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Public Forums Could Be ‘Weaponised’ – Mayor

Tuesday, 23 July 2024, 8:47 pm | Laura Smith - Local Democracy Reporter

Rotorua is considering adding public forums to meetings for what may be the first time. More >>

Tauranga’s First Māori Ward Councillor ‘Undergoing Medical Treatment’ In Hospital

Tuesday, 23 July 2024, 8:45 pm | Alisha Evans - Local Democracy Reporter

Tauranga’s newly elected Māori ward councillor Mikaere Sydney is currently in hospital. More >>

‘Overlooked For Too Long’: Resident’s Battle To Get Road Tar Sealed

Tuesday, 23 July 2024, 8:40 pm | Matthew Rosenberg - Local Democracy Reporter

Boniface told Local Democracy Reporting the street had been “overlooked for too long”, and questioned if it would ever be sealed. More >>

Closed Meeting To Discuss Land For Matatā Wastewater

Tuesday, 23 July 2024, 8:37 pm | Diane McCarthy - Local Democracy Reporter

The current project, to create a standalone reticulated system for Matata with disposal to land was revived in 2021 after several years of community lobbying, including the formation of a Matatā Reticulated Sewage Action Group in 2018. More >>

Residents Urged To Attend Whakatāne’s LTP Adoption

Tuesday, 23 July 2024, 8:35 pm | Diane McCarthy - Local Democracy Reporter

The proposed plan includes average rate rises of 15 percent in year one, 12.7 percent in year two and 9.5 percent in year three. More >>

Piecing Together 196km Whale Trail No Easy Feat

Tuesday, 23 July 2024, 8:34 pm | Maia Hart - Local Democracy Reporter

About $9m had been spent on the project to date, of $28m budgeted. More >>

Pest Plant Infests Large Southern Site

Tuesday, 23 July 2024, 8:31 pm | Matthew Rosenberg - Local Democracy Reporter

The outbreak was deemed large enough to put the council’s containment programme back several years. More >>

ECan Chair To Face Council As His Future Is Debated

Tuesday, 23 July 2024, 8:28 pm | Jonathan Leask - Local Democracy Reporter

An Environment Canterbury councillor says chairperson Peter Scott should not resume the role following an investigation into illegal farming practices, citing the cost to ratepayers. More >>

Speeding Fines Skyrocket In Rakaia

Tuesday, 23 July 2024, 8:07 pm | Jonathan Leask - Local Democracy Reporter

More speeding infringements were issued in Rakaia in a month than in the previous three years combined. More >>

Rates Double Over Decade

Tuesday, 23 July 2024, 8:03 pm | Emily Ireland - Local Democracy Reporter

Figures used in this LDR analysis were the average rates increase as indicated by councils in their annual plans. More >>

Community Vows To Fight Landfill In ‘Beautiful Back Country’

Tuesday, 23 July 2024, 8:00 pm | David Hill - Local Democracy Reporter

The Oxford-Ohoka Community Board will continue to fight a proposed landfill in the Environment Court. More >>

Trust Plans To Buy Kaikōura Housing Units For $1

Tuesday, 23 July 2024, 7:58 pm | David Hill - Local Democracy Reporter

Kaikōura's Te Whare Putea Charitable Trust is planning to take over the ownership of seven temporary accommodation units, as it prepares its bid to become an accredited community housing provider. More >>

Bringing A Pasifika Voice To Auckland’s Council Table

Tuesday, 23 July 2024, 7:21 pm | Mary Afemata - Local Democracy Reporter

Seumanu is the first to admit Auckland Council has a long way to go at improving outcomes for the city’s Pacific communities. More >>

‘Too Scared To Go Outside’: Facing The Rising Tide Of Online Abuse

Thursday, 18 July 2024, 7:35 pm | Jonathan Leask - Local Democracy Reporter

Fifty-three per cent of polled elected members said the level of abuse they were facing was greater than a year ago. More >>

Healthy Tree ‘Causing Havoc’ To Be Cut Down

Thursday, 18 July 2024, 7:31 pm | Max Frethey - Local Democracy Reporter

Motueka's community board will fell the tree to end the "absolute misery" it's causing for its immediate neighbour. More >>

West Coast Council Takes Aim At NZTA Over Flood Fix

Thursday, 18 July 2024, 7:29 pm | Marika Hill - Local Democracy Reporting

A West Coast river engineer claims the NZ Transport Agency "kicked up a bit of a ruckus" when the council requested a joint visit to critical flood protection work on State Highway 6. The NZ Transport Agency - Waka Kotahi (NZTA) has been managing ... More >>

Legal Advice Prompts Another Round Of Consultation

Thursday, 18 July 2024, 7:25 pm | Emily Ireland - Local Democracy Reporter

South Wairarapa District Council is launching another round of consultation on its rating remission policy after legal advice. More >>

Whanganui Council Extends Rates Relief Scheme

Thursday, 18 July 2024, 7:23 pm | Moana Ellis - Local Democracy Reporter

Whanganui District Council's rates remission scheme, introduced last year, has been extended for another year. More >>

Ageing Bridges Cause ‘Huge Challenge’ As Funding Falls Short

Thursday, 18 July 2024, 7:22 pm | David Hill - Local Democracy Reporter

The Hurunui District Council is grappling with the challenge of replace nearly 100 bridges over the next three decades. More >>

Community Board Joins Fight Against Canterbury Landfill Plan

Thursday, 18 July 2024, 7:19 pm | David Hill - Local Democracy Reporter

The Rangiora-Ashley Community Board has announced it will oppose a proposed managed fill landfill at White Rock in North Canterbury. More >>





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