656hr on 26/11/2015, Invercargill Police were called to a serious motor vehicle crash on Darly Street, Wallacetown. More >>

Queenstown to Glenorchy Road closed

Friday, 27 November 2015, 8:38 am | New Zealand Police

Southern Police wish to advise due to 3 large trees having fallen over the road near Bobs Cove and as a result the road through to Gleniorchy is currently closed on the glenorchy side of Bob's cove. More >>

Search for swimmer in distress - Raglan - Waikato

Friday, 27 November 2015, 8:37 am | New Zealand Police

At about 4.00pm today Police were called to a Raglan beach after reports of a swimmer in distress. Search and Rescue, Coast Guard, Westpac Helicopter and members from Raglan Surf Life Saving club are currently involved in an extensive search of the ... More >>

Assault - Whakamarama Rd, Whakamarama, Bay of Plenty

Friday, 27 November 2015, 8:35 am | New Zealand Police

Police attended an incident in Whakamarama Rd, Whakamarama that happened about 5 pm this afternoon. More >>

New Freedom Camping Bylaw in place from 1 December

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 5:07 pm | Christchurch City Council

Christchurch City Council has approved a new Freedom Camping Bylaw to be in place from 1 December 2015. More >>

Key decisions from today's Council meeting

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 5:05 pm | Christchurch City Council

The Council has adopted new Terms and Conditions attached to its Waste Management Bylaw 2009. The bylaw itself remains unchanged after a hearings panel considered three written submissions in September. The Council has requested staff report back ... More >>

Moa at the Whanganui I-Site

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 4:49 pm | Wanganui District Council

Whanganui i-SITE has a new addition to its team – a very large moa arrived at the Whanganui riverfront on Thursday. Created by Jack Marsden-Mayer, the renowned driftwood artist, the moa has been installed by the front doors of the i-SITE and is available ... More >>

2015 Quality Account launch

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 4:17 pm | Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

The 2015 NMDHB Quality Account ‘ Healthcare Initiatives in Nelson Marlborough’ will be officially launched in Nelson and Wairau on Thursday 3 December. More >>

Road works season is in full swing: allow extra time

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 4:06 pm | NZTA

Road works season is in full swing: allow extra time when travelling in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty The NZ Transport Agency is asking people to allow extra time when travelling around the Waikato and Bay of Plenty, as road works season gets underway. More >>


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