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West Coast rare earth mine

A controversial proposal to mine for heavy mineral concentrate at a Cape Foulwind site at Okari has been given the green light.Westland Mineral Sands...

Congestion charging will hit low income people

An Auckland councillor says any plans to introduce congestion charging in Auckland will unfairly affect people in lower-socioeconomic areas like south Auckland. The Government is...

Luxon sidesteps Te Reo questions

National party leader Chris Luxon has had to sidestep questions around the use of Te Reo by highlighting the bigger issues on his whistlestop...

Government’s lack of Three Waters clarity

A lack of clarity from the government about the Three Waters reforms has led to “unnecessary angst”, according to a Bay of Plenty leader.Western...

First regional climate change plan

Northland is the first place in New Zealand to have a region-wide local government climate change adaptation strategy. 70 Northland towns and localities are projected...

Aussie politician seeks iwi help

World-first rights accorded to a river have brought an Australian politician to consult with iwi on how they gained the protection of legal personhood...

New airport not in their backyard

One Tree Point West is not the place to build Whangārei’s new $150 million airport according to a Ruakākā community leader.Ruakaka Residents and Ratepayers...

Tamihere takes Auckland Council to court

Auckland Council development agency Eke Panuku is heading to the Human Rights Review Tribunal this month as part of an ongoing legal battle with...

Three waters questions

Two Canterbury mayors remain concerned their ratepayers won’t benefit from the Three Reforms and instead be left to subsidise other communities.Ashburton and Selwyn mayors...

Street name changes “don’t mean we can forget”

The Kiingitanga is supporting Hamilton City Council’s decision to replace location names that have "caused anguish" for iwi Māori. The decision to rename Von Tempsky...

Secret Rotorua bill discussion ‘unlawful’ – legal experts

Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick was “unlawful” when she decided a discussion on Rotorua’s controversial Māori wards bill would be held confidentially, two public law...

Community warming to new ferry terminal

Helen Baxter used to be one of the “flower ladies” – a group of keen Picton locals who would welcome cruise ship passengers to...

Calls for new Middlemore Hospital

There are calls for a new hospital in south Auckland as its existing facility, Middlemore, gets set to celebrate its 75th birthday. The hospital was...

Kaimoana ban could extend 100 km

Ngāruahine iwi is considering adding its coastline to a rāhui on collecting shellfish, which would see a customary ban from New Plymouth to Hāwera. Along...

Rotorua pauses controversial Maori ward Bill

Rotorua council has pressed “pause” on its controversial Māori wards bill, with Labour retracting its support. Thursday’s announcement came hours after a fiery exchange in...