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ACT Draws Miniscule Crowd In Whakatane

Wednesday, 7 October 2020, 10:04 am | Charlotte Jones - Local Democracy Reporter

Firearms, the welfare state and education were the main topics at an ACT party public meeting in Whakatane on Monday. Two ACT candidates, Nicole McKee for Rongotai and Cameron Luxton for Tauranga, spoke to nine of the party’s faithful at the Whakatane ... More >>

Dumped Librarian Petition Fails

Wednesday, 7 October 2020, 10:02 am | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

A 600-strong petition for the reinstatement of Kaikoura's long-serving librarian Cheryl Barker appears to have fallen on deaf ears at the Kaikoura District Council. Local woman Sharon Rayner presented the petition at the council's monthly meeting ... More >>

Ardern Responds To West Coast Councils’ Concerns

Tuesday, 29 September 2020, 4:00 pm | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

A number of the government's policies have drawn flak from West Coast councils this year -- notably those on biodiversity, wetlands, fossil fuels and the use of conservation land. Greymouth Star local democracy reporter LOIS WILLIAMS sat down with Prime Minister ... More >>

Honest Realities Of Natural Burial Discussed

Wednesday, 9 September 2020, 12:14 pm | Charlotte Jones - Local Democracy Reporter

INFORMATION SESSION: Mark Blackham from New Zealand Natural Burials answers questions from the crowd on the practice which is new to the Whakatane District. TROY BAKER / WHAKATANE BEACON Death’s veil was lifted a little on Monday as the community ... More >>

Conservation Minister Responds To Ngai Tahu Board Boycott

Wednesday, 9 September 2020, 12:05 pm | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

Eugenie Sage and West Coast farmer Katie Milne at the launch of the $15 million predator-free Te Kinga project, Lake Brunner, in May. The Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage is rebutting claims by Ngai Tahu that her recent appointments to the West Coast ... More >>

“No Ecologists On My Land’ – West Coast Regional Council Chair

Tuesday, 1 September 2020, 4:09 pm | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

West Coast Regional Council chairman Allan Birchfield has vowed to bar ecologists from his land if they come looking for significant natural areas (SNAs). Cr Birchfield is a member of the Te Tai o Poutini Committee, which has just commissioned the first ... More >>

Mussels To Be Poured On Mussel Shell Reef To Revive ‘devastated’ Population

Tuesday, 1 September 2020, 4:07 pm | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

A boatload of mussel shells have been sunk off Marlborough’s shores to create a reef that will help revive marine life and a multimillion-dollar industry. The Marine Farming Association will place 20 tonnes of live green-lipped mussels atop ... More >>

Waste Disposal Levies Could Jump 500 Per Cent In Marlborough Under New ‘guilt Tax’

Wednesday, 19 August 2020, 10:20 am | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

The cost of dumping waste in Marlborough could climb over the next four years as the Government looks at rolling out a "guilt tax” to reduce rubbish being sent to landfill. The price of Marlborough bin bags will increase if a new Government ... More >>

Regional Council Members Would Like Freeze On Water Bottling

Monday, 10 August 2020, 11:02 am | Charlotte Jones - Local Democracy Reporter

Most regional council elected members want to see a freeze put on water bottling consents until the matter can be considered nationwide. Bay of Plenty regional councillors have the opportunity to vote on a remit put forward by Queenstown-Lakes District ... More >>

Northlanders’ Future Access To Safe Drinking Water Under Threat Without Major Industry Shakeup

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 2:59 pm | Susan Botting - Local Democracy Reporter

Northlanders’ future access to safe drinking water is under threat without major spending on water infrastructure that only bigger management organisations can afford. That’s the warning from Brian Hanna, three waters steering committee independent ... More >>

SNA Mapping To Go Ahead Across West Coast

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 2:57 pm | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

Councils working on one district plan for the whole West Coast have grasped the nettle and given the go-ahead for the mapping of significant natural areas (SNAs) on private land. But they've agreed to exempt certain Maori land from the process. ... More >>

DHB Stands By Decision To Axe School Doctors

Thursday, 30 July 2020, 10:45 am | Aaron van Delden - Local Democracy Reporter

Gisborne Girls’ High School students Madison Haggland (left), Talia Chetty, Leah Scholefield, Emily Horne and Samara Wharehinga-Walters put their concerns to Tairawhiti DHB last month. Photo: Aaron van Delden / LDR Tairawhiti District Health Board will ... More >>

Water Appeal: Day One Of Hearings

Tuesday, 28 July 2020, 10:42 am | Charlotte Jones - Local Democracy Reporter

The Environment Court "erred erroneously" when making the decision to dismiss appeals against the expansion of the Otakiri bottling plant says counsel for Ngati Awa. Over 100 Ngati Awa whanau gathered in Rotorua yesterday as their fight ... More >>

Work Begins On Multimillion-dollar Project To Restore Water Quality In Marlborough Sounds Catchment

Monday, 20 July 2020, 11:09 am | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

An aspirational project that aims to clean up an at-risk Marlborough catchment could cost up to $75 million over 10 years. Work to restore the Te Hoiere/Pelorus catchment will begin this month. CREDIT: CHLOE RANFORD/LDR The scheme, set to start this month, ... More >>

Marlborough Landmark Protected And Lake To Be Fenced Off From Stock

Monday, 20 July 2020, 11:06 am | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

The Needles, in south Marlborough, are now protected under a covenant. CREDIT: CHLOE RANFORD/LDR A Marlborough natural landmark will be protected forever, while a lake famed for hosting cricket during dry weather will be protected from stock. The Needles ... More >>

Regional Policy Statement Finalised For West Coast

Monday, 13 July 2020, 10:31 am | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

After five years of consultation, compromise and conflict resolution, the West Coast finally has a new Regional Policy Statement (RPS) ready and waiting for the vote. Regional councils must produce an RPS that promotes sustainable management of natural ... More >>

Ngai Tahu And The West Coast Conservation Board: Healing The Rift

Monday, 13 July 2020, 10:28 am | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

The West Coast Tai Poutini Conservation Board will make history next week by holding a meeting on a marae for the first time. The workshop at Arahura Marae will deal with Treaty principles and how they mesh with the Conservation Act. He tohu pai tera: ... More >>

Puppy Love: Bylaw Review Suggests Lifting Town Centre Dog Ban In Blenheim

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 11:02 am | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

Shadow the dog at Taylor River. CREDIT: BRYA INGRAM/STUFF/SUPPLIED – SINGLE USE ONLY A bylaw review in Marlborough has paved the way for dogs to make a permanent return to Blenheim’s town centre. The Marlborough District Council is looking at ... More >>

Council Honours Sister-city Advocate

Friday, 3 July 2020, 10:18 am | Charlotte Jones - Local Democracy Reporter

HONOURED: Sammy Wilson is helped to plant the tree dedicated to her by parks and reserves team member Ranee Whiting (left) and deputy mayor Andrew Iles. TROY BAKER / WHAKATANE BEACON  Twenty-five years of service in international relations ... More >>

Book A Marae And Its Community Will Thrive

Friday, 3 July 2020, 10:15 am | Charlotte Jones - Local Democracy Reporter

A Te Ao Maori answer to Airbnb looks set to provide local marae with a constant revenue stream. Three local marae have been selected to be a part of new Maori venture Book a Marae, essentially an online booking system not dissimilar to Airbnb. Iramoko ... More >>