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Popular Fiordland Trail Needs ‘A Little Bit More Help’

Wednesday, 17 July 2024, 7:54 pm | Matthew Rosenberg - Local Democracy Reporter

Fiordland Trails Trust has spent $2 million developing two trails in Fiordland. It wants to secure funding from Southland District Council to secure its future. More >>

Farmers Back Bill To Exclude Climate Rules In Resource Consents

Wednesday, 17 July 2024, 7:51 pm | Zita Campbell - Local Democracy Reporter

Act Party MP Mark Cameron proposes a bill to stop regional councils from considering climate change impacts in consenting decisions. Federated Farmers supports the bill, fearing local emissions regulations could impose heavy costs and uncertainties on ... More >>

‘Too Painful’: We Could Have Done Better On Lowering Rates – Councillor

Wednesday, 17 July 2024, 7:46 pm | Moana Ellis - Local Democracy Reporter

Rates for individual properties for the 2024/25 year are available now on the Rating Information Database on council website and rates notices will be sent out from Thursday, 1 August. More >>

‘There One Day, Gone The Next’: Vandalised Train Displays Cost Ratepayers Thousands

Wednesday, 17 July 2024, 7:43 pm | Torika Tokalau - Local Democracy Reporter

Auckland Transport contract manager - field services Tony Chen said the Glen Eden electronic board was vandalised on March 6, costing $3875. More >>

Calls For More Voting Options To Boost Pacific Turnout

Wednesday, 17 July 2024, 7:41 pm | Mary Afemata - Local Democracy Reporter

Auckland’s next local body elections will take place in 2025. More >>

Lodge Owner Praised For Spotting Guests’ Invasive Clam Collection

Wednesday, 17 July 2024, 7:35 pm | Moana Ellis - Local Democracy Reporter

The clams were destroyed and the clam collectors were provided with information about the clams by Biosecurity New Zealand staff. More >>

Neighbour Reflects On Loss Of ‘Godsend’ Ex-reserve, Councillor Queries Sale Price

Wednesday, 17 July 2024, 7:28 pm | Laura Smith - Local Democracy Reporter

A trust bought the Clayton Rd site for $750,000 to build 10 affordable rental homes. More >>

Could This Be New Zealand’s Next Dark Sky Reserve?

Wednesday, 17 July 2024, 7:05 pm | Matthew Rosenberg - Local Democracy Reporter

Hanley said there was ecotourism potential for the Catlins should it gain accreditation, as well as benefits for nature, such as the large native bat population found in the area. More >>

Grinding Away At Line Improvements

Tuesday, 16 July 2024, 6:28 pm | Emily Ireland - Local Democracy Reporter

Metlink’s rail network delivery manager David Mawson said a four-carriage train with re-profiled wheels would test the line later this month. More >>

Taller Buildings Risk Mount’s ’Boutique Character’ – Locals

Tuesday, 16 July 2024, 6:25 pm | Alisha Evans - Local Democracy Reporter

Permitted heights in around two thirds of this area would remain at three storeys because of qualifying matters relating to landscape and cultural values, and viewshafts to Mauao. More >>

NZDF’s $490m Housing Plan For Waiouru Military Camp

Tuesday, 16 July 2024, 6:20 pm | Moana Ellis - Local Democracy Reporter

The Defence Force (NZDF) says it needs 211 homes to support military and civilian personnel at Waiouru Military Camp. More >>

Council’s Earthquake-prone Building Notice Reversed

Tuesday, 16 July 2024, 6:08 pm | Emily Ireland - Local Democracy Reporter

The My Ride building in Masterton, owned by the Masterton Trust Lands Trust, was incorrectly issued with an earthquake-prone building notice. More >>

Museum Levy To Be Considered In Kaikōura

Tuesday, 16 July 2024, 6:04 pm | David Hill - Local Democracy Reporter

The Kaikōura District Council is going to consider a targeted rate to fund the Kaikōura Museum and the Mayfair Arts and Culture Centre. More >>

Popular Fiordland Trail Needs ‘A Little Bit More Help’

Tuesday, 16 July 2024, 5:41 pm | Matthew Rosenberg - Local Democracy Reporter

The trust behind two popular Fiordland trails is putting its hand up for financial support, questioning the equity of the district council’s decision making. More >>

‘Devil In The Detail’ Of Housing Reforms – Waimakariri Deputy Mayor

Monday, 15 July 2024, 6:16 pm | David Hill - Local Democracy Reporter

It is business as usual for the Waimakariri District Council for now, but proposed housing reforms may yet force some changes. More >>

Hurunui Confirms 10.98% Rates Rise As It Adopts 10-year Plan

Monday, 15 July 2024, 6:13 pm | David Hill - Local Democracy Reporter

The Hurunui District Council adopted its 2024/34 Long Term Plan on Monday. More >>

Ashburton Pavilions To Get Makeover

Monday, 15 July 2024, 6:10 pm | Jonathan Leask - Local Democracy Reporter

After years of negotiation, the Ashburton District Council has taken ownership of the Walnut Ave pavilion and is on the cusp of taking over another building in the Ashburton Domain. More >>

Ashburton’s Time Capsule Plan Paused

Monday, 15 July 2024, 6:06 pm | Jonathan Leask - Local Democracy Reporter

A time capsule is still biding its time before being entombed in Te Whare Whakatere, Ashburton's new library and civic centre. More >>

Canterbury Careers Expo Appeals To All Ages

Monday, 15 July 2024, 6:01 pm | Jonathan Leask - Local Democracy Reporter

The expo will be focused on learning about jobs available with local employers and will be highly interactive, with a range of live demonstrations, workshops and 'hands-on' activities. More >>

Masterton Fares Best In Region For Rates Rises

Monday, 15 July 2024, 5:57 pm | Emily Ireland - Local Democracy Reporter

The report found that all councils were facing increasing costs for existing assets and services due to inflation, the cost of servicing debt, and increasing insurance costs and audit costs. More >>





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