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Update: Eruption on White Island – five people dead

Monday, 9 December 2019, 10:17 pm | New Zealand Police

Police can confirm five people are now confirmed to have died in the White Island volcanic eruption. More >>

St John: Eruption response update

Monday, 9 December 2019, 9:25 pm | St John

St John can confirm ambulance operations responded to a volcanic eruption on White Island this afternoon, occurring at 2.11pm. Our ambulance crews have worked with New Zealand Police, Royal New Zealand Coastguard, Ambulance Air Operators, District ... More >>

Update: Eruption on White Island – one fatality confirmed

Monday, 9 December 2019, 7:00 pm | New Zealand Police

Police are continuing to work with the National Emergency Management Agency to coordinate a search and rescue operation following a volcanic eruption at White Island this afternoon. More >>

New lanes on Auckland’s Northwestern Motorway

Monday, 9 December 2019, 6:39 pm | NZTA

Motorists and bus services have been enjoying their first run to the Auckland CBD today on the new improved Northwestern Motorway (SH16). More >>

Media Statement - NZ Bus

Monday, 9 December 2019, 6:36 pm | NZ Bus

NZ Bus CEO Barry Hinkley said "we had constructive discussions and there were new ideas presented that are being considered. More >>

Heavy Rain Event West Coast Dec 9 1800 hours

Monday, 9 December 2019, 6:31 pm | West Coast Emergency Management

SH6 from Makarora to Haast is open to one lane at Clarke Bluff, between 10am and 4pm each day until further notice. More >>

Statement on White Island eruption

Monday, 9 December 2019, 5:51 pm | NZ Cruise Association

The New Zealand Cruise Association is very concerned about some visitors to White Island at the time of the eruption who are passengers from the Ovation of the Seas which is visiting Tauranga. More >>

QLDC to consider new governance process for QAC SOI

Monday, 9 December 2019, 5:04 pm | Queenstown Lakes District Council

To shift the contentious QLD Airport focus to critical work which will need to take place over the next three months the Council is seeking to adopt an entirely new process around influencing the Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) Statement of ... More >>

Eruption on White Island

Monday, 9 December 2019, 5:02 pm | New Zealand Police

Police is working with National Emergency Management Agency to coordinate a search and rescue operation following a volcanic eruption at White Island this afternoon. More >>

Canterbury inland road reopens

Monday, 9 December 2019, 5:01 pm | NZ Transport Agency

Canterbury’s Upper Rangitata inland road, Route 72, linking Timaru and Ashburton reopened around midday today. It quickly filled with waiting traffic, with significant delays around the single lane Upper Orari Bridge and rural gridlock for several kilometres. ... More >>

Doors open for Coromandel food producers at Feast Waikato

Monday, 9 December 2019, 4:46 pm | Thames Coromandel District Council

The second annual Feast Waikato presents exciting opportunities for Coromandel food producers next year. Feast Waikato celebrates our wonderful region with a selection of fabulous foodie events; from dinners and lunches, tours, talks, demonstrations ... More >>

Transport plans released for Drury

Monday, 9 December 2019, 4:32 pm | New Zealand Transport Agency

Steps to improve future transport connections in Drury have progressed with a shortlist of potential routes being shared with property owners this week. All preferred options provide for frequent public transport, walking and cycling along with vehicle journeys ... More >>

Wellington e-scooter survey starts today

Monday, 9 December 2019, 4:28 pm | Wellington City Council

An online survey is available from today to help gauge how Wellingtonians feel about the public share e-scooter schemes that have been operating in the city since June 2019. More >>

Passengers packed like sardines without urgent funding

Monday, 9 December 2019, 4:23 pm | Greater Wellington Regional Council

Greater Wellington Regional Council has warned that passengers on Lower North Island trains will be packed in like sardines come 2025 unless an urgent business case to government for new hybrid trains gets the go ahead. More >>

Metlink to roll out key fixes to bus Network

Monday, 9 December 2019, 4:21 pm | Greater Wellington Regional Council

Greater Wellington Councillors will consider an action plan of key fixes to the bus network on the back of the results of its comprehensive city-wide community engagement process which will be put to Council on Thursday 12 December. More than 1,700 Wellingtonians ... More >>

Four Lanes to Levin Must Go Ahead

Monday, 9 December 2019, 4:20 pm | Kapiti Coast Chamber Of Commerce

Kāpiti Coast, 9 December 2019 - Four lanes from Otāki to Levin is crucial for the Wellington region’s economic growth and the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce in urging the Government to listen to concerned residents and businesses and fully ... More >>

Site blessed in preparation for construction of upgrade

Monday, 9 December 2019, 4:15 pm | Hamilton City Council

Members of local iwi group Te Haa o te Whenua o Kirikiriroa (THaWK) joined Hamilton City Council staff and contractors from HEB Construction on Tuesday 3 December to bless the site of the Hillsborough wastewater pump station upgrade. More >>

Kiwi eggs rolling in despite a late start

Monday, 9 December 2019, 4:09 pm | Forest Lifeforce

The 2019/2020 kiwi egg-lifting season is approaching its mid-way mark and a leading Hawkes Bay kiwi conservation initiative is reporting good numbers of eggs despite a slow start. The Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust, which runs the Maungataniwha ... More >>

Christmas comes early: NPDC’s PIF powers over $300m mark

Monday, 9 December 2019, 4:06 pm | New Plymouth District Council

New Plymouth District ratepayers will have 300 million reasons to have a happy holiday season this year, thanks to NPDC’s investment fund which helps offset rates. More >>

Avoid Whakatane Heads/Muriwai Drive

Monday, 9 December 2019, 4:03 pm | New Zealand Police

Police are urging the public to avoid the Whakatane Heads and Muriwai Drive areas. Muriwai Drive will be closed from Harvey Street. More >>

National warning - moderate volcanic eruption at White Island

Monday, 9 December 2019, 3:45 pm | Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management

A moderate volcanic eruption is occurring at White Island and is hazardous in the immediate vicinity of the volcano. More >>

Station ceremony marks next stage in rail network upgrade

Monday, 9 December 2019, 3:16 pm | Greater Wellington Regional Council

An event held opposite Trentham Station this morning marks the beginning of the next stage in the $196 million Wellington Metro Upgrade Programme. More >>

Lyttelton protest puts pressure on Ravensdown and Balance

Monday, 9 December 2019, 2:03 pm | Western Sahara Campaign

A cross section of New Zealand civil society took to the water of Lyttelton Harbour today to protest the arrival of yet more phosphate rock extracted from occupied Western Sahara.  Whilst this protest targeted a vessel being used by Ravensdown it is important ... More >>

Murder charge laid in relation to Invercargill death

Monday, 9 December 2019, 2:02 pm | New Zealand Police

A 30-year-old man has been charged with murder in relation to the death of a man located at a property in Oreti Street, Invercargill yesterday. The man will appear in the Invercargill District Court this afternoon. A homicide investigation into ... More >>

ORC Heavy Rainfall Update #8 - 9 Dec 2019

Monday, 9 December 2019, 1:38 pm | Otago Regional Council

Rain has now eased in the Otago headwaters and Lakes Wakatipu and Wanaka have begun to recede. Rivers feeding into the lakes, such as the Dart and Matukituki River, remain high but are also receding. More >>

Media Release 7 – Heavy Rain Event West Coast

Monday, 9 December 2019, 1:36 pm | West Coast Emergency Management

SH6 from Makarora to Haast is open to one lane at Clarke Bluff, between 10am and 4pm each day until further notice. More >>

Maitai Recreation Hub grant secured

Monday, 9 December 2019, 12:02 pm | Nelson City Council

Plans to create a recreational hub in the Maitai Valley are one step closer to reality, with today’s announcement of a Government grant. More >>

Auckland’s socio-economic gap driving participation down

Monday, 9 December 2019, 11:02 am | Aktive - Auckland Sport and Recreation

The spotlight was on social inequality at the recent Sport and Recreation Sector Event 2019: Making Auckland the world’s most active city , with international benchmarking from Portas Consulting revealing that deprivation in Auckland affects participation ... More >>

Secondary School Achievers Receive Council Awards

Monday, 9 December 2019, 10:53 am | Hurunui District Council

Six secondary school students from the Hurunui will receive grants from council recognising their achievements and assisting further study. More >>

World-leading animal trainer wows Zoo staff

Monday, 9 December 2019, 10:48 am | Hamilton City Council

Hamilton Zoo hosted a training event of a unique kind from 27-29 November, led by internationally renowned animal trainer, Peter Giljam from Zoospensefull, currently based in Sweden. More >>

Successful water action flotilla at Lyttelton Port

Monday, 9 December 2019, 10:43 am | Ravensdown Take Em Down

Fifteen kayaks, a yacht, and a ferry filled with over a hundred local school children joined the peace flotilla this morning at Lyttelton Port, Christchurch. They were encouraged from the land by approximately 80 human rights activists, who sang Saharawi ... More >>

Road linking Timaru and Ashburton reopening midday

Monday, 9 December 2019, 10:41 am | New Zealand Transport Agency

Road crews have worked long hours overnight to make progress on reopening a road link between Timaru and Ashburton. Timaru District, which manages Route 72, the Upper Rangitata River at the Arundel bridge, is reopening that road at midday today. • ... More >>

Safety first following Nelson road safety operation

Monday, 9 December 2019, 10:22 am | New Zealand Police

Nelson Police are urging people to put safety first following a weekend road safety operation. More >>

Welcome boost for tennis and netball in Central Hawke's Bay

Monday, 9 December 2019, 9:53 am | NZ Community Trust

NZCT has recently given a $10,000 grant to the Takapau Tennis Club towards resurfacing two courts which will benefit both tennis and netball in the town and surrounding area. The grass on the two courts is inferior to the club’s other six grass courts ... More >>

NZCT helping to create opportunities for disabled sailors

Monday, 9 December 2019, 9:49 am | NZ Community Trust

The Sailability Taranaki Trust was thrilled to recently receive a $44,000 grant from NZCT towards a storage shed. The trust was established in 2012 and enables people with disabilities to experience the thrill of sailing. Sailing takes place on the ... More >>

Environment is the big winner in latest Council funding

Monday, 9 December 2019, 9:42 am | Wellington City Council

Wellington City Council’s Grants Subcommittee has allocated funds to recipients reflecting the diversity, creativity and vibrancy of the capital – and many projects that don’t cost the earth. More >>

Man charged in West Coast homicide investigation

Monday, 9 December 2019, 8:23 am | New Zealand Police

A 36-year-old man has been charged with murder following the death of a West Coast woman this weekend. More >>

Howick Local Board recognises youth achievements

Monday, 9 December 2019, 8:21 am | Howick Youth Council

For the first time, a spotlight has been shone on the unrecognised achievements in the youth of Botany, Ormiston, Howick and Pakuranga at the inaugural East Auckland Youth Awards — an event organised by the Howick Youth Council (HYC). More >>

Fourth death following Kaikoura crash

Monday, 9 December 2019, 7:52 am | New Zealand Police

A fourth person has died following Friday's crash on State Highway 1, Hapuku in Kaikoura. More >>

Fatal crash - Saddle Road, Woodville

Monday, 9 December 2019, 7:35 am | New Zealand Police

Police were alerted to a car that had gone off the road and into a ditch between Oxford Road and Morgan Road at around 2am this morning. More >>

Homicide investigation, Invercargill

Monday, 9 December 2019, 7:33 am | New Zealand Police

The body of a man was located at a property on Oreti Street about 8.40pm. More >>

Curtain rises on Kapiti Performing Arts Centre

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 5:24 pm | Kapiti Performing Arts Centre

Curtain rises on Kapiti Performing Arts Centre Opening Season The date for the opening of the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre has just been announced. More >>

Media Release 6 Heavy Rain Event West Coast

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 5:21 pm | West Coast Emergency Management

SH6 from Makarora to Haast is open to one lane at Clarke Bluff, between 10am and 4pm each day until further notice. More >>

SH1 remaining closed today and tonight at Rangitata River

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 4:19 pm | NZTA

Canterbury and West Coast flooding, highways: SH1 remaining closed today and tonight at Rangitata River bridge – 4.00 pm update The South Island remains an island of two road halves tonight, with both main highways on either side of the island split ... More >>

Fatal incident in Ohaupo

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 4:17 pm | New Zealand Police

A child has died following an incident involving a vehicle at an address on Hams Road in Ohaupo. More >>

End the Christmas suspensions: protest at Auckland Transport

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 4:12 pm | First Union

End the Christmas suspensions: Hundreds of bus drivers to protest at Auckland Transport Source: First Union More >>

Peace flotilla in solidarity with Western Sahara

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 4:09 pm | Ravensdown Take Em Down

Press Release: Planned protest action at Lyttelton Port - Monday 9th December 2019 at 0800 Subject: Peace flotilla in solidarity with Western Sahara Protest groups and human rights supporters are preparing to “unwelcome” bulk carrying cargo ... More >>

Lifeguard training turns into rock fishing rescue

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 4:07 pm | Surf Life Saving Northern Region

Lifeguard training turns into rock fishing rescue Off-duty lifeguards from United North Piha Lifeguard Service successfully rescued a fisherman swept off the rocks at Piha around 10am this morning (Sunday 8 December). The lifeguards were taking ... More >>

Industrial action continues to affect NZ Bus services

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 3:22 pm | Auckland Transport

The industrial action follows the rejection by First Union and Tramways Union of a pay offer from the bus company NZ Bus for drivers. The industrial action included non operation of some services and drivers not collecting fares via the AT HOP ticketing ... More >>

Forecast indicates weather to clear

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 3:13 pm | Queenstown Lakes District Council

Weather in the Lakes District is forecast to clear from today, however Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) in conjunction with the Otago Regional Council (ORC) is continuing to closely monitor lake levels and weather patterns. More >>

Fatal crash, Reporoa

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 3:11 pm | New Zealand Police

Emergency services are at the scene of a single motorbike crash on Broadlands Road, Reporoa. More >>

Canal Road Park: an Opportunity Not to Be Missed

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 3:10 pm | The Tree Council Inc

The Tree Council is disappointed to see listed for sale 3 vacant properties, plus a fourth with an older house, at 52-58 Canal Road, Avondale in a prime development zone. More >>

Transpower assets damaged by Rangitata flooding

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 3:05 pm | Transpower

Transpower advises that nine of its towers on one transmission line crossing the Rangitata River have been damaged by the flooding. More >>

Floods highlight need for river management investment

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 1:22 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) extends it condolences to those adversely affected by the recent heavy rains and flooding, saying it highlights the urgent need for councils and central government to ramp up investment in New Zealand’s river management ... More >>

Thunderbolts and Lightning - very, very frightening

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 12:46 pm | MetService

New Zealand weather forecasters have been very busy over the first week of summer. MetService meteorologist Andy Best comments, “The weather pattern over Aotearoa has been more spring-like than summery, as weather systems continued to bombard our ... More >>

State Highway 72, near Arundel is closed due to flooding

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 12:43 pm | New Zealand Police

"State Highway 72, near Arundel is closed due to flooding - Reminder - SH72 closed due to flooding - Canterbury" More >>

ORC Heavy Rainfall Update #7

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 11:50 am | Otago Regional Council

Attributable to Pete Stevenson, ORC Duty Flood Officer: Rain as forecast by Metservice in the Otago headwaters overnight has been as expected, and rivers feeding Lakes Wanaka and Wakatipu are still rising slowly. More >>

Eat Drink and Be Crafty Fair

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 11:40 am | Mana Lions

This popular annual event is being held again on Saturday 25 January 2020, from 10am to 4pm More >>

Arundel now focus of bridge restoration

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 11:34 am | Timaru District Council

Work will be beginning as soon as possible to restore the necessary north south link at Arundel this afternoon. More >>

Media Release 5 – Heavy Rain Event West Coast

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 11:31 am | Westland District Council

West Coast Heavy Rain Event SH6 from Makarora to Haast will be open to one lane at Clarke Bluff from 10am today. More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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