Matakana Fire – Update
Active flames in Dome Valley Matakana
remained well within the containment lines overnight.
The operation continues its ground based focus, with 70
firefighters and one digger onsite. One helicopter also
continues with aerial support.
Principal Rural Fire Officer, says they are making good
“We have numbers on the ground and
are doing everything to wrap this fire up as quickly as we
“The Auckland region wide fire ban remains
firmly in place. Breaches of the ban will not be
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Greens: Russel Norman To Stand Down As Co-Leader
Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman has announced today that he will stand down as leader at the party’s Annual General Meeting in May. Dr Norman will remain as Co-leader and retain his finance and climate change portfolios until the AGM.
“After nearly a decade as Co-leader, now is a good time to find a new challenge for myself, and to spend more time with my family” said Dr Norman.
“This is my ninth year as Co-leader and I think it’s time for a change. Now is a good time for new leadership for the Party. My replacement will start from a strengthened base and will have a full parliamentary term to establish himself in the role and take the Greens into government in 2017." More>>