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Northland roads restoration could take years

Bringing New Zealand’s state highway one fully back to life in the wake of Cyclone Gabrielle will take years Prime Minister Chris Hipkins told...

Kaipara karakia fight continues

Kaipara Mayor Craig Jepson and CR Pera Paniora in Dargaville on Sunday (SUBS: February 18) amidst Cyclone Gabrielle response work(Photo Susan Botting Local Democracy...

Gisborne has long wait for water

Gisborne industries could be waiting around two weeks before they can begin operating again as the desperate state of the city’s water situation was...

Taranaki maunga talks close to result

alks over the future of Taranaki Maunga are active and close to conclusion, says an iwi negotiator. The settlement talks stretch back seven years, and...

Ashburton needs to make a noise

The district's largest tourism operator believes the council taking over district promotion will help “make some noise” as the industry returns to pre-Covid levels.James...

No satisfaction

he bombshell report was presented as extraordinary business at yesterday’s South Wairarapa District Council meeting. Satisfaction dropped in 49 of 50 overall measures compared with...

A book park

Storytelling and physical exercise have merged to create a new activity in Martinborough. StoryWalk is a popular concept overseas which aims to combine physical exercise,...

Waka Kotahi’s big roading challenge

The resilience of state highways, making alternative routes fit for purpose and the reason there are so many potholes were just some of the...

Hurunui’s roading quandary

How to fund rural roads and make them resilient is an ongoing challenge for the Hurunui District Council.The council maintains one of the largest...

Councils fear RMA reform means loss of local control

Proposed changes to the Government’s Three Waters reform package are ‘‘cosmetic’’, say three North Canterbury council leaders.Parliament’s finance and expenditure committee has recommended a...

Water reforms don’t go far enough

Ashburton Mayor Neil Brown says proposed changes to the Three Waters Reform haven't gone far enough ahead of the bill’s second reading in parliament.There...

Co-governance for golf coruse

The original Māori owners of a New Plymouth golf course have teed up an agreement with the golf club to jointly manage the land. For...

Rotorua reserve hearings heat up

Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick took “offence” to phrasing from submitters on the second day of hearings on the council’s controversial reserves proposal, leading to...

Treaty claim looming over Tauranga racecourse

The future of Tauranga’s racecourse is once again out for public consultation, but council’s preferred option could trigger a Treaty of Waitangi claim.The Tauranga...

O’Connor in trouble over flood comments

West Coast-Tasman MP Damien O'Connor says those investing in flood prone areas like the Waiho Flat in South Westland need to think carefully, but...