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Iwi, Council Identify Preferred Site For Raetihi Hub

Friday, 24 May 2024, 6:26 pm | Moana Ellis - Local Democracy Reporter

Iwi and council partners working on a joint proposal to build a multi-purpose community centre in Raetihi have chosen their preferred site. The preferred location for the proposed Raethi Community Hub is the Crown-owned 5800m2 site of the town’s single-officer ... More >>

Whakatāne Residents Could Have Just 25 Minutes To Escape Tsunami

Friday, 24 May 2024, 6:24 pm | Diane McCarthy - Local Democracy Reporter

Whakatāne needs to prepare for a megathrust earthquake and resulting tsunami similar in size and strength to the 2011 Japan event, says local GNS researcher Mawera Karetai. More >>

“We Did Our Best To Fight For Our Community”: South Auckland Loses Battle For Airport Shares

Friday, 24 May 2024, 6:22 pm | Alka Prasad - Local Democracy Reporter

South Auckland councillors and local boards say last week’s [16 May] long-term plan (LTP) decision was a lost battle for the council’s remaining 11 per cent stake in Auckland Airport. This week, Cr Lotu Fuli told the Ōtara-Papatoetoe local board ... More >>

Booze-free Supermarkets: The City With A Bottle Store Monopoly

Friday, 24 May 2024, 6:20 pm | Matthew Rosenberg - Local Democracy Reporter

There aren’t many left around the country, but in Invercargill, the licensing trust model is alive and well — controlling the sale and supply of alcohol in the city. Matthew Rosenberg looks into the system, and why it isn’t more widely used. More >>

Coast Council ‘not On Par’ With Climate Change

Friday, 24 May 2024, 6:17 pm | Brendon McMahon - Local Democracy Reporter

The West Coast Regional Council will further address the impact of climate change on its flood protection assets as it works through its long-term plan. More >>

Wellington Water Blunder Has $200k Impact On South Wairarapa Plan

Friday, 24 May 2024, 6:14 pm | Emily Ireland - Local Democracy Reporter

South Wairarapa District Council [SWDC] is working to understand the full impact of a $51 million blunder by Wellington Water, just days after shaving 0.6 per cent off the proposed rates increase for 2024-25. More >>

Greymouth Council ‘reminded’ Of Raw Sewage Rules

Wednesday, 22 May 2024, 6:41 pm | Brendon McMahon - Local Democracy Reporter

Last week the Grey District Council moved -- not for the first time -- to require about 2000 properties in Greymouth to fully separate their sewerage connection from the town's storm water system. More >>

Cracks In Marlborough Stopbanks At Least A Metre Deep

Wednesday, 22 May 2024, 6:38 pm | Maia Hart - Local Democracy Reporter

The geotechnical assessment sought by the Marlborough District Council started on Monday and will involve drilling multiple boreholes and test pits into the Peninsula Rd stopbanks over the next couple of weeks. More >>

Carterton Councillors Have Heated Debate On Rates Rises

Wednesday, 22 May 2024, 6:33 pm | Emily Ireland - Local Democracy Reporter

Tensions remained high around the council table yesterday [Wednesday] as elected members in Carterton continued Long-Term Plan [LTP] deliberations with numerous points of order made throughout. More >>

Northland Regional Council Chair Faces Axe As Competing Political Perspectives Jostle

Tuesday, 21 May 2024, 8:35 pm | Susan Botting - Local Democracy Reporter

Northland Regional Council chair Geoff Crawford is facing the axe next week (May 28) after just over 170 days (173 days as of Monday May 20) in the top job. If Crawford loses the chair’s role, it will be the third change at the head of the regional ... More >>

Commission Pushes On For Taller Buildings In Mount Maunganui

Tuesday, 21 May 2024, 8:28 pm | Alisha Evans - Local Democracy Reporter

Six storey buildings could be permitted in downtown Mount Maunganui after Tauranga City Commission rejected the recommendations of an independent hearing panel. Tauranga City Council is proposing to raise the allowable building heights in Mount Maunganui ... More >>

South Wairarapa Council Set To Deliberate Plan

Tuesday, 21 May 2024, 8:27 pm | Emily Ireland - Local Democracy Reporter

Consultation topics in the plan included how much South Wairarapa District Council [SWDC] should spend on operating and maintaining water services; how council should charge for water use; and how to fund the replacement of assets. More >>

Gen Z Challenge Council: ‘Bridge The Gap Between Suits And Students’

Tuesday, 21 May 2024, 8:26 pm | Matthew Rosenberg - Local Democracy Reporter

Southland’s regional council has been challenged to pick up its game and engage with the people who will one day pay the rates. On Monday evening, 17-year-old Liam Calder presented to Environment Southland as part of its long term plan hearing, ... More >>

Auckland Mayor Bins Talk Of City’s Rubbish Fuelling Kaipara Plant

Tuesday, 21 May 2024, 8:24 pm | Susan Botting - Local Democracy Reporter

Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown is pouring cold water on talk of his council’s rubbish going north to a proposed $730 million Kaipara waste to energy plant. This comes as a Kaipara waste to energy plant opponent challenges Kaipara Mayor Craig Jepson's ... More >>

‘Undemocratic Strong-arming’: Councillor Criticises LTP Exclusion

Tuesday, 21 May 2024, 8:22 pm | Emily Ireland - Local Democracy Reporter

Last week, councillor Grace Ayling was excluded from LTP hearings and deliberations due to a perceived conflict of interest after she submitted to the council’s plan criticising proposed spend on cycle trails and the events centre. More >>

The Big Decisions Looming For Ashburton

Monday, 20 May 2024, 6:36 pm | Jonathan Leask - Local Democracy Reporter

The Ashburton District Council is using a three-day workshop to discuss feedback on the major topics in its long-term plan before making final decisions on Thursday. More >>

Wahine Māori Set To Lead Global Public Health Body

Monday, 20 May 2024, 6:29 pm | Moana Ellis - Local Democracy Reporter

She will be the first New Zealander and first indigenous woman to head the organisation in its 57-year history. More >>

Coast Council LTP Submissions ‘Fairly Low’

Monday, 20 May 2024, 6:15 pm | Brendon McMahon - Local Democracy Reporter

The proposed 10 year plan proposes an average 27% general rates increase in 2024-25 to partly fund a proposed budget of $25.2m for the next financial year. More >>

Delayed Annual Report Slowly Progresses

Monday, 20 May 2024, 6:06 pm | Brendon McMahon - Local Democracy Reporter

The delayed West Coast Regional Council annual report of 2022-23 should be rectified soon. More >>

Road Repairs, Ice Creams And Wheelie Bin Problems Among LTP Submissions

Monday, 20 May 2024, 6:03 pm | Maia Hart - Local Democracy Reporter

Three days have been blocked out in June so people can speak to their submissions in person, before deliberations take place later that month. More >>





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