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Making Rural Water Management Easier

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 9:54 am | South Taranaki District Council

Council is excited to announce an innovative partnership with Levno which will improve water management of this vital resource, benefiting both the users and the environment. The collaboration involves installing cutting-edge monitoring technology across South ... More >>

Union Leaders Pay Tribute To Fa’anana Efeso Collins

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 9:49 am | New Zealand Educational Institute

Kua hinga he tōtara i te wao nui a Tāne. A tōtara has fallen in the forest of Tāne. NZEI Te Riu Roa stands in kotahitanga to express our deep sorrow at the passing of educator, Green Party MP, community leader, and social justice advocate, Fa’anana ... More >>

Kaihautū Joins Council

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 9:47 am | Marlborough District Council

Johnny Joseph has joined Council as Kaihautū, responsible for facilitating partnerships with iwi and promoting collaborative and positive engagement with Māori within the Marlborough region. Mayor Nadine Taylor warmly welcomed Johnny to the Council at ... More >>

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Kotahitanga To Score At Māori Netball Tournament

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 9:46 am | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

Kotahitanga (unity) will be on full display in Manurewa, South Auckland on Saturday when the second Māori health workers netball tournament takes place. And all people have been invited to come along with whānau to enjoy a fun-filled day. Hosted by ... More >>

Port Hills Fire Update #25

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 9:45 am | Fire and Emergency NZ

Firefighters will be working to extinguish 20 hotspots at the Port Hills fireground on Thursday. Incident Commander Steve Kennedy says the drone crew identified the hotspots overnight, with 11 crews now tasked with eliminating them today. A total ... More >>

Apply For Creative Communities Funding

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 9:44 am | Gisborne District Council

Make your community event ideas a reality through Council’s Creative Communities scheme. Every year Council opens two rounds of funding for projects with arts-based outcomes, the first in February and again in August. The first round of funding for ... More >>

Update On The Port Hills And Wairaki Valley Fires

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 6:26 pm | Fire and Emergency NZ

Firefighters made solid progress today on both of the major wildfires in Canterbury. Nine firefighters will be working through the night at the Port Hills fireground tonight. Incident Commander Dave Key says the crews working today put in a big effort ... More >>

Proposed Amendments To Social Security, Benefits Adjustment & IT Amendment Bill: Impact On Vulnerable Communities

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 6:00 pm | E Tipu e Rea Whanau

The proposed amendments to the Social Security, Benefits Adjustment & Income Tax Amendment Bill have raised significant concerns regarding their potential impact on the most vulnerable members of our community. If these amendments are enacted ... More >>

Fast-track Consent Granted For Wairatahi Subdivision

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 5:13 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

An independent panel has approved resource consent, subject to conditions, to subdivide approximately 28 hectares of land for development in Flaxmere, Hastings. Heretaunga Tamatea Pou Tahua Limited Partnership applied for resource consent under the COVID-19 ... More >>

Greater Wellington Reissued Strong Financial Ratings Despite Revised ‘Negative Outlook’

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 5:10 pm | Greater Wellington Te Pane Matua Taiao

International credit rating agency, Standard and Poor’s (S&P) has reissued Greater Wellington’s 'AA+' long-term credit ratings, while the regional council’s ratings outlook has been revised, changing from ‘stable’ to ‘negative’. Cr ... More >>

Fatal Crash, State Highway 43, The Forgotten Highway

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 3:12 pm | New Zealand Police

One person has died following a crash on State Highway 43, also known as The Forgotten Highway. At around 8.40am on Tuesday 20 February Police were alerted to a vehicle submerged in a waterway beside State Highway 43, in Tangarakau Gorge. Attending Police ... More >>

Geordie Rogers Elected Winner Of Pukehīnau/Lambton General Ward By-election

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 2:32 pm | Wellington City Council

Green Party candidate Geordie Rogers has been elected in the by-election to fill the vacant seat in Wellington City Council’s Pukehīnau/Lambton General Ward. Mr Rogers has won the seat with 4147 votes - 45 votes ahead of Karl Tiefenbacher on ... More >>

Sod Turned On Stronger Te Awa Kairangi Flood Defences

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 1:54 pm | Greater Wellington Regional Council

Ground has been broken on major upgrades to Lower Hutt’s flood defences at a ceremonial sod turning for Te Wai Takamori o Te Awa Kairangi - Delivering RiverLink. Infrastructure minister and Lower Hutt MP Chris Bishop was among dignitaries cutting the first turf ... More >>

Five Arrested Following City Assault

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 1:20 pm | New Zealand Police

Police camera operators are keeping a keen eye over incidents in central Auckland, no matter the time of day. Early this morning, a camera operator and frontline Police worked together to take five people into custody following an assault. Auckland City ... More >>

Pure Tūroa Limited’s Public Hearings To Begin

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 11:31 am | Department of Conservation

DOC will be holding public hearings on Pure Tūroa Limited’s concession application from Thursday 22 February – Tuesday 27 February. Deputy Director-General Policy and Regulatory Services Ruth Isaac says DOC received 477 submissions. “We would ... More >>

Hastings Vape-Free Kids NZ Rally Calls For Urgent Action

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 11:14 am | Vape Free Kids

Locals in Hastings will gather on Saturday 24 February at 3:15pm at the Hastings City Clock Tower to call on the central government to step up and prioritise childrens’ health over Big Tobacco profits. Rally organiser Sukhdeep Singh says he is deeply ... More >>

Researchers Shed Light On Christchurch Rebuild Delays

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 11:00 am | University of Auckland

More than a decade after the 2011 earthquake, Christchurch’s CBD is still home to a few vacant sites, with research shedding light on some of the reasons why. In the journal article, Challenges in post-earthquake recovery of damaged and neglected ... More >>

Waikari Fire Update #6

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 10:54 am | Fire and Emergency NZ

Three crews of firefighters are working on the Waikari fireground today, digging out hotspots that were identified by Fire and Emergency’s drone team last night. Incident Commander Des Irving says the thermal imaging survey pinpointed a large ... More >>

Port Hills Fire Update #23

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 10:42 am | Fire and Emergency NZ

Incoming Incident Controller Dave Key say crews on the ground at Port Hills will spend today dampening hotspots. Drone footage last night identified 20 hotspots and 70 firefighters will work on turning over and extinguishing these today. There will ... More >>

Community Event To Acknowledge Cyclone Gabrielle Impacts

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 9:57 am | Gisborne District Council

Council is excited to invite Tairāwhiti to ‘Tū Whitia – Stand & Shine’, a free community event happening Saturday 2 March from 3pm to 8.30pm at the Gisborne Soundshell. Tami Neilson, Scribe and Oceanspace are just some of the artists performing ... More >>

Māori To Explore Low Carbon Land Use Thanks To $40,000 Grant

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 9:34 am | Bay Trust

 ‘Discovery tours’ will be organised for joint Māori landowners in the Bay this year to showcase low carbon land use options and help ignite the Māori economy. The tours will be organised by Toi Kai Rawa with the support of a $40,000 ... More >>

Crankworx Summer Series New Zealand - Event Update

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 8:52 am | Crankworx NZ

As you will be aware, the fire that began in the Port Hills of Christchurch on February 14, 2024, has significantly impacted Christchurch Adventure Park (CAP), the scheduled venue for Crankworx Summer Series New Zealand from March 1-3, 2024. Emergency response ... More >>

Reduced Services And Staff Cuts Proposed At Council

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 9:08 pm | Hamilton City Council

Hamilton City Council will ask Hamiltonians what services they’re willing to cut to realise staff and consultancy savings put forward by Elected Members. Hamilton City Council will consider reduced levels of community and back-office services following ... More >>

Revealed: Local Government Commission Wastes $100,000 On Rebrand Right As Agencies Told To Cut Back On Wasteful Spending

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 7:14 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

According to information obtained under the Official Information Act, The Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that the Local Government Commission – the body responsible for overseeing the structure of New Zealand's councils – has spent $99,000 on a new ... More >>

Levin Town Centre Transformation Strategy

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 7:11 pm | Horowhenua District Council

Levin Town Centre Transformation Strategy Progressing With Potential Redevelopment Of Levin War Memorial Hall, Village Green And Skate Park As part of Horowhenua District Council’s Levin Town Centre Transformation Strategy, we will soon be seeking expressions ... More >>

Challenge To Encourage Better Travel Habits Launches For Another Year

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 7:09 pm | The Wednesday Challenge

Two years since the Wednesday Challenge first piloted in Tauranga the initiative kicks off again the week in Tauranga, Tairāwhiti and in an increasing number of businesses across New Zealand, encouraging people to choose more environmentally ... More >>

Waikari Fire Update #5

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 6:56 pm | Fire and Emergency NZ

Firefighters have spent today tackling deep-seated hotspots on the Waikari fireground. The fire has burnt 327 hectares with a perimeter of 8.6km. Incident Commander Des Irving says two crews will patrol the fireground tonight and a Fire and Emergency ... More >>

Port Hills Fire Update #22

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 3:31 pm | Fire and Emergency NZ

The colder weather combined with a small amount of rain overnight on Monday helped cool the Port Hills fireground, but this has made for challenging, slippery conditions on Tuesday. Incident Commander Steve Kennedy says safety of the crews has been the ... More >>

Multiple Motorbikes Seized Following Paeroa Gang Tangi

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 2:54 pm | New Zealand Police

Multiple motorbikes have been seized as Police had an increased presence in the Waikato town of Paeroa today for the tangi of a Waikato-based gang member. A contingent of gang members travelled from across Waikato, Auckland and Bay of Plenty to the ... More >>

Auckland Council Adopts Consultation Document For Long-term Plan

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 2:09 pm | Auckland Council

Earlier today, the consultation document for Auckland Council’s Long-term Plan (10-year Budget) 2024/34 was adopted by the Budget Committee following lengthy and robust discussion. “We agreed on the items for consultation back in December. So, ... More >>

What Rules Would You Like For Keeping Bees, Pigs Or Roosters? Tell Us Before 31 March 2024

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 2:05 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Pigs making a pong? Roosters keeping you awake? Waikato District Council is asking for feedback about animal nuisance issues. The feedback will help Council when it prepares the Keeping of Animals Bylaw later in the year. Animals play a vital role ... More >>

Safer Speeds On Select Locations On Northland And North Auckland State Highways

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 1:12 pm | NZTA

Following consultation with communities on setting safe and appropriate speed limits, NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi (NZTA) will be changing speed limits on short sections of the state highway network across Northland and north Auckland. The focus will ... More >>

Police Put Prolific Posse In Their Sights

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 12:53 pm | New Zealand Police

A Police investigation has brought a halt to an alleged spree of offending across parts of Northland. In the past week, a series of arrests have been made targeting a group of associates for incidents that have occurred in Ōmāpere, Opononi and ... More >>

Artist Transforms Levin’s Information Kiosk With Vibrant Mural

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 12:45 pm | Horowhenua District Council

Visitors approaching Levin from the north end are in for a visual treat as the Information Kiosk undergoes a stunning transformation. Renowned artist Joe McMenamin has breathed new life into the kiosk with a captivating mural, infusing it with his signature ... More >>

Hutt City Council Commits To Big Investment In Water

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 12:29 pm | Hutt City Council

Hutt City Council has today agreed to continue its significant investment in water infrastructure and transport in its draft 10-year plan which will go out for community consultation in April. "This is the largest capital delivery programme in our ... More >>

Imprisonment Sentence To Deter Tax Offending

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 11:08 am | Inland Revenue Department

A former construction company director has been jailed on tax charges. In 2021, Stephen Eugene Foley was found guilty by a jury of aiding and abetting his construction companies (HPTP 2014 Ltd and Point to Point Construction Ltd) of deducting PAYE from ... More >>

Water Meters Paying Off For NPDC Ratepayers

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 11:05 am | New Plymouth District Council

Around half of New Plymouth District homes now have water meters, but the benefits are already flowing through for everyone. NPDC was considering including a $4 million upgrade of the pump station and pipeline to keep up with water demand in the Urenui ... More >>

Rocky Escape: Police Scale Up Warnings To Stay Safe

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 10:46 am | New Zealand Police

Police are urging our local fishing enthusiasts to please stay safe while dropping a line. <img src="" width="720" height="540"> In the early hours of Friday ... More >>

New Way To Easily Contact And Receive Updates From Council Launches

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 10:43 am | Manawatu District Council

With the overload of emails, alerts and advertising, it is easy to quickly become exhausted and switched off to the social noise of each day. Yet in tuning out, we miss the important things we actually do need to know about. Looking for a solution ... More >>

Two Upgraded Play Areas Ready To Push Play In The City

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 10:07 am | Wellington City Council

Wellington City Council is pleased to announce the opening of two upgraded play areas in Pōneke next week – the exciting new playspace at Frank Kitts Park, and the refreshed site at Botanic Garden ki Paekākā. Botanic Garden Playground <img ... More >>

Person found deceased following fire, Westland

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 9:07 am | New Zealand Police

One person has been found deceased following a house bus fire in Westland this morning. Emergency services were called to the Blue Spur property about 4am. One person made it out of the house bus unharmed, however sadly a second person was located deceased. ... More >>

Over 1 Million Websites Blocked, And 47 Investigations Conducted In 2023

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 8:50 am | Department Of Internal Affairs

2023 statistics from the Digital Child Exploitation Team at Department of Internal Affairs, Te Tari Taiwhenua, have been released showing 47 investigations into child exploitation were undertaken, which led to finding 2,966,773 pieces of material and ... More >>

Hawke’s Bay Moves To Restricted Fire Season, Tararua East Goes Prohibited

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 8:47 am | Fire and Emergency NZ

Starting from 8am on Tuesday, 20 February, the following areas in Hawke’s Bay move to a restricted fire season. They are rural and coastal Wairoa, Mahia Peninsula, Heretaunga/Ahuriri, Hawke’s Bay Coast, Pahiatua, Eketahuna, and West, South, and ... More >>

Men Against Sexual Violence (MASSIVE) Holds Its Very First Community Wellness Event This Weekend In Kaikohe

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 8:46 am | Men Against Sexual Violence

Their goal is to address and begin healing the underlying trauma in the community caused by sexual violence. This may be the first time that a community has come together in such an open manner to address one of the key social problems undermining the ... More >>

Port Hills Fire Update #21

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 8:44 am | Fire and Emergency NZ

About 20mm of rain fell on the Port Hills fireground this morning. Incident Controller Steve Kennedy says overnight crews made great progress eliminating many of the hotspots and also the deep seated burning at one of the largest skid sites. The specialist ... More >>

Harmful Content And Cyber Bullying Our Biggest Online Concerns

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 8:38 am | InternetNZ

New research commissioned by InternetNZ shows a massive number of New Zealanders are concerned about young children accessing inappropriate content online. A staggering 73% of New Zealanders surveyed said they are either extremely or very concerned about ... More >>

Port Hills Fire Update #20

Monday, 19 February 2024, 6:40 pm | Fire and Emergency NZ

Port Hills fire Incident Commander Steve Kennedy says the dampening down and the creation and widening of fire breaks have proven themselves against the stronger winds today. "We’ve had 100 firefighters and 20 support personnel working ... More >>

Proposed Benefit Changes Will Batter New Zealand Families Living With Intellectual Disability

Monday, 19 February 2024, 6:38 pm | IHC New Zealand

IHC Director of Advocacy, Tania Thomas, says the Government is making decisions about benefits on the fly and not on evidence, which is putting intellectually disabled New Zealanders at serious risk. “Indexing benefit increases to inflation and not ... More >>

Update: The Terrace - Wellington

Monday, 19 February 2024, 6:25 pm | New Zealand Police

The Terrace between Bowen Street and Aurora Terrace has reopened. Police wish to thank motorists for their patience while the road was closed. More >>

Update: Grenada Road - Wellington

Monday, 19 February 2024, 6:24 pm | New Zealand Police

Grenada Road and the Churton Park-Glenside on-ramp has reopened. Police wish to thank motorists for their patience while the road was closed. More >>

New Bus Driver Toilets To Be Installed Across Wellington

Monday, 19 February 2024, 6:21 pm | Greater Wellington Te Pane Matua Taiao

An update on new, purpose-built toilets for bus drivers will be presented to Greater Wellington’s Transport Committee on Thursday 22 February. By June 2024, the facilities will be installed at seven stops across Wellington: Stop 4128 at the Mairangi terminus, ... More >>

Murihiku Marae Events To Usher In Southland Heritage Month 2024

Monday, 19 February 2024, 5:50 pm | Southland Heritage Month

Two very special events at Murihiku Marae in Waihōpai/Invercargill will mark the opening of Southland Heritage Month 2024 next month. Heritage South Chair Cathy Macfie said Southland Heritage Month 2024 was being launched with a pōwhiri (welcome ceremony) ... More >>

Tim Macindoe Announced As New Hamilton East Ward Councillor

Monday, 19 February 2024, 5:21 pm | Hamilton City Council

It’s official, Tim Macindoe has been confirmed as the new Hamilton East Ward Councillor. Macindoe received 5874 votes, 3666 ahead of Leo Liu, who received 2208 votes. With special votes now included, the final results are: MACINDOE, Tim 5874 LIU, Leo 2208 ... More >>

Four Youths Surrender Following Fleeing Driver Incident

Monday, 19 February 2024, 5:16 pm | New Zealand Police

Four people were taken into custody overnight following a team effort from Police. Just before 2am, the driver of a stolen vehicle travelling along Roscommon Place, Clendon fled from Police. Counties Manukau Central Area Prevention Manager, Inspector ... More >>

Glenbrook Road Speed Limit Reduction Fails To Reduce Deaths And Serious Injuries, Despite Surge In Speeding Fines

Monday, 19 February 2024, 3:55 pm | Gary Holmes

“Despite a 300% increase in speeding tickets issued on Glenbrook Road and Glenbrook-Waiuku Road since the speed limit was reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h in 2020, the number of deaths and serious injuries has remained concerningly high”, says Franklin Local ... More >>

Waikari Valley Fire Update #3

Monday, 19 February 2024, 3:18 pm | Fire and Emergency NZ

The fire at Waikari Valley jumped its containment line this afternoon, but more than 50 firefighters, with assistance from two helicopters, have been working successfully to contain it once again. The 300-hectare fire remains active, fanned by high winds ... More >>

Port Hills Fire Update #19

Monday, 19 February 2024, 2:50 pm | Fire and Emergency NZ

Drone crews have identified 17 more hotspots at the Port Hills fire, meaning there are now 40 hotspots that firefighters are actively working to extinguish today. There are 100 firefighters and 20 support personnel working alongside five helicopters ... More >>

The First Flush For The Sanson Wastewater Pump Station

Monday, 19 February 2024, 2:31 pm | Manawatu District Council

A milestone has been reached in the centralisation of wastewater from Manawatū villages to the Manawatū Wastewater Treatment Plant in Feilding. The main pump station in Sanson was officially opened on Monday 19 February, with Mayor Helen Worboys hitting ... More >>

Take 5 At The New Take 10 Pop-up In Courtenay Place

Monday, 19 February 2024, 2:16 pm | Wellington City Council

An organisation that provides a safe space and a friendly face for young people out on Friday and Saturday nights is extending its service from mid-February through to April. Take 10, with the support of Wellington City Council, has been parking ... More >>

Mayor Welcomes Appointees To Independent Ferry Service Advisory Group

Monday, 19 February 2024, 2:13 pm | Marlborough District Council

Mayor Nadine Taylor has welcomed the appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service. State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith has announced ... More >>




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