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Ruapehu Civil Defence Controller Calls For More Resources

Sunday, 26 May 2024, 7:29 pm | Moana Ellis - Local Democracy Reporter

A civil defence controller in the Ruapehu district is calling for more resources to help local communities manage emergencies for as long as they need to. Ruapehu District Council chief executive Clive Manley says locals are first responders and ... More >>

Internal Investigations At Coast Council Continue

Sunday, 26 May 2024, 7:27 pm | Brendon McMahon - Local Democracy Reporter

A forensic examination begun in mid-2022 at West Coast Regional Council is continuing after it refused to pay a $90,000 bill from the Westland District Council. More >>

Heavy Rain Triggers Anxiety For Isolated Gisborne Residents

Sunday, 26 May 2024, 7:25 pm | Zita Campbell - Local Democracy Reporter

"Bridging Tairāwhiti" members feel anxious and disrupted due to destroyed bridges since Cyclone Gabrielle. They formed a group last month to lobby for funding and reconnect their properties to roads. Gisborne District Council is working to support ... More >>

Marlborough District Council Seeks More Detail On Solar Farm Opposed By Neighbours

Sunday, 26 May 2024, 7:22 pm | Maia Hart - Local Democracy Reporter

The Marlborough District Council has asked for more information about a solar farm proposal, such as possible glare from panels and their lifespan. Neighbours of the site, on Dillons Point Rd near Blenheim, have previously expressed their opposition ... More >>

Residents ‘Losing Hope’ Over Hardie Ave Flooding

Sunday, 26 May 2024, 7:06 pm | Diane McCarthy - Local Democracy Reporter

Kawerau District Council has proposed a project to fix the flooding around Hilldale Reserve which is estimated to cost $1 million. More >>

Kawerau Poverty Worst In 60 Years Says School Principal

Sunday, 26 May 2024, 6:59 pm | Diane McCarthy - Local Democracy Reporter

Mrs Lessels, who is founding principal of Te Whata Tau o Putauaki, spoke at a hearing of submissions for Kawerau District Council’s Annual Plan 2024-2025 on Wednesday 22 May. More >>

Waiting Game Goes On For Māori Land Discussion

Sunday, 26 May 2024, 6:56 pm | Matthew Rosenberg - Local Democracy Reporter

More than six months after consultation ended, the future of a Southland reserve with special significance to Māori remains unknown. More >>

Tauranga Council Elections: Your Essential Guide

Sunday, 26 May 2024, 6:43 pm | Alisha Evans - Local Democracy Reporter

Tauranga will soon have its say on who will be running their city for the first time in nearly five years. Candidates for the Tauranga City Council election have been announced after nominations closed at midday Friday, May 24. Fifteen hopefuls ... More >>

Portaloos Needed At Gisborne’s New Kāinga Ora Homes

Sunday, 26 May 2024, 6:20 pm | Zita Campbell - Local Democracy Reporter

Residents of the new Kāinga Ora homes in Worsley St faced plumbing issues due to construction debris. The blockages, caused by cyclones during construction, led to the use of portaloos outside homes. Repairs are underway by TW Group under warranty, ... More >>

Iwi, Council Identify Preferred Site For Raetihi Hub

Friday, 24 May 2024, 6:26 pm | Moana Ellis - Local Democracy Reporter

Iwi and council partners working on a joint proposal to build a multi-purpose community centre in Raetihi have chosen their preferred site. The preferred location for the proposed Raethi Community Hub is the Crown-owned 5800m2 site of the town’s single-officer ... More >>

Whakatāne Residents Could Have Just 25 Minutes To Escape Tsunami

Friday, 24 May 2024, 6:24 pm | Diane McCarthy - Local Democracy Reporter

Whakatāne needs to prepare for a megathrust earthquake and resulting tsunami similar in size and strength to the 2011 Japan event, says local GNS researcher Mawera Karetai. More >>

“We Did Our Best To Fight For Our Community”: South Auckland Loses Battle For Airport Shares

Friday, 24 May 2024, 6:22 pm | Alka Prasad - Local Democracy Reporter

South Auckland councillors and local boards say last week’s [16 May] long-term plan (LTP) decision was a lost battle for the council’s remaining 11 per cent stake in Auckland Airport. This week, Cr Lotu Fuli told the Ōtara-Papatoetoe local board ... More >>

Booze-free Supermarkets: The City With A Bottle Store Monopoly

Friday, 24 May 2024, 6:20 pm | Matthew Rosenberg - Local Democracy Reporter

There aren’t many left around the country, but in Invercargill, the licensing trust model is alive and well — controlling the sale and supply of alcohol in the city. Matthew Rosenberg looks into the system, and why it isn’t more widely used. More >>

Coast Council ‘not On Par’ With Climate Change

Friday, 24 May 2024, 6:17 pm | Brendon McMahon - Local Democracy Reporter

The West Coast Regional Council will further address the impact of climate change on its flood protection assets as it works through its long-term plan. More >>

Wellington Water Blunder Has $200k Impact On South Wairarapa Plan

Friday, 24 May 2024, 6:14 pm | Emily Ireland - Local Democracy Reporter

South Wairarapa District Council [SWDC] is working to understand the full impact of a $51 million blunder by Wellington Water, just days after shaving 0.6 per cent off the proposed rates increase for 2024-25. More >>

Greymouth Council ‘reminded’ Of Raw Sewage Rules

Wednesday, 22 May 2024, 6:41 pm | Brendon McMahon - Local Democracy Reporter

Last week the Grey District Council moved -- not for the first time -- to require about 2000 properties in Greymouth to fully separate their sewerage connection from the town's storm water system. More >>

Cracks In Marlborough Stopbanks At Least A Metre Deep

Wednesday, 22 May 2024, 6:38 pm | Maia Hart - Local Democracy Reporter

The geotechnical assessment sought by the Marlborough District Council started on Monday and will involve drilling multiple boreholes and test pits into the Peninsula Rd stopbanks over the next couple of weeks. More >>

Carterton Councillors Have Heated Debate On Rates Rises

Wednesday, 22 May 2024, 6:33 pm | Emily Ireland - Local Democracy Reporter

Tensions remained high around the council table yesterday [Wednesday] as elected members in Carterton continued Long-Term Plan [LTP] deliberations with numerous points of order made throughout. More >>

Northland Regional Council Chair Faces Axe As Competing Political Perspectives Jostle

Tuesday, 21 May 2024, 8:35 pm | Susan Botting - Local Democracy Reporter

Northland Regional Council chair Geoff Crawford is facing the axe next week (May 28) after just over 170 days (173 days as of Monday May 20) in the top job. If Crawford loses the chair’s role, it will be the third change at the head of the regional ... More >>

Commission Pushes On For Taller Buildings In Mount Maunganui

Tuesday, 21 May 2024, 8:28 pm | Alisha Evans - Local Democracy Reporter

Six storey buildings could be permitted in downtown Mount Maunganui after Tauranga City Commission rejected the recommendations of an independent hearing panel. Tauranga City Council is proposing to raise the allowable building heights in Mount Maunganui ... More >>





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