What's New: Thursday 10 April 2014

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Proactive response to Taupo erosion

Waikato Regional Council will be actively encouraging land owners to take an even more proactive response to managing erosion issues around Taupo.  The integrated catchment management committee yesterday endorsed recommendations that will see the council step up work with landowners to prevent

Calling for Upper Hutt Civic Award nominations

Nominations for Upper Hutt City Civic Awards are open all year round, but 30 May will mark the closing point for this year’s consideration. Nominations received after this date will be considered next year.  Any resident of Upper Hutt who has carried out meritorious voluntary community servic

Paper Meter Receipts Better for the Environment

After more than two years of research and trials, motorists can now get biodegradable receipts from most Dunedin pay and display meters.  The Dunedin City Council is the only local authority in Australasia to use 100% paper receipts for its pay and display machine

Heavy rain expected in North Otago and Dunedin tonight and tomorrow

MetService has included North Otago and Dunedin in a Severe Weather Warning for the next two days.  Rain is expected to pick up this evening and become heavy at times early tomorrow morning. About 120mm to 180mm is expected about higher parts of North Otago from midnight tonight to midnight tom

Creative Communities Funding Scheme to close in two weeks

Do you have an idea for a great arts project? The Creative Communities grants are funds that are administered through the Upper Hutt City Council on behalf of Creative NZ. The fund aims to inspire communities to create great arts projects of all descriptions. It is available for any project

Auckland Council’s hands tied in Psychoactive substances debate

Auckland Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse says the council shares the community’s concerns about the social impacts from psychoactive substances and will continue to work with social agencies to minimise those impacts.  A cross-council working party of elected members and staff met this week to discu

SOURCE : Auckland CouncilON : 17 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Weather Update #1

Heavy rain and winds continue to batter the Coromandel. At this stage no severe flooding or slips have been reported.

Feedback wanted on Gisborne's sports parks

Gisborne District Council is seeking feedback on a plan to manage all the sports parks in the district.  All sporting codes should have access to the facilities they need to train and play sports, says community planning and development group manager Nedine Thatcher-Swann.  "Council looks afte

Flooding, debris and power cuts as storm hits

Auckland Civil Defence reminds Aucklanders to stay up-to-date with weather forecasts as severe weather impacts the region.  Extensive flooding has been reported on Tamaki Drive. Auckland Transport has closed the road from the Strand to Kohimarama Road. NZ Police and Fire Service are responding

SOURCE : Auckland CouncilON : 17 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Rain ends prohibited fire season

Rain and lower temperatures have reduced the fire danger in Palmerston North sufficiently and as at midnight Thursday 17th April 2014 an Open Fire Season will be declared.  Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer Graeme McIntyre says while the Prohibited Fire Season was only for a short amount of t

Leading edge procurement policies praised

Waikato Regional Council’s sustainable procurement stance has been praised as leading edge, ground breaking and a first for New Zealand at an event attended by more than 160 current and potential suppliers.  Purchasing sustainably means choosing suppliers to enhance environmental as well as s

Regional council likely to give iwi full committee voting rights

Regional councillors are set to go where their district council colleagues wouldn't - give iwi members the vote on council committees.  New Plymouth District Council yesterday voted down iwi representation and voting rights on influential council committees by seven votes to five.

Freedom camping laws an 'overkill'

Thames-Coromandel District Council has batted off claims that its measures to control freedom camping on the peninsula are a "complete overkill" and infringe people's human rights.  The New Zealand Motor Caravan Association has sought a judicial review of three council bylaws which, they argue,

SOURCE : Waikato TimesON : 17 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

'One size fits all' approach opposed on building law

Southern councils are telling the government not to "tar everybody with the same brush", in a joint submission on the proposed Building Amendment Bill.  Southland District councillors yesterday approved the submission on the Building (Earthquake Prone) Amendment Bill at a meeting on Stewart Isl

SOURCE : Waikato TimesON : 17 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Hotel emails testify to updates

The Dunedin City Council was warned two weeks ago the developers behind a proposed $100 million waterfront hotel could walk away, because of mounting frustration at delays, emails released yesterday show.  However, the emails also confirmed council staff were in regular contact with Betterways Adv

SOURCE : Otago Daily TimesON : 17 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Costs to DCC exceed $200,000

Trying to help Betterways Advisory Ltd build a five-star hotel has so far cost the Dunedin City Council more than $200,000, it has been confirmed.  The spending - including the cost of consultants, lawyers and a discount on consent fees - covered the period since resource consent for Betterways

SOURCE : Otago Daily TimesON : 17 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Finding water for thirsty land brings plenty of ideas bubbling to surface

Thoughts about what irrigation could do for the Rangitikei District are fizzing away in the mind of its mayor.  "Potentially this is a game-changer. It's one of the most significant economic directions that council has been able to put before the district. It's incredibly exciting," said Mayor

SOURCE : New Zealand HeraldON : 17 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Bus system offered to Dunedin council

The Otago Regional Council wants to transfer the running of Dunedin's bus system to the city council.  The regional authority has managed the South Island city's public transport system since 1989 for historical reasons involving a conflict of interest, but the Dunedin City Council has recently

SOURCE : Radio New ZealandON : 16 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Larger venue for Rotorua Anzac Day civic service

Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick will host this year’s Anzac Day Civic Memorial Service at the new location of Rotorua’s Energy Events Centre.  Mayor Chadwick is extending an open invitation to residents as well as visitors to the city to join her in honouring New Zealand's servicemen and women

ORC has no plans for harbourside land sale or development

ORC chairman Stephen Woodhead, in response to speculation that the council was negotiating with property developers, said that it was not currently marketing any of its undeveloped land for sale or development.  Otago Regional Council has no current plans for developing land on the Dunedin harb

MetService issues severe weather warning

Auckland Civil Defence reminds Aucklanders to stay up-to-date with weather forecasts in the lead up to Easter as severe weather is expected across the region.  MetService expects the Auckland region to be hit by severe weather between 5am and 3pm tomorrow with strong winds and heavy rainfall. E

SOURCE : Auckland CouncilON : 16 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Puppies galore in need of homes

The Taupō District Council pound will be open every day over Easter as staff try to rehome a huge number of puppies it has been inundated with this week.  The animal management team has its hands full with six times the normal amount of puppies in the pound looking for adoption. The puppies in

Construction date set for Stone Store Basin makeover

Works aimed at transforming the historic Stone Store Basin at Kerikeri from a vehicle-dominated environment to a scenically attractive and quiet pedestrian precinct will begin this month.  Major improvements to the basin, which is home to two of New Zealand's oldest and most historically signif

Amalgamation benefits boost council savings

Improved economies of scale from the amalgamation of the eight local authorities have helped Auckland Council maintain services at reduced cost, says a council report on efficiency savings.  Average rates increases have reduced year on year from previously anticipated rises while capital works

SOURCE : Auckland CouncilON : 16 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Councillors approve plan after strong support

Wellington City Councillors this week agreed the city’s budget and plans for the coming year – including an average rates increase of 2.49 percent – following strong community support during consultation.  The proposals approved include changes that will assist developers and encourage th

Future of first skyscraper up in the air

The future of New Zealand’s first skyscraper, the 100m tall Auckland Council Civic Administration Building, is in the balance.  To be vacated by the council later this year for new headquarters at 135 Albert Street, the building has serious structural issues and would require an estimated $70

SOURCE : Auckland CouncilON : 16 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

More Than 1100 Submissions on 2014/15 Draft Annual Plan

Residents have been keen to have their say on the Dunedin City Council’s 2014/15 Draft Annual Plan.  Submissions on the DCC’s biggest consultation process for the year closed at 5pm yesterday, with about 1125 submissions received. DCC Corporate Planner Jane Nevill says this number is subjec

Meeting to gather views on legal highs

A public meeting will be held on Monday 28 April at the Alexandra Community Centre to gather community feedback on legal highs.  Central Otago Mayor Tony Lepper said he was keen to build on recent momentum created by increased media coverage on the issue of psychoactive substances, and get loca

Hamilton library's new project reflects lifelong wishes

Hamilton’s Garden Place Library has joined a worldwide community art initiative which allows members of the public to reflect on things they want to achieve in their lifetimes.  Titled Before I die, the project gives people an opportunity to publicly declare what they want to do before the en

Earlier closing proposed for bars and off-licences

Gisborne bars could be empty by 2am on a Friday and Saturday night if Gisborne District Council’s draft Local Alcohol Policy is adopted.  The policy is about limiting harm from alcohol in this district by having safe and healthy alcohol licensing criteria. Gisborne has higher than average rat

New bus on the scene for emergencies in Selwyn

A new Incident Command Bus has joined Selwyn District Council’s fleet of Civil Defence and emergency vehicles.  The mini-bus will be used as a mobile Incident Control Point to manage significant rural fires or any kind of major emergency or disaster event.

Three more catchment meetings

The Otago Regional Council is holding more meetings around the region as part of its catchment minimum flow-setting process.  A workshop to consider a minimum flow option and allocation limits for the Waikouaiti River will be held today from 7pm to 9pm at the East Otago Events Centre in Waikoua

ECan considers bus wi-fi

Environment Canterbury is considering free wi-fi on buses for people using traffic clogged northern and western routes into Christchurch.  ECan commissioners will be asked to consider free wi-fi on buses as part of a staff report on selected longer journey services

SOURCE : The PressON : 16 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Pushing to register bicycles

Strath Taieri Community Board chairman Barry Williams will make a personal submission on Dunedin City Council's 2014/15 Draft Annual Plan to get bicycles registered.  ''I am going to privately put a submission in about the cycles so it won't lose its traction.''

SOURCE : Otago Daily TimesON : 16 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Len Lye centre takes shape in structural work of art

New Plymouth's Len Lye Centre is beginning to tower above the heart of the city.  Jim Willson, general manager of infrastructure at the New Plymouth District Council, said important structural walls were starting to go up and the complex was beginning to take shape.

West Coast councils back highway proposal

The West Coast's four councils have thrown their support behind the proposed $230 million Haast to Hollyford Highway.  However, the project's main stumbling block has yet to be resolved and delays its progress.

SOURCE : The PressON : 16 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Ragwort bio-control agents working well

Annual property inspections in the Manawatu have produced positive results for ragwort bio-control agents.  Ragwort senecio jacobaeae is a hardy plant with conspicuous yellow flowers, has the ability to compete with pasture species and contains alkaloids that are toxic to stock. Horizo

Rotorua residents to get say on reduced speed limit proposals

Rotorua residents to get say on reduced speed limit proposals  Rotorua residents will get to have their say on a range of reduced speed limits being proposed by Rotorua District Council for a number urban and rural roads.

Deadline for Special Liquor Licence Processing Requirement

Organisers of events in Ruapehu requiring a special liquor licence are being advised to ensure they allow the statutory 20 working days for its processing.  Ruapehu District Council (RDC) Group Manager Community Services, Margaret Hawthorne, said that from the 18th June the minimum requirement

Mount Maunganui surf reef to be removed

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has decided the Mount Maunganui surf reef is to be partially removed to remove the risk to swimmers near Tay Street.  Regional Council Deputy Chief Executive Eddie Grogan said the Mount Maunganui Reef Trust obtained resource consent in August 2000 to construct the

Ongoing safety focus for intersections

Operations and Reporting Committee Chair Cr Ray Stevens says it is good news that the Wanganui District does not feature in the ‘Top 100 High Risk Intersections’ recently published by the New Zealand Transport Agency.  There are on average four fatal crashes and 18 serious injury crashes a yea

Reduction in liquor licence fees for some Rotorua cafes

Rotorua District Council is to reduce liquor licence fees for cafes not open for evening trade.  The decision was made at this morning’s [16 April 2014] meeting of the council’s Strategy, Finance & Policy Committee.

Christchurch Housing Accord Announced

The acute shortage of affordable housing in Christchurch will only be solved by the Christchurch City Council and the Government working together, Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says.  The Mayor and the Minister of Housing Dr Nick Smith today signed a Housing Accord to increase the number of

Council can’t ban legal highs

Under current law Gisborne District Council cannot ban the sale of legal highs (psychoactive substances) in our district. Council can restrict where these substances are sold.  Council is asking for feedback on its draft Psychoactive Substances Policy. The draft policy proposes two alternatives

Emergency services programme inspire youth

Ask Rangiora McGregor what he got out of the Youth and Emergency Services (YES) programme, and his answer is simple.  "I know if I was to walk down town and someone was to drop down, have a panic attack - I’d know what to do," he said. "It was better than what I was expecting - I’d recommen

Whitebait partners look for solutions

Waikato-Tainui, local marae, councils and agencies are working together to better manage whitebait fisheries at Port Waikato following the compilation of a new report.  The report is the result of an initial scoping project to better understand the complex and inter-related resource management

Ring-fence on debt planned

Pro-amalgamation Hastings District Council is pushing for legislation to ring-fence its own debt if the region's local authorities are amalgamated.  vAt a council meeting tomorrow, councillors will discuss a proposal to submit a "Local Bill" to Parliament which would keep Hastings debt repaymen

SOURCE : Hawke's Bay TodayON : 16 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Plans for school field hampered by red tape

Plans by the Invercargill City Council for a community space on a piece of prime real estate have been hampered by a government process taking more than a decade.  Surrey Park School was closed almost 15 years ago and while the government in power may have changed, Invercargill City Council par

SOURCE : Southland TimesON : 16 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Broadway businesses given ratings

A Palmerston North City Council-supported project has rated Broadway Ave businesses by how much they contribute to the vibrancy of the street in an effort to encourage them to shape up.  The quantitative research has been completed by David Engwicht, of Creative Communities, who will present ea

SOURCE : Manawatu StandardON : 16 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Another plan, but it's still hush-hush

The Community Trust of Southland has devised yet another plan to end the woes of Rugby Park and walk away with every cent it loaned the governing body.  A document was tabled at a full Invercargill City Council meeting last night, divulging the community trust's latest plan to get its loan back

SOURCE : Southland TimesON : 16 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Hawke's Bay dam gets green light

Hawke's Bay's controversial Ruataniwha water storage scheme has been given the go ahead but with a number of changes to what was sought.  An Environmental Protection Authority board of inquiry, in a draft decision released on Tuesday, approved the $265 million project, following a 29-day hearin

SOURCE : MSN NewsON : 16 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Historic sitting for Auckland Council

Auckland Council will hold its monthly meeting at Orakei Marae on Thursday.  Mayor Len Brown says it’s a first for the council, and he’s looking forward to what will be an historic occasion.  He says the super-city has a unique way to interact with Maori.

SOURCE : Waatea NewsON : 16 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Council power woes continue

Masterton District Council staff are still relying on a generator to keep them from being kept in the dark after a power failure a week ago.  The culprit has been determined by Powerco as being a failure in the cable that runs between a transformer located beside ANZ bank and the council buildi

Council accused of losing nerve on legal high policy

Palmerston North's policy on legal high retailing has been put on hold - prompting accusations that councillors have lost their nerve.  The city council will wait for legal advice about how restrictive it can be without ending up in costly court battles, the community development committee deci

SOURCE : Manawatu StandardON : 16 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Regional Council organising Easter ride from Oriental Bay to Mt Victoria

Cyclists are invited to take part in Wellington’s inaugural Easter ride tomorrow evening from Oriental Bay to Mt Victoria – via the Miramar Peninsula and Lyall Bay.  Simon Kennett, Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Active Transport and Road Safety Coordinator, says the 20km ride will

Sheldrake a new face in council by-election

It is pefect timing for Gisborne man Terry Sheldrake to step into the Gisborne District Council by-election.  He considered standing for the last election but because wife Kathy was also standing for the health board, he decided against it.

SOURCE : Gisborne HeraldON : 15 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Council prepares to appoint new chief executive

The Waimate District Council is appointing its chief executive officer for the next seven years.  Human resources manager Fiona Hester-Smith said the role had been advertised and the council was using recruitment company Sheffield Ltd.  "The council is well under way with the process and is ex

SOURCE : Timaru HeraldON : 15 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Battle over truck signs goes to court

A local authority says it has every right to impound a truck with advertising signs that allegedly breached local bylaws and to sell it to recover costs.  The Whangarei District Council took Whangarei businessman Brian May, owner of Magic Tyres and Mags, to court last year in a long-running bat

SOURCE : New Zealand HeraldON : 15 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Board of Inquiry Decision

The chairman of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s Investment Company (HBRIC Ltd) says he is pleased with the decision by the Board of Inquiry to grant resource consent for the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme.  The Environmental Protection Authority released the board’s 700 page decision

Door Not Closed on Maori Input to NPDC

Maori representation on New Plymouth District Council subcommittees has been voted down tonight (Tuesday) by the full Council.  However, that is not the end of meaningful input into local government by mana whenua says Mayor Andrew Judd.

Waikato's Speed Limit Bylaw review adjourned

A hearing into Waikato District Council’s annual Speed Limit Bylaw review has been adjourned until further notice.  At this month’s Policy and Regulatory committee meeting, Councillors had 23 submissions to consider relating to 16 proposed speed limit amendments across the district.

Mayoral Forum has good process for future

The Waikato Mayoral Forum says it has established a very robust process for making efficiency improvements in the way councils operate and for gathering information to help inform discussions on local government in the region.  “Through the forum, city and district councils, along with the re

Progress at Kaitaia water project

A Far North District Council project that aims to secure a new water source for Kaitaia is about to enter a new phase of work.  The Council plans to begin pumping a bore at the Sweetwater Aquifer next week to determine what effect drawing water from the aquifer will have on neighbouring bores.

Materials Recovery Facility grand opening

The green ribbon was cut today by Buller Mayor Garry Howard and Smart Environmental’s Managing Director Grahame Christian, to officially open the new Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) for the Buller district.  The MRF is based at the Westport Transfer Station and is a significant piece of equ

City Council’s Pacific Advisory Group election results announced

The results from last night’s election for Wellington City Council’s Pacific Advisory Group have now been finalised.  Seven candidates from the Cook Islands, Fijian and Samoan communities were successful in being voted on to the group. The only two Tongan candidates nominated to stand this

Paul Potts’ Sunday Rotorua concert almost sold-out

Local Paul Potts fans who are yet to purchase tickets to the British performer’s Rotorua concert are being urged to do so without delay as a theatre sell-out is expected.  The winner of 2007 ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ competition is in New Zealand for his ‘One Chance – Live in NZ’ tou

Waikato District invited to give feedback on new water bylaw

Wanted - your feedback on a new Waikato District Council Water Supply Bylaw which will combine the former Franklin County and existing Waikato district water supply bylaws.  The new water bylaw applies to the protection and operation of the public water supply system in the Waikato district.

Re-scoped plan for Coromandel Harbour Project

A re-scoped roadmap for the Coromandel Harbour Facilities project has been approved by Council which allows for the completion of a business case to assess various development options at both the Furey's Creek and Sugarloaf Wharf sites.  "Identifying these two key sites as the focus areas for

Council Christmas plan welcomed by retailers

Wellingtonians have spoken and Wellington City Council has listened – and unveiled a fresh new plan to celebrate Christmas in the Capital.  Last week Council officers met with representatives from the retail and hospitality sectors as well as the Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce, to ou

New Waipa mountain bike toilet and shower complex opening tomorrow

Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick is hosting the official opening of the district’s new toilet, shower and changing facilities at Waipa mountain bike carpark tomorrow [16 April].  The new complex for mountain bikers and other recreational forest users features 12 unisex toilets, four showers, chan

Civic Awards - call for nominations

Calling all supporters of Whangarei’s hard working, sincere, tireless and giving citizens – now is your chance to nominate someone who has made a significant contribution to the community for a Civic Award.  Every year Whangarei District Council honours up to four citizens for outstanding v

The only good pampas is dead pampas

New pampas growth is appearing in Taranaki, prompting a reminder to land occupiers that they must destroy all pampas on their property.  Both common pampas and purple pampas are classed as ‘eradication pest plants’ in the Taranaki Regional Council’s Pest Plant Management Strategy. They su

Rotorua hosts trans-Tasman netball clash over Anzac weekend

Just two days after commemorating Anzac Day to acknowledge New Zealand and Australia’s close alliance on the battlefields, all friendships will be set aside when the two countries square-off in a trans-Tasman netball clash in Rotorua.  Joint top of the ladder team Kia Waikato/Bay of Plenty Ma

Mayors: Divided we stand, united we fall

Mayors from across the Waikato are united against a proposal to form one council for the entire region.  The proposal by the New Zealand Property Council would, if successful, amalgamate the Waikato District, Waipa District, Matamata-Piako District, Hamilton City and parts of the Otorohanga, So

SOURCE : Waikato TimesON : 15 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Legal high hands tied

You have the power to stop the sale of legal highs in practice, if not in law.  That's the message to councils from Northland MP Mike Sabin.  But Whangarei District Council says it is stuck between a rock and a hard place in terms of the Psychoactive Substances Bill, which was passed into law

SOURCE : Whangarei LeaderON : 15 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Councils stuck in pohutukawa impasse

Taranaki's two biggest councils are at loggerheads over pohutukawa trees in Waitara.  The trees are facing removal and are set to be put through the wood chipper by the Taranaki Regional Council, which says they are a detriment to the river bank.  But that's the opposite to what the New Plymou

Auckland Council under fire on SkyPath numbers

Auckland Council is being accused of stretching the numbers, on the proposed SkyPath over the Harbour Bridge.  The path would need to draw tens of thousands of people every week to remain financially viable without extra ratepayer help.

SOURCE : Newstalk ZBON : 15 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Concern for aquifer level

Allowing a Marlborough District Council application for more water for industrial estates south of Blenheim could damage the Riverlands aquifer, the independent planning commissioner considering the application says.  Ron Crosby adjourned a planning hearing yesterday to allow the council more t

Hutt City in parking wrangle

Parking tickets worth $1.5 million could be affected by a judge's ruling on the legality of a $12 parking fine.  Al O'Connor decided to defend the parking ticket he got for parking for more than two hours after he found what he thought was a deficit in the Hutt City Council bylaws.

SOURCE : Dominion PostON : 15 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Noise police take diesel generator into custody

The noise police have removed a New Plymouth woman's diesel generator but she is vowing to get it back - and buy another one.  The generator has attracted more than 30 complaints to the New Plymouth District Council during the two months student nurse Kim Webby has used it to power her rented H

Pool repairs could cost city $6m

Pioneer and Jellie Park pools need extensive repairs, with early estimates putting the cost of fixing them at $6 million.  The Christchurch City Council should get some of that money from its insurers, but council staff are warning the payout is likely to fall short of the repair costs by a "su

SOURCE : The PressON : 15 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Kapiti assured bore water safe

Kapiti residents have been reassured that bore water being used to top up the drinking supply for Raumati, Paraparaumu and Waikanae is safe.  This follows public queries about the safety of the water, which at present composes 75 per cent of the main supply for the towns.  Kapiti Coast Distric

SOURCE : Dominion PostON : 15 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Supermarkets appeal 'flawed' laws

Supermarket chains are appealing against reduced liquor-selling hours in South Canterbury, saying the new rules are "flawed" and "without evidence".  The Timaru, Waimate and Mackenzie district councils' joint Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) allows off-licence stores to sell alcohol from 7am to 9pm.

SOURCE : Timaru HeraldON : 15 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Motueka water scheme advances

The resource consent process for the proposed Motueka Community Coastal Water Scheme is nearly done and dusted 11 years after it was first mooted.  However, the estimated $25 million to $30m project still has to make it through the Tasman District Council's Long-Term Plan process next year and

SOURCE : Nelson MailON : 15 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Strategy to create Makaraka suburb

MAKARAKA could be developed into the next suburb of Gisborne as part of an urban development strategy for Gisborne District Council.  The area of open land is described as the last large one on which the city could grow.  The council has responded to a request from Citrus Grove for support for a

SOURCE : Gisborne HeraldON : 14 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Regional taxes a bad idea - PM

Allowing councils to raise revenue through regional taxes would make New Zealand less competitive, Prime Minister John Key says, indicating the Government opposes moves to give greater revenue gathering powers to local bodies.  Last week Lawrence Yule, president of Local Government New Zealand

SOURCE : StuffON : 14 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

QLDC proposes zero rates increase

For the second year in a row, Queenstown Lakes District Council is proposing an average zero increase in rates.  The Council will adopt its Draft Annual Plan and budget on Thursday, beginning a one-month period of community consultation.

Courses help to increase confidence on the road

Selwyn’s mature drivers are refreshing their knowledge and building their confidence on the roads.  More than 80 residents attended free Confident Driving Courses in Lincoln, Darfield, Rolleston and Leeston held between February and April.

Paint spill “environmental eyesore”

Waikato Regional Council says it’s extremely frustrating to see a spill of white paint into Lake Taupo.  It appears as if the paint – which created a 25 metre by 50 metre discoloured area this morning – had been dumped into the stormwater system at Hot Water Beach.  “It’s beyond

Public meeting on council annual plan proposals

Rotorua District Council (RDC) is giving local residents the opportunity to discuss proposals for the next financial year at a public meeting this week.  The meeting on the council’s 2014/15 draft annual plan is on Thursday (17 April) at 5pm at the council Civic Centre, and any interested Rot

Royals to open the new Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will today formally open the new Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre by cutting a floral rope.  Designed along the lines of a giant glasshouse, the new $16.4 million building will combine a working nursery with a permanent exhibition telling the story o

City development rockets as firms keen to build

The value of commercial building consents in Tauranga has almost tripled in the past year, new figures show.  Tauranga City Council figures show more than $16.1 million worth of commercial developments got the go-ahead last month compared with $5.7 million in March 2013.  Eight major projects

Mayor pleased with 'public debate' on sculpture

The public debate about Palmerston North's massive Ghost Tower sculpture has already begun, but the city's mayor says the murmurings and the whiff of controversy is part of what the project is all about.  At the official opening of the Louise Purvis-made, 9.5-metre tall, stainless steel tower y

SOURCE : Manawatu StandardON : 14 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Call to copy Hamilton drug stance

Legal high protesters are calling for Tauranga City Council to use Hamilton as an example as work starts on a policy restricting the sale of synthetic cannabis.  Last month Hamilton became the first city in New Zealand to push legal high retailers out of town temporarily, thanks to its council'

Meeting for museum funding bid

Katikati Heritage Museum is holding a public meeting today to explain to Western Bay ratepayers its financial position – either it receives council funding or it closes.  Museum manager Paula Gaelic is asking for $65,000 from Western Bay of Plenty District Council's 2014/2015 draft annual plan t

Taupō water restrictions lifted

Water restrictions in the Taupō District have been lifted.  Taupō District Council’s infrastructure manager Denis Lewis said consistent rain over the past few days had seen the level of Lake Taupō rise above the trigger level for restrictions and it was continuing to rise. The MetService i

Sewerage outage investigated

A power surge is thought to be responsible for an outage at Palmerston North City Council’s Totara Road Waste Water Treatment Plant which led to sewage backing up into a city street yesterday afternoon.  Wastewater spilled from manholes in the lower parts of the Escort Place roadway, causing

Remember to share the road

A campaign is underway to remind everyone to share the road for safety’s sake.  Between 2008 and 2012 an average of 121 cyclists were seriously injured and nine were killed each year in crashes involving a car. In up to 75% of all cyclist/vehicle crashes where a cyclist was hospitalised,

Students to lead environmental projects

Secondary school students from around the Bay of Plenty are gearing up to launch environmental projects in their schools and communities.  More than 60 students in years 11 to 13 from schools around the region began planning projects as part of this year’s Bay of Plenty Regional Council Youth

Dogs Day at our District Libraries this Easter

The Easter Bunny won't be the only animal on children's minds these holidays, as District Libraries' Pet Project promises to be filled with furry friends, fun activities and special guests galore.  Come and meet our Dog Compliance Officers Tim Buchanan and Danny Gardiner and their special gue

Raetihi 'Gutbuster' on Easter Sunday

Cyclists with a taste for history have made the Easter Sunday Raetihi ‘Gutbuster’ one of the most popular community events of its type.  Created to celebrate the sealing of the historic road between Pipiriki on the Whanganui River and Raetihi at the foot of Mt Ruapehu the ‘Gutbuster’ is

Auckland must clean up act on water - report

The health of Auckland's harbours and streams is continuing to deteriorate under a mostly 1950s approach to stormwater, says a report obtained by the Herald.  The report highlights a lack of leadership on stormwater, fragmentation, underperformance and the issue being out of kilter with

SOURCE : New ZealandON : 14 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Combined councils sought

Thames/Coromandel Mayor Glenn Leach will speak at a meeting about the amalgamation of Waikato councils.  The Waikato branch of Property Council New Zealand - a not-for-profit organisation that represents property owners, managers and investors - has called a meeting to present its submission to

SOURCE : Waikato TimesON : 14 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

United front on building law concerns

Timaru District Council has joined forces with its southern neighbours in an effort to stem the more expensive proposed changes to building rules.  The Government's proposed changes to the Building Act will require all non-residential buildings to have a seismic assessment within five years, an

SOURCE : Timaru HeraldON : 14 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Council drops action over undervalued assets

Christchurch City Council staff and councillors are at odds over claims crucial council assets were undervalued before the earthquakes.  The council has given up taking action against Good Earth Matters Consulting (GEM), the firm said to have undervalued council assets at a great cost to ratepa

SOURCE : The PressON : 14 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Royal protest considered by upset residents

Seddon residents feel neglected by the Marlborough District Council, and were so angry about it that they considered protesting during the royal visit, a community advocate says.  Awatere Community Information Centre volunteer Marie Flowerday said the district had suffered in a large earthquake

Expect 'really solid' results

The Dunedin City Council's group of companies are set to deliver ''really solid'' results to councillors this week, despite some mixed performances, Dunedin City Holdings Ltd chairman Graham Crombie says.  Mr Crombie told the Otago Daily Times he was encouraged by the performance of the c

SOURCE : Otago Daily TimesON : 14 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Heritage gates, wall could be restored

If the gates and wall at the former Barrett St Hospital are saved from demolition they could be in for a complete restoration.  Councillors on the New Plymouth District Council regulatory committee have spoken out in favour of saving the heritage items from a full-site clearance and the public

Questions raised about liquor law submission process

Police are investigating after dodgy submissions were made to the Hastings District Council about liquor licensing.  An audit by the council has found at least a third of the submissions were illegitimate, raising questions about the process nationwide.

SOURCE : 3 NewsON : 13 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Council taking steps over encroachment work

The Dunedin City Council is working to improve the information available on its encroachment policy following recent public concerns about its approach.  It has also reworded the notification letters it sends to property owners and is developing new information materials that will be posted on

SOURCE : Otago Daily TimesON : 13 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Bay ‘super city’ threatens

The Government intends to disband regional councils, destroy the Resource Management Act and create a unitary council under a regime of forced amalgamation, says Bay of Plenty regional councillor Doug Owens.  “The Auckland super city is the preferred model; and recently the Local Government C

SOURCE : Sun LiveON : 13 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Central's alcohol policy slammed

Health professionals have slammed Central Otago's draft Local Alcohol Policy as misleading, unbalanced, lacking in detail, and misses the opportunity to change a hazardous drinking culture.  The Central Otago District Council received 20 submissions to its draft policy and heard several submiss

SOURCE : Southland TimesON : 13 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Residents fear floods ignored by city council

Flood-affected Sumner residents are concerned the Christchurch City Council has put all of its resources into the Flockton Basin, ignoring the plight of other flood-prone areas.  Last month's storm that caused pockets of houses across the city to be inundated with water also flooded properties

SOURCE : The PressON : 12 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Porirua to develop legal-high restriction policy

Porirua City Council has been urged to put the toughest restrictions it can on the sale of legal highs as police fear young users are causing increased crime in the area.  Police area commander Paul Basham said police suspected synthetic cannabis had become a driver for burglary and theft, with

SOURCE : StuffON : 12 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Bakery owner awaits judge's ruling on forced closing

The owner of Bulls Bakery has taken his fight to keep his business open to court, while Rangitikei District Council says it has lost trust in his ability to serve safe food.  The Bulls Bakery in High St was ordered to close by the council in February after councillors voted not to renew owner S

SOURCE : Manawatu StandardON : 12 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Pursuit of $300 fine costs council $8500

The Christchurch City Council has spent more than $8500 in legal costs trying to recover a $300 fine from a man who refused to walk his dogs with leashes.  It took Cashmere retiree Michael Stringer to court in October last year after he refused to pay a $300 fine for walking his elderly dogs th

SOURCE : StuffON : 12 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Report not worth $20,000 invoice

A Waitara Community Board member has tried to charge the New Plymouth District Council $20,000 for a report he was not meant to write in the first place.  Information released to the Taranaki Daily News under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings (LGOIMA) Act showed Bill Simpso

Quake legislation not enough, says Council

Lessons learnt from Christchurch's deadly 2011 earthquake are not reflected in new legislation aimed at reducing the number of quake-prone buildings, the city council says.  It is concerned that the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill does not specifically prioritise the streng

SOURCE : The PressON : 12 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

LGNZ rates review backed

Tasman district's mayor Richard Kempthorne backs Local Government New Zealand's review of alternative methods of funding councils apart from rates, saying the property rate-based method is not working for growing or aging communities.  "It's the sort of discussion we need to have."  Property o

SOURCE : The PressON : 12 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Consultation opens on district development strategy

Consultation is now open on Selwyn 2031 - Draft District Development Strategy.  Selwyn Mayor Kelvin Coe says that the strategy looks at a range of issues across the district including where new commercial and residential land is needed, and what facilities, infrastructure and services are neede

Council scoops award for rubbish and recycling project

Palmerston North City Council was named the winner of the 2014 GIS Project of the Year at the Association of Local Government Information Management (ALGIM) Awards held in Auckland this week.  The Award acknowledged a project that optimises rubbish and recycling in Palmerston North which was in

By-election for Te Hiku Ward

A by-election will be held to fill a vacancy in the North Cape Subdivision of Te Hiku Community Board. The by-election will be held by postal ballot on Wednesday 2 July.  The vacancy has occurred as a result of the recent death of highly-respected board member Murray Rae. Nominations for candid

Cross-harbour water pipeline investigated

What lies beneath the surface of Wellington Harbour comes under the spotlight this week, as part of a feasibility study for an emergency water supply pipeline across the harbour.  During the week 7 to 11 April (weather permitting) the survey ship “MV Guru” is checking the proposed pipe rout

Last call for views on highs

The deadline for submissions on the Whangarei District Council's plan to limit where psychoactive substances can be sold in the city is today.  The council is seeking public feedback on its proposal to limit the sale of psychoactive substances - also known as legal highs - to a three-block area

SOURCE : Northern AdvocateON : 11 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

New fees for work consents

The Nelson City Council is proposing to overhaul the way it sets prices for building consents.  It plans to move from a mix of fixed fees and hourly charges to fixed charges, saying that would give clients more cost certainty.  The fixed fees will cover processing, administration and inspectio

SOURCE : Nelson MailON : 11 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Council to grill new CEO candidates

The Christchurch City Council will today interview candidates to replace controversial former boss Tony Marryatt.  Last week, Mayor Lianne Dalziel hinted an appointment for a new chief executive officer could be made by today.

SOURCE : Newstalk ZBON : 11 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Cost-cutting council to axe jobs

More jobs could go at the Nelson City Council as the organisation looks at outsourcing parts of its information management department.  The council could not confirm how many jobs will be lost, but chief executive Clare Hadley said of 12 positions in the information management team six position

SOURCE : Nelson MailON : 11 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Council 'obliged' to support quake-prone buildings bill

The Christchurch City Council is is asking for a full hearing as it finalises its submission on the Government's Earthquake Prone-Buildings Amendment Bill.  The council yesterday decided its submission should be heard by a select committee in person, rather than in writing.

SOURCE : Newstalk ZBON : 11 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Horowhenua District Council publishes Governance Statement

Horowhenua District Council has adopted and published its revised Local Governance Statement for 2014 - 2017.  The Local Governance Statement is a collection of information about the processes through which Council engages with residents of Horowhenua, as well as how Council makes decisions and

Enthusiastic youth chosen for Hamilton's Youth Council

A diverse group of ten passionate 17-24 year olds has been appointed as the new Youth Council Advisory Panel to Hamilton City Council.  Kate Lunn, Jason Sebestian and William Lewis return for another term with six new faces, Roxy Dhanjee, Kayla Liddington, Carl Jackson, Gar Kee Wu, Hyebin Han a

Toll Stadium secures another international sporting fixture

The Toll Stadium team is excited to be hosting the New Zealand Kiwis in their Four Nations fixture against either Fiji or Samoa on 1 November later this year.  “We have actively worked and supported New Zealand Rugby League and rugby league in Northland over the past few years to help grow th

Smart squeeze on Capital’s emissions

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown welcomes the news today that Wellington City has continued a downward trend in its level of greenhouse gas emissions over the past decade, during a period of overall population and economic growth.  With a reduction of 0.7 percent since 2000/01, Wellington City’s emissi

First step taken for Japanese garden relocation

The first step in re-establishing the Fukuoka Friendship Garden has been taken with the appointment of councillor Cathy Casey as the chair of the Fukuoka Friendship Garden Steering Group.  Cr Casey, who was confirmed as chairperson at the group’s inaugural meeting on Wednesday evening, says t

SOURCE : Auckland CouncilON : 11 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Draft Annual Plan released for public consultation

Clutha District Council has adopted its Draft Annual Plan for 2014/15 for public consultation. The Annual Plan gives an update on year three of the Long Term Plan 2012-22. It confirms the project

New Nawton mural has cultural significance

A new mural adorning Hamilton’s Western Community Centre reflects the Nawton community and iwi connections to the area.  The mural, which runs along an entire exterior wall of the Western Community Centre, is one of a series designed and completed by local artist Jeremy Shirley, and is part o

Trial to help shape future of food waste collection

North Shore households will be the first to experience the future when a trial of the region’s planned new organics collection service starts next month.   Nearly 2000 households, largely reflecting Auckland’s demographics, have been chosen from parts of Northcote, Forrest Hill, Milford an

SOURCE : Auckland CouncilON : 11 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Free books from 1st july

Borrowing books from Ruapehu libraries will be free from the beginning of the new financial year on 1st July 2014.   Ruapehu District Council (RDC) voted to remove the current borrowing charges on adult titles of one dollar per item and fifty cents for senior library members at their mee

Call goes out for Arbor Day 2014 participants

Mark down Friday, 30 May in your calendar for our Arbor Day 2014 planting at Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park.  This year marks 10 years since the establishment of Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park and 150 years for Hamilton, so we’re undertaking a huge planting of 30,000 native plants to

Explore our history with libraries' holiday programme

It’s moa madness at Taupō District Libraries and Taupō Museum these school holidays, with a range of activities focussing on our extinct giant bird.  The programme is running for the duration of the holidays excluding public holidays. Activities include making a moa mask, checking out the m

ORC continuing minimum flow process

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is continuing to meet with communities around the region as part of its catchment minimum flow setting process.  A workshop on the Waikouaiti River is being held on Wednesday, April 16 from 7pm to 9pm at the East Otago Events Centre, Waikouaiti.

Cycle trail book being launched

A children’s book about two boys and their adventures on the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail is being launched by Southland District Mayor Gary Tong in Lumsden today.  Syd and Max ride Around the Mountains is written by Northern Southland farmer Linzi Keen and is illustrated by herself and h

New survey aimed at helping farmers and growers manage waste

Helping farmers and growers better manage on-farm waste is the aim of a new regional council survey being undertaken in Waikato and Bay of Plenty.  The project, running for three months, will involve consultancy firm GHD talking to around 80 farmers and growers in the two regions.  Inform

Expressions of interest for commercial consessions

Commercial concessions for operating a business on or over a reserve owned or administered by the Thames Coromandel District Council (TCDC) will expire in May 2014  With current concessions expiring next month, it's time to send in an expression of interest if you want to operate commercia

Alcohol policy under fire

Strong criticism of Central Otago's draft local alcohol policy by a health professional this week prompted the district mayor to claim his council was being ''bullied'' about its stance.  The policy was ''misleading'', gave the impression there was no alcohol-related harm in the district and large

SOURCE : Otago Daily TimesON : 11 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Minister accuses mayors of stupidity

The minister who brought in laws to control the sale of party pills and synthetic cannabis has lashed out at mayors who have criticised the government for failing to deal with the problem.  "Some mayors have shown an ignorance of the issues that borders on breathtaking stupidity," said Associat

SOURCE : MSN NewsON : 11 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Council off to court to defend camping policy

New Zealand Motor Caravan Association is fighting back against what it calls unfair freedom camping rules on the Coromandel and will have its day in court next week.  In December the NZMCA lodged legal proceedings challenging Thames-Coromandel District Council's process for setting up its curre

SOURCE : Waikato TimesON : 11 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Council aid sought for energy plan

Venture Southland and south Invercargill rejuvenation group South Alive have joined forces on a new project which could cost ratepayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.  The two groups hope the Invercargill City Council will agree to fund it.  Venture Southland enterprise projects co-ordinato

SOURCE : Southland TimesON : 11 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Enable targets 8pc after-tax gain

Christchurch broadband company Enable Services, owned by the Christchurch City Council, says it needs an average of $50.50 a month per connection for a decent profit.  Enable is investing in a $450 million joint venture with the Crown to build a fibre network in Christchurch over eight years.

SOURCE : StuffON : 11 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Councillor supports plan for iwi voting rights

Councillor Howie Tamati has hit back at critics who spoke out against iwi members having voting rights on council committees.  Their opinions had created an immediate confrontation about a proposal that was meant to have positive impacts on the community, he said.

EQC still to settle over council housing

Christchurch's deputy mayor hopes to reach a settlement with the Earthquake Commission over damage to the council's social housing stock in six to eight weeks.  The council is the second largest provider of social housing in the country and all but 27 of its 2500 units have been damaged in the

SOURCE : Radio New ZealandON : 10 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Ohingaroa Bay toilet plan

A planning commissioner has delayed his decision on whether a public toilet should be installed in Ohingaroa Bay so that more research can be done on how a similar one works in another Pelorus Sound Bay.  The Marlborough District Council has applied for resource consent to put a public toilet i

Ag Board 'superseded by time'

The Clutha District Council has been accused of not following through on a promise to improve agricultural development in the district.  Speaking in a personal capacity at the Clutha Agricultural Development Board's annual meeting last week, project manager Malcolm Deverson questioned whether a

SOURCE : Southland TimesON : 10 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Electronic voting urged

A Parliamentary select committee has been urged to introduce electronic voting and fund a national campaign to boost flagging voter turnout.  The Society of Local Government Managers told MPs that voter turnout in last year's local body elections fell to its lowest ever average - 47 percent.

SOURCE : Radio New ZealandON : 10 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Council to draft local policy for Psychoactive Substances

Horowhenua District Council is to draft a policy to help minimise the impacts and any harm caused by 'legal highs'.  The Local Approved Products Policy for Psychoactive Substances will enable control over the location from which such products may be sold.

Farmers back major Local Government NZ funding review

Federated Farmers is fully behind a fundamental review by Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) into the way local government and local roads are funded.  “LGNZ deserves praise for tackling a ticking time bomb made up of demographics and an ever narrowing funding base for council services and o

SOURCE : Federated FarmersON : 10 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Mangawhai residents take swing at amalgamation

A group of Mangawhai residents will be taking a swing at the Local Government Commission this afternoon in a bid to quash its proposal for a single unitary authority in Northland.  The commissioners are currently wrapping up their final day of hearings in Whangarei and will soon head to Mangawh

SOURCE : Newstalk ZBON : 10 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Mayor wants power to ban legal highs

Clutha mayor Bryan Cadogan is fed up with district's young people paying the price for the government's "frustrating" synthetic cannabis legislation and is urging anyone suffering from the "scourge" of legal highs to contact him personally.  The Clutha District Council made a submission to the

SOURCE : Southland TimesON : 10 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Draft budget feedback pretty good: council

The Dunedin City Council says feedback on its draft budget has been ''pretty good'' despite some disappointing turnouts at public meetings in recent weeks.  The council concluded a series of eight public meetings and drop-in sessions with a discussion of cycleway and road-widening work on Otago

SOURCE : Otago Daily TimesON : 11 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Bank Street drivers be alert for changes - Council

Whangarei drivers are alerted to a change in the phasing of traffic lights in the next few months as Bank Street is upgraded.  During the upgrade sensors that detect vehicles passing through intersections and trigger changes in the traffic lights will be disabled and a two permanent light phase

Some Central City Areas Closed for Royal Visit

 Residents and visitors to Dunedin keen to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Sunday need to plan their routes and be prepared for delays.  On 13 April, upper Stuart Street (from the Octagon to Moray Place), the upper Octagon and Harrop Street will be closed from 6am to 12 noon because o

City Council endorses its plan to end homelessness in Wellington

Wellington City Council’s Community, Sport and Recreation Committee has today endorsed Te Mahana – a strategy to end homelessness in Wellington.  A community-led strategy, Te Mahana emerged from a day-long practitioner ‘lock-in’ in May 2012. More than 100 people representing government

Earthquake Prone Building list procedural error

Earlier this week Palmerston North City Council issued a media release highlighting five additional buildings being added to the Earthquake Prone Building List. Unfortunately, Council’s internal procedure was not followed and the buildings have been removed from the list for the time being.  

Fluoridation of Thames Water Supplies

A decision on whether fluoride should remain in the Thames Town water supply will now be considered during the development of Council's 2015 Long Term Plan  At our draft Annual Plan deliberations last year, following numerous submissions both for and against retaining fluoride in the Thames w

Hamilton City Council prepares for low river levels

Despite the continued rain forecasted for the next couple of days, lake levels in Taupo continue to decline and planning is underway to implement the barge and pumps on Waikato River in order to supply the city with water.  Hamilton City Council is taking the precautionary step as part of its c

Rotorua council joining royal visitors for Avantidrome opening

As a project partner involved in developing the new Avantidrome cycling facility in Cambridge, Rotorua District Council has been invited to participate in the official opening on Saturday by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  The new cycling velodrome complex provides a permanent home to the N

Hawke's Bay Disaster Damage Policy reviewed

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has reviewed its Disaster Damage Risk Management Policy.  This policy covers the provisions HBRC has in place for the financial risk when Council owned/administered flood control and drainage schemes plus open space areas are impacted by a disaster. HBRC’s infra

70 Thai students to receive Mayoral welcome in Invercargill

A joint group of Thai students and staff numbering almost 70 will attend a welcome ceremony held at the Invercargill City Council this Friday as part of their two month visit to Invercargill.  Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt will officially welcome the students in the Council Chambers on the fi

Local Government Reform – background and misconceptions

A common misconception about local government in New Zealand is that we are ‘over governed’. In fact the reverse is the case when we compare ourselves to the rest of the developed world.  Another misconception is that bigger is cheaper. There are plenty of ex

Clutha District Council appoints Chief Executive

Mayor Bryan Cadogan today confirmed that the Clutha District Council has appointed Mr Steven Hill as its new Chief Executive.  In announcing the appointment, Mayor Cadogan said he was delighted that Council’s recruitment process had attracted a number of high calibre candidates, resulting in

Fund boost for heritage building owners

Eleven heritage building owners will receive a total of $160,000 from Wellington City Council’s Built Heritage Incentive fund.  The Council’s Transport and Urban Development Committee this week approved funding toward earthquake strengthening work such as geotechnical and seismic assessment

Bags to do

Contractors are carrying out maintenance work on the Karoro Creek bridge near Kaka Point this week.  Clutha District Council communications co-ordinator Jamie Shaw said scouring protection was being applied to the bridge's abutments (supports).

SOURCE : Otago Daily TimesON : 10 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Museum funds hot plan topic

Katikati ratepayers have bombarded Western Bay of Plenty District councillors with questions over why the council proposes funding the town's museum in its 2014/2015 draft annual plan.  With about 60 people attending the council draft plan presentation at the Memorial Hall on Tuesday, many aske

SOURCE : Sun LiveON : 10 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Billboards to attract business to CBD

Central Christchurch could soon be lit up like New York City's Times Square.  Christchurch City councillors yesterday talked about ideas to encourage businesses to build in the central city.

SOURCE : The PressON : 10 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Outrage at new iwi positions

A proposal to give iwi members voting rights on influential council committees has been lambasted as undemocratic.  Yesterday councillors John McLeod and Murray Chong slated a New Plymouth District Council proposal which would see two iwi members appointed to each

Consent blunder costs ratepayers $55,000 so far

A serious council blunder has cost Napier ratepayers more than $55,000, and may yet see the council back in court to pay more.  The costs were the fallout from staff's failure to properly assess a resource consent application and granting consent for the construction of seven houses for mentall

SOURCE : StuffON : 10 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Council to pay initial $31,250 to water project

Hunter Downs irrigation could provide a backup water supply for Waimate and reduce the pressure on current surface water takes, a Waimate District councillor believes.  Supporter Tom O'Connor told Tuesday's Waimate District Council meeting the project "is not just for dairy".

SOURCE : Timaru HeraldON : 10 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Council charged in mower death

Hastings District Council has been charged over the death of a 4-year-old boy beneath a council lawnmower.  WorkSafe New Zealand yesterday told The Dominion Post a charge had been laid this week against the council.

SOURCE : Dominion PostON : 10 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Super council opposition aired

The Local Government Commission is being accused of trying to force a super-council on a region which doesn't want it.  The commission has been hearing submissions in Whangarei on its proposal to replace Northland's four councils with one unitary authority.

SOURCE : Radio New ZealandON : 10 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Elderly housing units may be sold

New Plymouth's housing-for-the- elderly service could become a thing of the past.  The New Plymouth District Council owns 145 housing for the elderly units throughout the district, but they could soon be sold on the open market.

Centre to create jobs - council

Bay of Plenty Regional Council expects several thousand new jobs to be created by its $2.5 million investment in a scientific innovation centre.  Crown Research Institute Scion successfully bid for the funding through the council's inaugural regional infrastructure fund.  The centre developmen

SOURCE : Radio New ZealandON : 10 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Man posing as council worker

A man with apparent mental health problems has been masquerading as a city council worker.  Hamilton Central Business Association issued a warning for businesses to be on the lookout for a man posing as a council employee after receiving a complaint from one of its members.  The man was descri

SOURCE : Waikato TimesON : 10 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Decrease in Wellington greenhouse gas emissions - report

The Wellington region has reduced its level of greenhouse gas emissions by about 3 percent since 2000/01, despite population and economic growth, a new report has found.  The report, which provides an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions for the region, was commissioned by a consortium of coun

Long term vision for Hawke’s Bay’s coastline considered

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is looking to work with Napier City and Hastings District Councils to develop a strategy to provide a long term vision for the region’s coastline in light of the predicted impacts of climate change.  The move comes in response to a report presented to today’

A cheerier Christmas promised for capital

Wellington is in store for a much more festive Christmas than last year.  Wellington City Council copped flak last holiday season for a lack of decorations and festive cheer.

SOURCE : Newstalk ZBON : 9 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

BMX track seen as 'icing on cake'

Napier's ongoing Marine Parade development is set to go south.  The Napier City Council has released plans of a proposed BMX "pump track" which councillor and chair of the former Marine Parade Development Group Keith Price said could be the "icing on the cake" for a seafront stretch which he sa

SOURCE : Hawke's Bay TodayON : 9 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Chile tsunami causes hazards in the bays

The tsunami triggered by a powerful earthquake off the coast of Chile last week has caused minor damage to marine farms in Nelson and Golden Bay, which could now be hazardous for boaties.  Tasman District Council harbourmaster Steve Hainstock has issued a navigation warning for users of Tasman

Super council not the way to go, says resident

A Dargaville resident claims the lifeblood of New Zealand stems from the regions, and amalgamation is not applicable to any region including Northland.  Over the next two days the Local Government Commission is hearing from individuals in Whangarei and in Mangawhai on the proposed 'super counci

SOURCE : Newstalk ZBON : 9 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

$2.48m to improve broadband for the Chatham Islands

Work to deliver a significant improvement in broadband services for Chatham Islanders will start almost immediately, following the signing of a $2.48 million contract between the Government and TeamTalk Ltd.  Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Chatham Islands Mayor Alfred Preece tod

The Coromandel will not be a septic tank for freedom campers

A new freedom camping bylaw is being prepared to ensure what is unique and special about the Coromandel is protected, along with the health and safety of everyone using our parks and reserves.  "We don't want the Coromandel to become a septic tank. Irresponsible campers can take their crap an

Motorists urged to steer clear of Taranaki St, Wellington

Motorists are urged to avoid lower Taranaki Street - between Wakefield Street and Manners Street-Courtenay Place - this weekend (12-13 April) while a tower crane is removed from a construction site.The section of roadway will be reduced to one lane in each direction from 4am on Saturday -

Real people talk about real impacts of drink driving: new video

People telling real stories about how drink driving has impacted their lives feature in an unscripted new ‘drive sober’ video clip launched this week.  Produced as part of the ‘Driver sober – protect your whanau’ campaign with the Kia Magic netball team, the video is one of several be

Hawke’s Bay local government – submissions on change

A range of ideas for the preferred shape of local government in Hawke’s Bay has emerged from the public submission process run by the Local Government Commission.  The Commission has been analysing submissions since the close-off date in March.

Local government in strong financial position

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) advised at its April Quarterly Media Briefing today that the local government sector has the strongest balance sheet in New Zealand, outperforming central government and the private sector.  As at 30 June 2012 local government collectively owned $121 billion

TripAdvisor affirms Rotorua’s status as a premiere New Zealand destination

Rotorua has been named as one of the top spots to visit in New Zealand by the world’s largest travel website Trip Advisor.  Yesterday the TripAdvisor revealed the winners of its 2014 Travellers' Choice awards, voting Rotorua as the second choice in the Top 10 New Zealand Destinations and numb

LGNZ calls for changes in road funding to meet the needs of all New Zealand

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) is calling for central government to review the land transport funding pool to ensure that the funding for local roads is set at the right level, meeting the needs of all New Zealand.  At present, local government is bearing the risk and cost for nearly 90 pe

Memorial Park entrance redevelopment work to start

Stage five in the ten year Memorial Park redevelopment is about to start with the construction of a new Fitzroy Street/Main Street entrance to the Park.  Palmerston North City Council will be removing some of the large trees surrounding the entrance along with any unwanted vegetation before rep

LGNZ reviewing local government funding

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) is launching a review of local government funding, to find a sustainable model for the future as demographic and economic factors continue to change rapidly.  New Zealand councils have a high reliance on property taxes, which is unusual by international stand

Recommendations on election signs

Election signs might no longer be allowed on Church St, Mosgiel, under a recommendation by the Mosgiel Taieri Community Board.  The recommendation came after Dunedin City Council staff sought its opinion on locations for temporary election signs.  Members felt there was no need for signs there

SOURCE : Otago Daily TimesON : 9 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Farmers grappling with impact of ECan rules

South Canterbury farmers are grappling with Environment Canterbury's new rules on further intensification of land.  ECan's Land and Water Regional Plan caps nitrogen discharges from farms, based on a four-year average from 2009-13.

SOURCE : Nelson MailON : 9 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Clean-river measures could cost $31 million

The bill for getting wastewater out of the city’s rivers will rise by $5 million if the district council accepts a staff option that will be presented to it this Thursday.  It will bring the total cost to more than $31 million and could involve a large underground storage tank. It would also imp

SOURCE : Gisborne HeraldON : 9 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Buskers event runs at loss of $14,000

The Christchurch City Council-owned World Buskers Festival ran at a $14,000 loss this year.  The loss is the first recorded since the council bought the festival in 2009 amid concerns it might shift to another city.

SOURCE : StuffON : 9 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Plans for tourist taxes rankle in Ruapehu

A toll may be imposed on the Ohakune Mountain and carpark fees and bed taxes introduced to get more money from tourists in the Ruapehu District.  Ruapehu District Council is considering these measures as the 1 million visitors annually to the region stretch water, roading and sewerage infrastru

Auckland Council under fire over east-west road

Auckland Council is under fire from business groups to speed-up work and funding for an east-west road freight corridor between Mt Wellington and Onehunga.  They want the council to give the same priority to the east-west link as the $2.86 billion city rail link that Mayor Len Brown is aiming t

Council outlines plan for the year ahead

Following months of careful consideration, Ōpōtiki District Council has agreed to adopt the draft Annual Plan for 2014/15 for public consultation. The public will now be asked for their views on the Council’s plan for the coming year.  The draft Plan acknowledges that there have been severa

Easter Weekend partial closure for Waterworld

Three pools at Hamilton City Council’s Waterworld facility will be temporarily out of action during Easter weekend.  Mathew Bayliss, Council’s Swimming and Recreation Manager, says Waterworld’s 25-metre, 50-metre and diving pools will all be out of action on Easter Saturday, 19 April.

Waterfront building design gets thumbs up

Wellington City Council’s Transport and Urban Development Committee this week supported plans for a new building and public space improvements in the north Kumutoto area of Wellington’s waterfront.  The Committee agreed to recommend the full Council approve the preliminary design of the six

Ruapehu residents asked to conserve water

Ruapehu residents are being urged to "make every drop count" as Ruapehu’s rivers and soil moisture have dropped to very low levels and water sources are now under extreme pressure.  Ruapehu District Council (RDC) Environmental Manager, Anne-Marie Westcott, said that all Ruapehu communities ne

Mayor launches plan to boost youth employment

Mayor Len Brown today launched a plan to increase youth employment in Auckland at a summit attended by Auckland’s key business leaders, young people and government agencies.  The ‘Mayor’s Youth Employment Traction Plan’ includes a new office to coordinate youth employment initiatives ac

SOURCE : Auckland CouncilON : 9 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Hastings District returns to an open fire season

Rain over the past week has allowed the Hastings District to return to an OPEN fire season.  The region was placed under a restricted fire season in early December, after a sustained period of high temperatures and little rain caused vegetation to dry out, which increased the risk of fire.

Timberlea all in for Neighbours Day

Neighbours Day Aotearoa celebrations formed part of the long term project TOP Timberlea, aimed at connecting neighbours in order to build community resilience, promote personal and neighbourhood safety, health, and wellbeing.  Neighbours Day Aotearoa, celebrated nationwide, is an initiative tha

$45,000 fine for water ‘theft’

An Auckland-based drystock farmer has been convicted and fined $45,000 for unlawfully taking water from a stream on his Waikato property over a three year period, including during last year’s drought.  Offending occurred even though Waikato Regional Council had ordered the farmer to stop unau

Dumpers - you're being watched!

People that continue to dump rubbish in our public places will get caught.  A man dumping bags of rubbish on a lookout just out of Gisborne was caught on camera last week and fined $400.  People of Tairawhiti have made it quite clear they are sick of seeing beautiful areas of the district poll

Underpass at Clyde sought to link trail

A crossing linking the rail trail to Clyde is not only dangerous but also hurting potential economic gains, Otago Central Rail Trail Trust chair Kate Wilson says.  The trust is making renewed calls to the Government, NZ Transport Authority and Central Otago District Council to consider giving p

SOURCE : Southland TimesON : 9 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

All clear for corner traffic lights, at last

After being held up by residents' concerns, the installation of traffic lights at the corner of Church St and Otipua Rd will begin later this month.  Timaru District Council land transport manager Andrew Dixon said concerns from residents had been resolved and work would start on April 22, coin

SOURCE : Timaru HeraldON : 9 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Unique turning ban may help

Traffic holdups caused by motorists trying to turn right into Papanui Rd from Normans Rd could lead to a peak-time turning ban being introduced in New Zealand for the first time.  The ban is being proposed by Christchurch City Council traffic engineers as a solution to the traffic problems plag

SOURCE : The PressON : 9 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

'Army' turns out for pool

An ''army of supporters'' is being recruited to push the redevelopment of a pool in Mosgiel.  Mosgiel Taieri Community Board chairman Bill Feather said there was ''unanimous support'' for a pool redevelopment at a Mosgiel meeting last week.

SOURCE : Otago Daily TimesON : 9 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Vandal damages parking machines

Vandals have caused around $2000 damage to Timaru parking machines.  In the last four days, three pay and display parking machines have been damaged by someone pouring superglue into their coin slots.

SOURCE : Timaru HeraldON : 9 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Former glory in reach for Pukeiti

Pukeiti is set for a multimillion-dollar makeover.  The Taranaki Regional Council is planning a $3 million upgrade of the regional garden facility over the next three years.  The 360-hectare property on Carrington Rd, bordering Egmont National Park, came into council hands from the Pukeiti Tru

Quake building bill hard on provinces

Rural and provincial centres will face further decline under proposed legislation changes to seismic strengthening of earthquake-prone buildings, a Joint Southern Councils draft submission document says.  The Central Otago District Council will consider today its involvement and support for the

SOURCE : Southland TimesON : 9 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Big pay rise to directors

Directors of the Timaru District Council's holdings company were yesterday voted a pay increase of more than 60 per cent, to a rate of at least $200 an hour.  The increase will see them receive $18,000 a year each, up from $11,000, or a 63 per cent rise. The chairman will get $31,500 (up 63 per

SOURCE : Timaru HeraldON : 9 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Ex-mayor rubbishes recycling rejection

A former New Plymouth mayor says the community won't be happy about a district council decision to leave organic waste out of kerbside collection.  Taranaki Regional councillor David Lean slated New Plymouth District Council's decision to turn down an organic waste management plan he said could

Councils OK with recycling

Canterbury councils say they will process some recycling items not accepted by privately-owned recycling firms.  While restrictions and price drops in the industry had affected what private recycling firms would include in overseas recycling shipments, the council kerbside services in Christchu

SOURCE : The PressON : 9 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Ban the lot: Coward

A former top Taranaki cop is spearheading a charge to have legal highs banned entirely.  At last night's meeting of the New Plymouth District Council's policy committee, Grant Coward, the former head of the district's CIB, took a stand against the drugs he says are causing no end of harm to com

Hazard lines writer linked to park project

The author of a discredited scientific report kept working on controversial coastal hazard lines affecting a multimillion-dollar development on the Kapiti Coast, despite the district council vowing he had been stood down.  A report by Roger Shand, commissioned by Kapiti Coast District Council,

SOURCE : Dominion PostON : 9 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Booze lobby fails to sway district councillors

Inner-city bars are one step closer to being forced to close at 2am.  A new alcohol policy which could see bars and clubs shut at 2am instead of 3am passed another hurdle at the New Plymouth District Council policy committee meeting last night, despite opposition from hospitality leaders.

Poo power plan for generator

Your poo is set to save you dollars.  A proposal to buy a generator to run off biogas was put to the Invercargill City Council this week, two years after a report into its viability was first commissioned.  Council solid waste and drainage manager Malcolm Loan said the latest report shows the

SOURCE : StuffON : 9 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

AA withdraws from Auckland funding group

The Automobile Association is pulling out of a multi-sector group which is working on suggestions such as how much Auckland motorists might pay in new transport charges.  The AA was part of the Consensus Building Group set up by Auckland mayor Len Brown, which last year proposed two options to plu

SOURCE : Radio New ZealandON : 9 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Subtribe vows no charges

Up to three ‘cultural impact ambassadors’ are set to be hired by the Auckland Council to smooth communication between resource consent applicants and Maori.  But there are fears the new system will prove even more costly to ‘‘mum and dad’’ property owners wanting to get minor work d

SOURCE : StuffON : 9 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Mayor's plea: Give youth a chance

Auckland employers will be challenged today to give young people a chance by hiring a young unemployed person.  A business "summit" hosted by Mayor Len Brown will hear The Warehouse founder Sir Stephen Tindall pledge $1.85 million from his Tindall Foundation over the next three years to continu

Audit into council's black hole delayed

Difficulties in putting a price on how much it will cost to rebuild Christchurch's quake-damaged roads and pipes are holding up an independent audit into the city council's finances.  KordaMentha, an advisory firm specialising in insolvencies and corporate recovery, was expected to provide a fi

SOURCE : The PressON : 9 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Give rail a sporting chance, says council

A little bit of congestion on the road can go a long way in encouraging commuters on to public transport, the regional council has said as it raises questions over the planned Petone to Grenada link road.  The New Zealand Transport Agency has proposed a link road between State Highway 1 near Po

SOURCE : Dominion PostON : 9 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Council seeks water consent

The Marlborough District Council is re-applying for a consent to take water from the over-allocated Wairau aquifer after letting its original consent lapse.  The water is used to irrigate a vineyard planted on river reserve land alongside the Wairau River, off Giffords Rd.

Councils back huge irrigation scheme

A massive South Canterbury irrigation scheme has received the financial backing of two district councils.  The Waimate District Council yesterday decided to back investment in the Hunter Downs irrigation scheme, with an initial payment of $31,250 for 1250 shares. This could rise to $250,000 if

SOURCE : Timaru HeraldON : 9 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Trouble brewing for tree felling company

A tree felling business is facing court action for felling or modifying 72 native trees on a couple of Otaki properties.  Monkeyman Tree Services will appear in the Levin District Court today on charges laid by the Kapiti Coast District Council.

SOURCE : Timaru HeraldON : 8 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Shanghai 'Dunedin office' idea debated

Dunedin could soon have a permanent presence in Shanghai as part of efforts to ramp up economic links with China, it has been suggested.  The concept of a ''Dunedin office'', which already had support from the Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office, would aim to promote Dunedin's education, tourism and b

SOURCE : Otago Daily TimesON : 8 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Mayor Bill Dalton clashes with Peter Dunne

Napier Mayor Bill Dalton continues to lock horns with Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne on the regulation of legal highs.  Mr Dalton called the Government "wimpish" at the weekend over its refusal to ban psychoactive substances.

SOURCE : Otago Daily TimesON : 8 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Agency looks to develop Nelson as marine hub

The regional Economic Development Agency is hoping to create a "marine city hub" in Nelson.  "We believe we have all of the elements in Nelson to be a hub for marine activity," the agency's chief executive Bill Findlater told the Nelson City Council governance committee.

SOURCE : Nelson MailON : 8 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

GMO risks subject of workshop

Worries about the potential impact of accidents with genetically modified organisms on Palmerston North's environment have been put on the city council's agenda.  The subject arose as the planning and policy committee recommended going ahead with a review of the Hazardous Substances section of

SOURCE : Manawatu StandardON : 8 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Auckland Council debt weighs heavily on city plan

Auckland Council debt will reach $12,000 per ratepayer by 2021/2022 or $5378 per capita if the present trend continues, the Employers and Manufacturers Association advised the Council hearings on its draft Annual Plan today.  "The projected Council debt of $12.6 billion in 10 years is far too h

SOURCE : Auckland CouncilON : 8 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Tackling local reforms

A specialist three-person panel will sit down in Tauranga this week to tackle key local government reform issues facing the Bay of Plenty.  On Wednesday, Bob Owens Retirement Village will host the panel discussion on the proposed amendments to the Local Government Act 2002 in front of members o

SOURCE : Sun LiveON : 8 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Health transport policy under fire

Wanganui District Council will urge the Whanganui District Health Board and neighbouring local authorities to join a drive for more funding for health transport services across the region.  The heart of the issue is that increasing numbers of people needing specialist medical services have to t

Policy Being Considered for Psychoactive Substances Premises

Another step has been taken on a policy to minimise harm from the sale of psychoactive substances in New Plymouth and Stratford districts.  Tonight (Tuesday) NPDC’s Policy Committee recommended a draft Local Approved Products Policy (LAPP) be approved for public consultation. The recommendati

Rural fire authority declares prohibited fire season

The Palmerston North City Council would like to notify residents that a prohibited fire season has now been declared for the Palmerston North rural fire area.  The prohibition is from midnight on Tuesday 5 March 2013 until further notice.

Waihi Beach flooding on agenda

Western Bay of plenty District Council's Policy and Planning Committee is this morning relocating to Waihi Beach to decide on adopting a plan change for floodable areas at the beach.  Discussions begin at 9am at Waihi Beach RSA on whether or not to adopt Plan Change 45 – Waihi Beach Floodable

SOURCE : Sun LiveON : 8 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Shadbolt, Ludlow 'no show' explained

Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt was attending a police graduation ceremony in Christchurch instead of protesting against legal highs in his home town at the weekend.  Organisers of the Invercargill protest march on Saturday criticised Shadbolt and deputy mayor Darren Ludlow for failing to front

SOURCE : Southland TimesON : 8 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Report considers leg irons

A Toitu Otago Settlers Museum provenance report on the leg irons the Dunedin City Council bought for $3900 has been released.  The investigation instigated by Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull revealed the shackles were leg irons and could have been used on people or horses and came from a cave in Portobell

SOURCE : Southland TimesON : 8 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Survey reveals stormwater continues to affect harbour sediment quality

The results of a 2011 Wellington Harbour sediment survey show Wellington’s stormwater continues to be an ongoing source of heavy metal contamination for the harbour.  The survey which was carried out by Greater Wellington Regional Council and part funded by Wellington City Council, was the se

New two-way cycle lane confuses users

The new road layout on St Vincent St is causing confusion and concerns for road users and businesses.  The Nelson City Council has put in a two-way cycle lane between Totara St and Gloucester St on the side next to the pathway.

SOURCE : Nelson MailON : 8 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Costs and benefits of options for Wellington’s future bus fleet

An analysis of the options for renewing Wellington’s ageing bus fleet shows that diesel, recharging electric or hybrid buses would be the most cost-effective, environmentally-friendly and efficient.  The results of the study, carried out by PwC for Greater Wellington Regional Council, have be

Council makes changes after court ruling

Rotorua District Council has made changes to the way it engages with tribes after being found by the Environment Court to have misled two iwi.  Last year, the court was critical of the council's consultation process with Ngati Makino and Ngati Pikiao over plans to build a wastewater treatment p

SOURCE : Radio New ZealandON : 8 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Legal highs spur 403 submissions

More than 400 submissions have been received on the Marlborough District Council's draft policy to control the sale of legal highs in Blenheim's town centre.  Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman said 403 submissions had been lodged with the council, with 29 submitters wishing to speak at a public

Tauranga Council called on to support Te Reo campaign

The Maori Language Commission is encouraging Tauranga City Council to buy in to the idea of making Te Reo an everyday language of communication in the city.  The campaign is being led by local Maori broadcaster Pat Spellman, who aims to make the city bilingual.

Feedback sought on planned Island Bay cycling improvements

Cycling improvements are planned along The Parade in Island Bay this year as part of a wider push to make Wellington more cycle-friendly and people can comment on the proposed options from today.  The improvements between Shorland Park and Wakefield Park are the first step in improving the cycl

Regional council and partners contain diesel spill

Waikato Regional Council has been working with its partners to deal with a diesel spill into Lake Taupo.  The spill happened early this morning after a truck and trailer unit crashed off state highway 1 near Hatepe, between Taupo and Turangi, and ended up on the lake shore.

Plans to restore old Ferry Landing Wharf

The Whitianga Ferry Landing Historic Wharf is one of the oldest working stone wharves in the Southern Hemisphere.  Through a Council and community partnership our plan is to restore the existing stone wharf by recovering old stone blocks from the sea floor beside the wharf. These blocks will

Open spaces: Council finalising plans for town belt and botanic gardens

The Wellington City Council is seeking public feedback on two important projects relating to open space in the Capital. The projects are the final stages of the Town Belt Legislative Review (Wellington Town Belt Bill) and the Botanic Gardens Draft Management Plan. The Bill would help modernise

ORC to conduct public awareness survey

ORC is to conduct a survey of residents in Otago to gauge their awareness of the council and its activities, and how satisfied they are with the services it provides. The survey, which will run until April 28, will be carried out by Tauranga-based Key Research Group. A telephone survey of 900 peo

Scion innovation centre funding signed off

Scion and Bay of Plenty Regional Council have signed an agreement to build an innovation centre at Scion’s Te Papa Tipu Innovation Park. The centre’s purpose is to foster innovation in forestry and wood processing industries. The Rotorua-based Crown research institute successfully bid for fund

Drive with care on long weekends

With two long weekends approaching and the chance to take a break before winter, our roads will become increasingly busy over the coming weeks. Traffic volumes build up significantly before, during and after long weekends with an increase in vehicles towing trailers, caravans or boats. If you are

Waikato's public transport plan moving ahead

The process to look at the future shape of public transport in the region has taken another step with approval for targeted discussion with stakeholders about the way ahead. The regional public transport plan development committee - which includes regional council and local council representatives

Licensees and Managers Show Responsible Alcohol Attitude

The Waimakariri District Licensing Committee has complimented licensees and alcohol establishment managers around the District following a joint control purchase operation last Friday with the Police and Community and Public Health. Thirty licensed premises in the District were checked for the sal

Online Party Register launch at road safety youth expo next week

An innovative new project for local people hosting parties will be launched at Rotorua’s annual Road Safety Youth Expo next week. ‘Party Register’ is an online tool where in return for registering their party at www.partyregister.co.nz, party hosts receive a ‘party box’ of sweets, party

'Squeezing' sewage may save millions

Landfill costs and technology development delays are likely to see the Palmerston North City Council invest $253,000 in new equipment to squeeze the moisture out of sewage sludge so it can be used in compost. The move could help avoid a bill of $3 million to $5m for dumping sludge at the Bonny Gle

SOURCE : Manawatu StandardON : 8 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Toitu soon to seek new director

The Dunedin City Council will soon advertise for a new director of the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and closer links with the Otago Museum also seem likely after recent talks. The decision to advertise the post comes about six months after previous Toitu director Linda Wigley left and after talks

SOURCE : Otago Daily TimesON : 8 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Liquor law changes baffling

Napier and Hastings bars will remain open until 3am but bottle stores and supermarkets will stop selling alcohol at 9pm under proposed changes to liquor policies in the two cities. A joint committee of Napier City and Hastings District councillors has been considering submissions on an alcohol pol

No royal walkabouts

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may only be glimpsed by the public from two designated areas when they tour the Wakatipu on Sunday. The Queenstown Lakes District Council is warning there will be no royal walkabouts scheduled in Queenstown.

Blenheim building consents double

The number of building consents for housing additions in the Marlborough region doubled last month compared with March last year. The Marlborough District Council last week released a summary of building consents issued in March. It showed there were 20 housing additions for the month, valued at $

Lawyer to lead council internal review

An environment and Maori issues law specialist involved in proving that the Rotorua District Council ill-advised two tribes has been picked to lead an internal review of how the authority engages with iwi. Tama Hovell, a senior associate at a environmental law firm Atkins Holm Majurey, aims to comp

SOURCE : Radio New ZealandON : 7 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Cr Laws’ resignation received

Mayor Annette Main today said she has received Cr Michael Laws’ resignation from the Wanganui District Council. The resignation is effective from midnight on 30 April 2014.

Waharoa maintenance ahead of Anzac Day

Taupō’s carved waharoa at the entrance to the cenotaph is being repaired this week as part of its regular maintenance. The waharoa is called Ngatoroirangi Toa Matarau, which means ‘the multi-talented Ngatoroirangi’. It undergoes maintenance each year ahead of Anzac Day to ensure it is looki

New assault on weed

Horizons Regional Council and tourist operator River Valley are joining forces to stop the old man's beard weed from getting a foothold in the upper Rangitikei River area. Horizons environmental management officer for plants Malinda Matthewson said the council conducted an annual aerial search and

SOURCE : Manawatu StandardON : 7 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Kapiti towns switch to bore water

Kapiti Coast District Council is now using 100 per cent bore water for the main supply for Raumati, Paraparaumu and Waikanae as the big dry continues. The Waikanae River provides the main source for the towns but flow levels have fallen to 769 litres per second. The council is not permitted to tak

SOURCE : Dominion PostON : 7 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

‘Toughen up’ on legal highs

Katikati has a problem with people addicted to drugs – and if legal highs can't be banned Western Bay District Council needs to make it tougher to sell them. That was the message from Te Puke and Katikati residents who pleaded with Western Bay councillors at this morning's hearings into a local

SOURCE : Sun LiveON : 7 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Draft plan looks to riverside development

The Marlborough District Council's plans to rejuvenate the Blenheim town centre, including possibly moving the library to the riverside, have been signalled in the draft annual plan. The draft annual plan was approved to go out for public consultation at its meeting on Thursday.

SOURCE : Sun LiveON : 7 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Freedom camping trial 'working' despite excesses

The Dunedin City Council insists extra efforts to control freedom camping on Otago Peninsula are working, despite a complaint to police about the numbers descending on Macandrew Bay late last week. The complaint came after 13 vehicles took up Macandrew Bay's five designated freedom camping parks,

SOURCE : Otago Daily TimesON : 7 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Council gazebo proves a market hit

Two Nelson city councillors had a challenging start to setting up the council's meet-the-public stall at the Nelson Market. The first step for councillors Luke Acland and Matt Lawrey was erecting a gazebo. One onlooker who videoed their efforts said it took them 45 minutes.

SOURCE : Nelson MailON : 7 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Council approves release of draft annual plan

ORC’s draft annual plan for the 2014-15 financial year has been adopted by Council and is now available for public comment. The draft plan outlines the council’s proposed work programme for the year, along with the estimated costs.

Places to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Two areas have been set aside for members of the public to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they drive between venues during their visit to the Queenstown Lakes District next Sunday. There is no royal walkabout scheduled in Queenstown, and the couple’s lunch at the Amisfie

Tui Mine remediation delivers excellent stream improvements

Work to remediate the contaminated Tui Mine on Mt Te Aroha has led to water quality improvements and a return of aquatic life in two local streams, latest monitoring results show. Past problems meant Tunakohoia Stream was contaminated with heavy metals leaching from the mine and was unsuitable for

Plenty of Interest in Council Review

There’s been a good level of public interest in Palmerston North City Council’s review of the rural zone and boundary change areas. Since the consultation process began, just over a week ago, more than 400 people have visited Council’s website to see how the proposed Plan Changes might affec

Leeston residents to be surveyed on stormwater options

Leeston residents will be invited to express their views on stormwater options which could help to manage stormwater if heavy rain affects the town in the future. A survey will be sent to Leeston households this week outlining stormwater management options for people to comment on.

Education day highlights effluent pond management

How to avoid effluent ponds leaking or even collapsing is the topic of an education day being run by Waikato Regional Council, along with Debbie Care of AgVice. "Such failures can cause pollution of waterways and groundwater, and mean that valuable nutrients are lost to farming systems," said the

Stanville returns to Waikato

An emergency can strike out of the blue, any place, any time and Stanville, a small storm-ravaged replica town is designed to shake us out of complacency and bring reality to life.  ‘Stanville’ is part of the Civil Defence Get Ready, Get Thru Expo which will feature at this weekend’s Waikato

Rolleston project wins award

Selwyn District Council has won an award from the New Zealand Planning Institute for its work on developing plans to guide Rolleston’s future development.  The Council won a Best Practice Award in the Strategic Planning and Guidance category for the "Rolleston - Your Town…Your Future" project.

Provisional Local Alcohol Policy appealed

Four appeals have been lodged against the Eastern Bay of Plenty’s Provisional Local Alcohol Policy, which was publicly notified in February this year. These are from ‘Hospitality New Zealand Incorporated’, ‘Foodstuffs North Island Limited’, ‘The Mill Retail Holdings and Independent L

Down to the nitty-gritty at Hollard Gardens

Build a snazzy B&B for worms in your garden and they’ll beat a path to it, rewarding your effort by working their magic for your soil and plants.  Practical ways to achieve this happy outcome will be covered in a free public workshop at Hollard Gardens, Kaponga, on Sunday (13 April), focu

Anti-legal-high protesters slam councilors

The no-show of Invercargill's civic leaders has been labelled a "kick in the teeth" by those protesting against legal highs.  About 100 protesters gathered in Wachner Place in Invercargill on Saturday as part of a nationwide rally to have the synthetic cannabis products banned.  Legal-high opp

SOURCE : Southland TimesON : 7 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Leaky building claim numbers dwindling

Hamilton City Council dished out $688,000 this financial year settling five leaky home grievances.  But council building control manager Phil Saunders said staff continued to see a reduction in the number of claims, with only one new claim added this financial year.

SOURCE : Waikato TimesON : 7 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Doubts over town's water notice

A permanent boil-water notice that was needlessly left in place for three years in Tokomaru was not completely supported by MidCentral Health's drinking water assessor, who told the Horowhenua District Council to seek legal advice on its obligations

SOURCE : Manawatu StandardON : 7 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Stadium plan hits quake snag

A grandstand that would form part of a stadium at Petone proposed as the new home of the Wellington Phoenix is a quake risk, reaching only 5 per cent of the new building standard.  Engineers came to the conclusion when they inspected the 1939 stand at the Petone Recreation Ground last month for

SOURCE : StuffON : 7 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Vibrant enlists aid in row with council

The stoush between Vibrant and the Invercargill City Council has reached a new level after the inner city organisation recruited outside help to dispute council claims.  Vibrant's outlook hangs in the balance with the council's draft annual plan calling for public input on its future.

SOURCE : Southland TimesON : 7 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Legal high drugs cause 'acute injuries'

The region's top medical expert wants legal highs outlawed.  While the New Plymouth District Council will meet tomorrow night to discuss where legal highs can and cannot be sold, the region's medical officer of health, Jonathan Jarman, believes the only way to eliminate the devastating harm of

Three steps back for gallery

Tauranga City Council's announced intention to again drive the city art gallery into deficit will be fought in the 2014/2015 draft annual plan submissions process, says gallery director Penelope Jackson. 

SOURCE : Sun LiveON : 7 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Council plans pensioner housing shake-up

Hamilton's pensioner housing stock could be in for another shake-up - with up to two housing complexes potentially up for sale.  Councillors have agreed to evaluate options for the delivery of pensioner housing in the city, with one option being the sale of one or two council properties to a "s

SOURCE : Waikato TimesON : 7 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

City Prospectus Targets High-Wealth Investors

A survey shows that most local authorities don't have enough staff or money to deal properly with consent applications.  Every year the Ministry for the Environment reports on how fast and effectively councils carry out their Resource Management Act responsibilities.

SOURCE : Radio New ZealandON : 6 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Auckland Council asked to save Great Barrier sanctuary

Conservationists want Auckland Council to step in to save an award-winning sanctuary on Great Barrier Island.  Champion yachtsman Tony Bouzaid set up Glenfern Sanctuary 20 years ago and was the driving force behind it. But Mr Bouzaid died three years ago and now the sanctuary is up for sale.

SOURCE : 3 NewsON : 6 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Quake repairs on track, says council

Repairs to quake-damaged council assets in the Selwyn District, where the first Canterbury earthquake was centred, are almost complete.  The magnitude 7.1 quake hit in September 2010 and was centred near Darfield.

SOURCE : Radio New ZealandON : 6 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

‘Hidden’ plaque unveiled

A “hidden” plaque at a burial place for Ngai Tamarawaho casualties from the Battle of Gate Pa is being brought to the iwi and Tauranga City Council's attention as the city prepares to commemorate 150 years since the event.

SOURCE : Sun LiveON : 6 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Transparency of dam project questioned

Greater Wellington Regional Council officials investigating building an irrigation dam in Wairarapa have set up a committee to head the project which Carterton Mayor Ron Mark says is not subject to public scrutiny. Hawke's Bay reporter Peter Fowler investigates for Insight.

SOURCE : Radio New ZealandON : 6 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

City prospectus targets high-wealth investors

A new prospectus prepared by the Dunedin City Council is part of a city-wide push to target more ''high wealth'' national and international investors, the council says.  The 37-page guide unveiled this week highlights the city and its success stories, from individual businesses to the city's ed

SOURCE : Otago Daily TimesON : 6 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Caddie leaves council

City ward councillor Manu Caddie has resigned from Gisborne District Council.  He has made the decision “after some significant soul searching” following a recent family trip to Asia and discussion with family and close friends.

SOURCE : Gisborne HeraldON : 5 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Councils get $2m port dividend

The region's two councils will share a $2 million interim Port Nelson dividend announced yesterday.  The initial payment to the company's council shareholders is part of a $4.2m dividend it will pay out to Nelson City and Tasman District councils this financial year.

SOURCE : Nelson MailON : 5 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

CCHL funds eyed for housing

The cash-strapped Christchurch City Council is hitting up its investment arm for $50 million so it can make a foray into the affordable housing market.  It has asked Christchurch City Holdings Ltd (CCHL) to give it about $16 million over each of the next three years so that it can work with the

SOURCE : The PressON : 5 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Parking policy earns slap

The Palmerston North City Council has come in for criticism from the Chief Ombudsman for keeping the public "in the dark" about disputed parking tickets, after it refused to release legal advice about its unpopular $40 fine.  The council has been forced to release a summary of the legal opinion

SOURCE : Manawatu StandardON : 5 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Council faces roasting over fees

A group of mobile coffee traders are steaming mad at Tauranga City Council's proposal to hike mobile trader user fees by more than 200 per cent - labelling the move “unrealistic and unjustified”.  As part of council's 2014/15 draft annual plan councillors are looking to treble annual licenc

SOURCE : Sun LiveON : 5 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Burn with caution warning

The Clutha District Council has issued a reminder about changes to criteria around types of fires requiring a permit after a stubble burn got out of control last week.  Principal Rural Fire Officer Neville Hills said a stubble burn-off at Kaihiku, between Clinton and Balclutha, spread due to a bre

SOURCE : Otago Daily TimesON : 5 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Napier mayor slams 'wimpish Government' over legal high

New Zealanders have been let down by a "wimpish" Government over its refusal to ban psychoactive substances, Napier Mayor Bill Dalton says.  "The Government has absolutely wimped out on this one," Mr Dalton said. "They tell us their regulatory regime is an experiment. If that is the case, then

SOURCE : Hawke's Bay TodayON : 5 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Jobs on the line at district council

Thirty-four Manawatu District Council staff face an uncertain future after being told their positions are to be disestablished.  The council's 120 full-time staff were informed of the restructuring plans on February 28, and 61 staff members made submissions.  After the submissions were conside

SOURCE : Manawatu StandardON : 5 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Complaints about cars

Apparently abandoned vehicles are a hot topic in Queenstown, and 28 complaints have been made to the Queenstown Lakes District Council in the last month.  Council senior communications adviser Michele Poole said four of the vehicles were towed away but 17 were gone when the council's contractor

SOURCE : Otago Daily TimesON : 5 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Dismay at pool hour plan

Users of Tauranga's Memorial Pool are making a big splash about Tauranga City Council's pitch to shut the community facility for nine months of the year. In its 2014-2015 draft Annual Plan, TCC is proposing to reduce the pool's season by eight weeks, tighten opening hours, and increase adult entry

SOURCE : Sun LiveON : 5 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Queenstown mayor lays down centre bottom line

Queenstown’s mayor has a stark message for Government – we need $20 million for an international convention centre or it’s bust.  Queenstown Lakes District Council is leading a local push for a proposed international-calibre centre in central Queenstown but is still awaiting a crucial Govern

SOURCE : Mountain SceneON : 4 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

It’s time to celebrate Upper Hutt’s community groups

It’s official—the Wellington Airport Upper Hutt Community Awards are now open for 2014 nominations. Has your community group, club or collective achieved something astounding in the last year? Are you delivering an awesome service or opportunity for the people of Upper Hutt? Do you deserve

Information guide coming to Selwyn letterboxes

A new Selwyn District Council information guide will start being delivered to Selwyn homes soon.  The 30 page booklet is an A-Z guide of council facilities and services. It includes information on how to access commonly used services, links to online resources and Council and emergency contacts

Staff exchange to strengthen relations and share resources

Southland District Council welcomed Sue Ralph from Wyong Shire Council earlier this week as part of a staff exchange programme.   The new exchange programme between Southland District Council and Wyong Shire Council in Australia aims to strengthen relations between the two councils. It promote

SOURCE : Southland TimesON : 4 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Chat with Waikato District Council

Want to contact Council from the comfort of your computer? Well now you can!  Council’s Customer Delivery team is currently trialling live chat through the Waikato District Council website.  The service is easy to use and offers instant communication with Council staff.

Earthquake repairs on track for completion in Selwyn

Earthquake repairs in Selwyn District are well on their way to completion.  $8.9 million has been spent in Selwyn on repairing earthquake damaged council assets following the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury quakes, around 75 percent of the total expenditure needed for repairs.

Have your say on Wellington’s public transport blueprint

Greater Wellington Regional Council is encouraging people to give their feedback on its plan to deliver the best public transport services for the region.  “The draft Regional Public Transport Plan is our blueprint for world-class public transport in Wellington,” says Cr Paul Swain, the Cou

Funding a relief for school of music

The Nelson School of Music is pleased to have the backing of the Nelson City Council, after fearing its operating budget would be cut.  The school was closed last December after it was found to be unsafe as an earthquake-prone building in need of strengthening.  School of music chair Neil Dean

SOURCE : Nelson MailON : 4 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Council chief executive finds visit valuable

The man leading the Otago Regional Council walked the talk recently.  Chief executive Peter Bodeker visited North Otago farmers Jane and Blair Smith, on March 19, spending two hours walking around their Five Forks property and discussing how the council and its ratepayers could work more effect

SOURCE : Otago Daily TimesON : 4 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Region population boom leaves Council scrambling

A population boom in North Canterbury has left Waimakiriri District Council scrambling for a solution to traffic congestion.  The first months of the year have indicated the region is seeing nine years worth of growth, within three years.

SOURCE : Newstalk ZBON : 4 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Crowd powered smart energy

An innovation challenge run by Wellington City Council and a number of partners is culminating in the launch of three Smart Energy ventures’ crowdfunding their way into existence, and they need your support to get there.  The three successful Smart Energy Challenge participants have spent the

Warm Dunedin Trial Ending Soon

Now is the time to think about warming up your house.  The Dunedin City Council’s Warm Dunedin targeted rate programme finishes soon, with applications closing at 5pm on 30 April.  The programme helps increase household warmth, health and comfort by providing a rates advance to help with the

Council 'ecstatic' with response to parks and places programme

The Activation team at Upper Hutt City Council is ecstatic with the large number of residents who took up the challenge of getting active this summer.

Students take part in evacuation exercise

Students from Hukarere College will take part in an evacuation exercise tomorrow.  Hastings District Council Emergency Management Officer Warren Meldrum says "We have been working in the Esk Valley for some time with community response planning and this exercise is part of that process. There a

ORC host Clutha and Taieri flood protection meetings

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is hosting public meetings in Balclutha and Mosgiel to update residents about their flood protection and drainage schemes, and flood hazard.  The Clutha meetings are being held at the Balclutha War Memorial Hall from 7pm on Tuesday 8 April, with follow up drop i

Fee increases proposed on commercial concessions and events

A fee increase is being proposed for commercial operators who want to hold an event or run a business on Council parks and reserves.  "These proposed increases are in the 2014/2015 draft Annual Plan and reflect the actual costs for administration and monitoring work involved with our staff wo

Level 2 Water Restrictions for Palmerston North City and Linton

Following a very dry February and the driest March on record, Palmerston North City Council will introduce Level Two Water Restrictions from tomorrow.  Water asset engineer, Dora Lou says there has been no significant rain for almost eight weeks.

Public Works Act may be used for private dams

Landowners in the Mangatarere Valley in Wairarapa say the Public Works Act may be used to forcibly acquire their homes for a private irrigation dam.  The Mangatarere site near Carterton is one of five being investigated by Wellington Regional Council but the council says private investors will

SOURCE : Radio New ZealandON : 4 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Mayor keen to hold pub-lic forums

Pull up a pew and have a beer with the mayor.  Pubs, clubs and marae around the New Plymouth District are being put up as possible venues for a series of meetings with Mayor Andrew Judd and elected councillors.

Backing for innovative subdivision

Christchurch City councillors have unanimously endorsed concept plans for an innovative subdivision in Halswell.  Developers Danne Mora Holdings Ltd and the Wayne Francis Charitable Trust are behind the proposed subdivision, which has been accepted, in principle, as an exemplar housing project

SOURCE : StuffON : 4 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Three new pools touted for eastern suburbs

Christchurch's quake-damaged eastern suburbs could get three new pools but it is unlikely any will be of size and scale of the lost Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) facility.  After struggling for months to work out where to where to spend the $30.5 million it has on its books for a new pool in the ea

SOURCE : StuffON : 3 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Zoning change an 'erosion of property rights'

Submitters have told the Southland District Council to scrap one of the zoning changes in the proposed district plan.  Federated Farmers representative Tanith Robb was one of the submitters who spoke to the resource management committee at a hearing for the natural features and landscapes secti

SOURCE : StuffON : 4 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Wrecking ball going ahead for Majestic

Demolition of the Majestic Theatre will go ahead despite the Christchurch City Council considering a final bid to save the building.  Councillors at the earthquake recovery committee meeting yesterday voted to seek an urgent meeting with the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) to discu

SOURCE : StuffON : 4 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Three vote against draft plan

Three councillors voted against the Marlborough District Council's draft annual plan and budget because it includes a plan to change the rates for Karaka Point properties, near Picton.  Peter Jerram, Brian Dawson, and Jessica Bagge voted against the draft annual plan going out for consultation,

Sale of Powerco 'entirely rational choice'

A former Powerco chief executive says the New Plymouth District Council's decision to sell its stake in the electricity company and diversify its investment portfolio was a good one.  Back in the 1990s Simon Moutter, now Telecom's chief executive, played a part in morphing Powerco into a compan

Pool makes waves

A new swimming pool made the biggest splash at a public meeting in Mosgiel last night on the proposed spending in the Dunedin City Council's draft annual plan.  Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull talked to about 80 people in Coronation Hall about the proposed spending, including $30,000 seed funding to the T

SOURCE : Otago Daily TimesON : 4 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Council Adopts Draft Annual Plan

Ashburton District Council has adopted its Draft Annual Plan 2014/15 which sets out the Council's proposed work programme and budget for the coming year.  Mayor Angus McKay says "The work programme and budget outlined in this Plan reflect the remarkable transformation we are undergoing as a gro

Selwyn residents invited to complete technology survey

Councils and economic development agencies from across Canterbury are working together to better understand how people in our region use technology - particularly the internet - to benefit their businesses, communities and lives.  This project - made up of a Canterbury-wide survey and other res

Z Energy’s $21m bio-diesel plan welcomed by Wellington mayor

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has today welcomed the announcement by Z Energy of its plans to invest $21 million in a domestic biodiesel manufacturing plant.  Mayor Wade-Brown says the announcement heralds a reduction in our reliance on fossil fuels and will help New Zealand address climate

Council Puts Alcohol Policy on Hold

Ashburton District Council has approved a provisional Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) at today's Council meeting but is holding off on adopting the policy for now.  Council Group Environmental Services Manager Jane Donaldson says the Council has decided to wait for the findings of appeals lodged aga

Popularity of Festival of Lights Remains High

The TSB Bank Festival of Lights has received a glowing report card on its 2013/14 season.  A survey of 609 visitors to the festival found 98.52 per cent of respondents were satisfied, very satisfied or extremely satisfied with the event.

Waitaki libraries offer over 500 eAudiobooks

Waitaki libraries can now offer the public an amazing range of eAudiobooks. This new venture is a result of close collaboration between Waitaki libraries other Otago and Southland libraries.   Community Service Librarian Jean Rivett says audio book listeners who have a suitable digital device

Visitors Need To Contribute More

Waitaki libraries can now offer the public an amazing range of eAudiobooks. This new venture is a result of close collaboration between Waitaki libraries other Otago and Southland libraries. Community Service Librarian Jean Rivett says audio book listeners who have a suitable digital device will

Hundertwasser hype not helpful - hapu

District council and media hype around an art gallery is overshadowing the need for a local Maori tourism venture, a Whangarei hapu says.  Whangarei District Council is conducting a community survey to guide its decision on whether to build an art gallery designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich

SOURCE : Radio New ZealandON : 3 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Impact of climate change being assessed

Horizons Regional Council has been assessing the impact climate change could have on coastal communities in Manawatu/Whanganui.  Once completed the work will feed in to advice Horizons provides on dealing with coastal hazards.

SOURCE : Manawatu StandardON : 3 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Rule will 'disable' communities

A southern leader says proposed building seperation rules in the Southland District Council's district plan will disable communities.  Orepuki Community Development chairman Brian McGrath, speaking at the council's resource management committee, said: ''There are rules and objectives in this p

SOURCE : Southland TimesON : 3 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Have your say on Kaikoura brand

The Kaikoura District Council is considering a change of logo and wants to hear your views before making a decision.  The concept was discussed at February's council meeting, at which mayor Winston Gray told councillors he was keen to see a move to adopt the new Kaikoura Information Tourism Inc

Repayment of theatre loan under scrutiny

A report looking at the future status of a $250,000 loan given to the St James Theatre Trust by the Gore District Council has been given a four-month extension.  The loan was approved in 2008 as part of a $2.9-million refurbishment to the theatre and for the construction of the fly tower.

SOURCE : Southland TimesON : 3 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Auckland Council meets to discuss earthquake risk

The protection of communication links needs to be one of the priorities in future-proofing Auckland against natural disasters.  Auckland Council's regional strategy and policy committee is meeting to discuss improving earthquake-prone buildings.

SOURCE : Newstalk ZBON : 3 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

DCC deemed 'scaredy-cats' on legal highs

The Dunedin City Council should stop being ''scaredy-cats'' and introduce a new local policy to control legal highs, even if it ends up in court, Dunedin-based National MP Michael Woodhouse says.

SOURCE : Newstalk ZBON : 3 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Council job cuts to save $1m

Ten positions have been disestablished and 11 new ones created in the latest staff shake-up at the Christchurch City Council.  The restructuring affects staff in the council's communications, marketing, civil defence and emergency management, elected member services and international teams and

SOURCE : The PressON : 3 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

HBRC happy community listened to over Oil & Gas Exploration

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is delighted the Government has heeded the call to exclude the region’s productive aquifers from the latest block offer for Oil & Gas exploration.  Yesterday the Government announced a further 405,000 square kilometres released for tender. The areas include th

Houses evacuated for Civil Defence exercise

A neighbourhood was evacuated by Civil Defence to allow Taupō District Council’s response team the opportunity to test out its skills and processes.  The evacuation also acted as a chance for the neighbourhood to learn about emergencies, how to be prepared and the role of Civil Defence.

Drug sale feedback

More than 400 Marlborough people have had their say on a proposed draft policy to control the sale of psychoactive substances in the region. Marlborough District Council solicitor Kaye McIlveney said 403 submissions had been received at 5pm on Friday, the end of the submission period.

Balloons event free bus problems to be reviewed

The Waikato Regional Council is reviewing its traffic management processes around Balloons Over Waikato NightGlow after a stuff-up resulted in punters waiting hours for free buses to take them home.  People took to Facebook to complain about the service put on by Waikato Regional Council to try to

SOURCE : Waikato TimesON : 3 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Freedom camping at bay could continue

The Dunedin City Council wants to stick with a two-year freedom camping trial at Macandrew Bay at least for now, despite the concerns of some residents and the Otago Peninsula Community Board.

SOURCE : Otago Daily TimesON : 3 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Review advises dropping coastal hazard section in plan

Kapiti should dump the coastal hazard section from its proposed District Plan, a review has found.  The rules, creating a no-building zone along the coast, and affecting the values of about 1800 properties, should be replaced with a "placeholder" of existing controls while more work is done.

SOURCE : Dominion PostON : 3 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Marryatt successor next week?

The preferred replacement for former Christchurch City Council chief executive Tony Marryatt could be decided today and revealed next week.  Mayor Lianne Dalziel yesterday suggested an appointment could be made by late next week - almost six months to the day since her new-look council was elected

SOURCE : The PressON : 3 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Council boss King does U-turn on feline rage

He was king of the cats, but now he's retracting his claws.  Invercargill City Council chief executive Richard King has issued a public apology for catty comments he made last month which he said were misleading and misunderstood by the public.

SOURCE : Southland TimesON : 3 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Council gives green light to development plans

A structure plan for a 150-hectare block of bare land could see it developed "sooner rather than later", Auckland mayor Len Brown says.  The plan is intended to inform the council's position on the land on the corner of Puhinui and Prices roads in Mangere.

SOURCE : StuffON : 3 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Share of oil/gas earnings ‘should come to regions’

If oil and gas explorers make a strike in Gisborne, a portion of their earnings should come back to the region, says Mayor Meng Foon.  The Mayor has come out in support of Local Government New Zealand, which is pushing for mining royalties to be shared for the benefit of local communities.

SOURCE : Gisborne HeraldON : 3 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Council widens hunt for business expert

The Nelson City Council governance committee is casting its net beyond the city to find experts who have worked at a governance level in the business sector.  The committee is looking for applicants with experience in running businesses and companies for one of two positions to help oversee counci

SOURCE : Nelson MailON : 2 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Tsunami - no threat to NZ

Stronger than usual currents on east coast of NZ from about 2.30am Thursday April 3. The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management issued the following national advisory at 4.05 pm today (Wednesday 2 April).

Keith Spry Pool Closes 17 April

Keith Spry Pool will close from 9pm, Thursday 17 April as part of a major $6 million redevelopment.  Changes include a new pool for Learn to Swim and other aquatic programmes, a new children’s play pool, new changing rooms, a new roof and maintenance work.

Residents to have their say in Waikato District Council survey

As part of an on-going commitment to actively seek public feedback and involvement, Waikato District Council’s annual resident satisfaction survey kicks off this week.

Council Approves New Red Lion Corner Intersection

At this week’s Council meeting, approval has been given for the final scheme design of the intersection at Red Lion Corner in Rangiora (Ivory/High/Ashley Streets), and the landscaping concept plans for the Rangiora War Memorial site and a new green space at the north-east intersection corner.

Council to consider further public input into speed limit changes

Hastings District Council is to consider calling for further public submissions on the speed limit changes which have been implemented on roads around the Hastings District.  Public consultation on the changes to speed limits on non-urban roads across the Heretaunga Plains was begun in late 201

Kawerau 60th birthday success praised

Visitors from around the country had high praise for a successful weekend to celebrate Kawerau’s 60th birthday on the 29th and 30th of March 2014.  Kawerau turned on a picture-perfect autumn day for the Cultural Day in Prideaux Park featuring music, dance and kapa haka, static displays, food

More schools sign up to MoveIt

The iWay MoveIt campaign is helping students consider more healthy ways of getting to school. 12 local schools have now joined the MoveIt campaign which encourages children to walk, scooter or bike to school.  Hastings District Council Deputy Mayor Cynthia Bowers says "The MoveIt campaign is in

Water restrictions in place for Taupo District

Taupō District residents are being asked to only use sprinklers and irrigation systems on alternate days due to low lake levels.  Taupō District Council infrastructure manager Denis Lewis said the extended period of dry weather had seen the levels of Lake Taupō drop to the trigger level for

Renowned author to visit Invercargill

Invercargill Public Library and Southland Boys’ High School are excited to announce a new, collaborative initiative which is bringing renowned New Zealand author David Hill to Invercargill in April.  Mr Hill will be in the city on 14-15 April, with a free public session for all ages on Monday

Donation to assist with reshaping Glenn Settlement Road

Waitaki Valley resident and dairy farmer Blair Hamilton has donated a large amount of gravel to  Council which will assist with the strengthening and reshaping of Glenn Settlement Road, near Duntroon. Waitaki District Council’s Roading Manager, Michael Voss, said the generosity shown by Mr Ha

Fee increases proposed on commercial concessions and events

A fee increase is being proposed for commercial operators who want to hold an event or run a business on Council parks and reserves.  "These proposed increases are in the 2014/2015 draft Annual Plan and reflect the actual costs for administration and monitoring work involved with our staff wo

Council Introduces Online Building Consents

Getting a building consent will soon be an easier process for Ashburton District builders and homeowners. From 8 April building consent applications will be able to be made online through the Council website.

Reid's Farm work completed early

Work on the felling of hazardous trees at Reid’s Farm has been completed ahead of schedule, and the camping ground reopened today.  The popular camping spot on Huka Falls Road in Taupō was originally to be closed until Friday, but council staff worked quickly to complete the job. The closure

Judd's move raises eyebrows

Other Taranaki mayors say they don't need to follow New Plymouth counterpart Andrew Judd and employ an adviser.  Judd is advertising for a top-level adviser, to be paid between $89,000 to $105,767, saying a 2012 legislative change altered the role of a town's mayor.

Wilde: We need to work as one on climate change

The Wellington region must work collaboratively to cope with climate change, as nature does not respect political boundaries, Greater Wellington Regional Council says.  Chairwoman Fran Wilde's comments follow a major report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which urged adaptat

SOURCE : Dominion PostON : 2 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Plan hearings not user-friendly - Shaw

The Southland District Council has come under fire for the way it conducted its district plan hearings this week, with more than half the number of people expected to speak not bothering to turn up.  Just 13 of the 33 submitters who indicated they would speak at the meetings did so.

SOURCE : Southland TimesON : 2 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Cat lovers claw King over traps

A petition with more than 19,000 signatures from outraged cat-lovers has been presented to an Invercargill City Council committee, but the council boss at the centre of the controversy failed to show.

SOURCE : StuffON : 2 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Go-ahead for sea wall alarms residents

Plans to build a 75-metre sea wall in Cosy Nook have been given the go-ahead, raising the ire of residents concerned by erosion effects.  Environment Southland has decided to grant an application by the Southland District Council to construct coastal protection works to protect an eroding cliff

SOURCE : Southland TimesON : 2 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Abatement notice related to milk byproduct dumping

The stink over Eltham's smelly water treatment is spreading.  Taranaki Regional Council has issued an abatement notice after the spray from aerators at the town's treatment plant drifted as far as State Highway 3, 500m away.

SOURCE : StuffON : 2 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Apply for funding now

If you've got a great idea to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill Auckland Council wants to hear from you.  The Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund opened on April 1 for small grants of up to $5000. The fund was set up as part of council's Waste Management and Minimisation Plan, adop

SOURCE : City Habour NewsON : 1 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Te Araroa wants a town water system

A call for financial support from Gisborne District Council for a community water system for Te Araroa and concern about the dangerous state of the East Cape Road were key points at an annual plan meeting in the township last night.  Eight people attended the meeting.

SOURCE : Gisborne HeraldON : 1 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Councils welcome flood recovery aid

Nelson and Tasman councils received a $1.77 million boost for flood recovery from Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye today.  The Government is giving Nelson City Council $1.46m and Tasman District Council $317,000 to help in the damage recovery costs from the devastating December 2011 floods.

SOURCE : Nelson MailON : 1 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Council isn't concerned about lactose river

Officials in the Bay of Plenty are confident a lactose spill in the Wairoa River will not have any long term impact on the river's fisheries.  15,000 litres of the dairy by-product spilled out of a tanker when it rolled over in the lower Kaimai Ranges yesterday afternoon.

SOURCE : Newstalk ZBON : 1 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

LGNZ taking a lead on natural hazards

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) welcomes the United Nations’ new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that details the likely impacts of environmental changes on people’s vulnerability to natural hazards.  The report raises questions for local communities and councils about

Lower Speed Limits Coming to School Entrances

Three more primary schools will have lower speed limits outside their gates during their busiest times.  Tonight (Tuesday) the Monitoring Committee approved the installation of 40km/h variable speed zones outside St Pius X and Frankley schools in New Plymouth, and Inglewood Primary School.

Working group reviews 'complicated' rating system

The rating system in Auckland is unfair and unsustainable, says city mayor Len Brown ahead of a national review.  He and local body politicians from around the country will spend the next six months looking at how local government is funded.  Brown met members of Local Government New Zealand o

SOURCE : StuffON : 1 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Pukekura Project Decision Could Go to Long-Term Plan

A proposal to increase the budget for sediment removal from three of Pukekura Park’s lakes has been declined by the Monitoring Committee.  Tonight (Tuesday) the committee instead recommended the re-tendering of the project’s contract for an estimated cost of $1.2 million be considered as pa

Brooklyn Library on the move for quake strengthening

Brooklyn Library will be closed for earthquake strengthening work starting Tuesday 15 April. The library in Cleveland Street will close at the end of Thursday 10 April and services will resume from temporary premises at 199 Ohiro Road (next to Penthouse Cinema) at 1pm, Wednesday 16 April.

International Rally of Whangarei - Night stage on Pohe Island

The International Rally of Whangarei returns later this month with a number of new competitive tests including the Saturday night running of the Hella Pohe Island Super Special Stage.  The action around William Fraser Memorial Park on Pohe Island offers something for everyone with the Lions Clu

Draft Annual Plan 2014-2015

Masterton District Council has adopted its Draft Annual Plan for the 2014/15 year and will be seeking feedback from the community after it is released on 14th April.  This is year three of the 2012/22 Long-Term Plan and most of the work scheduled for 2014/15 was signalled in the LTP. However, t

Help sought for $34 million regional council business

Applications are being sought from members of the public interested in helping run a $34 million business.  That sum is what Waikato Regional Council spends managing our catchments each year, protecting Waikato communities from the likes of flooding and soil erosion, controlling plant and anima

Southern Councils Prepare Submission on Changes to Earthquake Prone Buildings

Councils across Otago, Southland, South Canterbury and the West Coast are again working together on  proposed changes to earthquake prone buildings policy. The Building (Earthquake-Prone Buildings)  Amendment Bill currently being considered by the Local Government and Environment Select Commit

Helping fish get around

Bay of Plenty Regional Council, in partnership with Western Bay of Plenty District Council, is making life easier for fish in the Kaituna River by trialling three new ‘fish friendly floodgates’ in culverts near Te Puke and Maketu.  The specially designed gates have been installed at culvert

Tim Shadbolt offers 'tedious, mundane' job

Many would prefer to join the Russian front than be his personal assistant, according to Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt, but yet again the role is advertised.  The Invercargill City Council is advertising the role of executive administrator and project co-ordinator for the mayor's office, afte

SOURCE : The PressON : 1 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Arrears tarnishing council's accounts

Ratepayers owe the Horowhenua District Council more than $3 million in unpaid rates.  That represents more than 10 per cent of the rates the council had budgeted to collect in this financial year and is greater than the increase in rates revenue planned in its new draft Annual Plan, which comes

SOURCE : Manawatu StandardON : 1 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Council vows to enhance Maitai

The Nelson City Council has promised to clean up its own act as it works on a $400,000 plan to improve the health of the Maitai River.  "We're going to get our own house in order, look to carry out our activities in a way that actually enhances the river rather than degrades it," said environme

SOURCE : Nelson MailON : 1 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Living wage unlikely to happen for Porirua council

There won't be a living wage for Porirua City Council employees any time soon.  Wellington City councillors voted in a living wage policy in December, adding just under 1 per cent to the council's $100 million wage bill.

SOURCE : Dominion PostON : 1 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Aqua Zumba offered at Selwyn Aquatic Centre

The latest pool fitness trend has hit Selwyn, with Aqua Zumba classes now being offered at the Selwyn Aquatic Centre.  Aqua Zumba is an exciting and energetic Latin-inspired dance and fitness program which uses your body’s increased buoyancy and flexibility as you move to the music.

Discussions Continue on Waitara Endowment Lands

New Plymouth District Council has been advised by the Office of Treaty Settlements that the process of considering the Waitara endowment lands as part of treaty negotiations has been extended to the end of April. The Council will be a position to consider the outcome of the negotiations in May.

Upper Taieri residents to get E.coli briefing

A public meeting to brief residents in the upper Taieri catchment on the results of recent water quality sampling that found high levels of the bacteria E.coli in some sections of the Upper Taieri River, will be held at the Waipiata Hall this Friday (April 4) at 1pm.  ORC put up warning signs a

Success for Coromandel's TV Take Back scheme

Coromandel's TV TakeBack programme finished ysterday with 1,702 TVs collected and saved from being sent to landfill.  As New Zealand television broadcasting went digital, the government launched a national scheme to encourage the recycling of unwanted televisions.

Investment prospectus developed for Dunedin

An investment prospectus has been developed for Dunedin to provide valuable information for potential investors.  The prospectus is a generic, high-level "fishing "document which aims to elicit interest from businesspeople who are considering options to expand their businesses and ex-pats think

New Appliance for Seddonville Rural Fire

The final of three first response appliances for the volunteer Rural Fire Forces has been delivered, with Seddonville Rural Fire Force receiving their new medium sized appliance at a celebration on Sunday.  Councillor (Cr) Lynn Brooks spoke on behalf of Buller District Council, who has purchase

Locals reminded to use common sense around fire

Rotorua District Council (RDC) is reminding residents to continue to use common sense around fire as conditions remain ‘extreme’ across the district.  The council advised last month that it was stopping issuing rural fire permits, including extensions, due to the 'extreme' fire conditions.

Future plans for Rolleston to be considered this month

Future plans outlining how Rolleston will develop in the future are expected to be discussed this month when Selwyn District Council meets to adopt Master Plans for the Rolleston Town Centre and Foster Recreation Park.  Submissions on the two plans closed in October 2013 and submitters were hea

Regional Council crew cleaning up after tanker crash

Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Pollution Prevention staff are working on the site where a tanker full of lactose overturned on the lower Kaimais late yesterday afternoon.  The 23,000 litre tanker heading to Hamilton lost part of its load when the edge of the road gave way and it rolled into

Residents have to boil water long term

Residents in a small rural township on the borders of Waimate will be boiling their water for the foreseeable future.  Waimate District Council water and waste manager Dan Mitchell said the Cannington-Motukaika supply, which serviced about 120 people was on a "permanent boil water notice".

SOURCE : Timaru HeraldON : 1 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Summerdaze fades away

Queenstown and Wanaka's month-long Summerdaze festival is no more. Last week, the Queenstown Lakes District Council decided to approve the recommendation by its events office to cancel the festival, which had been ''supported by [the] council for 10 years''.

SOURCE : Otago Daily TimesON : 1 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Quarry consent irks residents

Parkside residents are outraged to find a quarry has been granted a consent to operate 24 hours a day at the former brickworks site on College Rd.  Neighbourhood residents received letters from the Timaru District Council yesterday about the quarry, with a consent to blast for bluestone beginni

SOURCE : Timaru HeraldON : 1 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Council to keep lid on rural rates increase

It's time for South Taranaki's rural ratepayers to smile as the council pushes to keep rates down.  The South Taranaki District Council announced its proposed rates figures yesterday and a rural property worth $4 million would face a total rates increase of $1.98 a week - an increase of just 1.

Working group reviews 'complicated' rating system

The rating system in Auckland is unfair and unsustainable, says city mayor Len Brown ahead of a national review.  He and local body politicians from around the country will spend the next six months looking at how local government is funded.  Brown met members of Local Government New Zealand o

SOURCE : Manakau CourierON : 1 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

DCC commits to smoke-free policy

The Dunedin City Council has adopted a policy formally stating its position on smoking - that Dunedin become a smoke-free city - but has asked for further information on how such a policy might be implemented. 

SOURCE : Otago Daily TimesON : 1 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Instant parking fines canned - council

Plans to penalise drivers parking in Tauranga's CBD with instant fines have been canned, for now.  A statement from Tauranga City Council released late yesterday confirmed that parking officers will not ticket people for dangerous tyres from today, as per the original intention.

City council - and taggers - give thumbs-up to murals

Jeremy Shirley is spray-painting a three-storey building in downtown Hamilton - and the city council couldn't be more pleased.  The artist, whose works have taken pride of place at bus stops, underpasses and subways and on bridges around the city, has started his latest piece - a giant H - on a

All-clear for DCC payments

The Dunedin City Council has given its own payment procedures a clean bill of health, after controversy over the handling of $3400 in fees paid to former Dunedin North MP Peter Hodgson.  The all-clear came after the Taxpayers' Union in February questioned the apparent absence of invoices or other

SOURCE : Otago Daily TimesON : 1 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Finance regulations 'needless' mayor says

New rules aimed at making council finances easier to understand are a waste of time, mayor Len Brown says.  The Local Government (Financial Reporting and Prudence) Regulations come into force on May 1.  They set out seven benchmarks which can be explained in simple graphs to show whether a cou

SOURCE : Manakau CourierON : 1 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

'Visual zone' plan upsets landowners

The Southland District Council has not done enough to warn ratepayers of proposed changes to their rights as landowners, Manapouri resident Colleen Hampton says.  Hampton was among those who spoke to the council's resource management committee about the natural features and landscapes section o

SOURCE : Southland TimesON : 1 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

5.6m for building inspections?

The Dunedin City Council could face a $5.6 million bill if it is forced to inspect thousands of city buildings as part of a nationwide drive to identify earthquake-prone structures.  And, if blanket new rules are adopted, more building owners could follow the Bell Tea factory and quit the city,

SOURCE : Otago Daily TimesON : 1 April, 2014     CONTINUE READING

Local government funding review need to focus on equality

Local government funding review need to focus on equality – MANZ It’s encouraging to see that the way local government is funded is being reviewed, however it is crucial that any potential changes aim to create a fairer system of revenue gathering, the ...


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