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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 >>

Councillors approve plan after strong support

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 4:30 pm | Wellington City Council

Wellington City Councillors this week agreed the city’s budget and plans for the coming year – including an average rates increase of 2.49 percent – following strong community support during consultation. The proposals approved include changes ... More >>

Police hope images of robbers will aid identification

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 4:22 pm | New Zealand Police

Police hope images of robbers will aid in their identification Wednesday, 16 April 2014 - 4:14pm More >>

Future of first skyscraper up in the air

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 4:13 pm | Auckland Council

The future of New Zealand’s first skyscraper, the 100m tall Auckland Council Civic Administration Building, is in the balance. More >>

Onehunga and Manukau Harbour "shadows of their true selves"

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 3:59 pm | AUT University

Business owners and community organisations around the Manukau Harbour can find out how to improve their online visibility at a presentation by tourism researchers on 30 April. More >>

More Than 1100 Submissions on 2014/15 Draft Annual Plan

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 3:54 pm | Dunedin City Council

Dunedin (Wednesday, 16 April 2014) – Residents have been keen to have their say on the Dunedin City Council’s 2014/15 Draft Annual Plan. More >>

Museums Behind the Scenes - Exclusive Tour

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 3:47 pm | Wellington Museums Trust

An exclusive tour of the Museums Wellington Collection Store will take place on Friday 16 May from 10am- 12pm in celebration of International Museums Day (18 May). The theme for Museums world-wide is “Museum collections make connections.” More >>

Leave the driving to the experts

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 3:42 pm | Auckland Transport

Leave the driving to the experts - take public transport to the ITM 500 Auckland V8 Supercars More >>

Easter holiday timetable changes

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 3:40 pm | Auckland Transport

Auckland Transport advises the rail network will be closed for Easter and there are changes to timetables for buses and ferries during the holiday break. More >>

Earlier closing proposed for bars and off-licences

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 2:59 pm | Gisborne District Council

Gisborne bars could be empty by 2am on a Friday and Saturday night if Gisborne District Council’s draft Local Alcohol Policy is adopted. More >>

Aggravated robbery at Valentines Restaurant, Glenfield

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 2:50 pm | New Zealand Police

North Shore Police are investigating an aggravated robbery at Valentines Restaurant on Wairau Road, Glenfield last night. At 5.25pm the man in the attached photo entered the restaurant and approached the female employee as she stood behind the bar. The ... More >>

MBIE guidance for multi-unit residential buildings released

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 2:26 pm | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

The release of technical guidance for multi-unit dwellings means people living in flats or units can have confidence that the rebuild and repair solutions are technically sound and meet New Zealand Building Code requirements. “The guidance provides a ... More >>

Take extra care on wet Easter roads

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 2:26 pm | New Zealand Police

With wet weather forecast this Easter holiday weekend Northland Police are asking motorists to take extra care on the roads. More >>

Auckland motorists warned to be patient and plan ahead

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 1:46 pm | New Zealand Police

Waitematä Police are urging motorists to be patient and plan ahead this Easter and Anzac weekend, with the motorways and roads expected to be extra busy. More >>

First potential new fixed camera sites nominated

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 1:45 pm | New Zealand Police

Following an eight-month selection process, including extensive discussion with local traffic experts and consultation with residents and businesses, the first 12 potential sites to receive new fixed speed cameras have been nominated. More >>

Update on Waioeka Crash

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 1:44 pm | New Zealand Police

The two rescue helicopters responding to the crash in the Waioeka Gorge have been unable to reach the crash scene due to bad weather. The helicopters have been diverted to Opotiki Airfield. The crash victims have now been roped out of the river bed. ... More >>

Guerrilla Gardeners Come In From the Cold

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 1:43 pm | Save Mt Crawford

Last year, those of us who occupied the former Wellington prison garden for the purposes of establishing a community garden/art-park, & protesting against the disposal of the land by the government, have now come in from the cold. More >>

Guerrilla Gardeners Come in From the Cold

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 1:41 pm | Save Mt Crawford

Last year, those of us who occupied the former Wellington prison garden for the purposes of establishing a community garden/art-park, & protesting against the disposal of the land by the government, have now come in from the cold. More >>

Reduction in liquor licence fees for some Rotorua cafes

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 1:32 pm | Rotorua District Council

News Release Wednesday 16 April 2014 Reduction in liquor licence fees for some Rotorua cafes Rotorua District Council is to reduce liquor licence fees for cafes not open for evening trade. The decision was made at this morning’s [16 April 2014] meeting ... More >>

Deadline for Special Liquor Licence Processing Requirement

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 1:07 pm | Ruapehu District Council

Organisers of events in Ruapehu requiring a special liquor licence are being advised to ensure they allow the statutory 20 working days for its processing. More >>

Christchurch Housing Accord Announced

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 12:59 pm | Christchurch City Council

The acute shortage of affordable housing in Christchurch will only be solved by the Christchurch City Council and the Government working together, Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says. More >>

Serious Cash - Car in River

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 12:16 pm | New Zealand Police

Emergency services are at Waioeka Road near Opotiki where a car has crashed off the road and into the Waioeka River. More >>

Rotorua residents to get say on reduced speed limit proposal

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 12:05 pm | Rotorua District Council

Rotorua residents will get to have their say on a range of reduced speed limits being proposed by Rotorua District Council for a number urban and rural roads. More >>

Mount Maunganui surf reef to be removed

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 11:56 am | Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has decided the Mount Maunganui surf reef is to be partially removed to remove the risk to swimmers near Tay Street. Regional Council Deputy Chief Executive Eddie Grogan said the Mount Maunganui Reef Trust obtained ... More >>

Refocusing of rescue helicopter service

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 11:51 am | Northland Emergency Services Trust

The Northland Emergency Services Trust has appointed a new General Manager whose role will include streamlining the organisation’s day to day operations, boosting community fundraising efforts, and identifying local ambassadors. More >>

Tougher approach needed for safety of rail staff

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 11:49 am | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

Assaults on rail operating staff and Maori Wardens over the weekend have prompted calls for much better safety measures on Auckland’s rail network. More >>

Drive to survive this Easter and Anzac holiday

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 11:47 am | New Zealand Police

As many people look forward to an extended Easter and Anzac holiday break, Police are asking all drivers to do their part and slow down, particularly with bad weather forecast to lash many parts of the country. More >>

Stock Transfers - A Way Forward for 20% of State Housing

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 11:45 am | Community Housing Aotearoa

Community Housing Aotearoa together with the Auckland Community Housing Providers Network and Te Matapihi have released a proposal calling for the establishment of an independent negotiating partner to facilitate the transfer of up to 20% of state ... More >>

National Maori Suicide Prevention Conference In Whanganui

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 11:32 am | Kia Piki te Ora

Kia Piki te Ora is a national Maori suicide prevention programme delivered from 9 sites across New Zealand. More >>

Christchurch Multiple Birth Club Members meet Royalty

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 10:58 am | NZ Multiple Birth Association

“Wow this looks daunting, please do not ask me to babysit” stated Prince William when he meet five of our wonderful members and their fraternal twins this week in Christchurch. William also asked if the sets where identical, which was quite funny ... More >>

Trio lucky to survive after fleeing driver crashes

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 9:38 am | New Zealand Police

Waikato Police say the occupants of a fleeing car who allegedly threw a large quantity of drugs from their vehicle during their attempts to escape Police are lucky to be alive following a crash early this morning. More >>

Witness to Motorbike Crash Wanted

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 6:38 pm | New Zealand Police

Police investigating a fatal crash that occurred between a motorcyclist and a truck on Friday night on Stancombe Road, Flat Bush, are calling for a witness to come forward. More >>

The mauri of the Tukituki has been acknowledged

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 4:57 pm | Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc

Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated is pleased that the mauri of the Tukituki and Papatuanuku has been acknowledged by the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal (Ruataniwha Dam) through their direction to apply greater protection measures to ... More >>

Mayoral Forum has good process for future

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 4:54 pm | Waikato Mayoral Forum

The Waikato Mayoral Forum says it has established a very robust process for making efficiency improvements in the way councils operate and for gathering information to help inform discussions on local government in the region. More >>

Board of Inquiry Decision

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 4:53 pm | Hawke's Bay Regional Council

The chairman of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s Investment Company (HBRIC Ltd) says he is pleased with the decision by the Board of Inquiry to grant resource consent for the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme. More >>

Timothy John Russell Sarah struck off roll

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 4:19 pm | New Zealand Law Society

The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has struck Timothy John Russell Sarah off the roll of barristers and solicitors of the High Court of New Zealand. More >>

University increases efforts to care for campus lakes

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 4:06 pm | University of Waikato

The University of Waikato is urging people to think carefully before disposing of waste, liquids and hazardous products into drains on campus because of the negative impact on the health of the campus lakes. More >>

“Wish House” Underway at Fairway Bay

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 3:47 pm | Joint Media Statement

The foundations for the Fairway Bay Wish House have been poured, and building work is underway in Pinecrest Drive, Gulf Harbour. More >>

EDS has big win on Tukituki Case

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 3:17 pm | Environmental Defence Society

The Board of Inquiry released its Draft Report and Decision on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal this afternoon. More >>

More Choice to Food And Coffee Loving Aucklanders

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 2:24 pm | Salt and Pepper PR

The Coffee Club Brings More Choice to Food And Coffee Loving Aucklanders with the Opening of the Coffee Club Mission Bay More >>

Kaikohe woman who starved dog to death sentenced

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 2:11 pm | SPCA

A Kaikohe woman who chained up a dog and starved it to death was sentenced today in the Kaikohe District Court. More >>

Wellington Zoofari welcomes St Michael’s School

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 1:50 pm | Wellington Zoo

The Warehouse Wellington Zoofari welcomes St Michael’s School This week Wellington Zoo will welcome St Michael’s School from Lower Hutt as the first to experience the Warehouse Wellington Zoofari programme. The Warehouse Zoofari is a partnership ... More >>

Get on yer bike for Wellington Easter night ride

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 1:41 pm | Greater Wellington Regional Council

Cyclists are invited to take part in Wellington’s inaugural Easter ride tomorrow evening from Oriental Bay to Mt Victoria – via the Miramar Peninsula and Lyall Bay. Simon Kennett, Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Active Transport and ... More >>

Fish & Game promises ongoing support for clean-up measures

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 1:39 pm | Wellington Fish and Game

Fish & Game has promised ongoing and wholehearted support for the initiatives that have emerged from the Manawatu Leaders Accord Action Plan – after a progress report on the plan was released last Friday. More >>

Draft Report and Decision: Ruataniwha Consents Granted

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 1:25 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

• Allowed the Plan Change request with amendments (as detailed in Part 2 of Volume 1 of the Draft Report and Decision). The provisions of the plan change request can be found in Volume 3 of the Draft Report and Decision. • Granted the 17 resource ... More >>

New Waipa mountain bike toilet and shower complex opening

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 1:21 pm | Rotorua District Council

Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick is hosting the official opening of the district’s new toilet, shower and changing facilities at Waipa mountain bike carpark tomorrow [16 April]. The new complex for mountain bikers and other recreational forest users ... More >>

New Ambulance launch for the Wairarapa

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 1:12 pm | Wellington Free Ambulance

Wellington Free Ambulance is launching a brand new $280 thousand ambulance for the Wairarapa in a unique event in Greytown tomorrow, Wednesday April 16. The state of the art ambulance will be launched at Kuranui College in Greytown beginning 1.15 ... More >>

The only good pampas is dead pampas

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 12:55 pm | Taranaki Regional Council

New pampas growth is appearing in Taranaki, prompting a reminder to land occupiers that they must destroy all pampas on their property. More >>

Missing American tourist located

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 12:50 pm | New Zealand Police

Police have located American tourist Bob Kuhmann who had sparked a missing persons investigation after failing to arrive at booked accommodation on the West Coast. More >>

Civic Awards - call for nominations

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 11:56 am | Whangarei District Council

Calling all supporters of Whangarei’s hard working, sincere, tireless and giving citizens – now is your chance to nominate someone who has made a significant contribution to the community for a Civic Award. Every year Whangarei District Council honours ... More >>

Put your hand up to Stand Up! Stand Out!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 11:54 am | Auckland Council

Do you have star quality and a desire to perform? ‘Stand Up! Stand Out!’ is a performing arts competition for Auckland secondary schools proudly delivered by Auckland Council. Entries are now open for this year’s competition - with heats, ... More >>

Council Christmas plan welcomed by retailers

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 11:52 am | Wellington City Council

Wellingtonians have spoken and Wellington City Council has listened – and unveiled a fresh new plan to celebrate Christmas in the Capital. Last week Council officers met with representatives from the retail and hospitality sectors as well as the Wellington ... More >>

Outdoor Award for Save Fiordland

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 11:30 am | Save Fiordland

Save Fiordland is proud to receive the Wilderness Magazine - Conservation or Access Initiative of the Year Award. http://www.wildernessmag.co.nz/view/page/articles/read/conservation-or-access-initiative-of-the-year-save-fiordland/ This award was decided by national popular vote and demonstrates the support for ... More >>

Search under way for American tourist

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 11:17 am | New Zealand Police

A search and rescue team is this morning entering the Heaphy Track from the Golden Bay end to see if they can find any trace of American Tourist Bob Kuhmann. More >>

Big Step for Auckland’s City Rail Link

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 10:52 am | Auckland Transport

The City Rail Link (CRL) has reached a major milestone with Auckland Transport accepting a recommendation by planning commissioners to confirm the land requirements for the CRL. Auckland Transport’s chief executive David Warburton says the commissioners ... More >>

McDonald’s serves up more jobs for Hamilton

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 10:37 am | McDonald's

McDonald’s serves up more jobs for Hamilton McDonald’s new St James restaurant will be serving up more than just a quick meal to Hamiltonians as it opens its doors today, it will also be providing approximately 50 employment opportunities to local ... More >>

 

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