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Men charged for trying to bring contraband into prison

Friday, 29 July 2016, 3:45 pm | New Zealand Police

Four Hawkes Bay men have been charged with attempting to introduce contraband into Hawke's Bay Regional Prison. More >>

Councillors urged to vote down Auckland Plan

Friday, 29 July 2016, 3:42 pm | Tamaki Housing Group

"There are no redeeming features in this plan that benefit the communities of Auckland as a whole," says Sue Henry. More >>

DHB general practice fees change

Friday, 29 July 2016, 3:25 pm | West Coast District Health

Fees for routine consultations with your own West Coast District Health Board general practice increase by 50cents with the new fee schedule being introduced next week. More >>

Rachel Reese seeks re-election to Nelson Mayoralty

Friday, 29 July 2016, 3:18 pm | Rachel Reese

Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese has today confirmed that she is seeking re-election as mayor in the upcoming local body elections to be held in October. More >>

21st Southland Community Environment Award winners announced

Friday, 29 July 2016, 3:14 pm | Environment Southland

Southland’s environmental champions have been recognised at the 21st Southland Community Environment Awards in Invercargill tonight [Thursday 28 July]. More >>

Update on CTV building investigation – July 2016

Friday, 29 July 2016, 2:48 pm | New Zealand Police

Police investigating the collapse of the CTV building in the February 2011 earthquake will begin an examination of the South wall foundation and parts of the North wall foundation on the site where the building stood. More >>

Menagerie of animal proposals up for debate

Friday, 29 July 2016, 2:47 pm | Wellington City Council

Menagerie of animal proposals up for debate Wellington City Council’s Environment Committee meeting next Thursday 4 August will consider a raft of recommendations stemming from public consultation earlier this year over possible rule changes affecting ... More >>

Wigram Magdala Link opens

Friday, 29 July 2016, 2:44 pm | Christchurch City Council

The Wigram Magdala Link opens to travellers tomorrow, linking the communities either side of Curletts Road. The project has been completed ahead of time and under budget. The overbridge joins Wigram Road and Magdala Place, better connecting the south-west ... More >>

Grants needed to conserve Mudge murals

Friday, 29 July 2016, 1:38 pm | Gisborne District Council

Council will investigate external funding options to restore and maintain community murals painted by local artist Graeme Mudge. More >>

Man killed in accident at Waihi mine named

Friday, 29 July 2016, 1:36 pm | New Zealand Police

Tipiwai Stainton, a 29-year-old male from Western Bay of Plenty, died following a work place accident at OceanaGold Mine, Waihi last night. More >>

Arrest made following Tauranga Work and Income incident

Friday, 29 July 2016, 1:25 pm | New Zealand Police

Police have arrested a man following an incident at the Tauranga Work and Income Office this morning. More >>

Destination Rotorua and Waiariki BoP Polytechnic sign MoU

Friday, 29 July 2016, 1:11 pm | Bay of Plenty Polytechnic

This morning [Friday, 29 July] Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic (WBoPP) and Destination Rotorua signed a Memorandum of Understanding, acknowledging a shared operating ethos that they will be successful if they help others become successful. More >>

Waikato and Bay of Plenty roadwork update

Friday, 29 July 2016, 1:01 pm | NZTA

The NZ Transport Agency advises Waikato and Bay of Plenty motorists to leave extra time when travelling over the coming month as work continues on major projects and safety improvements. More >>

Makino keeps Horizons busy overnight

Friday, 29 July 2016, 12:54 pm | Horizons Regional Council

Horizons Regional Council emergency management and river management staff kept a close eye on the Makino Stream overnight. More >>

$1200 fine for Timaru Man’s guilty plea

Friday, 29 July 2016, 12:41 pm | Plumbers Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board

Homeowners are being warned today not to fall into the trap of using anyone who does not hold a current authorisation to conduct plumbing work for renovation projects. More >>

New Lease for Motueka Top 10 Holiday Park

Friday, 29 July 2016, 12:38 pm | Tasman District Council

The Tasman District Council has agreed to grant a new lease for the Motueka Top 10 Holiday Park in Fearon’s Bush Recreation Reserve. More >>

Tasman Pre-Election Report Outlines Key Issues

Friday, 29 July 2016, 12:37 pm | Tasman District Council

Tasman’s Pre-Election Report was published today. It sets out the key challenges facing the Tasman District now and into the future. More >>

Aggravated robbery in Te Kauwhata

Friday, 29 July 2016, 12:35 pm | New Zealand Police

Waikato Police are investigating the aggravated robbery of a Te Kauwhata service station at around 5:45pm yesterday evening. More >>

Living Water Silt Traps to Help Restore Peat Lakes

Friday, 29 July 2016, 12:30 pm | Fonterra

Living Water partners, Fonterra and the Department of Conservation (DOC), have created some great looking, and much needed ‘silt traps’ on two of the Waikato Peat Lakes they’re working hard to restore – Lakes Ruatuna and Rotomānuka. More >>

Coromandel classic multi-sport race returns in August

Friday, 29 July 2016, 11:55 am | Thames Coromandel District Council

Tom Gethin enjoys the Coromandel Classic multisport race so much, he’s taken over the company. More >>

Ice and snow driving update 11 am

Friday, 29 July 2016, 11:53 am | NZ Transport Agency

Ice and snow driving update 11 am - weather improving, fewer restrictions Road conditions have improved on the South Island’s alpine passes, with all road driving restrictions removed. • State Highway 6 Haast Pass is open after a short closure between the ... More >>

Some benefits for nature in Auckland Unitary Plan

Friday, 29 July 2016, 11:36 am | Forest And Bird

The Auckland Unitary Plan (AUP) has set some positive objectives for nature – but whether these can be achieved with the level of intensification being proposed is an important area for scrutiny, according to Forest & Bird, New Zealand’s leading ... More >>

Burglars held to account through multiple search warrants

Friday, 29 July 2016, 11:28 am | New Zealand Police

Staff from Central Police District have executed twenty search warrants in a co-ordinated effort from Levin to New Plymouth to prevent home burglaries. More >>

Ngāti Pahauwera Supporting Maori into Corrections Department

Friday, 29 July 2016, 11:21 am | Ngati Pahauwera

Ngāti Pāhauwera Development Trust have come out in support of the Corrections Department recruitment of Maori into careers within the department. The Trust is working with the Ministry of Social Development and the Department of Corrections to fill some ... More >>

Westport Police investigating house fire

Friday, 29 July 2016, 11:19 am | New Zealand Police

Police and the Fire Service attended a house fire on Stafford Street, Westport at around 5:45pm last night. The house has suffered substantial damage as a result. Police and Fire are at the address this morning to continue with their investigations. More >>

The James Cook Digs In

Friday, 29 July 2016, 11:17 am | James Cook Hotel

The executive team at the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor have recently completed their yearly trip to Mangarara Station, successfully planting additional trees to adorn the 100 metre long driveway entrance to the eco lodge. Located in the Hawkes ... More >>

NZTA Weekly Traffic Bulletin - 31 July – 06 August 2016

Friday, 29 July 2016, 11:07 am | NZTA

The NZ Transport Agency advises of the following closures for motorway improvements. Closures start at9pm and finish at 5am, unless otherwise stated. Work delayed by bad weather will be completed at the next available date, prior to Friday, 5 August ... More >>

CCTV footage of brutal assault against dairy owner released

Friday, 29 July 2016, 11:04 am | New Zealand Police

CCTV footage of brutal assault against dairy owner released as Police seek public help to catch violent offender" More >>

Oceanagold Reports Fatality at the Waihi Gold Mine

Friday, 29 July 2016, 10:30 am | Oceana Gold

(MELBOURNE) OceanaGold Corporation (TSX/ASX/NZX: OGC) (the “Company”) regrets to inform that an underground mining operator was fatally injured following an incident in the early evening of Thursday July 28, 2016 local time. More >>

School bus crash near Dannevirke

Friday, 29 July 2016, 10:24 am | New Zealand Police

A school bus with approximately 14 children on board, collided with a power pole on Top Grass Road at about 8.20am on Friday 29 July 2016. More >>

Alpine adventurers help rock wren bounce back

Friday, 29 July 2016, 10:13 am | Department of Conservation

Rock wren in the Homer Saddle and Gertrude Valley are making a comeback thanks to a trapping project run by the Southland Section of the New Zealand Alpine Club (SSNZAC). More >>

Don’t get caught out by fake government calls

Friday, 29 July 2016, 10:08 am | Consumer NZ

The recent wave of scam phone calls falsely claiming to be from government agencies have diversified, with a range of nationalities now apparently being targeted. “These phone scammers call out of the blue saying they are from a trusted government agency ... More >>

QLDC to Manage New Trails Network

Friday, 29 July 2016, 10:07 am | Queenstown Lakes District Council

The Queenstown Lakes District Council will manage a network of publicly accessible walking and biking tracks that are to be built across Glencoe and Coronet Stations, in a landmark agreement between it, local and national trusts, community groups and ... More >>

Art Festival Dunedin Announces Distinguished Patrons

Friday, 29 July 2016, 10:06 am | Dunedin Arts Festival

Art Festival Dunedin Announces Distinguished Patrons at Programme Launch Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa have both been named as patrons of Arts Festival Dunedin. The announcement was made tonight at Arts Festival ... More >>

Waikato Museum Wins Tourism Award

Friday, 29 July 2016, 9:43 am | Waikato Museum

Waikato Museum has won the Tourism Award at the annual Hamilton Central Business Awards in Hamilton last night. More >>

Ice and snow driving warning

Friday, 29 July 2016, 9:40 am | NZTA

The NZ Transport Agency closed State Highway 73 during the night between Arthurs Pass and Otira due to heavy falls of snow, however it has since reopened with chains essential and snow easing this morning so far. More >>

Norrie Street shooting - appeal for information

Friday, 29 July 2016, 9:37 am | New Zealand Police

Police continue to investigate the shooting of a 14-year-old boy on Norrie Street, Hamilton on the night of Thursday 16 June 2016. More >>

Bridge beams’ big road trip

Friday, 29 July 2016, 9:34 am | New Zealand Transport Agency

The first of 14 reinforced concrete bridge beams have arrived at the State Highway 2/State Highway 58 Haywards interchange project site, with more scheduled for delivery over the coming weeks. More >>

Man killed in Waihi mine accident

Friday, 29 July 2016, 9:33 am | New Zealand Police

A 29-year-old man had died following a work place accident at OceanaGold mine, Waihi last night. More >>

Councils Band Together to Create Official GM Free Zones

Friday, 29 July 2016, 9:16 am | GE Free NZ

GE Free Northland and the Auckland GE Free Coalition welcome the recommendations of the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel, to retain the valuable precautionary and prohibitive GMO provisions in the Auckland new Unitary Plan. More >>

Robbery at the Kensington Avenue dairy - Waihi

Friday, 29 July 2016, 9:14 am | New Zealand Police

At 12.50pm today, Thursday 28 July, a man entered the Kensington Avenue dairy in Waihi armed with what appeared to be a pistol. He is described as Maori or Polynesian of solid build who was wearing a hat and a scarf over his mouth at the time. More >>

Robbery at the Butt Bucket - Palmerston North

Friday, 29 July 2016, 9:09 am | New Zealand Police

Palmerston North Police are investigating an aggravated robbery this morning at a discount tobacconist, The Butt Bucket, on Main Street. More >>

Unitary Plan handed to IMSB members and Deputy Mayor

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 5:38 pm | Auckland Councillor Cameron Brewer

Auckland Councillor for Orakei Cameron Brewer says he and seven other councillors are furious that Mayor Len Brown and his supporters today voted to hand over the final consideration of the Unitary Plan to the Auckland Development Committee, chaired ... More >>

Common Sense Prevails in Auckland

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 4:52 pm | Democracy Action

Democracy Action is applauding the recommendations of the Independent Hearings Panel to delete Cultural Impact Assessment requirements, and the scheduled “sites of value” from the Auckland Unitary Plan. More >>

Weather set to cause problems for drivers in South

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 4:47 pm | New Zealand Police

Southern Police are reminding motorists that with the winter season now upon us, extra care needs to be taken on our roads. District Road Policing Manager Inspector Tania Baron says, so far, much of the country has had a mild winter, but the Southern ... More >>

TRC Bulletin: Resource consents

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 4:44 pm | Taranaki Regional Council

Items of interest from the 26 July meeting of the Taranaki Regional Council’s Consents and Regulatory Committee: More >>

Celebrate champions of the environment

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 4:43 pm | Taranaki Regional Council

Taranaki Regional Council Chairman David MacLeod is encouraging people to nominate the region’s environmental projects and champions. More >>

Launch of the Coalition for More Homes

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 4:14 pm | Coalition for More Homes

The Coalition for More Home is a diverse group of housing stakeholders coming together to launch a campaign on housing in Auckland. It will be coming together to call on the Auckland Council to pass the Unitary Plan at a launch event of the Coalition ... More >>

Candidates should come clean

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 4:07 pm | Jo Coughlan

Mayoral Candidate Jo Coughlan said today it has become clear that mayoral candidates are running with hidden agendas and some still clearly did not understand they are running in a STV not FPP election. More >>

Body found at scene of fire in Woolston

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 4:03 pm | New Zealand Police

A body has been found by Police and Fire investigators, while examining the scene of a fire that happened in the early hours of Wednesday 27 July, at a Rutherford Street address in Woolston. More >>

Auckland local government submissions published

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 4:01 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

The Local Government Commission has today published the submissions it received on local government arrangements for the Auckland region following its call for alternative applications. The Commission had earlier accepted two reorganisation applications ... More >>

$900 Billion Worth of Property And Nothing to Buy

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 3:30 pm | Auckland Property Investors Association

Auckland, New Zealand - 28th July 2016 - If it were a game of Monopoly, we'd have players tipping over the board, frustrated at the state of the Auckland property market. More >>

Council decides on leading regeneration plans

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 3:23 pm | Christchurch City Council

Christchurch City Council today made decisions on three important direction-setting strategies and plans, which together provide a roadmap for the region's regeneration. The Council adopted the Christchurch Visitor Strategy - Setting the Direction 2016, ... More >>

Expect lengthy delays at SH29A Maungatapu roundabout

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 3:11 pm | New Zealand Transport Agency

The NZ Transport Agency is encouraging drivers to avoid State Highway 29A at the Maungatapu roundabout this weekend as delays of up to 12 minutes are possible. More >>

Unitary Plan charts new and right direction for Auckland

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 3:08 pm | Phil Goff

Mayoral candidate Phil Goff has today supported the overall thrust of the recommended Auckland Unitary Plan but accepts that some change in detail may be needed as Council considers the recommendations. “The plan provides a unique opportunity to make ... More >>

Environment Canterbury supports predator free goal

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 2:50 pm | Environment Canterbury

Environment Canterbury supports predator free goal Environment Canterbury today welcomed the Government’s goal for New Zealand to become predator free by 2050. Commissioner Tom Lambie said the regional council is well placed to contribute towards ... More >>

How would you spend $1 million in Tawa? Come and tell us

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 2:45 pm | Wellington City Council

Wellington City Council has earmarked $1 million for Tawa town centre improvements, and locals are being asked to work with the Council to help decide which improvements to fund and get under way. The improvements are designed to define the shopping area, ... More >>

David Hay supports Unitary Plan 100%

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 2:38 pm | David Hay

Mayoral candidate David Hay has pledged his support for the Unitary Plan recommendations, as delivered by the Independent Hearings Panel last week. More >>

Phoenix rises for Wellington

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 2:21 pm | Wellington City Council

Wellington and Beijing, the Capital cities of New Zealand and China respectively, celebrated the tenth anniversary of their sister city relationship in style last night, with a special match between the Wellington Phoenix F.C. and Beijing BG. The ... More >>

Waikato Police Pay Parade: Bravery Awards to Local Heroes

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 2:11 pm | New Zealand Police

The Waikato Police District Pay Parade and Awards Ceremony is taking place tomorrow morning (29 July) in Hamilton Gardens. More >>

 

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