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Kaipara Mayor Wants Māori Ward Gone Before Next Local Elections

Thursday, 18 April 2024, 4:03 pm | Susan Botting - Local Democracy Reporter

Kaipara Mayor Craig Jepson wants his council’s Māori ward gone before next year’s local government election. Local Government Minister Simeon Brown this month signalled changes to Māori wards, which would require a referendum for their establishment. ... More >>

Testing Of Smell And Noise Too ‘subjective’ Claims Councillor

Thursday, 18 April 2024, 3:55 pm | Brendon McMahon - Local Democracy Reporter

Smell and noise tests have been criticised by a West Coast Regional Councillor who says a lack of technology isn't good enough. 31 environmental complaints and incidents for the region were logged by council during the January-March quarter. More >>

Reviving Māngere Town Centre On A $0 Budget

Thursday, 18 April 2024, 3:52 pm | Alka Prasad - Local Democracy Reporter

The heart of Māngere in south Auckland is desperate for a refresh, but there's "no money" to revive it. "If we don't make a change, this town centre will be non-existent," Māngere town centre manager Leatuao Larry Tupa’i-Lavea ... More >>

Dog Owners Fined After 27 Cats Killed

Thursday, 18 April 2024, 3:50 pm | Torika Tokalau - Local Democracy Reporter

Owners of several roaming dogs that were on a cat-killing spree, terrorising a south Auckland neighbourhood, have been fined. Residents of Conifer Grove in Takanini were devastated after several cats were found dead, attacked by a pack of dogs. They counted ... More >>

$2m Footbridge Across Flood-prone Creek To Make Walking Safer For Students

Thursday, 18 April 2024, 3:43 pm | Torika Tokalau - Local Democracy Reporter

Auckland students who short-cut through a potentially flooded creek to get to school will soon have a safer option. The Franklin Local Board are pulling out all the stops to build a $2 million footbridge across the Whangapouri Creek in Pukekohe, scheduled ... More >>

Cat Killing Spree By Dogs In South Auckland Under Control, Says Council

Thursday, 18 April 2024, 3:42 pm | Torika Tokalau - Local Democracy Reporter

Residents of Conifer Grove in Takanini claimed at least 24 felines were killed in the past two months, by packs of roaming dogs.The shocking attacks forced the community to come together in a special public meeting, crying out to authorities for help. More >>

Councillor ‘hopeful’ Reduced Bin Collection Won’t Lead To Illegal Dumping

Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 5:10 pm | Alka Prasad - Local Democracy Reporter

Larger households will face bigger challenges if Auckland's rubbish collection drops from weekly to fortnightly, but the move will encourage people to change their behaviour, a Manukau ward councillor says. Auckland Council took submissions for its draft waste ... More >>

New Zealand’s Biggest Tsunami Replacement Project Underway In Northland

Tuesday, 16 April 2024, 5:14 pm | Susan Botting - Local Democracy Reporter

The $6.7 million to date four-year project funded by Northland ratepayers is the country’s first major region-wide project using new Danish designed solar-powered tsunami siren units. The 94-siren rollout is expected to be completed by October. More >>

West Coast Swim Spot Testing Clear Of E-coli

Tuesday, 16 April 2024, 5:07 pm | Brendon McMahon - Local Democracy Reporter

The latest testing at a popular Westport swimming beach appear to show an all clear for E-coli. Earlier samples over summer had flagged contamination from cattle, according to a report to the West Coast Regional Council. The test site in question, Marrs ... More >>

Council Drops Ball On Smoke-free Signage: Health Service

Monday, 15 April 2024, 4:27 pm | Matthew Rosenberg - Local Democracy Reporter

In June 2020, Invercargill City Council approved a policy to make a number of public areas smoke-free. But National Public Health Service advisor Laura Pope said that had appeared to go by the wayside in the wake of recent upgrades. More >>

Invercargill Venues ‘difficult To Access’: Migrant Community

Monday, 15 April 2024, 4:22 pm | Matthew Rosenberg - Local Democracy Reporter

Southland Migrant Walking Together Organisation has called for a dedicated migrant community event space in Invercargill. The group said it is getting more difficult to access places amid high demand and costs. More >>

Kaikōura Waterfront Seeking Developers

Monday, 15 April 2024, 4:01 pm | David Hill - Local Democracy Reporter

The Kaikōura District Council is working on the detailed design for the redevelopment of Wakatu Quay and hopes to begin work soon. The council is already seeking expressions of interest for a tenant to operate in the first building, which will be council ... More >>

Education And Housing Tipped As Areas For Council Input

Monday, 15 April 2024, 3:57 pm | David Hill - Local Democracy Reporter

Local governments can do more for their communities but only if the funding is made available - that's the message coming Local Government NZ. ‘‘Councils have relationships with communities, they can leverage those relationships," Local Government NZ president ... More >>

Masterton Council Forms Disability Advisory Group

Monday, 15 April 2024, 3:49 pm | Emily Ireland - Local Democracy Reporter

Masterton District Council has voted to establish a disability advisory group. The disability advisory group would provide support to the council in “addressing the challenges faced by people with disabilities”, a recent report to council said. ... More >>

‘We Just Need A Road’: Finding A Position On Broken Sounds Route

Monday, 15 April 2024, 3:45 pm | Maia Hart - Local Democracy Reporter

The Marlborough Sounds are waiting for a $230m repair job, with about $104m to be covered by Marlborough ratepayers. Who should pay for the repair of the long and winding road into the Sounds is dividing locals. More >>

Twenty Million Trees For New Zealand’s Biggest Harbour Restoration Project

Tuesday, 4 May 2021, 11:36 am | Susan Botting - Local Democracy Reporter

More than 20 million trees and other natives will be planted around New Zealand’s biggest harbour in the groundbreaking $200 million dollar Kaipara Moana Remediation project. Ruawai on the shores of Kaipara Harbour Alan Wilcox, a senior manager for ... More >>

How dirty is NZ coal? Mining lobby faces conservationists

Wednesday, 25 November 2020, 1:48 pm | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

Coal plays a small part in greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand, Minerals West Coast manager Patrick Phelps told West Coast Tai Poutini Conservation Board this month. More >>

Longtime Councillor’s Resignation Over Māori Constituencies Forces Byelection

Tuesday, 3 November 2020, 11:34 am | Susan Botting - Local Democracy Reporter

Northland Regional Council is being forced into a byelection after longtime councillor John Bain resigned over Māori constituencies. Former Northland Regional Council (NRC) deputy chair John Bain resigned and walked out of NRC’s October monthly council ... More >>

Wheelie Bins Proposed For Kerbside Collections In Marlborough … Again

Tuesday, 3 November 2020, 11:33 am | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

Wheelie bins are back on the table in Marlborough, with a waste review calling them an “ideal” solution to “inconvenient” bin bags and crates. The Marlborough District Council has been umming and ahhing over wheelie bins for more than a decade, ... More >>

Mayor To Lead By Example And Oppose Controversial Dog Bylaw

Tuesday, 3 November 2020, 11:31 am | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

A controversial proposal to leash dogs at a popular reserve has prompted Marlborough’s mayor to make his first bylaw submission in a decade at the council. John Leggett walks his bichon frise poodle crosses Bella and Hugo along Blenheim's Taylor River ... More >>





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