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Auckland Council cops backlash over proposed port locations

Friday, 17 January 2020, 10:00 am | Nick Truebridge - Local Democracy Reporter

Plans to continue lobbying for the investigation of a new port in Auckland's south have drawn the ire of a Northland strategist. More >>

Middlemore’s National Burns Centre ‘short’ on equipment

Friday, 20 December 2019, 10:36 am | Nick Truebridge - Local Democracy Reporter

Middlemore’s National Burns Centre ‘short’ on equipment needed to treat Whakaari/White Island victims, fundraising chief says More >>

Two Marlborough council candidates reported over expenses

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 5:28 pm | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

Two former council candidates could face police prosecution in Marlborough for not filing their election expenses declaration by the deadline. Electoral officer Dean Heiford confirmed that mayoral candidate Rick Ireland and Blenheim ward candidate ... More >>

Delays in opening new West Coast hospital ‘unacceptable’

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 5:24 pm | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

Fletcher Building's endless delays in finishing a new base hospital for the West Coast are unacceptable, according to the new DHB chairman Rick Barker. More >>

West Coast Regional Council reinstates prayer at meetings

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 5:12 pm | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

A bit of divine guidance never goes amiss — and the West Coast Regional Council will be now seeking it on a regular basis. More >>

Picton container restaurant plan sunk by council

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 4:57 pm | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

A couple looking to add "the wow factor" to Picton with a tiny wild game restaurant feel disappointed their idea was sunk by the council. More >>

Masterton loved by departing roading manager

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 4:50 pm | Pam Graham - Local Democracy Reporter

Roading manager Hamish Pringle leaves Masterton District Council on Friday, almost exactly 45 years after he started work as graduate engineer at the end of November 1974. More >>

Taxpayers’ Union biggest user of LGOIMA

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 5:28 pm | Charlotte Jones - Local Democracy Reporter

TRANSPARENCY: The Taxpayers’ Union makes more LGOIMA requests to local councils than any other individual or organisation. CHARLOTTEJONES/LDR More >>

Auckland Council powerless to stop fuel tax scrapping

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 5:14 pm | Nick Truebridge - Local Democracy Reporter

A National government would face few roadblocks in its drive to scrap Auckland's polarising regional fuel tax. More >>

Marlborough: less tolerance sees air quality complaints rise

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 5:00 pm | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

A growing intolerance of pollution is causing Marlborough residents to dob in their neighbours who produce dirty or smoky air. More >>

Northland - single super council signalled?

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 4:43 pm | Susan Botting - Local Democracy Reporter

Northland’s local authorities are expected to this week sign up to a formal agreement to work more closely together – but this doesn’t mean they’re moving to amalgamate into a single super council says the region’s Mayoral Forum chair. More >>

Search for ground water in Ruamahanga

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 4:07 pm | Pam Graham - Local Democracy Reporter

There are plans to fly a helicopter with equipment to map groundwater over the Ruamahanga catchment in Wairarapa next year, bringing money and jobs if a sustainable deep groundwater source is found. More >>

Plea for small council funding as Govt piles on work

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 3:58 pm | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

The chairman of the West Coast Regional Council, which faces a 300% rate rise to implement just one pending Government policy, has welcomed a report recommending the Crown help. More >>

Masterton: Call for citizens to help with climate policy

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 3:50 pm | Pam Graham - Local Democracy Reporter

Councillor Chris Peterson will advocate some form of citizens’ democracy be used to involve people in dealing with climate change issues in Masterton District. More >>

New West Coast DHB chair flags more openness

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 10:25 am | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

Openness and transparency will be the norm at West Coast DHB meetings from now on — by order of its new chairman Rick Barker. More >>

Otakiri water bottling appeals dismissed

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 10:09 am | Charlotte Jones - Local Democracy Reporter

Iwi and local residents' appeals against the expansion of the Otakiri Springs bottling plant have been dismissed by the Environment Court. CHARLOTTEJONES/LDR More >>

Eastern BoP: Ratepayers pay thousands for dumped rubbish

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 10:05 am | Charlotte Jones - Local Democracy Reporter

Illegal rubbish dumping has cost ratepayers across the Eastern Bay nearly $90,000 in the last financial year. More >>

Northland councils seek NZTA funds for local road damage

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 9:56 am | Susan Botting - Local Democracy Reporter

The North's roading issues under the spotlight at Northland's final Regional Transport Committee meeting held in Whangarei on Monday. Photo: Susan Botting, LDR Northland More >>

Compulsory Pay Rise for West Coast Regional Councillors

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 4:53 pm | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

West Coast Regional Councillors are getting a hefty pay rise this term — whether they like it or not. More >>

Inangahua Board sworn in

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 4:39 pm | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

If you have got a gripe about your footpaths or rubbish bins, do not bail up your local board member in the street — ring the council. More >>

 

 

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