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Coronavirus: Rates ‘freeze’ Considered For Marlborough To Reduce Economic Impact

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 4:42 pm | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

Marlborough District Council chief executive Mark Wheeler provides an update to councillors on the coronavirus pandemic. CREDIT: CHLOE RANFORD/LDR An idea to "freeze" rates has been pitched by Marlborough's civic leaders to show "responsible leadership" ... More >>

Plea For DHB To Bring Back School GPs

Monday, 16 March 2020, 10:31 am | Aaron van Delden - Local Democracy Reporter

Young people in Gisborne are calling on the district health board to reverse its decision to pull the pin on free school-based GP appointments – and they have the backing of at least one board member. The Gisborne Girls’ High School year 12 health ... More >>

‘Where’s My Money?’: Parking App Down, And Would-be Parkers Want Answers

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 4:01 pm | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

A parking app used by several New Zealand councils has gone offline, with councils scrambling for a quick fix amid social media backlash. The PayMyPark smartphone app was this week flagged as "experiencing technical issues" in Marlborough, ... More >>

Council Weighing Up Ways To Reuse Wastewater

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 3:56 pm | Aaron van Delden - Local Democracy Reporter

Sufficiently treated wastewater can be used to irrigate agricultural land, such as the Poverty Bay flats. Photo: Liam Clayton / The Gisborne Herald - single use only Treated wastewater from Gisborne’s upgraded sewage treatment plant will be ... More >>

Regional Council Prepares For Worst-case Drought

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 3:35 pm | Charlotte Jones - Local Democracy Reporter

In times of drought, the regional council could restrict the right to take water from aquifers and rivers across the region. At an extraordinary council meeting held yesterday morning, Bay of Plenty Regional Council elected members approved a process ... More >>

Bike Walk Marlborough ‘Runs Its Course’

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 3:31 pm | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

Council walking and cycling co-ordinator Braden Prideaux says dissolving the Bike Walk Marlborough Trust frees up more time for him and volunteer trustees. CREDIT: CHLOE RANFORD/LDR A walking and cycling group in Marlborough has decided to wind ... More >>

Land-based Kingfish Aquaculture Pilot Brings Major NZ Opportunity

Monday, 9 March 2020, 10:57 am | Susan Botting - Local Democracy Reporter

Kingfish swim in a tank at the NIWA Marine Research Centre at Bream Bay, south of Whangarei. A $19.8M on-land aquaculture venture is to be set up at the site to serve as a model for others to get into the industry in the same way. Northland’s major ... More >>

UPDATE: Wairoa Council Preparing For Virus Lockdown

Thursday, 5 March 2020, 5:02 pm | Aaron van Delden - Local Democracy Reporter

It is more than 10,000km from the epicentre of a coronavirus outbreak, but Wairoa District Council is preparing for a potential lockdown. Council staff will this weekend test whether they can use council IT systems remotely, in case an outbreak of the ... More >>

Camping Fines Add Up In Busy Summer

Thursday, 5 March 2020, 4:05 pm | Aaron van Delden - Local Democracy Reporter

The 2019/20 summer season has proven to be a busy one for Gisborne District Council, with big increases in freedom camping infringements and requests for service. The council has issued 41 fines to people who have flouted its freedom camping bylaw ... More >>

The Truth About SNAs

Thursday, 5 March 2020, 3:56 pm | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

The trouble all stems from the government's new National Policy Statements on indigenous biodiversity and freshwater management. Councils will have to give effect to these by listing significant natural areas and wetlands in district and regional plans, ... More >>

Breakaway Kaikoura Ratepayers Urge Council To “get Real”

Thursday, 5 March 2020, 3:52 pm | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

Residents of Kaikoura's east coast communities are pressing ahead with a bid to break away from the Kaikoura District Council and become part of Marlborough - whether or not the government is keen. ECCO (East Coast Community Organisation) members including ... More >>

Vacancies Filled After By-election Flop

Wednesday, 4 March 2020, 11:50 am | Charlotte Jones - Local Democracy Reporter

ENSURING REPRESENTATION: Two members of the community were appointed to the Murupara Community Board this week after two elections failed to attract any candidates.CHARLOTTEJONES/LDR After falling short of candidates at two elections, Murupara Community Board has ... More >>

Awatarariki Hearings Continue, “only Luck No One Died”

Wednesday, 4 March 2020, 11:42 am | Charlotte Jones - Local Democracy Reporter

DECISION MAKERS: Independent commissioners Trevor Robinson, Fraser Campbell, Rob van Voorthuysen and Rauru Kirikiri will hear one more day of submissions before deliberating on Thursday. CHARLOTTEJONES/LDR Experts say a debris flow at Awatarariki is more ... More >>

Controversial Civic Centre Upsize Goes Ahead

Friday, 28 February 2020, 1:40 pm | Susan Botting - Local Democracy Reporter

New upsized $48 million Whangarei civic centre to be build on former RSA's bowling green in picture - part of a new civic precinct. (Photo Northern Advocate NB single use only) Whangarei ratepayers are to get an upsized $48 million new civic centre ... More >>

Rates Rise ‘worth A Weekly Cuppa’

Friday, 28 February 2020, 1:38 pm | Aaron van Delden - Local Democracy Reporter

Gisborne city ratepayers will be short a cup of coffee a week, a district councillor says, with residential rates set to go up by 6.4 percent, on average, from July. The “cup of coffee” analogy was used by Larry Foster yesterday as the council ... More >>

Council’s Protest Vote On Wetlands Leaves Some Land In Limbo

Monday, 24 February 2020, 11:11 am | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

Wetlands that are not in fact wetlands remain in limbo after the West Coast Regional Council yesterday rejected a plan change that would have freed them from looming restrictions. The council's Resource Management Committee voted 5-4 yesterday against ... More >>

Precautionary Controls Against GMOs Into Northland Under Spotlight Next Week

Monday, 24 February 2020, 11:01 am | Susan Botting - Local Democracy Reporter

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will be under the spotlight in Northland next week at an Environment Court mediation. NAD0558242414 - GMOs for Northland farming - in or out of Proposed Northland Regional Plan? (Photo Northern Advocate, supplied ... More >>

Chorus Wins Court Costs After ‘grossly Misleading Flattery’ Case

Monday, 24 February 2020, 10:52 am | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

A high court judge has awarded Chorus costs. CREDIT: MONIQUE FORD/STUFF/SUPPLIED – SINGLE USE ONLY A telecommunication giant that used "grossly misleading flattery" in a bid to secure a broadband contract with a council has won back ... More >>

Neighbours Rat Out ‘ugly’ Tiny Homes

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 4:54 pm | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

The Marlborough District Council receives more complaints for "ugly" tiny houses than it does resource consents for them. Marlborough District Council advocacy and practice integration manager Barbara Mead says tiny house owners often seek a ... More >>

Council Keeping Tabs On Water Use

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 4:48 pm | Aaron van Delden - Local Democracy Reporter

Gisborne’s water use has dropped in line with cooler temperatures in the past week. The district council introduced a total sprinkler ban on Wednesday, with demand for water exceeding the 22.2 million litres a day supplied by Waingake water treatment ... More >>



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