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Tench return to Timaru's Centennial Park Lake

Friday, 22 March 2019, 9:06 am | Fish and Game New Zealand

After ten years absence, tench have returned to Timaru’s Centennial Park Lake, offering anglers a challenging new fishing opportunity. More >>

Traffic lights down at Dunedin intersection

Friday, 22 March 2019, 8:42 am | New Zealand Police

Traffic lights are down at the intersection of Andersons Bay Road and Caversham Valley Road, following a crash earlier this morning. More >>

Wellington Regional Council to reconsider rates rises

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 9:03 pm | Greater Wellington Regional Council

Greater Wellington Regional Council has decided to reconsider its rates proposals for 2019-2020 in view of their potential impact on some communities in the region. More >>

Congestion finally eases around Auckland Airport

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 8:46 pm | NZTA

Congestion is easing across the Auckland motorway network after a very busy afternoon on the southwestern motorways around Auckland Airport. Traffic within the airport itself remains busy, but is slowly easing. More >>

Wellington’s vaping ban disappointing

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 8:44 pm | Alt New Zealand

Wellington City Council’s decision today to make vaping part of its Smokefree Action Plan is disappointing and will do nothing to move the country closer to Smoke Free 2025, says the co-owner of New Zealand’s largest vaping business. Wellington ... More >>

Official call to prayer event announced

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 7:01 pm | Christchurch City Council

All New Zealanders will be invited to join a call to prayer tomorrow (22 March) as a show of support for the Muslim community. An official call to prayer event will take place from 1pm at Hagley Park, across from the Al Noor Masjid on Deans Avenue ... More >>

Friday Prayers at Kilbirnie Mosque

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 6:59 pm | International Muslim Association of New Zealand

Friday Prayers at Kilbirnie Mosque tomorrow will be especially poignant, being exactly one week since the terrorist massacre in the Christchurch mosques. More >>

Internal Affairs urges people to remain vigilant

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 6:55 pm | Department Of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs urges people and organisations to remain vigilant The Department of Internal Affairs has received a strong response from the public and organisations, such as internet service providers (ISPs), in relation to reducing ... More >>

SH20 reopens after crash but heavy congestion remains

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 5:26 pm | New Zealand Transport Agency

Traffic is moving again on State Highway 20 but there is serious congestion on the transport network around Auckland Airport which is not expected to clear for some time. SH20 northbound was closed at the Neilson Street offramp for more than 90 minutes ... More >>

Name release 3: Christchurch terror attacks

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 5:25 pm | New Zealand Police

Police are now in the position to formally release the names of further victims identified following Friday’s terror attack. More >>

Update from Christchurch Hospital

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 5:07 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

28 people who were injured in Friday’s shootings are still in Christchurch Hospital, with six remaining in critical condition in intensive care . One more person was well enough to be discharged from hospital with appropriate community supports, and ... More >>

Sky Tower and Auckland Harbour Bridge to become candles

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 4:49 pm | SKYCITY

Sky Tower and Auckland Harbour Bridge to become candles of remembrance for Christchurch More >>

Mayor to visit Mosques in remembrance of victims

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 4:36 pm | Office of the Mayor of Auckland

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff will join thousands of Aucklanders on Friday and through the weekend visiting mosques and attending vigils remembering those who tragically lost their lives in the Christchurch shootings. Mayor Phil Goff says, “After this ... More >>

SH20 crash contributes to heavy congestion

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 4:29 pm | New Zealand Transport Agency

SH20 crash contributes to heavy congestion on Auckland Airport motorways More >>

Christchurch terror attack – victim identification complete

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 4:25 pm | New Zealand Police

Police have this morning (21 March) completed the identification procedures for all 50 victims of Friday’s terror attacks in Christchurch. More >>

Police announce process to hand over reclassified MSSAs

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 4:22 pm | New Zealand Police

Police focus is on ensuring the immediate safety and peace of mind of our communities. More >>

Police attending crash on South-Western Motorway

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 4:21 pm | New Zealand Police

Police are in attendance at a serious crash involving a motorcyclist on the South-Western Motorway. More >>

Last rat survey before barriers installed in Miramar

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 4:12 pm | Greater Wellington Regional Council

The last of three surveys of rat populations in Miramar designed to help in exterminating predators from the peninsula is taking place this week. Volunteers have been out and about placing chew cards throughout the peninsula to help create a final picture ... More >>

Christchurch Terror Attack: Fact Sheet for Media 21/3/19

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 4:11 pm | Christchurch City Council

We have put together this fact sheet to assist media with their coverage of this tragedy. More >>

Celebrating World Water Day 2019

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 3:58 pm | Otago Regional Council

Water is a precious and vital resource around the world, including here in Otago. 22 March is World Water Day. This year, the theme is “leaving no one behind”—the intent is safe water for everyone. “Water is the top priority for the Otago Regional ... More >>

Kawaha Point aggravated robbery - CCTV Images released

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 3:55 pm | New Zealand Police

Rotorua Police are continuing to investigate the aggravated robbery at Kawaha Point Superette and are asking the public for assistance in identifying the offenders. More >>

Contestable Grants Fund applications are open

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 3:50 pm | Hastings District Council

Applications to this year’s Contestable Grants Fund are now open for groups serving the needs of the Hastings community. More >>

No fare rises says Greater Wellington

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 3:48 pm | Greater Wellington Regional Council

There will be no rise in bus and train fares this year. More >>

Floral tributes being moved to outside Christchurch mosque

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 3:04 pm | Christchurch City Council

Christchurch City Council staff and volunteers are today carefully moving the floral tributes placed at the Deans Avenue cordon to outside the Masjid Al Noor Mosque ahead of the road being reopened. More >>

Host Families Needed in New Zealand

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 3:01 pm | Student Exchange Australia New Zealand

New Zealand is a picturesque country and its people have a deep sense of community, which is why 50 International Exchange students have chosen to come here for a short, semester or year long stay. We are currently calling for local families who may like ... More >>

Truck crash, Kaimai Ranges

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 2:56 pm | New Zealand Police

Emergency services are responding to a crash involving two trucks on SH29, Kaimai Ranges, Western Bay of Plenty. More >>

Marine pests prompts hull cleaning rule rethink

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 2:54 pm | Bay of Plenty Regional Council

The Bay of Plenty public are being asked for their views on whether a single set of vessel hull cleaning rules should be developed to help stop the spread of marine pests across New Zealand’s four busiest boating regions. More >>

Plan ahead and allow extra time if going to Auckland Airport

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 2:42 pm | NZTA

Motorists driving to or around Auckland Airport this afternoon are advised to plan ahead and allow extra time because of an event with potential to cause disruption on the transport network. More >>

Don Driver Mural Conservation

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 2:16 pm | New Plymouth District Council

A high-quality replica of Don Driver’s Kingsford Smith mural will feature in a prominent setting outside New Plymouth Airport’s new terminal building, as a full-scale model designed to withstand all weathers. More >>

Wellington cab drivers to pay tribute to Christchurch victim

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 2:08 pm | Multicultural Aotearoa

Wellington cab drivers to pay tribute to Christchurch victims, on Friday 23 at Wellington Airport. A special vigil has been arranged at the Wellington Airport organised by Multicultural New Zealand and Wellington Airport. More >>

Planning for our growing city

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 2:01 pm | Porirua City Council

Porirua’s vision for the next 30 years is in place, as we plan and prepare for change in our fast-growing city. More >>

Kapiti Mayor apologises to Osbornes for defamatory comments

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 1:51 pm | Raechel and Vince Osborne

Kapiti mayor K Gurunathan has apologised to Raechel and Vince Osborne for comments he made in the media criticising them when they attempted to preserve Waikanae’s iconic macrocarpa hedge. More >>

The Coromandel cares for Christchurch

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 1:49 pm | Thames Coromandel District Council

The attacks on the two mosques in Christchurch last week have left the country and the international community in shock and mourning - including our small part of the world on the Coromandel. More >>

State Highway 29A closures 22 to 25 March

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 1:35 pm | NZ Transport Agency

State Highway 29A between the Baypark and Te Maunga roundabouts will be closed this weekend from 9pm Friday, 22 March to 4am Monday 25 March. More >>

One Billion Trees Programme in Kapiti

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 12:26 pm | Kapiti Coast District Council

The Council is encouraging people to come along next week to a public meeting with Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand), who are coming to Kāpiti to tell us about their One Billion Trees Programme and how to get involved. More >>

Serious Crash - Waerenga Road, Waikato

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 12:07 pm | New Zealand Police

Emergency services are responding to a serious crash on Waerenga Road, north-east of Te Kauwhata, in the Waikato district. More >>

Name release 2 - Christchurch terror attacks

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 11:52 am | New Zealand Police

Police are now in the position to release the names of further victims formally identified following Friday’s terror attack. They were: More >>

Heritage cemetery tours this weekend

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 9:46 am | Hamilton City Council

Hamiltonians with an interest in the city’s history and the stories of early citizens and influencers can join two tours of Hamilton’s heritage cemeteries this weekend. More >>

Lower Hutt community gather to support Christchurch

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 9:13 am | Hutt City Council

A large crowd gathered at the Hutt Recreation Ground in Lower Hutt tonight to mark the events in Christchurch and show support for the victims and their families, as well as the local Muslim community. More >>

Heavy traffic expected around Auckland Airport on Thursday

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 9:09 am | New Zealand Transport Agency

Motorists driving to or around Auckland Airport tomorrow afternoon (Thursday, 21 March) are advised to plan ahead and allow extra time because of an event with potential to cause disruption on the transport network. An event with a large gathering is ... More >>

Candlelight vigil for Christchurch victims

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 9:02 am | New Plymouth District Council

The Taranaki community is invited to come together this Friday (22 March) with Migrant Connections Taranaki, the Muslim Association of Taranaki, local iwi and hapūand New Plymouth District Council to honour the Muslim community and the people of Christchurch ... More >>

‘Human chain of protection’ to safeguard Friday prayers

Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 8:56 pm | Joint Press Release

Muslims worshipping at the Kilbirnie Masjid in Wellington this Friday will be shielded by a human chain surrounding the mosque complex during their Jumu’ah prayers. More >>

Māori community of Ōtautahi assists with burial process

Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 8:54 pm | Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu

Representatives of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Ngāi Tūāhuriri met today with Māori community leaders of Ōtautahi/Christchurch, as they continue to assist the Muslim community following the tragic events of Friday, 15 March. More >>

Churches Combine for Service of Prayer and Hope

Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 5:28 pm | Anglican Life

Churches in Christchurch are combining to deliver an inter-church non-denominational service of prayer and hope on Thursday 21 March, 6pm at Latimer Square, Christchurch Central. More >>

Consultation open on Prostitution Bylaw

Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 5:18 pm | Hamilton City Council

The bylaw was last reviewed in 2009 and is required to be reviewed every 10 years. At its meeting on 14 March, Hamilton City Council decided the current bylaw is the most appropriate means of controlling prostitution services in the city and approved ... More >>

Race Relations Day a chance to remember the victims

Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 5:12 pm | Multicultural Aotearoa

Race Relations Day (Thursday 21 March) provides a chance to remember the victims and survivors of the attacks in Christchurch and reflect on how we can create a more harmonious society, Pancha Narayanan, National President of Multicultural New Zealand ... More >>

Keen to help in restoring regional biodiversity?

Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 5:09 pm | Greater Wellington Regional Council

The continuing national trend towards biodiversity decline, seen in disappearing habitats, rising numbers of threatened species and compromised fresh and coastal water poses a massive challenge to New Zealand to which the greater Wellington region ... More >>

Police 10 7 seeks public help in Invercargill sexual assault

Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 4:59 pm | New Zealand Police

Invercargill detectives are hoping an appeal for information on Police Ten 7 tomorrow night (Thursday, 21 March) will help find the person who sexually assaulted a young schoolgirl in the city last month. More >>

Free public transport for remembrance events this weekend

Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 4:46 pm | Environment Canterbury

Free public transport will be available for anyone wishing to attend two community-led gatherings arranged for this weekend. More >>

High levels of toxic algae found in Waikanae River

Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 4:17 pm | Greater Wellington Regional Council

Greater Wellington Regional Council is advising people not to swim or walk dogs off-lead in and around the Waikanae River below SH1 due to high levels of toxic algae. Latest assessments show that toxic algae exceed safe levels in the river west of SH1, where ... More >>

Man to reappear on charges of distributing material

Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 4:14 pm | New Zealand Police

Man to reappear on charges of distributing objectionable material More >>

Police charge man over suspicious fire

Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 4:04 pm | New Zealand Police

Invercargill Police investigating a suspicious fire at a premise on Dee Street on 8 March have arrested a man in connection with the incident. More >>

Coromandel 200 commemorations to tie in with Illume Festival

Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 4:03 pm | Thames Coromandel District Council

The commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the visit of the Royal Navy ship "Coromandel," for which the town and our peninsula is named, will tie in with Coromandel Town's Illume Festival May 30 2020. More >>

Invitation: Mindful People Build the Future

Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 3:40 pm | St Andrews Trust

Given the awful events of the last week in Christchurch the need for ways to move away from escalating violence and hatred is increasingly important. The St Andrew’s Trust for the Study of Religion and Society is running a 4 week course for people ... More >>

Fresh face putting name into Auckland Mayoral race

Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 3:27 pm | Craig Lord

Self-employed freelance media contractor Craig Lord has started his campaign to become Auckland Mayor in 2019. His intention is to be a ‘grass roots’ option for every Aucklander. More >>

Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers Volunteer in Christchurch

Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 3:15 pm | Emergency Response Therapists

A group of qualified Massage Therapists, Bowen Therapists, Reflexologists, Acupuncturists, Shiatsu therapists, Chiropractors and other Professional Bodywork specialist are volunteering their time to offer hands on therapies to the stressed and grieving ... More >>

Auckland mosques opening their doors to all

Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 3:12 pm | Auckland Council

Mosques in the four corners of Auckland will open their doors on Friday night for people of all faiths to gather in remembrance of the 50 lives lost in the Christchurch shootings. More >>

Rotuman Community plants flowers at Masjid e Umar

Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 3:03 pm | Auckland Rotuman Fellowship Group

Rotuman Community plants flowers at Masjid e Umar (Mount Roskill Mosque) in support of our Muslim Communities More >>

Victim Support making payments to Christchurch victims

Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 2:57 pm | Victim Support

Victim Support has begun making emergency payments to Christchurch Mosque victims and families with money generously donated from the public, in addition to funds available through the Ministry of Justice’s Victim Assistance Scheme administered ... More >>

Get to know your neighbours before an emergency happens

Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 2:22 pm | WREMO

Do you know your neighbours? If not, why not get to know them at events happening in your area this weekend and next week? You could be each other’s best source of support in an emergency! More >>




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