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H2O Xtream temporarily closes leisure and lane pools, slides

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 5:37 pm | Upper Hutt City Council

Upper Hutt City Council staff have taken the precautionary measure of closing H2O Xtream aquatic centre’s main pools and slides following the breakage of a glass vessel at poolside. Glass vessels are not permitted inside the facility. More >>

Hamilton ready to help

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 5:16 pm | Hamilton City Council

Families of Whakaari White Island victims are already arriving in Hamilton – and the city is making sure it’s ready. More >>

West Coast Heavy Rain Event

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 4:19 pm | West Coast Emergency Management

The Westland Emergency Operations Centre is standing down for this event and the Recovery plan is being implemented. More >>

Lake Taupō wastewater discharge investigation concludes

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 4:15 pm | Waikato Regional Council

A five month investigation into the Taupō wastewater spill in July has concluded, with Waikato Regional Council deciding it will not initiate a prosecution. More >>

Police investigating indecent exposure incident

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 4:12 pm | New Zealand Police

Police are appealing for information following an incident at Ocean Beach on Tuesday 3 December. More >>

Call for enviro groups to have say on biodiversity

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 4:09 pm | Kapiti Coast District Council

Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan is calling on Kāpiti environmental groups and conservationists to have their say on how New Zealand protects its at-risk indigenous biodiversity. More >>

Clean boat hulls prevent spread of marine pests

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 4:05 pm | Gisborne District Council

Heading into summer, Council reminds boat owners to keep their hulls clean to ensure harmful marine pests don’t enter our port. More >>

Boaties warned of submerged logs in Waitaki Lakes

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 4:02 pm | Environment Canterbury

As a result of recent heavy rainfall, a significant amount of debris is currently floating or submerged in the Waitaki rivers and lakes. More >>

Council approves ECO Fund recipients for October round

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 3:44 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) approved the recommendations of the ECO Fund decision panel today. More >>

Northbound passing lane on Brynderwyns to remain closed

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 3:37 pm | NZTA

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises that the northbound passing lane on the south side of the Brynderwyns Hills on State Highway 1 will remain closed until March. More >>

Whakaari / White Island identification and coronial process

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 2:43 pm | New Zealand Police

Following the deaths of six people in the Whakaari / White Island eruption on Monday and further monitoring of conditions on the island since the eruption, a significant operation to identify and return the deceased to their loved ones has begun. More >>

Hail damage to Timaru vehicles to be covered for WOF

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 2:40 pm | Insurance Council

Timaru residents with hail damaged cars have one less thing to worry about as they head into Christmas - with the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) confirming that most hail damaged vehicles will be able to be issued a Warrant of Fitness (WOF) while ... More >>

Christchurch Police investigate aggravated robbery

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 2:39 pm | New Zealand Police

Police are investigating after a liquor store in Lincoln Road, Christchurch was robbed on 7 December. Four offenders entered the store at around 10.30pm that night. One was armed with a large knife, one with a hammer, and one with a large spanner. ... More >>

Lifejackets – no excuses

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 1:34 pm | Hawke's Bay Regional Council

With summer in full flow with beautiful long days and heat pushing families to the water, it’s time to remember to wear lifejackets. More >>

Fatal crash on SH1 in Wellsford

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 1:31 pm | New Zealand Police

Emergency services are at the scene of a two-vehicle crash on State Highway 1 in Wellsford. More >>

Māngere Mountain fire

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 12:26 pm | Tupuna Maunga Authority

The Tūpuna Maunga Authority is working closely with Fire and Emergency New Zealand to understand the cause of today’s fire on Te Pane o Mataoho / Te Ara Pueru / Māngere Mountain. More >>

Last opportunity for the West Coast firearms amnesty

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 12:21 pm | New Zealand Police

There are now less than 2 weeks to go until the amnesty and buy-back for prohibited firearms and parts ends on 20 December 2019. More >>

Tis the season to be generous

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 12:03 pm | Otago Museum

In the spirit of Kris Kringle, the big cheerful man himself, Otago Museum is inviting the community to help make the holidays fun for all children. More >>

Rangitata bridge, SH1, opening late this afternoon

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 11:36 am | NZTA

SH1 at the Rangitata Bridge will open late this afternoon. The exact time will be confirmed at 3 pm today, says Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency System Manager Pete Connors. More >>

New lanes opening on Southern Motorway

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 11:33 am | NZTA

The Southern Corridor Improvements (SCI) project has begun opening new motorway lanes between Takanini and Papakura Interchanges, starting with a new third southbound lane between Pahurehure Inlet and the Papakura off-ramp this morning. More >>

Civil Defence Timaru Update

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 11:24 am | Timaru District Council

The current situation remains extremely changeable, the river remains unpredictable and with little to no flood defence is prone to further breakouts, especially if there is further wet weather. More >>

Statement from Paul Quinn, Chair of White Island Tours

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 11:20 am | White Island Tours

“First and foremost, we would like to express our sorrow and offer condolences to those who have lost their loved ones following the eruption on Whakaari / White Island on Monday. More >>

White Island - work continues to launch recovery efforts

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 10:36 am | New Zealand Police

We understand and appreciate the desire of families and the public for the bodies to be retrieved as soon as possible. More >>

Council committed to ensuring film office’s success

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 10:24 am | Queenstown Lakes District Council

Changes to the Film Otago Southland Film Office and Board will not impact on the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC)’s continued support and the seamless delivery of service by the office. More >>

100 days to go to Christchurch’s most exciting new Festival

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 9:30 am | Grow O Tautahi

With just 100 days to go to the first-ever Grow Ō Tautahi Christchurch Garden Festival, the list of events and activities is growing with something to appeal to everyone. More >>

Hutt City Council backs changes to waste and recycling

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 9:05 am | Hutt City Council

Better managing waste and recycling across Lower Hutt, and replacing Naenae Pool alongside a plan to reinvigorate the town centre have been agreed as two key priorities by Hutt City Council at a meeting last night. More >>

A Tragedy of White Island Eruption

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 8:31 am | International Muslim Association of New Zealand

International Muslim Association of New Zealand would like to share our sadness and condolences to the affected families of those were either injured or killed because of this tragic incident. More >>

Sustainability Report shows benefits of water scheme

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 8:27 am | Central Plains Water Trust

Every year the Central Plains Water Trust (the Trust) commissions an independent expert report on the environmental, social and economic performance of the Central Plains Water Scheme. This year’s report was prepared on behalf of the Trust by ... More >>

Athletes work to save Kauri

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 8:21 am | Kauri Rescue

Top ranked athletes through High Performance Sport NZ will be joining the Kauri Res-cue team to treat sick kauri trees on private land in Auckland on Sunday 15 December. More >>

NSY NZ at New Zealand’s first Sikh Games

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 8:18 am | Nanaksar Sikh Youth NZ

Nanaksar Sikh Youth is a non-profit organisation that aims to appreciate and encourage each individual's uniqueness and build positive, long-lasting relationships. They make positive contributions to the community and the society around them while strengthening ... More >>

Missing person - Keqin Wang

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 8:14 am | New Zealand Police

Auckland Police are seeking the public's assistance to locate 77-year-old Keqin Wang from Avondale who was reported missing earlier today. More >>

Fire on Mangere Mountain Domain

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 8:13 am | New Zealand Police

Emergency services are responding to a large fire on Mangere Mountain Domain in Mangere Bridge. More >>

NZ Catholic Bishops statement on Whakaari / White Island

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 8:12 am | NZ Catholic Bishops

From Bishop Patrick Dunn, Catholic Bishop of Auckland and President of the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference More >>

Sixth fatality following Whakaari / White Island eruption

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 10:19 pm | New Zealand Police

Police can confirm a further person has died following the eruption on Whakaari / White Island, bringing the official toll to six. More >>

Update: Fatal collision, State Highway 58

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 6:58 pm | New Zealand Police

Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle collision on State Highway 58/Paremata Road earlier today. More >>

Whakaari / White Island eruption: Work continues on recovery

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 6:56 pm | New Zealand Police

Police continues to work on the recovery operation following yesterday’s eruption on Whakaari / White Island. More >>

Underlying confidence in Ruapehu tourism

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 6:50 pm | Ruapehu District Council

Over 50 operators and other stakeholders involved in Ruapehu tourism attended the third annual Visit Ruapehu Industry Forum at the Chateau Tongariro on Wednesday (4 Dec 19). More >>

Hamilton to offer ‘every support possible’

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 6:49 pm | Hamilton City Council

The New Zealand flag and Hamilton City Council flag flying at half-mast. Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate says Hamilton is standing by to offer “every support possible” to assist the families and friends of White Island victims. More >>

Update - missing person, Hawke's Bay

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 6:47 pm | New Zealand Police

The 42-year-old man earlier reported missing from Napier has been located safe and well. More >>

West Coast Heavy Rain Event Final Update

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 4:46 pm | West Coast Emergency Management

SH6 from Whataroa to Haast will be open from 10am tomorrow Wednesday 11th December. This section of highway will then be open daily from 8am to 8pm from Thursday 12th December. More >>

Rangitata bridge, SH1 remaining closed overnight

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 4:14 pm | New Zealand Transport Agency

Canterbury The Rangitata River bridge, SH1, is remaining closed Tuesday night with the next update at 11 am Wednesday after extensive flooding from the Rangitata River at the weekend. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency teams are continuing to work closely ... More >>

Drones trialled to prevent rock fishing deaths

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 4:11 pm | Surf Life Saving New Zealand

A rock fishing safety campaign is trialling the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Drones in a bid to reduce the number of rock fishing incidents along the West Coast. More >>

Children rewarded for bike helmet designs

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 4:09 pm | Hamilton City Council

An array of unique and colourful designs were on display at yesterday’s prizegiving for the annual ‘Design your own Helmet’ competition. More >>

Serious crash, Queen Elizabeth II Drive, Mairehau

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 4:00 pm | New Zealand Police

Emergency services are at the scene of a serious crash involving a car and a truck on Queen Elizabeth II Drive, Mairehau, Christchurch. More >>

Check you’re ‘good to go’ and swim thru summer

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 3:24 pm | Hawkes Bay Regional Council

With the arrival of summer, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is encouraging people to get out and enjoy the great swimming spots the region has to offer. More >>

Helicopter Trust commits all resources to White Island

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 3:09 pm | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

As part of a national coordinated response, all five units under the North Island’s largest rescue helicopter operation, Philips Search & Rescue Trust, were dispatched to Whakatane during yesterday’s Whakaari/White Island eruption. More >>

West Coast Heavy Rain Event

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 2:07 pm | West Coast Emergency Management

A convoy of in excess of 150 vehicles and 440 people have left Franz Josef destined for Wanaka. More >>

Condolences to Victims of Whakaari/White Island Eruption

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 2:00 pm | Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand

The Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand would like to pass on sincere condolences to the families of those who were killed, as well as to those who have been injured because of the eruption on Whakaari/White Island. More >>

Auckland prohibited firearms and parts collection events

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 1:49 pm | New Zealand Police

"Auckland prohibited firearms and parts collection events – less than 2 weeks to go to hand them in" More >>

Whakaari / White Island - work continues to enable recovery

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 1:45 pm | New Zealand Police

Work is continuing today to enable the recovery of the eight people who remain unaccounted for on Whakaari / White Island following yesterday’s eruption. More >>

Missing person, Hawke's Bay

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 1:43 pm | New Zealand Police

He has not been in contact with his friends or family since then, and Police have concerns for his welfare. More >>

UPDATE: Serious assault, Hamilton

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 1:10 pm | New Zealand Police

A 27-year-old man has died following an assault on Lilac Street, Hamilton, on the evening of Sunday 1 December. More >>

Operation Cactus puts the sting in vehicle crime

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 1:09 pm | New Zealand Police

Police have been putting a stop to the prickly issue of vehicle crime in an Auckland suburb as part of Operation Cactus. More >>

State Highway 58, Incident causing traffic delays

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 1:08 pm | New Zealand Police

Emergency services are in attendance at an incident on State Highway 58, Paremata. Motorists are asked to avoid the area or expect delays. Diversions are in place. ENDS More >>

Rakaia River bridge repairs coming up

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 12:52 pm | NZTA

Mid Canterbury’s Rakaia River Bridge, SH1, the longest road bridge in New Zealand at 1.7 long, is about to get some repairs. The repairs are needed because people drive into the sides from time to time. More >>

Right back into it – record-breaking shearer Pauline Bolay

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 12:12 pm | Shearing Sports New Zealand

Canadian shearer Pauline Bolay is back at work in a Waikato woolshed today little the worse for wear from a World Record 510 lambs in a day on Saturday and growing international media interest in her achievement. More >>

Future of Newlands Fire Station

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 12:01 pm | Fire and Emergency NZ

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is to consult with the Newlands Volunteer Fire Brigade, the Johnsonville Brigade (a composite brigade of career and volunteer personnel), the United Fire Brigades Association (UFBA) and the New Zealand Professional Firefighters ... More >>

UPDATE: Further arrests following serious assault, Waimarama

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 11:59 am | New Zealand Police

Around 5.45pm on Monday 2 December a man was allegedly assaulted at his residence by a group of people. More >>

Name suppression lifted for officers A & B

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 11:47 am | New Zealand Police

Police are now in the position to name the two officers involved in the arrest of the alleged gunman responsible for the attacks on the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques on March 15. More >>

Fresh Fruit & Vegetables Centre Stage this Xmas

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 11:46 am | 5 A Day

AUCKLAND, 10 December 2019: It is hoped more Kiwis will be opting to include a colourful grazing platter packed with delicious fresh produce as their centrepiece for this year’s Christmas table. The 5+ A Day Charitable Trust General Manager, Paula Dudley, ... More >>





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