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Commuter Ferry Could Set Sail In Tauranga

Tuesday, 28 May 2024, 5:09 pm | Alisha Evans - Local Democracy Reporter

A ferry service between Mount Maunganui and Tauranga could be on the way in 2025. Auckland water taxi company Hauraki Express is prepared to build two ferries for the service if local councils will subsidise the fares. More >>

Canterbury Ratepayers Face 17.9% Rates Hike

Tuesday, 28 May 2024, 5:08 pm | David Hill - Local Democracy Reporter

Canterbury households are facing a lower than expected rates rise after the regional council found savings, including delaying some transport projects. After two days of deliberations last week, Environment Canterbury pulled back its proposed average ... More >>

Masterton Playground ‘past Its Use-by Date’

Tuesday, 28 May 2024, 5:06 pm | Emily Ireland - Local Democracy Reporter

Masterton’s Kids Own Playground is “past its use-by date” and needs replacing, according to the Rotary club that was involved in its build 25 years ago. The actual replacement of the playground would likely cost between $3million-$4.5m with a majority ... More >>

New Deputy Incoming For Carterton Council

Tuesday, 28 May 2024, 5:05 pm | Emily Ireland - Local Democracy Reporter

Carterton District Council will have a new deputy mayor after tomorrow’s council meeting. Former deputy mayor Dale Williams, who was appointed to the role in October 2022, stepped down last week. More >>

Neurodiversity In Schools: ‘It’s Not New, But Our Understanding Has Increased’

Tuesday, 28 May 2024, 8:59 am | David Hill - Local Democracy Reporter

North Canterbury schools say supporting children with conditions like autism, ADHD, dyslexia and anxiety is ‘‘not new’’, but there is greater understanding of neurodiversity. A recent report from the Education Hub, an organisation which connects ... More >>

‘More Harm Than Good’: Council Calls For Government Rethink On Māori Wards

Tuesday, 28 May 2024, 8:56 am | Moana Ellis - Local Democracy Reporter

Forcing councils to hold a referendum on their decisions to introduce Māori wards will create division and needless cost for ratepayers, says a district mayor. More >>

No ‘Defendable Basis’ For Proposed West Coast Mining Zones

Monday, 27 May 2024, 6:13 pm | Brendon McMahon - Local Democracy Reporter

Large areas of West Coast land have been tagged in its proposed new district plan for mining despite not holding current mining licences or permits. More >>

Final Plans For New Whanganui Police Hub Due By Year End

Monday, 27 May 2024, 5:37 pm | Moana Ellis - Local Democracy Reporter

The design of a new police station as part of a “justice precinct” in Whanganui should be finalised by the end of 2024. The Police Hub is being built alongside a $100 million courthouse on the former Ucol polytechnic campus site in the west of ... More >>

Former Mayors Weigh In On Masterton Plan

Monday, 27 May 2024, 5:35 pm | Emily Ireland - Local Democracy Reporter

Local government heavyweight Bob Francis has confirmed his commitment to bolstering fundraising efforts for a new town hall in Masterton. Another former Masterton mayor, Garry Daniell, also made a submission to the plan. More >>

Wilding Pine Work ‘at Risk’ As Funds Dwindle

Monday, 27 May 2024, 5:33 pm | Matthew Rosenberg - Local Democracy Reporter

A Southland pest control group fears 18 years of work could be in jeopardy amid difficult conditions. Since 2006, Mid Dome Wilding Trees Charitable Trust has worked to cull rogue pines from over 40,000 ha of land east of the Mataura River. More >>

Why Wairarapa Can’t Emulate Auckland’s Watercare

Monday, 27 May 2024, 4:39 pm | Emily Ireland - Local Democracy Reporter

Councils will be “in for a rocky road in terms of risk” under the government’s new policy for the management of water assets, according to the independent audit and risk chair of two Wairarapa councils. More >>

Ruapehu Civil Defence Controller Calls For More Resources

Sunday, 26 May 2024, 7:29 pm | Moana Ellis - Local Democracy Reporter

A civil defence controller in the Ruapehu district is calling for more resources to help local communities manage emergencies for as long as they need to. Ruapehu District Council chief executive Clive Manley says locals are first responders and ... More >>

Internal Investigations At Coast Council Continue

Sunday, 26 May 2024, 7:27 pm | Brendon McMahon - Local Democracy Reporter

A forensic examination begun in mid-2022 at West Coast Regional Council is continuing after it refused to pay a $90,000 bill from the Westland District Council. More >>

Heavy Rain Triggers Anxiety For Isolated Gisborne Residents

Sunday, 26 May 2024, 7:25 pm | Zita Campbell - Local Democracy Reporter

"Bridging Tairāwhiti" members feel anxious and disrupted due to destroyed bridges since Cyclone Gabrielle. They formed a group last month to lobby for funding and reconnect their properties to roads. Gisborne District Council is working to support ... More >>

Marlborough District Council Seeks More Detail On Solar Farm Opposed By Neighbours

Sunday, 26 May 2024, 7:22 pm | Maia Hart - Local Democracy Reporter

The Marlborough District Council has asked for more information about a solar farm proposal, such as possible glare from panels and their lifespan. Neighbours of the site, on Dillons Point Rd near Blenheim, have previously expressed their opposition ... More >>

Residents ‘Losing Hope’ Over Hardie Ave Flooding

Sunday, 26 May 2024, 7:06 pm | Diane McCarthy - Local Democracy Reporter

Kawerau District Council has proposed a project to fix the flooding around Hilldale Reserve which is estimated to cost $1 million. More >>

Kawerau Poverty Worst In 60 Years Says School Principal

Sunday, 26 May 2024, 6:59 pm | Diane McCarthy - Local Democracy Reporter

Mrs Lessels, who is founding principal of Te Whata Tau o Putauaki, spoke at a hearing of submissions for Kawerau District Council’s Annual Plan 2024-2025 on Wednesday 22 May. More >>

Waiting Game Goes On For Māori Land Discussion

Sunday, 26 May 2024, 6:56 pm | Matthew Rosenberg - Local Democracy Reporter

More than six months after consultation ended, the future of a Southland reserve with special significance to Māori remains unknown. More >>

Tauranga Council Elections: Your Essential Guide

Sunday, 26 May 2024, 6:43 pm | Alisha Evans - Local Democracy Reporter

Tauranga will soon have its say on who will be running their city for the first time in nearly five years. Candidates for the Tauranga City Council election have been announced after nominations closed at midday Friday, May 24. Fifteen hopefuls More >>

Portaloos Needed At Gisborne’s New Kāinga Ora Homes

Sunday, 26 May 2024, 6:20 pm | Zita Campbell - Local Democracy Reporter

Residents of the new Kāinga Ora homes in Worsley St faced plumbing issues due to construction debris. The blockages, caused by cyclones during construction, led to the use of portaloos outside homes. Repairs are underway by TW Group under warranty, ... More >>





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