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Revised bus services take effect from end of next week

Friday, 25 July 2014, 3:49 pm | Otago Regional Council

Changes to the Dunedin bus network timetable, which take effect from the end of next week (1 August), have taken into account community advice about the efficiency and frequency of some city services. ORC chairman Stephen Woodhead said there will be ... More >>

Local invention to help in emergencies

Friday, 25 July 2014, 3:38 pm | Environment Southland

A portable call centre that can connect to any phone technology available has boosted Emergency Management Southland’s capability to respond during civil defence emergencies. The self-contained device fits into a suitcase and has been dubbed ‘the hedgehog’ ... More >>

Draft consent for Pūhoi-Warkworth motorway welcomed

Friday, 25 July 2014, 3:21 pm | NZTA

The NZ Transport Agency welcomes a draft decision by the Board of Inquiry to grant consents to construct the first section of a new motorway north of Auckland – the Pūhoi to Warkworth section of the Ara Tūhono Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National ... More >>

Beach Hop brought in over $7 million to the local economy

Friday, 25 July 2014, 2:36 pm | Thames Coromandel District Council

A survey released yesterday afternoon showed the Beach Hop brought in over 100,000 people to Whangamata in the space of one week and generated at least $7 million dollars for the local economy. More >>

Suspicious Incident at Service Station

Friday, 25 July 2014, 2:23 pm | New Zealand Police

There have been media reports regarding an incident at the BP Wylies Service Station on Maunu Road where a man tried to get into a car parked on the forecourt. More >>

NZTA Weekly Traffic Bulletin - 27 July to 2 August 2014

Friday, 25 July 2014, 2:15 pm | New Zealand Transport Agency

25 July 2014 | NZ Transport Agency - Auckland OVERNIGHT MOTORWAY CLOSURES 27 July – 2 August 2014 More >>

Main Road Redcliffs reopens this afternoon

Friday, 25 July 2014, 2:06 pm | SCIRT

Amidst the sea of orange road cones that line the drive to and from Sumner, some welcome news today, from about 3 pm: Main Road will reopen between McCormacks Bay Road and the Redcliffs shops, removing the detours off Celia St and Beachville Road. More >>

Second Arts Centre Restoration Complete – Gymnasium Open Day

Friday, 25 July 2014, 1:53 pm | Christchurch Arts Centre

The second fully restored building at the Arts Centre – the Gymnasium – is now complete. More >>

Three community grant schemes open

Friday, 25 July 2014, 1:41 pm | Horowhenua District Council

Applications for funding from three community grants schemes administered by Horowhenua District Council are now open. More >>

Whangarei: Name of deceased released

Friday, 25 July 2014, 1:08 pm | New Zealand Police

Police have released the name of the man, who's body was discovered in a forestry area south of Whangarei on Wednesday afternoon. More >>

New Director Appointed to Toitū OSM

Friday, 25 July 2014, 1:05 pm | Dunedin City Council

The Dunedin City Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Evans as the new Director of Toitū Otago Settlers Museum. More >>

Dame Devoy Launches Bi-lingual Guide

Friday, 25 July 2014, 12:55 pm | NZ Landcare Trust

Winter sunshine greeted the launch of NZ Landcare Trust's newest publication 'Waikato River Restoration: A Bi-lingual Guide,' in Hamilton today. Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy was the guest of honour, officially launching the guide in front ... More >>

Youth Advisory Panel starts second term

Friday, 25 July 2014, 12:34 pm | Auckland Council

Retiring members and new members of the Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) will be acknowledged by Mayor Len Brown on Monday (28 July) at a function attended by YAP liaison councillor Linda Cooper, parents, and elected representatives from the council and local boards. ... More >>

Early childhood education at Wellington Zoo

Friday, 25 July 2014, 12:32 pm | Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo’s new early childhood programme, started with a roar this Friday 25 July. More >>

Pest control may be last chance for Waikaia mōhua

Friday, 25 July 2014, 12:08 pm | Department of Conservation

The recent rediscovery of threatened mōhua/yellowhead in Waikaia Forest, northern Southland, means a pest control operation planned by the Department of Conservation (DOC) soon is essential. DOC Catlins services ranger Cheryl Pullar said consent by ... More >>

Kapiti Run for Youth open for registration

Friday, 25 July 2014, 12:02 pm | Kapiti Business Projects

Registrations for groups and individuals to take part in the Web Genius Kapiti Run for Youth are open and a toolkit has been developed to help support all fundraisers. This toolkit has been designed to help with planning and provides some useful tips ... More >>

Proposed District Plan hearings starting in September

Friday, 25 July 2014, 11:59 am | Thames Coromandel District Council

At its first meeting our Hearings Panel is expected to sit for three days, and focus on submissions relating to the whole of the Plan, forestry, transport, festivals and events, airfield height and noise. More >>

Six Whangarei schools win $6580 environmental awards

Friday, 25 July 2014, 10:16 am | Northland Regional Council

The Northland Regional Council has begun presenting cheques to the six schools in the Whangarei district which are sharing a $6580 slice of this year’s Environmental Curriculum Awards (ECAs). More >>

Ruapehu Seeking Rural Fire Volunteers

Friday, 25 July 2014, 10:06 am | Ruapehu District Council

Community orientated people with a strong sense of personal responsibility toward protecting people and property are being sought to join Ruapehu’s northern rural fire crew based in Taumarunui. Ruapehu Principal Rural Fire Officer, Nick Watson, ... More >>

National recognition for community-based water management

Friday, 25 July 2014, 10:03 am | Environment Canterbury

All local authorities in Canterbury have been jointly recognised at the inaugural LGNZ (Local Government New Zealand) Excellence Awards, which honour council projects, programmes and people making an impact in local communities. The authorities have ... More >>

Loss of QE II Stadium has affected performance of athletes

Friday, 25 July 2014, 9:19 am | University of Canterbury

Two University of Canterbury economics experts believe the loss of Queen Elizabeth II Stadium because of the earthquakes has affected the performance of Canterbury athletes. More >>

Road Only Auckland Harbour Crossing "Makes No Sense"

Friday, 25 July 2014, 9:08 am | Campaign For Better Transport

The Campaign for Better Transport said today that the Government's idea of an additional road only Waitemata Harbour Crossing hasn't been thought through. More >>

Four Car Motorway Crash

Friday, 25 July 2014, 8:34 am | New Zealand Police

There has been a 4 car crash on Auckland's southern motorway near the Walter Strevens Road overbridge. This occurred in the northbound lanes. Emergency services are on the scene. More >>

Broadway Placemaking Project – first initiative

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 5:32 pm | Palmerston North City Council

In early August work will start on the first Broadway Placemaking Project initiative. Four trees will be removed around Broadway’s main pedestrian crossing between Downtown and The Regent to make way for the initiative. More >>

Further funding secured for Tauranga CBD campus

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 5:25 pm | Bay of Plenty Regional Council

The prospect of a new, purpose-built shared tertiary campus has now moved closer with the announcement of up to $15 million funding from the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust to expand Tertiary Education in Tauranga. More >>

Crash victim named

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 5:21 pm | New Zealand Police

Police can now release the name of the youth who died in a head-on collision on State Highway 2, Mangamutu, 5 kilometres south of the Pahiatua Township yesterday evening. More >>

One Tree Hill re-planting within reach

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 5:19 pm | New Zealand National Party

The re-planting of Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill is within reach after today, as Parliament passed the third reading of the Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Collective Settlement Bill, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, MP for Maungakiekie said. More >>

1080 has no impact on morepork

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 5:17 pm | TBfree New Zealand

A joint project between TBfree New Zealand and the Department of Conservation (DOC) showed no effect on native ruru (morepork) following an aerial pest control operation in Southland this winter. More >>

Central District Police bust burglary ring

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 4:13 pm | New Zealand Police

Police staff from Palmerston North, Whanganui, and the Taranaki have been working together in response to a series of burglaries committed across area borders over the past six weeks. More >>

Hearings Panel recommends university bylaw exemption

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 4:06 pm | Christchurch City Council

A Christchurch City Council Hearings Panel has recommended a proposed alcohol ban surrounding the University of Canterbury exempt the campus. The panel, comprising Chairman David East and members Helene Mautner and Faimeh Burke, convened today. ... More >>

Communities can benefit from ‘localism’

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 3:28 pm | New Zealand Government

Three highly regarded speakers teamed up to present their views of localism to the annual Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) conference, held in Nelson. More >>

Cycleways bring economic benefit to communities

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 3:27 pm | New Zealand Government

An increasing number of cycleways are attracting tourists to regions and scenic parts of New Zealand and a special session at the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) conference demonstrated how the economic impact of these bike paths are measured. More >>

Strengthening capacity and capability to improve governance

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 3:26 pm | New Zealand Government

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) ran an in-depth master class session on governance as part of its conference at Nelson, for a large group of council managers, elected members and local government stakeholders. More >>

Smart digital investment transforms local economies

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 3:21 pm | Local Government NZ

Digital investment can have a significant impact on a community, but funds need to be used in a targeted way through smart investment to deliver economic results. More >>

Funding and infrastructure funding models explored

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 3:20 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) held an in-depth master class session on infrastructure funding as part of its conference at Nelson with more than 100 council managers, elected members and local government stakeholders attending. More >>

Expert tells local govt conference new is not always better

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 3:19 pm | Local Government NZ

Jonar Nader, Principal of Australian company Logictivity, travels the world to advise executives and government officials on innovation, productivity and leading-edge management. More >>

Local government engaging with youth

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 3:17 pm | Local Government NZ

Generation Y (those born between 1984 and 2002) are a demographic that have big ideas and a ‘fresh’ perspective, but their representation and engagement with local government has not always reflected this. More >>

Cricket World Cup lead shares wisdom on hosting major events

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 3:16 pm | Local Government NZ

Following the successful completion of the Rugby World Cup 2011, Therese Walsh was appointed Head of New Zealand, ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. More >>

Mayoral Delegation to Two Sister Cities

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 3:05 pm | Dunedin City Council

Dunedin (Thursday, 24 July 2014) – A Dunedin mayoral delegation will visit two of Dunedin’s sister cities, Edinburgh, Scotland and Otaru, Japan, in late July and early August. More >>

$458m approved for Huntly section of Waikato Expressway

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 2:45 pm | NZTA

The NZ Transport Agency Board has approved $458million in funding for the design and construction of the Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway. More >>

Section of SH2 south of Katikati closed after fatal crash

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 2:42 pm | NZTA

A section of State Highway 2(SH2) between Tauranga and Katikati is currently closed after a fatal crash near Whakamarama. More >>

Otaihanga Domain to host upcoming Buggy Walk

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 2:21 pm | Sport Wellington

Hundreds of buggies are set to stroll through Otaihanga Domain in Kapiti on Thursday 7th August for Sport Wellington’s monthly Buggy Walk. More >>

World Breastfeeding Week in the Bay

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 1:38 pm | Bay of Plenty District Health Board

This year’s World Breastfeeding Week will see mothers and their babies across the Bay of Plenty gather for the Big Latch On events to help raise awareness of the importance of breastfeeding. Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service recommends that mothers exclusively ... More >>

Major Event Funding round one recipients announced

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 1:18 pm | Thames Coromandel District Council

Recipients of the first round of this year's Economic Development Committee's Major Events Fund have been announced. More >>

Hawke’s Bay’s “Big Easy” makes shortlist

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 11:28 am | Hawke's Bay Tourism

Hawke’s Bay’s “Big Easy” makes shortlist in the 2014 NZ Event Industry Awards More >>

Acclaimed Israeli pianist to perform in Rotorua

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 10:40 am | Rotorua Civic Arts Trust

Internationally acclaimed Israeli concert pianist, Rami Bar-Niv, is to perform in concert at Rotorua’s Civic Theatre on 19 August. More >>

Keeping stock off stopbanks prevents damage

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 10:21 am | Bay of Plenty Regional Council

As the winter weather and heavy rain sets in, Bay of Plenty Regional Council again reminds rural communities to keep grazing stock off stopbanks to ensure the stopbanks are best able to perform their function. More >>

Sludge on beach a natural occurrence

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 10:19 am | Bay of Plenty Regional Council

An unusual brown sludge is nothing for eastern Bay of Plenty residents to worry about, according to Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Following recent queries from members of the public, the Regional Council confirmed that the foam and sludge on eastern ... More >>

Urgent recommendations follow Melling rail accident

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 10:03 am | Transport Accident Investigation Commission

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has made four urgent recommendations to KiwiRail following the accident two months ago (27 May 2014) when a Matangi passenger train collided with a stop block at Melling Station, Lower Hutt. Two of the 12 people ... More >>

Fatal Two Car Crash in Tararua

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 9:22 am | New Zealand Police

At about 1135pm last night Police attended a fatal car crash 5kms south of Pahiatua on State Highway 2. More >>

New name for Canterbury Arena

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 9:10 am | Horncastle Homes

HORNCASTLE Arena is the new name of Christchurch’s biggest indoor venue, the CBS Canterbury Arena, after local residential building company Horncastle Homes secured the major naming rights sponsorship of the venue. More >>

Wise Wāhine Speak: four amazing wāhine Māori speakers

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 5:58 pm | Auckland Women's Centre

“ How often do you get the chance to hear four amazing wāhine Māori speakers in one night? ” said Marama Davidson, spokesperson, Te Wharepora Hou. This wāhine Maori community group has teamed up with Auckland Women’s Centre and Living Wage ... More >>

Dining Event at Auckland Zoo

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 5:55 pm | Auckland Zoo

Please find attached your invitation to my pop up dining charity event at Auckland Zoo, You can't eat fine dining at Auckland Zoo but now with the help of a few guest chefs an speakers I have a great evening lined up where we will provide the dining ... More >>

Friday target to re-open SH1 link in Northland

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 4:49 pm | New Zealand Transport Agency

The NZ Transport Agency says good progress is being made on repairs to State Highway 1 on the Brynderwyn Hills in Northland. More >>

Children under five found without seatbelts

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 4:20 pm | New Zealand Police

Counties Manukau Police found parents are continuing to take unnecessary risks with their children’s safety during Operation Restraint today. More >>

Paengaroa weigh station officially open

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 4:16 pm | NZTA

A state-of-the-art weigh station in the Bay of Plenty is set to make the state highway network safer for everyone. The NZ Transport Agency has unveiled the $2million Paengaroa weigh station, which will be used to check that trucks on the road are within legal ... More >>

DNA Gay Ski Week QT to host biggest ever dance party

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 3:53 pm | Southern Public Relations

Organisers of DNA Gay Ski Week QT today (July 23 2014) announced that the event’s infamous final party will be Queenstown’s “biggest ever dance party” and held for the first time at the Memorial Centre. More >>

Huge benefits from North Shore Riding for the Disabled

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 3:19 pm | Harcourts

10 year-old Imogen was born with Global Developmental Delay, and other intellectual disabilities. As a result she has difficulty focusing, interpreting situations and socialising with others. More >>

Drugged drivering alleged hours after alcohol related crash

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 3:01 pm | New Zealand Police

Completely unacceptable is how a senior Waikato Police officer describes the situation of a driver awaiting the results of a blood tests after being found behind the wheel of a car while allegedly under the influence of drugs, just hours after an alcohol ... More >>

Wellington Railway Station strengthening to begin

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 2:45 pm | KiwiRail

Strengthening work on parts of the Wellington Railway Station is starting on Monday 28 July. More >>

 

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