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Man charged after chemical incident

Friday, 19 September 2014, 9:42 am | New Zealand Police

A 45 year old man is in Police custody and will appear in the Nelson District Court today charged with Criminal Damage following an incident in Richmond yesterday afternoon. More >>

Three Auckland venues judged NZ’s best in national awards

Friday, 19 September 2014, 9:40 am | MEDIACOM

The Jet Park Hotel &Conference Centre in Auckland has been judged as the Supreme Champion in this year’s Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence – spearheading a series of winning accolades for hospitality venues in the city. More >>

Supersize your fishing stories, no exaggeration needed

Friday, 19 September 2014, 9:28 am | Auckland On Water Boat Show

Auckland On Water Boat Show has everything you need to add oomph to fishing stories, brining to-gether the latest developments in trailer boats, electronic navigation and engines. More >>

Knack craft market offers retro, collectibles

Friday, 19 September 2014, 9:20 am | Berhampore Primary School Knack Market

If you’re looking for something to do after casting your vote this election day, why not pop by Berhampore Primary School’s fabulous spring Knack craft market. More >>

Small cats with big ears arrive at Wellington Zoo

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 5:41 pm | Wellington Zoo

Visitors to Wellington Zoo will be able to see New Zealand’s first Caracals in the Zoo’s new Grassland Cats habitat, with a special visitor opening day on Saturday 27 September. More >>

Kaitaia man remanded in custody

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 5:29 pm | New Zealand Police

A 56-year-old Kaitaia man has been remanded in custody in relation to sexual offence charges. Michael Harris appeared in the Kaitaia District Court this afternoon on a number of charges including: • Aggravated Wounding (drugging of a victim to facilitate ... More >>

Santa and the Fairy Tale Christmas—join the fun!

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 3:53 pm | Upper Hutt City Council

Santa is coming to town! Elves, fairies, princesses, and knights will be among the fairy tale characters taking to the Main Street of Upper Hutt for the much-loved Santa Parade. More >>

Rally NZ to return in 2015

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 3:33 pm | Thames Coromandel District Council

Rally NZ has confirmed that they will be back for another event in July 2015. More >>

Get Ready Week to promote local preparedness

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 3:19 pm | Rotorua District Council

Rotorua District Council (RDC) and Rotorua Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group are coordinating a number of activities to support Get Ready Week 2014. The annual event is being celebrated nationally from 21 to 27 September. This year’s ... More >>

Rangitata farm environment plan template approved

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 3:07 pm | Enviroment Canterbury

Environment Canterbury announced today its approval of the third farm environment plan template under the proposed Land & Water Regional Plan. More >>

Heritage Festival commemorates WW1

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 3:02 pm | Auckland Council

This year Auckland Heritage Festival commemorates the centenary of the First World War with the theme ‘courage has many resting places’. More >>

Shared Service Initiative to Promote Northland

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 3:01 pm | Whangarei District Council

Whangarei District Council and regional economic development agency Northland Inc Ltd are joining forces in a new shared service initiative to promote the Northland Region. More >>

Kapiti Run for Youth right behind Youth Quest

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 2:20 pm | Kapiti Business Projects

Youth Quest! Who are they? They are a mentoring programme that works with passion to help young Kapiti boys get on the right track and stay there. “80% of our funding comes from private sources so we are constantly working with groups and individuals ... More >>

Tourism Award for Canterbury Museum

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 2:13 pm | Canterbury Museum

Canterbury Museum is celebrating following its win of the 2014 Champion Canterbury Business Award for Tourism/Hospitality (medium to large enterprises) at the Gala Dinner held in the Horncastle Arena on Wednesday night. More >>

Crowdfunding Project Launch

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 1:50 pm | NZ Landcare Trust

NZ Landcare Trust is involved in the launch of an exciting new global crowdfunding initiative on the Pozible website today. More >>

Family summer fun starts next Thursday

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 1:03 pm | Auckland On Water Boat Show

There’ll be plenty to explore in the Viaduct Harbour when it plays host to nearly 200 exhibiting compa-nies and over 200 boats, at the Auckland On Water Boat Show from the 25 – 28 September. More >>

Freshwater anglers' body warns of ‘sacrifice’ of waterways

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 12:56 pm | NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers

The New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Angler’s (NZFFA) Vote for Fresh, Not Foul Water campaign is encouraging all anglers to take their passion for freshwater fishing to the ballot box. More >>

The Big Az ROTAZ Race too amazing to miss!

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 12:50 pm | Rotorua District Council

Hundreds of dollars are up for grabs in next month’s ‘The Big Az ROTAZ Race’ for local teenagers. The race, organised by Rotorua District Youth Council in partnership with Te Waiariki Purea Trust’s Ira Matatau rangitahi leaders, takes place on Saturday ... More >>

Maintenance begins on Hastings Pou

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 12:38 pm | Hastings District Council

Carvers have begun the first round of a regular maintenance regime on the 18 Pou which were unveiled in Hastings Civic Square last year. The Pou represent Tipuna (ancestors) from the 18 Marae in Ngati Kahungunu, and were unveiled in a moving ceremony ... More >>

Hinds/Hekeao Plains the focus of Variation 2

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 12:35 pm | Environment Canterbury

Environment Canterbury announced today that it would notify Variation 2 of the proposed Land & Water Regional Plan for public submissions on Saturday 27 September 2014. Environment Canterbury Commissioner Peter Skelton says all Cantabrians, and particularly ... More >>

United Communities Celebrate Healthy Families

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 12:34 pm | Problem Gambling Foundation

A free community event themed United Communities Celebrate Healthy Families is being held on Saturday 27 September at the Dream Centre in Manukau from 10 am until 2 pm. The event will celebrate Gamblefree Day and is hosted by the Problem Gambling Foundation ... More >>

Consultation opens for three Central City transport projects

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 12:28 pm | Christchurch City Council

Christchurch City Council is inviting feedback on three transport projects needed to support key Anchor Projects in the Central City. More >>

New shared space crowns fortnight of city improvements

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 12:19 pm | Auckland Council

New shared space crowns fortnight of city centre improvements The transformation of O’Connell Street into Auckland’s newest shared space will be officially launched this Friday, crowning a series of major improvements in the city centre. These include: More >>

Nominations to open for Pacific Advisory Group by-elections

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 12:04 pm | Wellington City Council

Nominations set to open for Wellington City Council Pacific Advisory Group by-elections Pacific people can make a difference in their community by nominating candidates from Tuvalu, Melanesia, and Micronesia next week to stand for October’s by-elections ... More >>

Karakia for Lake Waikare management

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 12:00 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Karakia for Lake Waikare management A karakia has been performed by tangata whenua and local kaumaatua to acknowledge the significance of Lake Waikare and the nearby Whangamarino wetland to Waikato-Tainui and local hapuu. The event at Lake Waikare ... More >>

Missing 13 year-old Hamilton girl found

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 11:52 am | New Zealand Police

13 year-old Ruth Shortland who went missing from her Melville home in Hamilton overnight, has been found in the Hamilton CBD. She is fit and well and being reunited with her family. More >>

Police seeking witnesses following fight

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 11:50 am | New Zealand Police

North Shore Police are seeking witnesses to a fight at the North Shore Event Centre on Monday night. More >>

Waitangirua residents urged to embrace Porirua's Planning

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 11:38 am | Porirua City Council

Waitangirua residents are being encouraged to come together at the next “Cuppa tea” community meeting to kick-start a village planning process to develop their neighbourhood. . More >>

Transformation of Porirua City Centre Begins

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 10:58 am | Porirua City Council

A green carpet of astro-turf is to be rolled out under the canopies in the first stage of a city centre makeover. More >>

Hanging Rock planting creates bat habitat

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 10:27 am | Environment Canterbury

A recent grant is helping South Canterbury farmer Alan Cone fast-track restoring a wetland where endangered long-tailed native bats have been found. More >>

New step towards safer future for Waitara

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 10:23 am | Taranaki Regional Council

New step towards safer future for Waitara 18 September 2014 On Monday 15 September the Taranaki Regional Council Executive committee approved the proposal for the second stage of the upgrade of Waitara’s flood defences and work is expected to begin ... More >>

Police seek missing teenager

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 9:03 am | New Zealand Police

At about 7:00 pm (17/09/2014) a thriteen year old girl was found to be missing from her home in Silkwood Lane, Melville, Hamilton. Although tall for her age she has an intellectual age of 8 years. More >>

QLDC backs Wanaka's Gigatown Bid

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 5:39 pm | Queenstown Lakes District Council

The whole of the Queenstown Lakes District should throw its weight behind Wanaka’s bid to become New Zealand’s first “Gigatown”, Mayor Vanessa van Uden said today. More >>

Contracts Let for Second Stage of Pipeline Renewal Work

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 3:51 pm | Dunedin City Council

Dunedin (Wednesday, 17 September 2014) – The second stage of major pipeline renewal work in Andersons Bay will start next month. More >>

Name Released After Body Found at Lake Lyndon

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 2:38 pm | New Zealand Police

Police can confirm the body recovered from Lake Lyndon shortly before 3pm this afternoon has been formally identified as being 21 year old Bradley Richard Ivan STEMPA originally from Coalgate. More >>

Opening at Enjoy: Ebbing Tagaloa

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 2:36 pm | Enjoy Art Gallery

Paula Schaafhausen with Suzanne Tamaki Ebbing Tagaloa October 1 - October 23, 2014 Opening : Wednesday, October 1, 5:30pm More >>

Quad Bike Victim Named

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 2:34 pm | New Zealand Police

At approximately 1.15pm on Friday 12 September 2014 the rider of quad motorbike has fallen from his vehicle at Fairview, Timaru and suffered fatal injuries. More >>

Town Hall Key mystery unlocked

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 2:31 pm | Wellington City Council

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has hailed the return of the historic Town Hall key, which was reported stolen by police last week. More >>

Creating Better Housing And Neighbourhoods

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 2:22 pm | Palmerston North City Council

One of the last parts of the District Plan review is expected to draw a huge response from Palmerston North residents. More >>

Napier bomb scare over

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 1:54 pm | New Zealand Police

Police have been stood down and workers allowed back into the Napier Public Library after a bomb scare this morning. Library staff alerted police this morning after a woman left a suitcase in the library unattended. Police treated the suitcase as ... More >>

Teen Parent Conference to Assess Needed Support for Parents

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 1:50 pm | Thrive New Zealand

Conference highlights: • Keynote speaker - actress Keisha Castle-Hughes • Keynote speaker - Dr Teuila Percival, Director of TAHA, the Pacific Well Mother and Infant Service • Conference dinner speaker - business woman Sera-Lilly • Launch of research ... More >>

A Fair Share for Christchurch

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 1:35 pm | Democrats for Social Credit

“The government is lowering the standards for the repair of Christchurch's fresh water, sewage, storm water, and roading systems (collectively known as horizontal infrastructure),” says John Ring, Democrats for Social Credit candidate for Wigram. More >>

Old Truckers to Get Out of Retirement for One Day

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 1:14 pm | NZ Trucking Association

“Old Truckers to Get Out of Retirement for One Day to Turn Out for Trucking 2014” More >>

NZ Landcare Trust: Campaign Focus Northland

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 12:56 pm | NZ Landcare Trust

A series of events will be delivered around the country as part of a weekend-of-action linked to the Communities for Clean Water campaign. In the first of a series of articles, we take a brief look at what's planned for Northland. More >>

Opening Date for New Taumarunui Library Confirmed

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 12:55 pm | Ruapehu District Council

The end is in sight for the Taumarunui library to relocate from its current Hakiaha St location to Ruapehu District Council’s (RDC) head office building on Huia St. For the past three months builders have been working at the Huia St office relocating ... More >>

Napier library evacuated for bomb scare

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 12:47 pm | New Zealand Police

The Napier Public Library has been evacuated this morning after a suspicious package was found in the central city building. More >>

Northwestern closures: NZ Transport Agency media release

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 12:37 pm | NZ Transport Agency

The NZ Transport Agency says significant closures will have a big impact on drivers using a section of Auckland’s Northwestern motorway citybound (State Highway 16) and the Great North Road interchange during the weekend of 27/28 September. More >>

Dunedin Fringe Hui & Registrations Open

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 12:30 pm | Dunedin Fringe Festival

The Dunedin Fringe Festival will host a Dunedin Fringe Hui on Thursday 2 October. The event will give artists and others from the community an opportunity to meet the new director, Josh Thomas, and have an informal discussion around their aspirations ... More >>

Body found in Shea Terrace - North Shore

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 12:19 pm | New Zealand Police

North Shore Police are currently at a squash club in Shea Terrace, where a man's body was found this morning. More >>

Necropsy confirms Bryde’s whale killed by ship strike

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 12:01 pm | Department of Conservation

A Bryde’s whale found dead at Poutawa Beach, near Pakiri, was killed by a ship strike. More >>

Gigatown Wanaka thrilled to make the Gigatown finals

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 11:20 am | Gigatown Wanaka

Gigatown Wanaka thrilled to make the Gigatown competition finals Wanaka is buzzing with excitement at the prospect of becoming New Zealand’s first Gigatown, after being confirmed as a finalist in the Chorus competition today. Wanaka, with a population ... More >>

Tsunami siren test next week

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 11:18 am | Thames Coromandel District Council

The Coromandel's tsunami sirens will be tested on Friday 26 September at 12:00pm. More >>

'Vote to Stop Factory Farming' protest action in progress

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 11:07 am | Farm Watch

An activist has scaled a 20m high silo tower at a Dunedin pig and egg-production factory farm this morning in protest of factory farming. He aims to inform voters that the power to ban factory farming is in their hands when they vote this Saturday. More >>

Ongohi Bridge opens ahead of time and under budget

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 11:05 am | Thames Coromandel District Council

Twelve weeks to the day of the storm that caused its collapse, the Ongohi Bridge opened to traffic. More >>

Operation leads to 16 arrests

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 11:02 am | New Zealand Police

Sixteen people were arrested yesterday (16 September, 2014) after the Palmerston North Police executed an operation to apprehend those on active warrants who were knowingly evading police. More >>

Service to others recognised with Civic Honour Awards

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 10:59 am | Hutt City Council

Judy Bishop, Vijay Chhika, Joan Hewson and Patricia Frances were last night recognised with Hutt City’s highest commendation – a Civic Honor Award. More >>

NZ's largest on water boat show kicks off next Thursday

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 10:50 am | Auckland On Water Boat Show

The Viaduct Harbour will play host to nearly 200 exhibiting companies and over 200 boats, at the Auckland On Water Boat Show from the 25 – 28 September. More >>

Tenders chosen for Mount surf reef removal

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 10:47 am | Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Work will start soon on removing the Mount Maunganui surf reef to reduce the risk to swimmers near Tay Street beach. More >>

Viaduct Harbour to hold Guinness World Record attempt

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 10:44 am | Auckland On Water Boat Show

The Viaduct Harbour will play host to a world record attempt for the most people on a stand up paddle board, played out in front of visitors to Auckland’s On Water Boat Show. More >>

Take the bus for free this Saturday

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 10:43 am | Bay of Plenty Regional Council

If you’ve ever thought about taking the bus but never have, this Saturday could be the day to give it a go. More >>

 

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