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Surf Life Saving Northern Region - Daily Report Sunday 23 January

Monday, 24 January 2022, 11:57 am | Surf Life Saving Northern Region

Another busy day around the Northern Region’s 18 beaches yesterday with fine weather and steady headcounts throughout the day. Summary – Sunday 23 January 2022 There were four rescues and three assists at Muriwai , with the beach recording the region’s ... More >>

Hamilton Welcomes Watercare Decision

Monday, 24 January 2022, 11:52 am | Hamilton City Council

Hamilton has welcomed a decision which will see Auckland reducing its reliance on the Waikato River as a water source. On Friday a Board of Inquiry released its decision into an application from Watercare to take a further 150 million litres of water ... More >>

Body Found In Tauranga Harbour Identified

Monday, 24 January 2022, 6:13 am | New Zealand Police

Police have now identified the man whose body was located in Tauranga Harbour this morning. More >>

Council Customer Service Centre, Blenheim Library And Picton Library & Service Centre To Open On Monday 24 January

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 8:27 pm | Marlborough District Council

From 11.59pm tonight, Sunday 23 January Marlborough, along with the rest of New Zealand will move to Red under the Government’s Covid-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system). The Customer Service Centre at the Marlborough District Council Office ... More >>

NZ Exercise Facilities Fully Prepared For Red Setting

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 8:21 pm | Make Lemonade

New Zealand’s facilities are prepared and ready to operate from 11.59pm tonight in the new covid omicron red setting, ExerciseNZ chief executive Richard Beddie says. “Auckland has done this before and the rest of the gyms in Aotearoa have had detailed ... More >>

Kāpiti Coast District Council Is Ready For ‘Red’

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 7:20 pm | Kapiti Coast District Council

  Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan says the move of the whole country into ‘red’ under the traffic light system in our response to COVID-19 will be less drastic than previous alert levels changes, but there are still changes ... More >>

6pm UPDATE: Fire, Evergreen Crescent, Trentham

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 7:15 pm | Fire and Emergency NZ

A big day out on the fire ground today with crews making good progress on the fire. The fire has not grown and remains under control at 14 ha. Helicopters have just stopped operations for the day. Ground crews remain but will scale back later this ... More >>

No Change To Public Transport Following Red Settings

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 5:51 pm | Greater Wellington Te Pane Matua Taiao

Following the Government’s announcement that the country will move to the red setting of the Covid Protection Framework at 11:59 tonight (23 January 2022), Metlink advises that no changes will be made to regional public transport services, which ... More >>

Remains found, Pipiwai

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 3:07 pm | New Zealand Police

Police last night were advised that human remains had been located in the bush in Pipiwai, Northland. More >>

Waihopai Spy Base Protest January 29

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 2:48 pm | Anti Bases Campaign

In light of today's announcement that the whole country is immediately moving into traffic light red status, the Anti-Bases Campaign Committee held an urgent e-mail meeting to decide whether to proceed or not with next Saturday's Waihopai spy base ... More >>

Dunedin Well Prepared As Country Moves To Red

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 2:44 pm | Dunedin City Council

Dunedin (Sunday, 23 January 2022) – Mayor of Dunedin Aaron Hawkins says the city is well prepared to again step up the fight against Covid-19. The Government has announced that, following community transmission of the Omicron variant, all of New ... More >>

Police investigating attempted aggravated robbery

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 2:41 pm | New Zealand Police

This morning at around 9am Police attended an attempted aggravated robbery at the Grower Direct Market on Yaldhurst Road, Sockburn, Christchurch. Three offenders entered the store with what is believed to be a firearm and attempted to rob the store, although ... More >>

Assistance Sought To Identify Man Found Deceased In Tauranga

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 2:28 pm | New Zealand Police

Tauranga Police are seeking assistance to identify a man who was found deceased this morning in Tauranga Harbour. Emergency services were alerted at 7.50am that a body had been seen in the Harbour, and it was recovered by Coast Guard a short ... More >>

Arrest made in attempted aggravated robbery - Hawera

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 2:24 pm | New Zealand Police

Police have arrested a youth in relation to the attempted aggravated robbery of a grocery store in Hawera last night. More >>

Cromwell cyclist seriously injured, vehicle leaves scene

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 2:21 pm | New Zealand Police

A cyclist has suffered serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle in Cromwell this morning. The incident occurred at the intersection of Shortcut Road and Partridge Road at around 7.45am today. The vehicle involved left the scene immediately following ... More >>

7am UPDATE - Fire, Evergreen Crescent, Trentham

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 7:17 am | Fire and Emergency NZ

Firefighters are back on scene this morning to continue firefighting efforts. Helicopters started operations at 6.15am. Ground crews are working beside Remutaka Prison and off the top of Chatsworth Road. The helicopters and crews are making the most of ... More >>

Homicide Investigation - Addington, Christchurch

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 6:31 am | New Zealand Police

A homicide investigation has commenced in Christchurch after a 37-year-old woman was found deceased at her Addington home yesterday evening. A scene examination is under way at the Grove Road property, and part of Grove Road is cordoned off. Police ... More >>

Surf Life Saving Northern Region - Beach Report For Saturday 22 January

Saturday, 22 January 2022, 8:46 pm | Surf Life Saving Northern Region

Beautiful weather saw high head counts and reasonably busy days for Surf Life Saving Northern Region’s lifeguards around the region. Summary – Saturday 22 January 2022 Baylys Beach responded when a six-year-old girl inhaled water and was brought ... More >>

Police Seek Information Following Hawera Attempted Robbery

Saturday, 22 January 2022, 8:44 pm | New Zealand Police

Police are seeking information from the public following an attempted aggravated robbery in Hawera tonight. About 6:50pm a man entered Turuturu Grocery on Glover Road, Hawera, and threatened a staff member with a knife. The man then fled on foot ... More >>

7.30pm UPDATE - Fire, Evergreen Crescent, Trentham

Saturday, 22 January 2022, 7:37 pm | Fire and Emergency NZ

Fire and Emergency is asking Silverstream residents to please conserve water in their houses as the reservoir fills back up. Wellington Water has allowed firefighters access to the reservoir for firefighting use. Helicopters will continue operations ... More >>

Man Dies Following Water Incident - Otara Bay, Coromandel

Saturday, 22 January 2022, 6:31 pm | New Zealand Police

One person has died following a water incident at Otara Bay, in the Coromandel. Emergency services were called to the scene about 2:30pm, where a snorkeller had been pulled from the water. Medical attention was administered, however the victim ... More >>

Vegetation Fire, Rickit Street, Taupo - Bay Of Plenty

Saturday, 22 January 2022, 6:15 pm | New Zealand Police

Police are asking the public to avoid the Rickit Street area of Taupo, near the wastewater treatment plant and cemetery, while emergency services respond to a vegetation fire. Police are at the scene and assisting with evacuations. Traffic management ... More >>

5pm UPDATE - Fire, Evergreen Crescent, Trentham

Saturday, 22 January 2022, 6:11 pm | Fire and Emergency NZ

The fire is now under control and around 2ha in size. Firefighters are still on scene to extinguish the fire and a third helicopter is on the way to assist firefighting efforts before dark. More >>

4pm UPDATE: Fire, Evergreen Crescent, Trentham

Saturday, 22 January 2022, 6:11 pm | Fire and Emergency NZ

Firefighters are currently fighting a third alarm vegetation fire in Evergreen Crescent, Trentham. Two helicopters are also on the way to support firefighting efforts. As a precaution, around ten nearby properties have been asked to prepare to evacuate ... More >>

New Zealand PM Declares 'We Won’t Stop Omicron'

Saturday, 22 January 2022, 6:06 pm | Socialist Equality Group

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed yesterday that her Labour Party-led government will allow the Omicron variant to circulate once it enters the community, setting the stage for a calamity in New Zealand similar to those unfolding throughout the ... More >>

Serious Crash, Southern Motorway, Ellerslie - Auckland City

Saturday, 22 January 2022, 2:53 pm | New Zealand Police

Emergency services are in attendance at a serious crash on Auckland's southern motorway in Ellerslie. The crash, between a car and a motorbike, occurred about 1:45pm in the northbound lanes. One person has sustained serious injuries. Two northbound lanes ... More >>

SH 1, Paekākāriki open following crash - Wellington

Saturday, 22 January 2022, 2:13 pm | New Zealand Police

State Highway 1, near Paekākāriki, has reopened following a crash earlier today. Two people were transported to hospital following the crash, one with serious injuries and one with moderate injuries. Police would like to thank motorists for their patience ... More >>

Police monitoring gang-related funeral procession

Saturday, 22 January 2022, 2:10 pm | New Zealand Police

Police are today monitoring driver behaviour related to a gang-related tangi in Beach Haven. A large funeral procession has just commenced, heading from Beach Haven to Schnapper Rock Cemetery. Disappointingly, we are already seeing instances of reckless ... More >>

Crash, SH1, Paekākāriki - Wellington

Saturday, 22 January 2022, 2:03 pm | New Zealand Police

Emergency services are at the scene of a crash on SH1, near Paekākāriki, where a car has rolled. Initial indications are there have been injuries. The southbound lane is blocked and motorists should avoid the area, if possible, and expect delays. More >>

Missing Rangiora Man Located

Saturday, 22 January 2022, 6:27 am | New Zealand Police

21 January The man reported missing today from the Rangiora area has been located safe and well. Police would like to thank the public for their assistance. More >>

Have You Seen Lawrence O'Connell?

Friday, 21 January 2022, 8:57 pm | New Zealand Police

Police are seeking information on the whereabouts of Lawrence O'Connell, who has been reported missing in the Rangiora area. He was last seen in the early afternoon today, 21 January, at an address on King Street. He was wearing black trackpants, ... More >>

FLUF World And Beyond Have Raised Over $1million Through Their NFT Community On Behalf Of The Auckland City Mission

Friday, 21 January 2022, 8:28 pm | FLUF World

FLUF World and Beyond have raised over $1million through their NFT community on behalf of the Auckland City Mission in a surprise one day charity auction. FLUF World, Beyond and Snoop Dogg teamed up this week to pull together a charity auction to help ... More >>

New Zealand Red Cross Investigating Data Security In International Committee Of The Red Cross Privacy Breach

Friday, 21 January 2022, 7:17 pm | New Zealand Red Cross

On 20 January 2022 (NZT 6:08am) New Zealand Red Cross were advised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) that on the morning of 18 January 2022, they learned the ICRC Central Tracing Agency systems had been exposed to a highly sophisticated ... More >>

New Zealanders Pessimistic After Hottest Year On Record

Friday, 21 January 2022, 5:51 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

NIWA statistics report 2021 as the warmest year since records began and despite concern about climate change, most New Zealanders do not think it can be avoided, Horizon Research finds. Concern about climate change is at its highest for nearly ... More >>

Second Nature For New Chief Executive Of Forest & Bird

Friday, 21 January 2022, 5:45 pm | Forest And Bird

Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading conservation organisation, Forest & Bird, is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicola Toki as its new Chief Executive, as the society approaches its one-hundredth year of giving nature a voice. Toki will ... More >>

Health Warning Lifted For Lake Ohakuri

Friday, 21 January 2022, 3:19 pm | Toi Te Ora

The health warning issued in November for Lake Ohakuri has now been lifted by the local Medical Officer of Health. Results of water testing by Waikato Regional Council confirm that the algal bloom has subsided in the lake. Despite the lifting of the ... More >>

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff Pledges $25,000 From Mayoral Relief Fund To Support Tonga Recovery

Friday, 21 January 2022, 3:14 pm | Auckland Council

Mayor Phil Goff has today pledged $25,000 from Auckland’s Mayoral Fund for the Pacific to support disaster recovery efforts in Tonga following the recent Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai volcano eruption and following tsunami. The support is provided from a charitable ... More >>

Rock Stabilisation Nevis Bluff, Queenstown Lakes District, Late January To May

Friday, 21 January 2022, 2:13 pm | NZTA

The Aspiring Highways team, working for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, will begin rock stabilisation work on the Nevis Bluff, SH6, next week. As part of the agency’s ongoing safety and monitoring of the rock face, an increase in movement of one large ... More >>

Watercare Pleased To Have Consent For Increased Waikato River Allocation Granted By Board Of Inquiry

Friday, 21 January 2022, 2:06 pm | Watercare

Watercare is pleased with the Board of Inquiry decision to grant a 20-year resource consent for up to 150 million litres a day (net) from the Waikato River, ensuring Aucklanders and their neighbours in Tuakau and Pokeno continue to have a reliable ... More >>

Pōneke Makes Play While The Sun Shines

Friday, 21 January 2022, 1:33 pm | Wellington City Council

Summer has definitely arrived in the capital with everything heating up – including the capital’s events calendar. There are events happening all over the city, on the waterfront, and around our communities, showcasing local talent with an array ... More >>

Council Support Confirmed For Tonga

Friday, 21 January 2022, 1:13 pm | Hamilton City Council

Hamilton City Council has provided a one-off $10,000 grant to kick-start a Hamilton-centred relief effort for Tonga. The money will be provided to the Tongan Community Trust which is co-ordinating relief efforts on behalf of the city. The funds will be used ... More >>

Pop-up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic At The Southern Trust Events Centre, Aorangi Park, Timaru

Friday, 21 January 2022, 1:12 pm | South Canterbury District Health Board

  The South Canterbury DHB are running a pop-up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at the Southern Trust Events Centre, Aorangi Park, Timaru to meet the increased demand from our community this week for vaccinations. The Aorangi Park Clinic will have ... More >>

Queenstown Top Rated In TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Best Of The Best Awards

Friday, 21 January 2022, 12:56 pm | Destination Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand (21 January 2022) – Queenstown has received two accolades at the annual TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards. The town was voted the number one destination for the South Pacific and the fifth best destination ... More >>

Council Extends Need For Vaccine Pass To Enter Civic Building

Friday, 21 January 2022, 12:52 pm | Kapiti Coast District Council

Kāpiti Coast District Council is extending the requirement for a vaccine pass to be carried by anyone entering all its public buildings from next Tuesday (25 January), including the Civic Building in Paraparaumu, Acting Chief Executive James Jefferson ... More >>

Search Suspended For Missing Man Kukama Waa

Friday, 21 January 2022, 12:29 pm | New Zealand Police

Police have suspended the search for missing Northland man Kukama Waa. After extensive search efforts in the remote and rugged Pipiwai forest area proved unsuccessful in locating Mr Waa, the decision was made to suspend the physical search yesterday. ... More >>

Greater Wellington To Pause Safety Patrols At Paremata Bridge

Friday, 21 January 2022, 11:32 am | Greater Wellington Regional Council

Aggressive behaviour towards staff has forced Greater Wellington to put on hold seven years of safety patrols at Paremata Bridge and Mana launching ramp from Saturday 22 January. <img src="" ... More >>

Full Night Closures Weld Pass, SH1, Blenheim Over Five Nights From Mid-February

Friday, 21 January 2022, 11:14 am | New Zealand Transport Agency

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency crews will be working on the Weld Pass, on SH1 in Marlborough, for five full nights mid-February. The Weld Pass, between Blenheim and Seddon, will be fully closed for asphalt resurfacing. Given the full overnight closure ... More >>

Tongan Shockwave Detected In Bay Of Plenty

Friday, 21 January 2022, 9:52 am | Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Bay of Plenty Regional Council live monitoring sites picked up the exact time the shockwave from the Tongan eruption hit Tauranga Harbour. Monitoring sites also recorded evidence of tsunami waves in the Bay of Plenty – something Data Services Manager ... More >>

Airport Station Stop Added To Te Huia Restart Schedule

Friday, 21 January 2022, 9:44 am | Waikato Regional Council

Te Huia will stop at Auckland’s Puhinui Station when the train restarts next Monday (24 January), in the latest of a suite of improvements confirmed for the service. In addition, for the last official week of the school holidays and the first five ... More >>

Christchurch Police Urge Festival Goers To Drink Responsibly And Keep Themselves Safe

Friday, 21 January 2022, 9:42 am | New Zealand Police

Police are advising Christchurch concert-goers to drink responsibly at festivals in the coming weeks. There are several concerts in Christchurch in the next few weeks, including Electric Avenue, Andy C and Netsky, which will be a fun day out for those ... More >>

Restricted Fire Season For Taranaki District

Friday, 21 January 2022, 8:37 am | Fire and Emergency NZ

All of the Taranaki District has moved to a restricted fire season as of 8am Friday 21 January. This restricted fire season means anyone wanting to light an open-air fire will have to apply for a permit and follow the conditions listed on the permit. ... More >>

Evacuated Residents Return Home At Ahipara

Friday, 21 January 2022, 8:34 am | Fire and Emergency NZ

Residents from six properties on the outskirts of Ahipara have been allowed to return home after being evcuated overnight due to a fire on the hillside above. Fire and Emergency Incident Controller Scott Marchant said the fire was contained. Ground ... More >>

Vegetation Fire At Ahipara Contained

Friday, 21 January 2022, 6:24 am | Fire and Emergency NZ

Fire crews have contained a vegetation fire near Ahipara in Northland overnight. Fire and Emergency District Manager Wipari Henwood says the fire covers about three hectares and six properties have been evacuated. Brigades from Ahipara, Kaitaia, ... More >>

Arrest After Search Warrant In Taranaki

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 4:50 pm | New Zealand Police

One person’s been arrested following a search warrant in South Taranaki  today. Police attended an address in Opunake this morning, and located a substantial  amount of methamphetamine and also cash. Illegally-held firearms were also seized. ... More >>

Covid-19 Update From Your Rescue Helicopters – Open Days Postponed

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 3:39 pm | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

We regretfully announce the postponement of all upcoming Open Days for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter, TECT Rescue Helicopter, Greenlea Rescue Helicopter, and Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter. In light of ongoing developments and uncertainty ... More >>

Horowhenua Council Parks And Green Spaces Are Among The Best In The World

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 3:37 pm | Horowhenua District Council

Horowhenua District Council have been recognised with some of the best green spaces, parks and gardens worldwide. The prestigious 2021/2022 international Green Flag Awards was awarded to five parks across Horowhenua this year, including the two new entries, ... More >>

Caution Urged For Dog Owners And Swimmers As Toxic Algae Identified At Kapiti Sites

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 2:51 pm | Greater Wellington Regional Council

Swimmers are being advised to take caution while dog owners should keep dogs on leashes or avoid two river sites along the Kapiti Coast with toxic algae, including detached algal mats being identified. The sites are located at Otaki River at State ... More >>

Timaru To Go To Level 2 As Water Issue Continues To Resolve

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 1:52 pm | Timaru District Council

Timaru District Council is thanking the community for their support as it moves the city to Level 2 Water Restrictions from noon on Friday. Moving down to Level 2 restrictions enables people to now use a single handheld hose or microjet system ... More >>

Bold Bittern Bucks The Trend, Strikes A Pose In Backyard

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 1:34 pm | Department of Conservation

A bold young bittern has caused a stir in Waikato, striking a pose in a Cambridge couple’s urban backyard. Australasian bittern/matuku are rare in New Zealand. The wetland species’ population is estimated to be less than 1000 individuals, and ... More >>

Blue Skies For Most This Weekend

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 1:30 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting another high pressure system to sit over Aotearoa this coming weekend, bringing dry and settled weather for most. The cold front that swept up the South Island on Wednesday is weakening away as it tracks up the North Island ... More >>




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