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Taking The Sting Out Of The Killer Bees - Gang Members Arrested, Drugs And Money Seized As Part Of Operation Bear

Saturday, 2 December 2023, 1:13 am | New Zealand Police

Detective Senior Sergeant Shane Dye, Tasman Organised Crime Unit: Police have arrested 11 gang members, filed 67 charges, and restrained vehicles, jet skis and more than 100 pairs of high-end shoes as part of Operation Bear. The operation, which began ... More >>

Otago’s First Toxic Algal Bloom For Summer Spotted At Butchers Dam

Saturday, 2 December 2023, 1:10 am | Otago Regional Council

ORC’s environmental monitoring team have collected samples at Butchers Dam in Central Otago that show the presence of cyanobacteria (toxic algae). Upon inspection today, it was noted that the bloom is still present and appears worse than last week. ... More >>

Waitārere Beach Surf Life Saving Community Facility Te Whare Waitā To Open On Saturday 2 December

Friday, 1 December 2023, 4:15 pm | Horowhenua District Council

The Waitārere Beach coastline is even more stunning, and safe, with the opening of the new Waitārere Beach Surf Life Saving Community Facility Te Whare Waitā. The community asset will open with a karakia, pōwhiri to welcome guests, and official ... More >>

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Protecting Vulnerable Communities

Friday, 1 December 2023, 4:11 pm | Gisborne District Council

Tairawhiti Emergency Management's efforts to ensure remote communities are able to survive after a catastrophic event got the gold star of approval today from newly-minted Minister for Emergency Management and Recovery Mark Mitchell. Mr Mitchell, who has ... More >>

New EV Kicks Off Waikato Bus Network Electrification

Friday, 1 December 2023, 4:07 pm | Waikato Regional Council

From Monday, 4 December, Waikato’s first electric bus takes to the streets of Taupō replacing the current diesel vehicle, which has been a mainstay of the Waikato public bus system for years. The new Taupō Connector will be cleaner, quieter and ... More >>

Grab Your Wheels! New Pump Track Lands In Porirua

Friday, 1 December 2023, 4:07 pm | Porirua City Council

An exciting new facility for those that love their wheels has opened in Porirua. Located at Aotea Lagoon, this new family friendly pump track makes great use of the space where the old duck pond used to be. The pump track is a loop of mounds and ... More >>

Police investigating sudden death in Mt Wellington

Friday, 1 December 2023, 3:50 pm | New Zealand Police

An investigation is underway into a man’s death in Mt Wellington this afternoon. Police arrived at the residential building on Lynton Road just before 2pm. Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Brand, Auckland City East CIB, says it was reported a man had ... More >>

Multi-million Dollar Crime Syndicate Busted In Tāmaki Makaurau

Friday, 1 December 2023, 3:28 pm | New Zealand Police

A multi-agency investigation has dismantled an Auckland criminal syndicate being operated by Vietnamese nationals. The ongoing operation by New Zealand Police and the Ministry of Business, Employment and Innovation (MBIE) resulted in 10 arrests, ... More >>

Pūkaha Mourn Loss Of Kahurangi, Famous Kōkako

Friday, 1 December 2023, 3:11 pm | Pukaha

It is with a very heavy heart that the Pūkaha National wildlife centre announces the passing of our much loved and adored Kahurangi. <img src="" width="720" height="479"> A resident at Pūkaha since ... More >>

New Seafarers Welfare Centre Opens At Port Nelson

Friday, 1 December 2023, 3:04 pm | Port Nelson Ltd

Nelson’s Mission to Seafarers held an opening ceremony for the new Seafarers Centre at Port Nelson. The Centre is designed to provide a safe haven for seafarers visiting Port Nelson, who can seek support for advocacy, currency exchange, and wellbeing. ... More >>

Announcement Of New Candidate For Hamilton East Councillor By Election

Friday, 1 December 2023, 2:41 pm | Dr. Eric Chuah

This is to confirm that Dr. Eric Chuah who stood for Rock the Vote NZ Party in the recent October 2023 Parliamentary Elections for the Electorate seat of Maungakiekie and was 15th on the list of Freedoms NZ Coalition will be standing as an independent ... More >>

Arrest Made In Relation To Disappearance Of Missing Man Harley Shrimpton

Friday, 1 December 2023, 2:26 pm | New Zealand Police

A man is due in court today charged with kidnapping in relation to the disappearance of Tauranga man Harley Shrimpton. Police hold significant concerns for the wellbeing of Mr Shrimpton, who was reported missing to Police by family members on 17 November, ... More >>

Council Approves Proposed Porirua District Plan

Friday, 1 December 2023, 1:36 pm | Porirua City Council

Porirua City Council has approved the Proposed District Plan for Porirua, which will play an influential role in how the city develops in coming years. The Proposed Porirua District Plan (PDP) will replace Council’s existing district plan, which ... More >>

Fatality following water related incident, Riversdale Beach

Friday, 1 December 2023, 1:21 pm | New Zealand Police

A man has been located deceased after he went snorkelling off the coast of Riversdale Beach yesterday afternoon. Police with the assistance of Police Search and Rescue, Surf Life Saving, Wairarapa Helicopters and Westpac Rescue Helicopter conducted searches ... More >>

Bright And Bold For Road Safety

Friday, 1 December 2023, 1:13 pm | Tauranga City Council

    Beaming with smiles and dressed in bright orange costumes, more than 800 students from 28 schools have hit the streets of Mount Maunganui sharing important messages about road safety and active travel. Anna Somerville: Tauranga ... More >>

Non-speaking And Te Reo Māori Communication Boards Unveiled In Ōtaki

Friday, 1 December 2023, 12:55 pm | Kapiti Coast District Council

Following a blessing by Ngā Hapū o Ōtaki at Haruatai Park’s playground this morning, Kāpiti Coast District Council unveiled non-speaking and Te Reo Māori communication boards as part of an ongoing process to make local playgrounds accessible for all ... More >>

Explore Challenges Acceptance Of Dangerous Binge Drinking Norms Amidst Crate Day Hype

Friday, 1 December 2023, 12:43 pm | Explore

With a binge drinking culture worse than Australia and the UK, and more than 1.2m adults in NZ at risk of their substance use becoming problematic, the PIVOT service offered by Explore is challenging the acceptance and glamorisation of binge drinking ... More >>

Have you seen Rose?

Friday, 1 December 2023, 12:32 pm | New Zealand Police

Wellington Police are appealing for the public’s help to find 31-year-old Rose Pahima. She was last seen on Tuesday 21 November, leaving a premises on Whitehouse Road in Titahi Bay on foot. Police and Rose’s family have concerns for her wellbeing. ... More >>

Hutt Valley Councils Unite For The Second Year To Ignite Summer Reading Excitement For Tamariki

Friday, 1 December 2023, 12:14 pm | Upper Hutt City Council

Hutt City Council and Upper Hutt City Council collaborate for the second year to proudly launch their summer reading challenge: The Little Read, The Big Read and The Even Bigger Read for tamariki ages 0 to 18. This initiative encourages literacy ... More >>

Pekapeka Population Found At The Arboretum

Friday, 1 December 2023, 11:52 am | Waitakaruru Arboretum

Dr. David Pattemore has discovered that the Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum is home to a population of pekapeka, or long-tailed bats. There are only two species of bats found in New Zealand, and the long-tailed bat is critically endangered. Small ... More >>

Road Closure, SH3, Urenui

Friday, 1 December 2023, 11:25 am | New Zealand Police

State Highway 3/Main North Road is closed after a serious crash just west of Urenui. It was reported around 11:20am and it involved more than one vehicle. Initial indications are there are serious injuries. Motorists are asked to avoid the area, and expect ... More >>

Jump Online To Check Water Quality Before Swimming

Friday, 1 December 2023, 11:18 am | Hawkes Bay Regional Council

With summer on our doorstep and people gearing up to visit their favourite swim spots, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is carrying out weekly water quality testing at 37 rivers, beaches, and estuaries, from Mahia to Pōrangahau. Before people jump ... More >>

National Rallies Demanding Our Government Call For A Permanent Ceasefire Now

Friday, 1 December 2023, 11:13 am | Palestine Solidarity Network

Nationwide rallies and protests are taking place again this weekend across the country. There is a fragile “temporary truce” in place but this is just a pause in Israel’s genocidal rampage in Gaza. The focus of the protests is shifting to BDS (Boycott, ... More >>

Second Arrest Made In Stoke Homicide Investigation

Friday, 1 December 2023, 11:07 am | New Zealand Police

Police can advise that a second person is due in court today in relation to the death of James Whitikau Barton in Stoke on Friday 10 November. A 30-year-old woman has been charged with accessory after the fact to murder. The 33-year-old man earlier ... More >>

New Zealand’s Largest Walking Group Doubles In 2023, Now Calling More Kiwis To Join The Challenge In Its Third Year

Friday, 1 December 2023, 10:48 am | Walk200km

New Zealand’s largest walking group has doubled in size in the past year, with 4,700 participating in the Walk1200km challenge, and they’re looking for more ‘superwalkers’ to lead the charge into 2024. The Walk1200km challenge, led by Wilderness editor ... More >>

Newtown Parking Plan Approved In Principle

Friday, 1 December 2023, 10:32 am | Wellington City Council

Community feedback has led to some significant changes to the draft Newtown Parking Management Plan, which was considered and approved in principle by Councillors yesterday (30 November). The draft plan – which is designed to better manage parking pressures ... More >>

NZ Post Services To Be Available At Petone Neighbourhood Hub In Time For Christmas

Friday, 1 December 2023, 10:20 am | Hutt City Council

From 4 December 2023, the Petone community will have easy access to selected NZ Post services just in time to send off mail for the holiday season, or even a letter to Santa. Following the announcement in August that Petone Pharmacy was relinquishing ... More >>

Tuatara Siblings Move To Wellington Zoo As Zealandia Ecosanctuary's Wild Population Flourishes

Friday, 1 December 2023, 10:03 am | Zealandia

Two captive tuatara, who have called Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne (Zealandia) home for the past decade, have found a new home at Wellington Zoo. Staff from Zealandia and Wellington Zoo, and representatives of Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika, ... More >>

Havelock North High School Joins The Region's Enviroschools

Friday, 1 December 2023, 9:34 am | Hawkes Bay Regional Council

Havelock North Secondary School has joined the Hawke's Bay Regional Council's Enviroschools programme. Havelock North High School joins 41 other schools, as well as 21 Early Childhood Education centers across the region. The programme now covers 9000 students/ ... More >>

South Dunedin Long List Reveals Wide Range Of Ideas For Future

Friday, 1 December 2023, 9:12 am | Joint Press Release

Dunedin (Thursday 30 November) – South Dunedin Future has reached a major milestone with the release of 16 possible adaptation approaches for the low-lying area. South Dunedin Future is a joint programme of the Dunedin City Council and Otago Regional ... More >>

Watercare Shares Top Tips To Make Every Drop Count As We Face A Dry Summer

Friday, 1 December 2023, 9:11 am | Watercare Services

The long-awaited summer is finally here, and Watercare is reminding everyone to be mindful of their water use while they’re out making the most of it. After what’s officially been declared the wettest year on record, forecasters are now predicting ... More >>

Serious Crash – Hūkerenui

Friday, 1 December 2023, 8:47 am | New Zealand Police

Emergency services are responding to reports of a serious crash in Hūkerenui this afternoon. The crash, involving one vehicle on State Highway 1, was reported to Police around 5.05pm. Initial indications suggest two people have received critical injuries. ... More >>

Fireworks Ban At Northland’s Ahipara, Karikari Peninsula And Ripiro Beach

Friday, 1 December 2023, 8:46 am | Fire and Emergency NZ

Fireworks are banned in the Ahipara township and surrounds, on the Karikari Peninsula, and at Ripiro Beach from Friday 1 December, until further notice. Northland District Manager, Wipari Henwood, says lighting fireworks in the hot, dry, and windy conditions ... More >>

Fire And Emergency NZ Declares A Prohibited Fire Season For Hauraki Gulf Islands

Friday, 1 December 2023, 8:46 am | Fire and Emergency NZ

The Hauraki Gulf Islands enter a prohibited fire season from 1 December, until further notice. A prohibited fire season means a total ban on outdoor fires, and all previously granted fire permits are no longer valid. Declaring the prohibited fire season, Fire ... More >>

Hāpai Te Hauora Leads The Charge For Safe Sleep Practices On Te Ra Mokopuna Ora - Safe Sleep Day

Friday, 1 December 2023, 8:43 am | Hapai Te Hauora

As Aotearoa prepares to observe Safe Sleep Day - Te Ra Mokopuna Ora on December 1st, Hāpai Te Hauora issues an urgent call to action to address safe sleep practices for infants. The reality of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) is babies losing ... More >>

Have You Seen Jonelle?

Friday, 1 December 2023, 8:32 am | New Zealand Police

Dunedin Police are appealing for the public’s help to find 49-year-old Jonelle Churchman. She was last seen leaving her home on Patrick Street about 8am today, and is believed to be on foot. Jonelle is described as being a solid build, approximately ... More >>

Kayak Owner Located, Raumati Beach

Friday, 1 December 2023, 8:31 am | New Zealand Police

The owner of the kayak Police discovered upturned earlier this morning has been located safe and well. Police wish to thank everybody who provided assistance. More >>

Majority Of Aucklanders Back Mayor’s Proposal To Lease Port

Friday, 1 December 2023, 8:29 am | Auckland Council

A Curia Market Research poll commissioned by the Office of the Mayor of Auckland has found strong support for his proposal to consult on leasing the port operations. Excluding those who were undecided, 71 per cent support leasing the port operations ... More >>

Arthur’s Pass Route, SH73, Monday - Westland Anniversary Day Closure Postponed Due To Poor Weather Forecast

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 3:32 pm | NZTA

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency says that the planned closures advertised for next week on SH73, Arthur’s Pass, will not start until Tuesday at the earliest (5 December). The road has been advertised to be closed each weekday 10 am to 6 pm for essential ... More >>

Police Seize Significant Amount Of Cash And Drugs In Whanganui

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 3:30 pm | New Zealand Police

Four people are before the courts and Police have seized thousands in cash and a kilo of illicit drugs following search warrants in the Whanganui area. Operation Arch is part of the ongoing efforts to target the distribution of illegal drugs in ... More >>

Demolition Of Civic Administration Building Brought Forward

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 3:04 pm | Wellington City Council

Wellington City Council has today agreed to bring funding forward from the 2024/25 financial year to 2023/24 so the Civic Administration Building (CAB) in Te Ngākau Civic Square can be demolished sooner. The building, constructed in the 1990s, was ... More >>

Youth Suicide Driver Behind Tahawai Festival

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 3:02 pm | Tahawai Festival

Promoting Mental Wellbeing and Hauora among Rangatahi driver behind Tahawai Festival 2023 Katikati will be the place to be for this New Year’s Eve. Tahawai Charitable Trust is proud to announce the launch of its unique New Year's Eve festival that ... More >>

Man Charged With Manslaughter Following Alleged Illegal Street Racing

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 2:53 pm | New Zealand Police

Police have charged an Auckland man with manslaughter, following an investigation into an incident that occurred while illegal street racing was taking place. The initial incident occurred after 11pm on 19 May 2023 in East Tamaki, at the intersection ... More >>

Decision Digest – November 2023 Auckland Transport Board Meeting

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 2:49 pm | Auckland Transport

The Auckland Transport (AT) Board made several notable decisions at its November meeting on Tuesday, as well as hearing a statement from the Waiheke Local Board about Waiheke ferry services, wharf infrastructure, and AT’s role in enabling competition ... More >>

Police Issue Urgent Appeal For Information After Kayak Located Upturned

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 2:36 pm | New Zealand Police

Police issue urgent appeal for information after kayak located upturned Police are working to locate the owner/occupant of a kayak located this morning upturned off the coast of Raumati Beach. Police are actively conducting enquiries to determine ... More >>

High Court Dismisses Appeal By Farmer

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 2:22 pm | Waikato Regional Council

The High Court at Hamilton has today dismissed an appeal by an Ōtorohanga farmer arguing that his fine for polluting a local stream was ‘manifestly excessive’. In June this year, John Leonard Walling and his company, Cazjal Farm Limited, were ... More >>

Metlink Reinstating Almost All Suspended Bus Services

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 2:00 pm | Metlink

113 suspended bus services are returning to Wellington’s public transport network over the next two months, as successful driver recruitment almost fully restores Metlink bus timetables. 59 weekday services will be reinstated from 18 December 2023, ... More >>

Hurunui’s Rich Rural Culture A Drawcard For New Migrants

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 1:56 pm | Hurunui District Council

Hurunui continues to be a strong drawcard for migrants, with 28 new citizens being celebrated at this week’s citizenship awards held at the Waipara Pavilion. Mayor Marie Black says there has been a steady rise in numbers over the years in people ... More >>

Foxton Homicide - Arrests Made

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 1:50 pm | New Zealand Police

Police investigating the homicide of Foxton man Dean Kahukiwa have made arrests for murder and arson. Mr Kahukiwa’s body was located inside a building on Reeve Street that had been set alight in the early hours of Wednesday 27 September. Police ... More >>

Manawatu Police appeal for information on suspicious fire

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 1:15 pm | New Zealand Police

Police are investigating a suspicious fire in Palmerston North. The fire at a commercial property in Matipo Lane occurred early this morning. No injuries were reported. As part of our investigation, Police are appealing for sightings of any suspicious activity ... More >>

Dive Pool To Close For Maintenance

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 1:09 pm | Masterton District Council

The dive pool at the Trust House Recreation Centre will be closed for a week from Monday 4 December, reopening on Monday 11 December. This is to allow it to be emptied for maintenance before the Christmas holidays and to address water loss that has ... More >>

Crash On The Southern Motorway - Counties Manukau

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 12:51 pm | New Zealand Police

Police are responding to a multi-vehicle crash on the Southern Motorway (SH1) in Auckland. The crash involving at least two trucks was reported at about 12.15pm near the Princess Street-Ōtāhuhu off ramp. Thankfully, no one has been injured. One ... More >>

Bumpy Start To December And Meteorological Summer

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 12:39 pm | MetService

Covering period of Thu 30 Nov - Mon 04 Dec   The working week finishes off on a relatively settled note compared to the weather that MetService is forecasting across the country this weekend. MetService Meteorologist Lewis Ferris warns: “We ... More >>

Hurunui Communities Feed Back Their Plan For Their Reserves

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 12:24 pm | Hurunui District Council

Hurunui District Council’s Corporate Planner Maria Edgar is encouraged at the ideas put forward by Hurunui’s communities, who have been shaping their future plan for their reserves. Residents have fed back their suggestions to update the ... More >>

Hamilton City Council Not ‘Kicking The Can Down The Road’

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 12:05 pm | Hamilton City Council

Hamiltonians will continue to receive the same services Hamilton City Council delivers now in coming years, and be asked to have a say on the rates increases needed to erase a deficit caused by significant cost increases. Elected Members have landed ... More >>

The Coromandel Scientifically Proven To Be ‘good For Your Soul’ In World First

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 11:55 am | Destination Coromandel

To encourage Kiwis to include The Coromandel in their itinerary this summer, Destination Hauraki Coromandel has launched a world-first campaign, backed by science. With its endless golden beaches, rugged hills and green valleys, The Coromandel has always ... More >>

Environment Canterbury Welcomes New Study Into Our Water Quality Challenge

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 11:50 am | Environment Canterbury

Environment Canterbury agrees with a new study that found achieving national bottom lines for contaminants across New Zealand will be a huge challenge. The report released by Our Land and Water, ' Current state of water contaminants compared to bottom lines ... More >>

Airport Terminal To Be Named In Sir Tim Shadbolt’s Honour

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 11:47 am | Invercargill City Council

  The legacy left by former Invercargill mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt will be recognised, with the city’s airport terminal to be renamed in his honour. Invercargill City Councillors have agreed to pay tribute to Sir Tim’s eight-term tenure, by ... More >>

Exciting Local Funding Opportunity For Palmy Based Environmental Projects

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 11:14 am | Environment Network Manawatu

Environment Network Manawatū (ENM) administers the Environmental Initiatives Fund to support Palmerston North-based community initiatives that improve environmental outcomes. Small Grants (up to $1000, open year-round) and Large Grants (between $1,000 ... More >>

Pet Food Company Fined $70,000 For Odour Discharge

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 11:01 am | Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Council says a court decision to fine a Tauranga company $70,000 for repeatedly discharging an objectionable odour from its pet food factory sends a strong message that it’s not acceptable to breach the environmental ... More >>




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