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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 >>

Dust Settles On Waiewe Reserve

Friday, 3 July 2020, 10:13 am | Charlotte Jones - Local Democracy Reporter

Following outcry from neighbours, the Whakatane Mountain Bike Club has withdrawn its request to create mountain bike tracks on the Waiewe Reserve. This is despite a consultant recommending to Whakatane District Council that one of the proposed ... More >>

Whangaroa Maori Call For Better Planning To Manage Challenges From Unprecedented Local Growth

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 4:14 pm | Susan Botting - Local Democracy Reporter

. Whangaroa Maori are calling for better Far North District Council planning to deal with their local area's unprecedented growth. They say lack of council planning for fast-growing settlements in their district is causing problems for the communities’ ... More >>

Drone ‘mosaic’ Helps Forestry Catch Cracks, Erosion Before Compliance Failure

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 4:24 pm | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

A drone "mosaic" of harvested forestry blocks is letting Marlburians see the wood for the trees, and could cut down environmental issues. Marlborough company GeoInsight Limited is using drones, 360-degree cameras and an e-bike to "stitch ... More >>

Kerikeri Residents Lose Faith In Council’s Latest ETA For New Wastewater Treatment Plant Completion

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 4:22 pm | Susan Botting - Local Democracy Reporter

Angry Kerikeri residents say they have no faith their town’s new $27 million wastewater treatment plant will be working by January. “We were told by Far North District Council we would have reticulated sewerage to our properties by the end of 2017,” ... More >>

West Coast Regional Council Adopts Annual Plan With Nil Rate Rise

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 4:18 pm | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

The West Coast Regional has adopted its annual plan for the coming financial year, confirming a nil rate increase. The council has agreed to borrow up to $750,000 from the Local Government Funding Agency if required, at an interest rate of about 1% ... More >>

Beachfront Residents Left In Dark Over Erosion Plan

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 4:12 pm | Aaron van Delden - Local Democracy Reporter

Surging tides eroded several metres of land in front of three Wainui properties last September. Photo: Paul Rickard / The Gisborne Herald - single use only Wainui residents feel left in the dark over Gisborne District Council’s management of ... More >>

Lessons Learned In ‘comedy Of Errors’ Toilet Project

Friday, 26 June 2020, 4:07 pm | Aaron van Delden - Local Democracy Reporter

Lessons have been learned through the beleaguered construction of a new $928,000 toilet block for Gisborne’s inner harbour, district council chief executive Nedine Thatcher Swann says. “No one wants to kind of say, ‘Well, yeah, this is our issue’ ... More >>

Residents Fed Up With Freedom Campers, Says Councillor

Monday, 15 June 2020, 11:33 am | Aaron van Delden - Local Democracy Reporter

Kaiti Beach residents are fed up with freedom campers, says Gisborne district councillor Larry Foster. Gisborne District Council banned freedom camping in Marina Park last September after complaints about overcrowding and campers showering and washing dishes ... More >>

New ‘regional Park’ Backed For Wairau River

Monday, 15 June 2020, 11:28 am | Chloe Ranford - Local Democracy Reporter

Marlborough Landscape Group members on a field trip earlier this year to scope out the Wairau River "regional park" proposal. CREDIT: SUPPLIED A new regional park alongside the Wairau River has been backed, with a councillor saying it was ... More >>