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Row brews between resident and council over repair costs A Greytown family is refusing to go with the flow over South Wairarapa District Council's policy of who pays for sewer repairs.  (Wairarapa Times-Age, 12 November 2007)

Dead eels spark health alert Hundreds of dead eels found near Hastings yesterday prompted a public health warning last night. (Hawke's Bay today, 12 Novemeber 2007)

Bikes on some bus routes begin today  As of today, people using the Heathcote bus service, number 35, will be able to carry their bicycles on buses through the Lyttelton tunnel. (Environment Canterbury, 12 November 2007)

Preparing For The Electricity Shutdown Contingency planning is in progress to ensure water and wastewater services can be maintained during the proposed Transpower shutdown in the area north of the Mangamuka Ranges on Sunday 25th November 2007. (Far North District Council, 12 November 2007)

Turn Whaka forest into park, say users Whakarewarewa forest's value to Rotorua as a recreational asset continues to increase, sparking new debate about how it should be protected. (The Daily Post, 11 November 2007)

Movie-Making Hits the Streets Next Week  The cast and crew of the region’s latest movie will be moving onto the streets of New Plymouth’s CBD next week. (new Plymouth District Council, 10 November 2007)

DOC tackle offenders The Department of Conservation is warning people not to take fish or marine life from Northland's marine reserves or risk a $10,000 fine. (The Northern Advocate, 10 November 2007)

Crashes cost $5m a week Road crashes cost Northland a whopping $5 million a week last year and this year's bill looks certain to be higher, with 26 people killed on the region's roads and the `horror' month of December yet to come. (The Northern Advocate, 10 November 2007)

Horowhenu District Council Noticeboard 10 - 14 November

Don’t Forget Second Hand Sunday Setting up house? Getting rid of an old bed or ‘fridge? Then Second Hand Sunday is the opportunity for you. (PDF, Tararua District Council, 9 November 23007)

Clutha District Council E-Newsletter, Issue 7, 9 November 2007

$600m power lines upgrade planned State-owned enterprise Transpower is set to release plans for a $600 million line upgrade. (NZ Herald, 9 November 2007)

Fairer, faster' resource consents The Whangarei District Council has appointed independent commissioners to hear resource consent applications, Mayor Stan Semenoff saying it is time councillors got out of the business. (The Northern Advocate, 9 November 2007)

Christmas Tree to Light up Midland Park Wellington City Council will be installing an 8m tall Christmas tree in Midland Park on Friday 16 November (weather permitting). (9 November 2007)

Watershed and water reuse expert Sustainable Wanaka in conjunction with QLDC are hosting  Professor Hans Shreier from Canada for two public talks in the District. Hans is an internationally renowned watershed and water reuse expert.  (PDF, Queenstown Lake District, 9 November 2007)

Waste Management Matters! On the 15 and 16 November 2007 the Rangitikei District Council will be holding two public meetings to discuss the proposed Trade Waste Bylaw. (Rangitikei District Council, 8 November 2007)

Campaign to promote infrastructure careers InfraTrain New Zealand has launched a major awareness campaign for the Infrastructure Industry. The national campaign is aimed at raising awareness and improving perceptions of the infrastructure industry as well as highlighting the wide range of career opportunities the industry offers. (PDF, InfrTrain New Zealand, 8 November 2007)

Why YOU should care more about tourism Many Rotorua people don't understand the importance of tourism but without it the city would be nothing but a small town with little going for it. (The Daily Post, 8 November 2007)

Manukau residents say 'no' to airport sell-off A proposed takeover of Auckland Airport by Canada Pension Plan may be acceptable to Auckland City Council, but the people of Manukau City say they don't want a bar of any sale. (NZ Herald, 8 November 2007)

Tauranga loses its spray-free reputation Tauranga's "95 per cent spray free" status has been axed by the city council under pressure from environmental organisations. (Bay of Plenty Times, 8 November 2007)

Massey community board elects new chairman The Massey community board elected John Riddell as chairman at its first meeting of the new political term last night. (PDF, Waitakere City Council, 8 November 2007)

Planners celebrate World Planning Day World Planning Day was celebrated today (subs: Thursday November 8) and in Timaru planners from the three district councils in the area as well as the private sector enjoyed a celebratory breakfast together. (PDF, Timaru District Council, 8 November 2007)

Hearings not the end, just the beginning The hearings that start on Monday November 19 on the proposed private plan change for Paraparaumu Airport are not the end of the process, they may well be just the beginning of a whole new set of processes, all of which will enable further public discussion and consultation. (PDF, Kapiti Coast District Council, 8 November)

Cars dumped in Saltwater Creek Cars have been found dumped in Saltwater Creek over the last few days in what the Timaru District Council has labeled as acts of wanton vandalism. (PDF, Timaru District Council, 8 November 2007)

Feedback Sought on Central Park Upgrade Plans More than $1.2 million is to be spent improving Central Park over the next few years and Wellingtonians now have an opportunity to comment on the upgrade plans before they are finalised. (Wellington City Council, 8 November 2007)

See the Wok Action at the Beijing Cultural Festival The Michael Fowler Centre will sizzle with the sound of hot woks this Saturday and Sunday when 30 Beijing chefs take over the Renouf Foyer for public cooking demonstrations. (Wellington City Council, 8 November 2007)

Burnout approved but not foregone conclusion While Council today gave approval, as owner of the land, for the temporary event Memorial Burnout to proceed, it made it very clear that before it can proceed it must meet stringent District Plan required approvals, Mayor Jenny Rowan said today. (PDF, Kapiti Coast District Council, 8 November 2007)

Exhibition Real Gold opens at Central City Library  An exhibition of library "treasures" will be officially opened by the prime minister at Auckland Central City Library on Friday, 9 November. Prime Minister Helen Clark joins Deputy Mayor David Hay to launch both the exhibition Real Gold: Treasures of Auckland City Libraries and an illustrated book of the same name. (Auckland City Council, 7 November 2007)

Bullying' by new mayor blasted The Public Service Association has accused Far North Mayor Wayne Brown of ``insulting and threatening' its members in his maiden speech.  (The Northern Advocate, 7 November 2007)

Central Prospects – Community Outcomes Out for Review Council is about to review the community outcomes. It wants to find out whether the community’s needs and aspirations identified at the Central Prospects meetings, held in 2003, are still current or whether they are heading in a new direction? (PDF, Central Otago District Council, 7 November 2007)

Safe and Clean Cigarette Disposal Just Got Easier. When you think about litter what is it you think about? Paper? Plastic bottles? Cans? These are a problem but there is one item that accounts for around 50% of all litter worldwide – cigarette butts! (PDF, Timaru District Council, 7 November 2007)

Consultation period extended to 1 March 2008 on proposed Surveyor-General's Rules for Cadastral Survey LINZ has announced an extension to the period for public comment on the draft of LINZ65000: Surveyor-General's Rules for Cadastral Survey. The closing date for comments on the draft Rules is now Saturday, 1 March 2008. (PDF, Land Information New Zealand, 7 November 2007)

Water protection upgrades needed A number of commercial properties in Feilding will need to upgrade their water protection installations following a major inspection throughout the town by the Manawatu District Council. (PDF, Manawatu District Council, 7 November 2007)

$100 voucher offer in mail this weekend Canterbury Civil Defence Emergency Management Group is advising residents of North, Mid and Central Canterbury to look in their mailbox for important civil defence information. (PDF, Canterbury Civil Defence Emergency Management Group, 7 November 2007)

New Property Valuations for Wellington Released Quotable Value has released its new property valuations for the Capital City. (Wellington City Council, 7 November 2007)

Horowhenu District Council Noticeboard 3 - 7 November

Key council managers follow McTurk Two senior managers are about to leave the city council and join their former boss Lesley McTurk at Housing New Zealand. (The Star, 7 November 2007)

Best behaviour called for at mayor's debut meeting By Peter de Graaf New Far North Mayor Wayne Brown issued a blunt warning to council staff at his official swearing-in yesterday, saying he expected a "massive change in behaviour and attitude".  (The Northern Advocate, 6 November 2007)

Domain delays cause strain Debate rages between residents and the council over the state of Avondale South Domain, says Helen Laurent (The Aucklander, 7 November 2007)

Extra work for your councillors Rotorua district councillors will have to work harder over the next three years. During the last term councillors had to attend all full council meetings and three of the four committee meetings in each six-week cycle. (The Daily Post, 7 November 2007)

Grim reaper hits Bay roads again During last year's spring school holidays Roadsafe Hawke's Bay co-ordinator Sally Phelps took a string of calls from parents telling her their young children had been frightened by a hideous figure in black they had seen at the side of the road. (Hawke's Bay Today, 7 November 2007)

Stratford District Youth Council takes on cyberspace The Stratford District Youth Council has today broken new territory: they have launched their very own website. This is the first time the Stratford Youth Council has created a website, and it has created quite a buzz. (PDF, Stratford District Council, 7 november 2007)

Final Reminder Of Crown Range Closure Crown Range Road users are being given a final reminder of a short road closure scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday), Queenstown Lakes District Council roading manager Ian Marshall said. (Queenstown Lake District Council, 7 November 2007

Waitakere community board elects new chairman The Waitakere community board held its first meeting of the new term last evening and the members elected Kubi Witten-Hannah as their chairman. (PDF, Waitakere City Council, 7 November 2007)

New Council gears up for busy term The newly elected Taranaki Regional Council has settled on its committee make-up for the next three years, with experienced hands at the helm. (PDF, Taranaki Regional Council, 7 november 2007)

Time Councillors Got Out of the Resource Consent Business New Whangarei Mayor Stan Semenoff says its time Councillors got out of the resource consent business. (Whangarei District Council, 7 November 2007)

Removal of Hawthorns contravention of District Plan The reported removal of three hawthorn trees on 25 October on a site on the Lower Shotover Road has been found in contravention, Lakes Environmental Limited chief executive Hamish Dobbie said. (PDF, Queenstown Lake District Council, 7 November 2007)

Mayor slams DHB chief executive over "loyalty" remarks Wanganui Mayor and DHB member-elect Michael Laws today said that his first act as a board member would be to ensure the censure of DHB chief executive Memo Musa for his "complete misunderstanding as to where governance starts and management stops".  (Wanganui District Council, 7 November 2007)

Regional council announces extra funding to help Bay’s environment Groups across the region have been given a boost in their efforts to help the Bay’s environment, with the announcement of the recipients of this year’s Environmental Enhancement Fund grants by the regional council. (PDF, Environment Bay of Plenty, 7 November 2007)

Property revaluations 2007/08 The three yearly revaluations of property values in the Whakatane District show moderate increases in values across the property spectrum, consistent with the national trend towards easing growth in property values. (PDF, Whakatane District Council, 7 November 2007)

Southland District Council registered as a building consent authority Southland District Council has been registered as a building consent authority. (7 November 2007)

It’s Official: Council an Accredited and Registered Building Consent Authority. Franklin District Council has officially received its Building Consent Authority accreditation and registration certificates. (PDF, Franklin District Council, 7 November 2007)

Franklin Tops 200 Tonnes of Recycling a Month. For the first time Franklin District Council has collected over 200 tonnes of recycling in the kerbside collection that operates in the three main town centres. (PDF, Franklin District Council, 7 November 2007)

Council submits on Harbourside Zone Cr Struan Munro announced today that Council has made a submission on the Harbourside zone, supporting residential development on the Woolstore sites proposed for development by Nigel and Jennifer De Geest. (Waitaki District Council, 6 November 2007)

No Didymo? Then lets keep it that way The North Island didymo scare may have been a false alarm but that’s all the more reason for Taranaki people to remain vigilant and take every possible action to prevent the spread of the invasive alga. (PDF, Taranaki Regional Council, 6 November 2007)

Mt Albert cycle lanes coming soon Auckland City Council will begin creating cycle lanes along Mt Albert Road, from Wednesday, 7 November, weather permitting, to make it easier for people to walk and cycle in the area. (6 November 2007)

Consistent Approach for Northland Whangarei Mayor Stan Semenoff comments on todays swearing-in ceremony at Far North District Council: Today at the swearing-in of the Far North District Council, the address by new Mayor Wayne Brown was music to my ears, resonating with the messages from Whangarei ratepayers. As in Whangarei, the new Far North Mayor has a huge mandate - bringing with it a high degree of expectation for change from ratepayers. (Whangarei District Council, 6 November 2007)

Passenger Numbers Flying High at Airport New Plymouth Airport is winging its way towards higher customer numbers for the tenth year in a row. (New Plymouth District Council, 6 November 2007)

Council Discussing Plan Change to Target Natural Hazards Since June 2007 Franklin District Council has been focusing on protecting the District from Natural Hazards. Events like earthquakes, flooding, land slides and erosion all occur naturally, and are known as natural hazards. Unfortunately human activity can also create a hazard where there wasn’t one before (for example: building on non-engineered fill increases the risk of land slides). (Franklin District Council, 6 November 2007)

Central Otago Food Showcase series kicks off in Cromwell A desire to promote local product locally as well as wanting to make Central Otago’s unique flavours part of the visitor experience has led to two food showcases being planned. The first showcase will be held in Cromwell this Thursday, 8th November. The second will be held in Queenstown early in December. (PDF, Central Otago District Council, 6 November 2007)

Mayor Frana Cardno re-elected as Zone 6 National Council Representative Southland District Council Mayor Frana Cardno was re-elected unopposed to the position of Zone 6 National Council Representative at the Zone 6 Meeting in Gore last week. (PDF, Southland District Council, 6 November 2007)

Council offers SuperGold discounts South Taranaki Senior Citizens have already saved hundreds of dollars by taking advantage of the District Council’s SuperGold Card discount scheme. The scheme offers cardholders discounts of 20 percent on the Council’s greenwaste collection service, casual swim admissions to the Powerco Aquatic Centre and InterLoan library books reserved through any district LibraryPlus. (South Taranaki District Council, 6 November 2007)

Rates Review In Mayor’s Sight Tararua mayor Maureen Reynolds is indicating that a rates review will be high on the new council’s agenda but warns that the outcome may not be a case of “instant change.” (PDF, Tararua District Council, 5 November 2007)

Tap Into The Technical Assistance Programme Small scale suppliers of drinking water will be interested in the government’s TAP (Technical Assistance Programme) designed to help operations involving fewer than 5000 people. (PDF, Tararua District Council, 5 November 2007)

Summers coming - and so are the water testers Sampling begins this month for the Taranaki Regional Council‟s annual programme of monitoring water quality at more than 20 popular swimming spots in the region. (PDF, taranaki regional Council, 5 November 2007)

Waitakere features prominently at EECA Energywise Awards 2007 Waitakere City Council has won yet another award, carrying off the Public Sector Award for Energy Management Initiatives at the national Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) Energywise Awards 2007, by saving more than $1million through energy efficiencies in six years. (PDF, 5 November 2007)

Southern Rural Fire Authority Holding Biggest Training Session for the year With the Southern Rural Authority holding its biggest fire safety training exercise for the year this week, there are some excellent opportunities for the media to see fire fighting personnel in action and get some great action pictures or footage. (PDF, Southland District Council, 5 November 2007)

Auckland City rolls on with transport smartcard quest ARTA is expected to go to market for a smartcard-based integrated ticketing system before the end of the year (Computer World, 5 November 2007)

Public consultation on plans for Maungawhau-Mt Eden Members of the public are invited to comment on Auckland City Council's plans for a visitor centre and alternative transport on Maungawhau-Mt Eden. (Auckland City Council, 5 November 2007)

Shortage of Industrial Land to be Tackled in Capital A shortage of land suitable for industrial use in the Capital is to be one of the focuses of a District Plan review by the Wellington City Council. (3 November 2007)

Bright ideas fund for energy efficient hot water  An Innovation Fund to encourage smart innovations that will lead to the uptake of solar water heating and heat pump water heating technologies was launched today by Jeanette Fitzsimmons, Government Spokesperson on Energy Efficiency and Conservation. (New Zealand Government, 2 November 2007)

Hatea Swing Bridge re-opens Bit by bit Whangarei District is visibly recovering from the damage caused by winter's wind storms, rains and floods thanks to insurance, hard work and the generosity of members of the public. (PDF, Whangarei District Council, 2 November 2007)

Taranaki urged to be alert for didymo Extra vigilance is being urged in Taranaki following the discovery of dead “rock snot” didymo cells in central North Island waterways. (PDF, Taranaki Regional Council, 2 november 2007)

Movember takes hold at Hutt City Council Things are getting a bit hairy at Hutt City Council with the start of Movember. (Hutt City Council, 2 November 2007)

Dial before you dip Before you pull on your togs this summer, give your local beach a health check by dialling 0800 SAFESWIM (0800 723379) or visiting www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/safeswim for the latest water quality information. (PDF, Auckland City Council, 2 November 2007)

New look Southland flag unfurled around the region Around 100 new-look Southland flags will be unfurled around the region on Monday (NB: 5 November) heralding an invigorated regional pride campaign over the summer.(Venture Southland, 2 November 2007)

Spectator tickets on sale for Burt Munro Challenge They came in their thousands last year and even more are expected attend the second annual Burt Munro Challenge at the end of the month.(Venture Southland, 2 November 2007)

Frontline i-SITE staff visiting south Southland’s tourism attractions will be show next week to a large group of frontline i-SITE representatives as part of a three-day familiarisation visit around the region.(Venture Southland, 2 November 2007)

Extra parking spaces for Havelock North Havelock North visitors now have access to 30 time-limited car park spaces near the centre of the Village. (Hastings District Council, 1 November 2007)

Licensing brings new era for building industry New Zealanders will know they have engaged a quality building professional when they choose one licensed under the Licensed Building Practitioners Scheme launched today, says the Minister of Building and Construction Clayton Cosgrove. (New Zealand Government, 1 November 2007)

How safe is your nearest swimming spot? This summer’s swimming season is here and it’s a good time to check out the water quality of your favourite rivers and beaches. (Greater Regional Wellington Council, 1 November 2007)

2.3 and 2.5 GHZ Radio Spectrum Auction set for December The government has taken another key step towards the roll-out of wireless broadband access services to all New Zealanders, Communications and Information Technology Minister David Cunliffe announced today. (New Zealand Government, 1 November 2007)

Revamped airport opened The revamped Wanganui airport is the first in a trilogy of upgrades aimed at improving visitors' first impressions of the city, said Mayor Michael Laws at the airports opening yesterday. (Wanganui Chronicle, 1 November 2007)

By-election deadline: Local Govt NZ got it wrong LOCAL Government NZ has got it wrong about just when the Wanganui District Council has to hold a by-election to fill its extraordinary vacancy. (Wanganui Chronicle, 1 November 2007)

Buchanans get park contract Bruce Buchanan Limited has won the $360,000 tender to revamp Queen Elizabeth Park. Work on phase two of the rejuvenation project is to begin later this month, Masterton District Council communications officer Caren Inwood said.  (Wairarapa Times-Age, 1 November 2007)

Fears rock-snot may invade Central North Island rivers Anglers are bracing themselves for the worst after the discovery of dead cells of the invasive algae rock-snot in Central North Island rivers. (The Daily Post, 1 November 2007)

Scrub fire closes railway track A major scrub fire in Matapihi shut a section of railway line for over an hour while firefighters fought to contain the blaze yesterday afternoon. (Bay of Plenty times, 1 November 2007)

Civil defence info and lottery in mailbox this weekend Canterbury Civil Defence Emergency Management Group is advising residents of North, Mid and Central Canterbury to look in their mailbox for important civil defence information. (Environment Canterbury, 1 November 2007)

Manukau leaders have wide range of experience A mixture of seasoned councillors and new faces will take leadership roles in the new Manukau City Council governance structure agreed to by the council on Tuesday night (30 October 2007). (Manukau City Council, 1 November 2007)

Minister Parker to launch Project Twin Streams Sustainable Household-Sustainable Living Programme A whole new era in housing in New Zealand could begin on Friday, 2 November when the Minister for Climate Change the Hon David Parker visits Waitakere City to launch the new Project Twin Streams Sustainable Household - Sustainable Living Programme that day.

Nelson Live Issue 212 (Nelson City Council, 1 November 2007)

Final stage of Ashburton River stopbanks Environment Canterbury engineers and hazards planners will this Friday lodge applications for consents to build stopbanks on the South Ashburton River at Valetta. (Environment Canterbury, 1 november 2007)

Transits Chris Allen to move to Council Council CEO Michael Redman today announced the appointment of Chris Allen to the role General Manager Works and Services for Council. Chris is currently Transit New Zealand Regional Manager. (Hamilton City Council, 1 november 2007)

Stay Too Long and You Will Pay Franklin District Council will be increasing its parking enforcement from 4 hours a week to 20 hours a week from Monday 5th of November. These 20 hours will be spread between the three main town centres. (1 November 2007)

Government tightens dog control The law was reviewed in the light of the most recent dog attacks."Dog safety needs good law, good enforcement, and support from the community and dog owners. In general, the law is robust and provides the tools councils need," said Nanaia Mahuta. (New Zealand Government, 31 October 2007)

New councillors sworn in Environment Bay of Plenty’s council team has begun the new triennium by electing its chairman and deputy chairman. (PDF, 31 October 2007)

Flow-on effect from port potential First proposed in the 1960s and finally under construction in 2000, the port development at Marsden Point has achieved such momentum that it is now being touted as the future "super port" for the entire country - and Northland stands to reap many benefits. (The Northern Advocate, 31 October 2007)

Southland District Council Adopts Annual Report At today’s (subs Wednesday October 31) extraordinary meeting Southland District adopted its Annual Report for the 2006/2007 Year. (PDF, 31 October 2007)

Hurunui District Council inaugural meeting. Mayor Garry Jackson was delighted at today’s inaugural council meeting with the unanimous appointments of both the Deputy Mayor and all of the Committee Chairman positions. All positions were appointed unopposed. (PDF< 31 October 2007)

Committee structure unchanged At an extraordinary council meeting today, the Otago Regional Council agreed to continue with the same committee structure used in the past three years. (Otago Regional Council, 31 October 2007)

Southland District Council Appoints New Group Manager Cameron McIntosh has been appointed as the new Group Manager Services and Assets at Southland District Council. (PDF, Southland Distrirct Council, 31 October 2007)

Piha showcases latest sustainable water technologies Piha domain will become a marquee ‘village’ on Saturday 10 November from 10am til 4pm as wastewater, stormwater and drinking water product and service vendors exhibit their wares and expertise to the public. (PDF, Waitakere City Council, 31 October 2007)

No change to NRC Chairman, Deputy Kaipara-based Northland Regional Councillor Mark Farnsworth has been unanimously re-elected for a third consecutive term as Council Chairman. (Northland regional Council, 31 October 2007)

Update of road works on V8 track 31 October to 19 November The following roads works are scheduled to be undertaken during the period of Wednesday 31 October to Tuesday 19 November as part of the programme of works preparing the track for the Hamilton 400 V8 Supercars street race to be held in Hamilton 18–20 April 2008. (Hamilton City Council, 31 October 2007)

Settlement process aided by welcome document launch Getting settled into your new home in Southland just got easier for newcomers to the region with the launch of the “Welcome to Southland” documents. (Venture Southland, 31 october 2007)

First Logo for The Catlins The Catlins now has a style all its own after launching the region’s first-ever logo. The logo has been developed following a Catlins Tourism Strategy recommendation outlining the importance of the branding of the Catlins. (Venture Southland, 31 october 2007)

Recreating the Surface at Toi Pôneke Paintings on the straight and narrow will be on display at Toi Pôneke Gallery from 8 November, when Gill Newland opens her exhibition SurfaceWorks.

Smooth Start for New Council Environment Southland has started the new term smoothly, with Cr Stuart Collie reelected unopposed as Chairman and consensus deciding the makeup of major committees. (Environment Southland, 31 October 2007)

Auckland International Airport Limited shares Manukau City Council respects the Auckland International Airport board’s decision to cease its discussions relating to the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board’s (CPPIB) indicative proposal to buy a controlling stake in the airport. (31 october 2007)

Regional food production capability highlighted with launch of database The regional capability of local food producers will be brought to the forefront tomorrow night (Thursday 1 November) when Food Network South launches its online database. (Venture Southland, 31 October 2007)

Meridian gets nod for Otago wind farm Commissioners appointed by Central Otago District Council have decided in a majority decision to grant consent to Meridian Energy for a 176-turbine wind farm on the Lammermoor Range. (NZ Herald, 31 October 2007)

Council Elects New Chairman The Taranaki Regional Council today elected David MacLeod as its new Chairman. Councillors elected Mr MacLeod at their first meeting since this month’s local body elections when the previous Chairman, David Walter, retired. (PDF, Taranaki Regional Council, 31 October 2007)

Battle of the bands develops over WiMax spectrum Tuhoe, councils, telcos and challengers all have their say on how best to allocate vital wireless spectrum (Computer World, 31 October 2007)

By-election deadline set If the Wanganui District Council delays its by-election beyond the statutory 82 days, then it could find itself before the courts. Thats the view of a governance manager with Local Government New Zealand who said any decision-making the newly elected councillor took part in would be deemed to be illegal. (Wanganui Chronicle, 31 October 2007)

Local Government NZ completely wrong on by-election Mayor Michael Laws today said that he would be seeking an immediate censure of Local Government NZ's governance manager Mike Reid for "not only being inept but scaremongering with intent". (Wanganui District Council, 31 October 2007)

Applications invited for Impact Fund grants Applicants have until November 9 to make their case for grants from the Wanganui Incorporated Impact Fund. (Wanganui District Council, 31 October 2007)

Cycle into Summer Hastings District Council is supporting the campaign ‘Cycle into Summer’ where the community is encouraged to get on their bike and cycle to work on Tuesday 13th November. (31 October 2007)

Hayes Wind Farm Decision Released A decision has been reached by a panel of five commissioners appointed by Central Otago District Council and the Otago Regional Council on the applications from Meridian Energy Limited to develop, construct, install, operate and maintain 176 wind turbines and related infrastructure on the Lammermoor Range. (Central Otago District Council, 31 October 2007)

Comment Wanted on Trails Plan Change A proposed boost for the implementation of trails throughout the Queenstown Lakes District is the subject of a Plan Change discussion document, now available for comment. (Queenstown Lake District Council, 31 October 2007)

New governance model for Manukau City Council Improved council leadership, accountability and responsiveness are key elements of a reorganisation of the governance structure at Manukau City Council, which has done away with monthly committee meetings, replacing them with more frequent meetings of the council as a “committee of the whole.” (30 October 2007)

Jewellery Makers’ Collective Explores Miscommunication Toi Poneke Gallery will soon be covered in a plethora of “communication theory by design” by local jewellery makers, Decoy Studios. (Wellington City Council, 30 October 2007)

Port on track to be NZ's biggest Marsden Pt is now well on track to become the "super port" for New Zealand - regardless of the Port of Auckland's determination to remain an international facility, says Northland Port Corporation chairman Mike Daniel. (The Northern Advocate, 30 October 2007)

Tour shows i-Site staff how HB ticks Almost 40 i-Site staff from around the North Island are visiting Hastings and Napier this week to find out what makes the Bay tick so they can sell our region to the rest of the country.(Hawke's Bay Today, 30 October 2007)

Hint of shell shock at plans Concept plans for Hawke's Bay's new museum complex is already drawing comparisons but don't mention Art Deco - it's much more armadillo. (Hawke's Bay Today, 30 October 2007)

Tsunami brochures released The Christchurch City Council and Environment Canterbury are releasing informational brochures about tsunamis to the public this week. (Environment Canterbury, 30 October 2007)

Call for nominations - closing this Friday! Nominations are now open for the Bulls, Turakina and Hunterville Community Commitees, and the McIntyre and Turakina Reserve Management Committees. Nominations close on 2 November 2007. (Rangitikei District Council, 30 October 2007)

Swearing In and First Meeting of new Whangarei District Council The swearing in ceremony for Whangarei's new Mayor and District Councillors will take place in the Council Chamber at Forum North, Rust Avenue, Whangarei, tomorrow (Wednesday 31 October) at 10 am. (Whangarei District Council, 30 October 2007)

Vandals target Botanic Gardens A night of vandalism on Saturday at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens saw the Children’s Playground targeted with blue paint and several playground items broken. (Christchurch City Council, 30 October 2007)

Far North District Council Recount An application for a recount has been lodged with the District Court by Les King, a Value for Ratepayers candidate who polled 15 votes behind successful Far North District Council candidate Laurie Byers. (Far North District Council, 30 October 2007)

Tour of Southland - Temporary Road Closure Crown Range Road users are being asked to take particular note of a short road closure scheduled for next week. The Tour of Southland cycle race will mean the road is closed between 1-2.30pm on Thursday 8 November. (Queentown Lakes District Council, 30 October 2007)

Esplanade Master Plan Meeting Draft options for the proposed improvements to the Victoria Esplanade will be presented at a public meeting on Tuesday, November 6, at 7pm at the Community Leisure Centre in Ferguson Street.(Palmerston North City Council, 30 October 2007)

Cracker Night for Declaration The inaugural City Council meeting where the new Mayor and Councillors will make their declarations is being held on Monday, November 5. (Palmerston North City Council, 30 October 2007)

Second Public Sculpture Planned A second sculpture that will enhance the inner-city will be installed early next year. (Palmerston North City Council, 30 October 2007)

Duddings Lake Rangitikei District Council met last week and confirmed its position on the future operation of Duddings Lake Reserve & Motor Camp. (PDF, Rangatiki District Council, 30 October 2007)

Horowhenua District Council Noticeboard for Saturday 27 and Wednesday 31 October. (29 October 2007)

Liquor Licensing Authority Backs Policy A test-case decision issued by the Liquor Licensing Authority (LLA) has backed the Queenstown Lakes District Council?s new liquor policy, imposing 4am closing in the district. (Queentown Lakes District Council, 29 October 2007)

Pellets could slash pollution If every person in Rotorua with a wood fire switched to clean burning wood pellet burners, 322 tonnes of dust will disappear. (The Daily Post, 29 October 2007)

Nomination closing date extended The closing date for nominations for the Far North District Council’s 2007 Citizens Awards has been extended. (Far North District Council, 29 october 2007)

Feedback Sought on South Coast Reserve Land Plan Wellington City Council plans to declare some of its freehold land on the South Coast as reserve and is seeking feedback on the various reserve classifications proposed. (Wellington City Council, 29 October 2007)

Mike Grant returns from North American Study Tour Ensuring that land managers play an active role in fire management was one of the key things Mike Grant learnt on his recent month long study tour to North America. (PDF, Southland District Council, 29 October 2007)

Coming Our Way: A Brighter, Spruced-up Aquatic Centre By this time next year both the indoor and outdoor areas of the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre will be brighter, tidier and more exciting following a revamp. (New Plymouth District Council, 29 October 2007)

Local government tipped to lead on electronic voting Christchurch City Council electoral officer Max Robertson sees online voting as a distinct possibility for the next local body elections, a year earlier (Computer World, 29 October 2007)

$30 million tourism windfall for Wairarapa Thirty million dollars of extra tourist spending is set to wash through Wairarapa in the next six years. (Wairarapa Times-Age, 26 October 2007)

Cyclists and walkers may get to use bridge The Harbour Bridge may have cycle and walkways added. Photo / Kenny Rodger Cyclists and pedestrians have a chance of realising their dream being able to cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge - as a spinoff from a $45 million project to strengthen its two "clip-ons". (NZ Herald, 27 October 2007)

Departing Dillon says give piers a chance Defeated Tauranga councillor Mary Dillon has urged the city to "take a cup of tea for a while" over the controversial museum-on-a-pier project. (Bay of Plenty Times, 26 October 2007)

Lifting the starfish to build up mussels Fifteen hundred starfish were removed from the waters between Rabbit Island and Leisure Island yesterday in a bid to save a Kiwi culinary icon - the green-shelled mussel. (Bay of Plenty Times, 26 October 2007)

$120m village planned for prime coastal site One of the Bay's biggest retirement villages, costing $120 million, will be built on prime coastal Maori-owned land that has remained idle while the rest of Tauranga has mushroomed around it. (Bay of Plenty Times, 26 October 2007)

Alexandra Water Supply –Taste/Odour Update The taste and odour problems in the Alexandra water supply have reduced significantly over the past few weeks. (PDF, Central Otago District Council, 26 October 2007)

Irish President to Unveil Plaque at Frank Kitts Park Irish President Mary McAleese will be in the capital on Tuesday 30 October to unveil a plaque in Frank Kitts Park. (Wellington City Council, 26 October 2007)

Nite Flite: Getting People Home Safe and Sound after a Night on the Town A brand new, low-cost, door-to-door scheme to get people home safe and sound after a night out on the town is about to be piloted in Whangarei. (Whangarei District Council, 26 October 2007)

Investiture ceremony for new Council Clutha mayor Juno Hayes and Councillors were sworn into office at the Inaugural meeting of the 2007 - 10 Clutha District Council last night (Thursday 25 october) (PDF, Clutha District Council, 26 October 2007)

Fireworks and liquor bans this Guy Fawkes Auckland City Council has put a fireworks and liquor ban in place along Tamaki Drive from Saturday, 3 to Tuesday, 6 November 2007. (PDF, 26 october 2007)

Organisation design review Environment Canterbury has recently reviewed its organisational structure. ECan chief executive Dr Bryan Jenkins says the current functional structure was designed to deliver statutory processes, whereas the organisation is moving more to a community outcomes approach. (Environment Canterbury, 26 October 2007)

First phase of oil clean_up completed The Taranaki Regional Council will today complete an initial beach clean-up after oil washed on to about 10 km of the coastline west and south of Okato this week. (PDF, Taranaki Regional Council, 26 October 2007)

Resource Consent Applications Flood Hutt City Council Hutt City Council is working hard to cope with an overload of resource consent applications. Staff normally process between 30 and 40 resource consents per month. In September HCC received 72. To date this month (25 October) 68 applications have been lodged. (26 October 2007)

Otago Regional Council chairperson elected for second term Otago Regional Council's chairperson is Stephen Cairns, who was elected for a second term at today's first meeting of the new council. New councillors were sworn in, then elected Cr Cairns as chairperson, unopposed. (Otago Regional Council, 25 October 2007)

Community Ownership Of Engineering Under full community ownership, a new name and a new manager, it's business as usual at Queenstown Lakes District Council's engineering service delivery organisation. (Queenstown lake District Council, 26 October 2007)

Where there's a will, there's a whey You’ve heard of Miss Muffett who sat on a tuffet eating her curds and whey, well, in a unique scheme, Massey University, Fonterra and the City Council are studying ways to help her get rid of her whey and give her more energy. (PDF, Palmerston North City Council, 26 October 2007)

Council Learns It’s a Leader in Building Accreditation Franklin District Council has learnt it is one of the first seven councils in New Zealand to be registered and accredited as a Building Consent Authority. (26 october 2007)

Councillor Styles re-elected Deputy Mayor Councillor Roger Styles was re-elected unopposed for a second term as Deputy Mayor of Hutt City at the inaugural meeting of the new council last night. (Hutt Citu Council, 26 October 2007)

Results Released in Kids Voting Project The votes are in and the results are clear: The district’s teenagers think along almost the same lines as adults when it comes to voting for councillors. (New Plymouth District Council, 26 October 2007)

Cleaner air Rangiora and Kaiapoi, subsidy pathways explored Proposed rules to reduce air pollution in Rangiora and Kaiapoi have been approved by Environment Canterbury at its last council meeting of the 2004-07 term. The proposed variation to the Air Plan will be publicly notified on Saturday, October 27. People will then have six weeks until December 7, to comment. (Environment Canterbury, 25 October 2007)

Make Sure Your Spring Clean Doesn’t End in a Spring Flood! Franklin District Council is reminding residents that roadside open drains need to remain clear of vegetation and rubbish or roads will flood in heavy rain. (PDF, 25 october 2007)

Meeting To Discuss Flood Measures At Kaeo The Whangaroa community will have a further opportunity to learn more about progress on flood recovery initiatives and long term strategies for Kaeo flood protection at a public meeting scheduled for Monday 05 November. (Far North District Council, 25 october 2007)

It just grows and grows Auckland city's favourite floral festival, the Parnell Festival of Roses, signals summer is blooming. On Saturday, 10 and Sunday, 11 November, Parnell will come alive for the annual festival - the first of more than 60 free Auckland City Council events planned for this summer. (Auckland City Council, 25 October 2007)

Debbie Packer named deputy mayor South Taranaki’s new mayor, Ross Dunlop, has chosen a newcomer to the council as his deputy. Debbie Packer, who stood unsuccessfully for the mayoralty, was one of four new councilors sworn in at the inaugural meeting on October 24. She is one of two councilors representing the district’s southernmost Patea ward. (South Taranaki District Council, 25 october 2007)

Landmark Oak Trees Ring-barked Whangarei District Council Parks staff have branded the people who ring-barked three heritage trees in Morningside as "vandals of the most vicious and irresponsible variety." (PDF, Whangarei District Council, 25 october 2007)

Population set to peak at 5m New Zealand's population is expected to grow for some time yet, but the rate of expansion will drop as the number of deaths catches up, then overtakes the national birth rate. (NZ Herald, 25 October 2007)

We've got the power! Wanganui has the raw ingredients to become an economic powerhouse over the next decade, Business New Zealand chief executive Phil O'Reilly said yesterday. (Wanganui Chronicle, 25 October 2007)

Buchanan likely to be rolled in council coup Greater Wellington Regional Council chairman Ian Buchanan looks certain to be ousted from the top spot by former Wellington mayor Fran Wilde in a coup that threatens Wairarapa's already weakened representation on the council. (Wairarapa Times-Age, 24 October 2007)

Tourism targets Hokianga Backpackers will now be able to spend more time on Northland's West Coast, thanks to a changed itinerary by an award-winning bus company. (Ther Northern Advocate, 23 October 2007)

Harbour highway steps up a gear Construction of Tauranga's $131 million four-lane expressway to Mount Maunganui enters an exciting new phase next week with the boring of the project's first permanent piles. (Bay of Plenty Times, 25 October 2007)

Mayor Tim unveils sculpture at Anderson Park Art Gallery Mayor Tim Shadbolt unveiled a commemorative sculpture today at Anderson Park Art Gallery to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the founding of Invercargill. The sculpture titled „Confluence‟ was created by well known Invercargill artist Russell Beck. (PDF, Invercargill City Council, 25 October 2007)

Major Project Planned to Resurface Mangorei Rd A key arterial route in New Plymouth will receive specialised attention to fix its road surface problems. (New Plymouth District Council, 24 october)

Convention Centre Leads with Environmental Action Wellington Convention Centre has embraced environmental sustainability by becoming the first conference and events venue in New Zealand to achieve the ISO 14001 series of environmental standards. (Wellington City Council, 24 october 2007)

Fresh beginnings with launch of new Southland look The changing face of the Southland region with its dynamic and positive growth has led to the launch of a fresh, new Southland brand logo. (PDF Venture Southland, 24 october 2007)

Oil washed up on Taranaki Coastline Taranaki Regional Council staff early today began cleaning up oil that has washed on to an estimated 10 km of the coastline west and south of Okato. (PDF, Taranaki regional Council, 24 October 2007)

Cromwell Community Plan Survey Over 470 responses were received to the Cromwell community plan survey. This information will provide valuable insight into the makeup of the Cromwell community. (PDF, Central Otago Regional Council, 24 October 2007)

ECan chair re-elected, new deputy Sir Kerry Burke has been re-elected chairperson of Environment Canterbury and North Canterbury councillor Jo Kane is the ECan deputy chairperson. (Environment Canterbury, 24 october 2007)

Rugby Museum to Stay in Palmerston North THE New Zealand Rugby Museum ended weeks of speculation on its future today by announcing its desire to stay in Palmerston North and seek a co-location arrangement with Te Manawa in the heart of the CBD. (Palmerston North City Council, 24 October 2007)

Long-serving councillor Don McGregor resigns Mayor Michael Laws today said he had "accepted with regret" long-serving councillor Don McGregor's resignation for health reasons. (Wanganui District Council, 24 october 2007)

Roading network's significant outcome PLANS for a more efficient roading network between Feilding and Palmerston North received a significant boost with the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by the Manawatu District and Palmerston North City Councils and Transit NZ. (Manawatu District Council, 24 October 2007)

New Group Manager appointed Kapiti Coast District Council has appointed a new Group Manager Assets and Services, Chief Executive Leigh Halstead announced today. (PDF, Kapiti Coast District Council, 24 October 2007)

NPDC Ranks Well in National Rates Data Figures released following the Government’s recent Rates Inquiry reveal that New Plymouth District has the 14th lowest per capita rating in the country. (New Plymouth District Council, 24 october 2007)

New Mayor and elected members sworn in at Council meeting Rick Cooper, the new Mayor for Taupo and fellow newcomer Bernhard Chrustowski got their first taste of officialdom at the inaugural Council meeting yesterday. (PDF, Taupo District COuncil, 24 October 2007)

Subdivision guide wins award The Best Practice Subdivision Guidelines developed by the Kapiti Coast District Council and consultants Urbanism Plus won the Resource Management Law Association’s award in 2007. (PDF, Kapiti Coast District Council, 23 October 2007)

Supergold, super hit on buses Horizons Regional Council’s SuperGold bus promotion has been a hit with card holders. (PDF, Horizons Regional Council, 23 October 2007)

Balclutha pool closed until further notice Balclutha’s swimming pool will be closed until further notice after strong winds this morning tore a hole in the roof of the pool building. Clutha District Council Corporate Services Manager Alan Dickson said repairs would begin as soon as weather conditions allowed. (Clutha District Council, 23 October 2007)

Galeforce winds cause damage to Invercargill and Bluff Uprooted trees, wind blown wheelie bins and recycling crates are just some of the many issues Invercargill City Council staff have been dealing with today. (Invercargill City Council, 23 October 2007)

Check for Loose Iron Ahead of Next Storm Householders are being urged to check their properties for loose iron and boards, and make repairs before the next gales hit Southland. (PDF, Environment Southland 23 October2007)

Migration to be Commemorated at Waitangi Park Anyone who has walked by Waitangi Park in the last few days will have seen a new 30 tonne, seven-metre tall sculpture or pou, Te Waka Pou, by New Zealand artist Ra Vincent. (Wellington City Council, 23 October 2007)

Have Your Say About Indoor Sports Centre Design, Traffic Wellington City Council is giving the community a chance to find out what the Indoor Community Sports Centre at Kilbirnie will look like and to hear the latest information about what impact the Centre is likely to have on traffic in the area. (Wellington City Council, 23 October 2007)

Sarjeant Gallery Senior Curator appointed Wanganui's Sarjeant Gallery has appointed Greg Anderson as Senior Curator. The Senior Curator role is the lead management position at the Sarjeant. Mr Anderson brings a range of experience to the role. (Wanganui District Council, 23 October 2007)

Explore Brighton's unique biodiversity and geology at coastal day this weekend Brighton's plants, marine life and sand dunes will be explored at a coastal day being organised by the Otago Regional Council (ORC). (23 October 2007)

$400,000-plus for lakeside site More than $400,000 has been paid for a prime 1ha (two and a half acres) residential lifestyle site on the shores of Lake Kohata on the Wiritoa Lakes Estate subdivision, Wanganui sole agent Clive Gibbard said yesterday. (Wanganui Chronicle, 23 October 2007)

South Island population tops one million The South Island's population has topped one million for the first time.
NZ Herald, 23 October 2007)

Facelift suggested for downtown area A study has been launched that could change the face of Tauranga downtown's fringe residential areas. (Bay of Plenty Times, 23 October 2007)

Celebrate World Town Planning Day! On Thursday, 8 November, planners and communities worldwide in over 30 countries will celebrate World Town Planning Day to raise awareness on how urban and regional planning helps to build healthy, sustainable and vibrant communities. (New Zealand Planning Institute, 23 October 2007)

Citizens & Ratepayers’ secret weapon: Maurice Williamson The former minister of information technology and communications personally developed the database applications that allowed C&R to target crucial voters (Computer World, 23 october 2007)

Firefighters battle as high winds whip flames Strong winds fuelled this forest fire (pictured) in Rissington on Saturday, blowing over pine trees as firefighters fought the 2ha blaze. The gusty winds, reaching 40km/h, caused havoc for firefighters on the ground and the helicopters above. (Hawke's Bay Today, 22 October 2007)

Horowhenua District Council Noticeboard - 20 October

VIRGINIA Lake is open again. The "keep out" signs were removed from the lower walkway yesterday afternoon, after the Wanganui District Council received advice the lake was no longer a danger to the public. (Wanganui Chronicle 20 October 2007)

Death of a city landmark For 14 years Napier City Council arborist Dean Mare has fought to save one of the city's historic pohutukawa trees, which is full of rot and crushed under the weight of its canopy. (Hawke's Bay Today 20 October 2007)

Art gallery's funding may be slashed by 50% Dramatic changes in the city council could see funding for Tauranga's Art Gallery slashed by 50 per cent over the next five years and the route of the $85 million southern pipeline changed. (Bay of Plenty Times, 20 October 2007)

Rodney first in Auckland to have building consent accreditation Rodney District Council is leading the way in the Auckland Region by being the first council to be accredited as a Building Consent Authority. (PDF, 19 October 2007)

Mayor's e-Column - 19/10/07 The dust settles (Wanganui City Council, 19 October 2007)

First operator accredited under new system A new accreditation system is allowing forestry operators in the Bay of Plenty to cut through the red tape and get on with their work. (PDF, Environment Bay Of Plenty, 19 October 2007)

New legislation brings welcome transport changes Local Government New Zealand welcomes the changes that will result from the Public Transport Management Bill and the Land Transport Management Amendment Bill, both
which were introduced to Parliament this week. (Local Government New Zealand, 19 October 2007)

Southland District Council’s Building Team First in the South! Southland District Council’s building control section learned today that it is the first in the south to be accredited as a building consent authority. (19 October 2007)

Horizons prosecutes again HORIZONS Regional Council is standing by its promise to get tough on people who damage the environment and says it wants to send a clear message that offences will not be tolerated. (PDF, 19 October 2007)

Council Improves Customer Service Through New Phone System Callers to the Waitaki District Council Head Office, Oamaru Public Library and North Otago Museum should experience improved customer services shortly. (PDF, 19 October 2007)

Uruti Bay sewage incident Far North District Council contractors have moved quickly to isolate a faulty valve at the Russell wastewater plant and contain a moderate sewage spill into Uruti Bay this morning. (19 October 2007)

Tararua’s Above Average Voting Leaves No Room For Complacency As the dust settles on the 2007 local body election results a frenzy of speculation has erupted regarding low voter turnout and the possible causes. (PDF, Tararua District Council, 19 October 2007)

New Council Busy from Next Week The inaugural meeting of the new Council will take place in the Oamaru Repertory Theatre in Itchen Street on Tuesday 23 October at 12:15pm.(PDF, Waitaki District Council, 19 october 2007)

Visiting Bus Spreads Anti-Violence Message. Franklin District Council is once again supporting the South Auckland Family Violence Prevention Network „Choose 2 B Violence Free‟ week. (PDF, 19 October 2007)

International acclaim beckons for aspiring New Zealand filmmakers Thanks to Auckland City Council’s strategic alliance with Hamburg, signed in April 2007, animators across New Zealand have the chance to step onto the international stage in June 2008 and win a prestigious international film accolade. (PDF, Auckland City Council, 19 October 2007)

Horizons prosecutes again HORIZONS Regional Council is standing by its promise to get tough on people who damage the environment and says it wants to send a clear message that offences will not be tolerated. (Horizons Regional Council, 19 October 2007)

It’s Anniversary Season for Pukekura Park New Plymouth’s Pukekura Park will chalk up three significant milestones this summer season. On 6 November it will be 100 years since The Rec Board changed the park’s name from The Recreation Ground (or ‘The Rec’) to Pukekura Park. (new Plymouth District Council, 19 October 2007)

RC proposes Kaeo flood plan Nearly $2 million worth of work to try to prevent Kaeo from flooding again should start within the next year, if the funding can be guaranteed. The Northland Regional Council has proposed $1.8 million worth of work on the Kaeo River, with funding to be sourced from the Far North District Council and the Government. (The Northern Advocate, 18 October 2007)

Climate change is the new big business Last week I attended a hui with the Ministries for the Environment and Agriculture and Forestry and their presentation to Maori landowners on the emission trading scheme and New Zealands future international climate change commitments. (Stratford Press, 17 October 2007)

Guy vows to overturn new bylaw banning boy racers THE bylaw banning boy racers from Tauranga's industrial areas faces the axe by the city council's new power base. (Bay Of Plenty Times, 18 October 2007)

Milford Community Trust holding Strategic Planning Workshop The Milford Community Trust is to hold its first strategic planning workshop in Milford and Te Anau at the start of next month. (PDF, Southland District Council, 18 October 2007)

How satisfied are you? As part of its on-going commitment to actively seek public opinion and involvement, the Rangitikei District Council is conducting a survey of its residents. (PDF, Rangatikei District COuncil, 18 October 2007)

Card competition for creative kids Hastings District Mayor Lawrence Yule is inviting young people in the area to assist him in creating a Christmas card and a Chinese New Year card for the upcoming festive season. (Hastings District Council 18 October 2007)

Healthier alternatives to getting in the car The need to address the effects of increased motor vehicle use on public health and the environment is a top priority in the draft Regional Land Transport Strategy, released this weekend for consultation by Environment Canterbury (ECan). (18 October 2007)

Waste exchange service an exciting concept An innovative concept in the recycling of waste materials has been launched in Timaru District aimed specifically at the business community. (PDF, Timaru District Council, 18 October 2007)

Roadside grazing request issued FARMERS in the Manawatu District who graze livestock on the roadside are being urged by council to appropriately fence the animals to ensure drains are protected. (Manawatu District Council, 17 October 2007)

One Week Left to Register for Second-hand Sunday Description: Kamo, Whangarei Heads and Ngunguru people clearing out garages and sheds in the annual Labour Weekend clean-up may avoid paying for a trip to the tip - if they register for Second-hand Sunday! (Whangarei District COuncil, 17 October 2007)

Tuatara take tuhua a step closer to restoration Tuhua Trust Board and Ngaiterangi Kaumaatua Hauata Palmer blessed thirty tuatara, New Zealand‟s iconic living dinosaur, before they were released last Thursday by Department of Conservation (DOC) staff on Tuhua Island (Mayor), in the Western Bay of Plenty. (PDF, Department of Conservation, 17 October 2007)

Labour day fatigue stop - WAIOEKA GORGE For the fourth year running a Fatigue Stop/Driver Reviver will be held at the Manganuku Department of Conservation Campsite, Waioeka Gorge, State Highway 2 on Labour Day. The Gorge is infamous for being a ‘trap’ for drivers and has had a high crash record over consistent periods of time in recent years. (PDF, Whakatane District Council, 17 october 2007)

Have your say on proposed new footpaths The Clutha District Council has adopted its $1.5 million footpath renewal plan and will soon be calling for submissions on its draft $1.9 million new footpath plan. (PDF, Clutha District Council, 17 October 2007)

Taranaki War Graves Receive Special Visit Taranaki’s involvement in World Wars One and Two and will be remembered during Labour Weekend with the visit of the Vice-Chairman of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. New Plymouth District Council, 17 October 2007)

Developer confident $5.6m pier will go ahead Tauranga's $5.6 million replacement for Coronation Pier remains on track to be built - despite the near certainty the newly elected city council will ditch the planned downtown waterfront museum.(Bay of Plenty Times, 17 October 2007)

Monster wind farm would be one of world's biggest Contact Energy's proposed giant wind farm south of Port Waikato, with 218 turbines standing 150m high, could be among the biggest in the world. (NZ Herald, 17 October 2007)

Young River Update 17 October The Young River dam remains stable and in tact despite recent earthquake activity off the coast of Fiordland. (PDF, Otago Regional Council, 17 October 2007)

Pack, Back and Attach Community Road Safety in conjunction with Coastguard and NZ Police will be running a free information day on Saturday 20 October at the Alexandra Boat Ramp. “This is an opportunity for people who regularly tow boats, caravans or trailers to come along and have their trailers go through a safety check” (PDF, Central Otago District Council, 17 October 2007)

A Showcase Event not to be Missed Choosing to be a leader in best practice is Central Otago District Council’s commitment to helping to create a sustainable future for Central Otago. Council is proud to be supporting Otago Polytechnic’s What’s Best Expo to be held at the Cromwell Campus in Molyneux Ave, this Saturday, during Labour weekend. (PDF, Central Otago District Council, 17 October 2007)

‘People’s broadband’ out-strips official efforts in Nelson region People are moving ahead of both the government and telcos with the construction of a viable community people’s broadband network in the Nelson-Marlborough region, says Chris O’Connell. (Computer World, 16 October 2007)

Mother-friendly buses introduced Metlink is introducing new buses in Wairarapa that are capable of showing travellers the utmost respect  they can kneel on command. Rob Braddock, Greater Wellington Regional Council contract and quality team leader, said the new buses allow easier access to the new Metlink Wairarapa buses for mothers with buggies and people in wheelchairs. (Wairarapa Times-Age, 16 October 2007)

Disputed tower's future up in the air A group of Clive property owners has asked that a 50m-tall communication tower be built somewhere other than in their "backyards". The Hastings District Council's hearing committee is likely to ask for a second site visit to Clive today, where Shureview Radio and TV proposes the tower. (Hawke's Bay Today, 16 October 2007)

Bold bid to rid Strand of crime at night Excessive drinking and crime have prompted Tauranga City Council to take action to make The Strand safer after dark. (Bay of Plenty Times, 16 October 2007)

Ohope Escarpment Drainage Project Whakatane District Council has awarded the contract to build the stormwater and wastewater reticulation system in the Otarawairere/Cliff and Brown Road area. (Whakatane District Council, 16 October 2007)

Offsite catalogue launched for Library Week Clutha District Libraries is celebrating Library Week (October 15-21) with the launch of its new offsite library catalogue and web pages. (PDF, Clutha District COuncil, 16 October 2007)

Earthquake Shakes Southland An earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter Scale shook Southland at 1.29am today. Information from Geonet indicates that the quake was centred off the Fiordland coast, 60km from Milford Sound and at a depth of 24km (Environment Southland, 16 October 2007)

Ohau Reserves Development Continues with Community Planting Day This Saturday, Ohau Village residents, Waitaki District Council staff and others with an interest in local reserves will continue implementing a gradual mass enhancement plan for reserves in and around the village by participating in a community planting day. (Waitaki District Council, 16 October 2007)

Plans to separate operations of museum and libraries Posted On: Tuesday, 16 October 2007 Hamilton City Council CEO Michael Redman has announced the separation of City Libraries and Waikato Museum into stand-alone entities. (Hamilton City COuncil, 16 October 2007)

Liquor Licensees get Pat on Back A greatly improved performance by liquor-licensed premises in the district have left the police and NPDC’s District Licensing Agency smiling. (New Plymouth District OCuncil, 16 October 2007)

Nelson Live Issue 211 - Most resent issue of Nelson City COuncils fortnightly newspaper. (16 October 2007)

Big plans to reduce Kaeo flood risk Several million dollars worth of works – including new and improved stopbanks, channel-widening and raising homes, school and commercial buildings – are being proposed in a bid to reduce the risks to flood-prone Kaeo properties. (Northland Regional Council, 16 october 2007)

Community input sought for Fiordland Tourism Plan Destination Fiordland is about to embark on a strategic planning exercise to explore potential future strategies for the Tourism Industry in Fiordland. (PDF, Destination Fiordland, 16 October 2007)

Earthquake Shakes Southland An earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter Scale shook Southland at 1.29am today. Information from Geonet indicates that the quake was centred off the Fiordland coast, 60km from Milford Sound and at a depth of 24km. (Environment Southland, 16 October 2007)

We need to change the way we vote Changes to the way we vote are needed. Wanganui voters can pat themselves on the back for delivering one of the highest voter turnouts in the country in the local body elections, but the time has come to seriously review the method of voting. (Wanganui District Council, 15 october 2007)

Advocacy As A Council Tool The council is seeking public discussion on a draft advocacy policy as part of a goal initiated by its Economic Development Plan. (PDF, Tararua District Council, 15 October 2007)

One of Wellington’s most colourful events, the Pelorus Trust Sky Show, returns to Wellington on Monday 5 November. "The Sky Show is an iconic event – it attracts around 100,000 spectators from around the region and it is the first in a brilliant series of events in Wellington this summer," says Wellington City Council Event Coordinator Rebecca Hardie. (Wellington City Council, 15 October 2007)

We want to reward the Bay of Plenty’s environmental heroes. Environment Bay of Plenty’s Environmental Awards celebrate people and organisations who are helping the environment. (Environment Bay Of Plenty, 15 October 2007)

High Density Plan Changes Decision The decision on the plan change package collectively known as the 'high density plan changes' will be notified this week, Queenstown Lakes District Council senior planning analyst-housing Scott Figenshow said. "The council is notifying its decision on Plan Changes 6, 8 and 10. An executive summary is being mailed to all submitters this week with a CD containing the full decisions," Mr Figenshow said. (Queenstown Lake District Council, 15 October 2007)

North Shore position on Whenuapai will not affect Waitakere Waitakere City Council is disappointed that new North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams does not support the Whenuapai airport proposal, but says it will make no difference to Waitakere’s plans. (PDF, Waitakere City Council, 15 October 2007)

Memo: Annette Main... get over it! Re-elected Horizons councillor Annette Main has been given a public telling off by Wanganui Mayor Elect Michael Laws today, after public comments made during the election campaign and then again after the election results were made public. (Wanganui District COuncil, 15 October 2007)

Victory this Time says Council The City Council is putting its “energy” into the New Zealand Energy Awards in Auckland on November 1. The Council has been nominated for three categories in the awards which are held annually by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). (Palmerston North City council, 15 October 2007)

Eden Park row erupts as new mayor makes promise Plans for the 2011 Rugby World Cup took a major hit last night as incoming Auckland Mayor John Banks promised to pull all ratepayer funding from the Eden Park upgrade - and received strong backing for his stance from a dominant right-wing council. (NZ Herald, 14 October 2007)

'Catastrophic failure' warning on Harbour Bridge The Auckland Harbour Bridge is suffering from the load of heavy trucks. Auckland Harbour Bridge has been at risk of "catastrophic failure", says an official report that undermines earlier assurances that the bridge's wear and tear poses no major safety problems. (NZ Herald, 14 October 2007)

City retailers demand compo for roadworks Retailers hit in the pocket due to disruption from the Dickens Street upgrade are seeking compensation from Napier City Council. (Hawke's Bay Today, 13 October 2007)

Votes en route won't count People have just one day left to cast a vote in the local body elections with a record low turnout predicted for many councils throughout the country. (NZ Herald, 13 October 2007)

Scientists join battle to save lake SCIENTIFIC big guns will roll into action later this month to further assess issues and solutions for curing Wanganui's ailing Virginia Lake. (Wanganui Chronicle, 13 October 2007)

Mayor sees huge upside to civic site partnership A partnership with huge advantages was how mayor Garry Moore described the city council's joint venture with Ngai Tahu to buy the NZ Post building in Hereford St and redevelop it as a new civic building. (The Star, 12 October 2007)

Carterton to have unsworn officer Carterton has won the battle to have an unsworn officer at its police station. Mayor of Carterton Gary McPhee said yesterday police are now seeking an unsworn officer for the Carterton police station for four hours a day, possibly at first from 10am to 2pm. He said Carterton District Council have already agreed to fund an extension of the hours if needed, under the Resource Management Act regarding community well-being and safety. (Wairarapa Times - Age, 12 October 2007)

Councillor Penny Hulse helping towards a sustainable future Waitakere City Councillor Penny Hulse has been appointed to the board of New Zealand’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (NZEECA). (PDF Waitakere City Council, 12 October 2007)

Voter Returns and Election Night Announcement Voter returns for Wellington City are currently 34.48 percent, this compares to 37.49 percent at the same stage in 2004. (Wellington City Council, 12 October 2007)

Nominations sought for committees With the election results likely to be confirmed any day now, the Council is kickstarting the process of re-forming several community-based committees, and is seeking nominations from residents. (PDF, Rangitikei District Council, 12 October 2007)

Young River Update No observable changes have occurred in the Young River Lake over the last three days. The lake remains full and continues to overflow the dam face without any incidents. (PDF, Queenstown Lake District Council, 12 October 2007)

Council Acts on Contaminated Stormwater Discharge Southland District Council is actively seeking to isolate the cause of an unusually high recording of bacteria in a stormwater discharge to part of Lake Te Anau. (Southland District Council, 12 october 2007)

Jazzfest Opening Set to Impress A spectacular outdoor opening concert is set to rock the opening of the 2007 ASB Jazzfest, Jazzfest Trust musical director Harvey Maguire said. (Queenstown Lake District Council, 12 October 2007)

This Week Marks A Milestone In Far North District Plan Development The Far North District Council’s District Plan is officially 98 per cent operative this week, (week beginning Monday October 15) marking a milestone in deliberations that have spanned years of negotiation, mediation and hearings. (12 October 2007)

Tempting Tropicals Christchurch Botanic Gardens is marking World Rainforest Week by presenting a walking tour featuring noted botanist Bill Sykes on Tuesday October 23. (PDF, Christchurch City Council, 12 October 2007)

Child Safety Focuses on Bikes and Water Keeping children safe while swimming or cycling is the focus of New Plymouth District Council’s efforts during KidSafe Week. (new Plymouth District Council, 12 October 2007)

Enthusiasm Positive Sign For Kerbside "Recycling fever has hit the Wakatipu Basin in the run up to the start of kerbside collection in nine days time," Queenstown Lakes District Council solid waste advisor Dr Linda Wright said. (Queentown Lake District Council, 12 October 2007)

Paihia Sewage Pipeline Replacement Advances Good progress is being made on the Paihia sewage pipeline replacement project with contractors currently laying pipes in Selwyn Rd as they work their way towards the town centre. (far North District Council, 12 October 2007)

Calling all creatures of the night to Auckland Zoo Blow the cobwebs off your broomsticks between Nickelodeon Boo at the Zoo is back to bring you a “spooktacular” Halloween, from 6pm to 9.30pm Saturday 27 October. (PDF, Auckland City Council, 12 October 2007)

Drive-through voting in Hamilton Haven’t got time to post your vote in to make it on time to count. That’s no problem in Hamilton because on Saturday morning from 8am to 12 noon a drive-through voting service will be operating in the Anglesea Street car park by the main Council building. (Hamilton City Council, 12 october 2007)

Wynyard Quarter open space on the mark Refining concept plans for Wynyard Quarter has led Auckland City Council and the Auckland Regional Council (ARC) to double the proposed size of public open space on the 36ha piece of waterfront land from, 3.5ha to 7ha.(PDF, Auckland City Council, 11 October 2007)

Council Staff Farewell Outgoing CEO. Franklin District Council held a farewell morning tea for its outgoing CEO Phillippa Wilson at the Council Offices today. (PDF, 11 October 2007)

Beach development decision at Ohiwa Spit defies commonsense and climate change.Council decision has national implicationsThe Opotiki District Council has just issued a decision by which it has approved the construction of a house on an erosion-prone sand spit in spite of the applicant’s own advisors saying it will be inundated by coastal storms within the next 6 to13 years. )PDF, Opotiki District Council, 11 October 2007)

Newly-elected council to make airport decisions Auckland City Council will not make a decision on voting for the directors of Auckland Airport until after the local body elections, despite media reports to the contrary. (PDF, 11 October 2007)

Waiuku Town Centre Stormwater Improvements. Franklin District Council has more good news for Waiuku – Council reports that they are approximately 70% of the way through the Waiuku Town Centre Stormwater Improvement project.(PDF, 11 October 2007)

Residents Concerned that An Unique Part of Southland’s Landscape May Disappear A group of residents in the Castledowns/Dipton West area are very concerned that a significant limestone formation in the area, which is part of the Northern Southland Heritage Trail, is being quarried by Ravensdown. (Southland District Council, 11 October 2007)

New Bylaws Come Into Effect From 15 October, the General Bylaws 1995 will be replaced by three new bylaws covering public places, trading in public places, and advertising signage. (Rangitikei District Council, 11 October 2007)

"White Planet" advance screening to help wildlife Auckland Zoo is inviting nature lovers to attend a special advance screening of "The White Planet" next month to help raise funds for the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund. (Auckland City Council, 11 October 2007)

Getting the latest election results Members of the public and members of the media will be able to obtain initial Waitakere City Council elections results on Saturday 13 October sometime after 12.30pm. These will not be complete but a progress report only. They will be available on the council website. (Waitakere City Council, 11 October 2007)

Waitakere decides its ideal New Lynn transport concept plan Waitakere City Council has signed off on its concept plan for the New Lynn bus and rail development project, and it is due to start work by the end of the year. The project – called the Transport Oriented Development (TOD) – calls for the railway and station to be placed in a trench, to have a new bus terminal located right alongside, new road connections and a variety of other improvements. (Waitakere City Council, 11 October 2007)

MAXX bus or train to Ambury Farm Day On Sunday 14 October, Aucklanders can take the kids for a ride on a MAXX bus or train to Ambury Farm Day, which is held between 10am and 4pm at Ambury Regional Park. A great way to Ambury Farm Day is to catch the free shuttle bus, which leaves Otahuhu train station for Ambury Regional Park (travelling via Mangere Bridge Township) every hour between 9.45am and 2.45pm. (Auckland Regional Transport Authority, 11 october 2007)

Re-Appointment to QAC Queenstown Airport Corporation director Bill Walker has been reappointed to the board by the Queenstown Lakes District Council, QLDC chief executive Duncan Field said. (Queenstown Lake District Council, 11 October 2007)

Site of new Civic building chosen Christchurch City Council has chosen the NZ Post building in Hereford Street as its preferred site for the new Civic Building. (11 October 2007)

Lakeview Project Progressing The Lakeview project is progressing well with the council having approved the selection of two participants to take to part in a request for proposal (RFP), Queenstown Lakes District Council chief executive Duncan Field said. (Queenstown Lake District Council, 11 October)

Investment advisor appointed South Taranaki District Council has appointed Mercer Investment Consulting to provide advice on how to get the best returns on its $100 million Long Term Investment Fund. (11 October 2007)

Council concerned about contamination of stormwater systems Recent pollution of urban waterways has prompted the Taranaki Regional Council to remind the public and businesses not to contaminate stormwater systems. (Taranaki Regional Council, 11 October 2007)

Electors are Taking Their Time to Vote Palmerston North people are continuing to take their time to return their voting papers in this year’s local authority elections. (Palmerston North City Council, 11 October 2007)

Clean Audit Report Pleases Council Environment Southland has received the seal of approval from its auditors for its Annual Report for 2006-07. In one of their final acts before their term expires on Saturday, Councillors formally adopted the document that measures the Council’s achievements against the intentions signalled in year one of its Long Term Council Community Plan. (Environment Southland, 10 October 2007)

Hunter Downs Irrigation Scheme officer's report on ECan web Environment Canterbury today released its officer’s report for the proposed Hunter Downs Irrigation Scheme in the Waitaki Valley catchment. Hearings for the proposal begin on October 29 in Timaru. (Environment Canterbury, 10 October 2007)

Major Leap Forward for East Taupo Arterial Highway Project October 10 2007 The granting of resource consents for the East Taupo Arterial highway and separate confirmation of substantial funding assistance from Land Transport New Zealand has been hailed as “outstanding news” for the project. (Taupo District Council 10 October 2007)

Queentown Lakes District Annual Report 2007 The Queenstown Lakes District Council is entering a period of strong delivery with a number of key projects delivered, rolling out or set to do so, QLDC chief executive Duncan Field said in his commentary for the 2007 Annual Report. (10 October 2007)

Cheer on the final four Aucklanders are being urged to adopt a team to support as the Rugby World Cup 2007 reaches semi finals time. Rugby fever will continue at Auckland City Council's free live site, located at the Marine Events Centre (135 Halsey Street, Viaduct Harbour), with the final four games to be shown live on a big screen. (auckland City Council, 10 October 2007)

Forestry Burn-offs Set for Makara Area A series of large fires are to be lit in the Takarau Gorge area – between Johnsonville and Makara Beach – in the next few weeks to burn waste wood left after the logging of a pine forest in the area. (Wellington City Council, 10 October 2007)

Final Call for Votes – 26.6 Percent of Votes Returned It’s not too late to have your say in the city’s local body elections but if you miss the post tomorrow, you’ll need to hand-deliver your voting papers to make sure they are included in the count. (Wellington City Council, 10 October 2007)

Countdown to Festival With only five days to go until the official launch of the 2007 ASB Jazzfest at Queenstown, the excitement is hotting up. "It's all happening, the banners are going up around Queenstown, the buskers are warming up, ticket sales are really heating up and we are poised for an incredible nine days," JazzFest Trust Chairman David Cole said. (Queensyown Lake District Council, 10 October 2007)

NPDC Ahead of the Game with New Drinking Water Standards Stringent new standards for drinking water in New Zealand will not cause any problems for New Plymouth District. (New Plymouth District Council, 10 October 2007)

Support for aviary staff NUMEROUS messages of sympathy and support have been received by the Manawatu District Council after caged birds at the Kowhai Park Aviary were shot last week.Parks and Reserves Manager, Albert James, said there had been a great deal of public reaction to the incident in which a sulphur-crested cockatoo and a New Zealand wood pigeon (kereru) were killed, as well as a wild muscovy duck. (Manawatu District Council, 10 October 2007)

Phones snapped up fast! Whangarei residents were quick to respond to an offer of free plug-in telephones, snapping up all 100 telephones supplied by Telecom following the power cuts and storms in July. (Whangarei District Council, 10 October 2007)

Bus connection for Inglewood A community problem that put the global spotlight on Inglewood is about to be addressed. (Taranaki Regional Council, 10 October 2007)

Generous support from the Alexander McMillan Trust The Oamaru Opera House Centennial and Public Open day celebrations held on Sunday 7 October provided the perfect opportunity for Mayor Alan McLay to proudly announce
that news had recently been received confirming Trustees of the Alexander McMillanTrust had granted the Opera House Encore project $78,229. (Waitaki District Council, 10 October 2007)

New centre to focus on solutions to climate change Prime Minister Helen Clark and Minister of Research, Science and Technology Steve Maharey announced today that all nine Crown Research Institutes and Canterbury and Victoria Universities are collaborating to establish the New Zealand Climate Change Centre. (New Zealand Government, 9 October 2007)

Ocean Beach buy-up on hold Possible land acquisition to secure public access to Ocean Beach has been put on hold while the Hastings District Council determines the outcome of a private plan change for housing development at the beach site. (Hawkes Bay Today, 9 October 2007)

Ageing city halls under spotlight The future of Tauranga's ageing network of council-owned halls is to be decided as part of a study into the city's community facilities. (Bay of Plenty times, 10 October 2007)

Barriers victory for killer rail crossing Barrier arms will be installed within six months on the Maketu rail crossing where two siblings were killed in June when a log train ploughed into them. (Bay of Plenty times, 10 October 2007)

Christchurch City Council collects a slew of awards Call it a touch of class, call it a move towards excellence. The Christchurch City Council featured well in the Best Awards from the Design Institute of New Zealand in Auckland last week. (PDF, Christchurch City Council, 10 October 2007)

Final chance to have your say Clutha District Council is reminding residents and ratepayers they only have until midday Saturday to have their say in this year’s local body elections. (9 October 2007)

Brooklands to Sparkle with Fireworks Spectacular Early November will see the TSB Bank Fireworks Spectacular return to the TSB Bowl of Brooklands. (New Plymouth District Council, 9 October 2007)

Emergency Water Containers - $10-a-pop in Civic Square It’s Disaster Awareness Week until Saturday 13 October – and as part of its programme to encourage emergency preparedness, Wellington City Council is holding a sale of purpose-built water containers in Civic Square. (Wellington City Council, 9 October 2007)

Summer exhibition celebrates artistic achievements of longest running school of art A showcase of work by some of New Zealand’s best artists – Art School 125 – is the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu’s major summer 2007-08 exhibition (Christchurch City Council, 9 October 2007)

Think ahead to cope with chaos This week (7-13 October) is Disaster Awareness Week and Taranaki people are being reminded of the disruption that will accompany any large-scale emergency. (Taranaki Regional Council 9 October 2007)

New footbridge proposed at Johnson Park Construction is expected to start within a month on a new footbridge over the Waiomio Stream at Johnson Park, Kawakawa. (Far North District Council, 9 October 2007)

Waiau River overtops banks, one family moved out overnight Monday, 8 October 2007 One family moved out as precautionary measure in low-lying area near Waiau River, North Canterbury, Hurunui District (Environment Canterbury, 8 October 2007)

Free Plug-in telephones for first few visitors Whangarei District Council has 80 old-fashioned, touch-tone plug-in telephones to give away to the first 20 people to call in at their Hikurangi and Ruakaka Service Centres, and the first 40 people to call in to the Forum North Service Centre during "Disaster Awareness Week" October 7-13. (Whangarei District Council 8 October 2007)

Horowhenua District Council Noticeboard 6 - 10 October 2007

National Disaster Awareness Week - advisory notes The overriding theme of this year's National Disaster Awareness Week is “Six Days of Emergency Preparedness”, with each day having its own dedicated survival theme. The overall aim is to raise Cantabrians' awareness and need to prepare for emergencies. (Environment Canterbury, 8 October 2007)

Heart of The District Nominations Open Nominations open today (Monday) for the sixth annual Heart of the District Awards. (Queenstien lake District Council, 8 Octboer 2007)

Christchurch Peace Bell Pavilion wins national silver The Peace Bell Pavilion at Christchurch Botanic Gardens was awarded a Silver at the BeST Design Awards in Auckland on Friday.(PDF, Christchurch City Council, 8 October 2007)

Rental Assistance Available for Community Groups Organisations have just three more weeks to get in their applications for the Betty Campbell Accommodation Assistance fund. (Wellington City Council, 8 October 2007)

The Tourism Catlins Trust welcomes the new Freedom Camping Policy the Clutha District Council issued on the 20 September 2007. (Venture Southland, 8 October 2007)

Kiwi kids talk peace with Japan School children from Waitakere and Christchurch are set to take part in a ground-breaking new initiative that will see them exchange views on world peace with their counterparts in Hiroshima, Japan. (PDF, Waitakere City Council, 8 October 2007)

Pyes Pa and city infill lead growth Housing growth in Pyes Pa is surging and subdivided sections in Tauranga's more established suburbs are leaving traditional growth areas such as Papamoa behind. (Bay of Plenty Times, 8 October 2007)

Flood warnings as NZ rocked by wild weather Wild weather- lightning, torrential rain and high winds - rocked New Zealand over the weekend, with more of the same predicted for the next 24 hours. (new Zealand Herald, 8 October 2007)

Big rig arrives for Kupe gas project work Development of the offshore Taranaki Kupe gasfield is taking a big step forward with the arrival from Singapore of the rig that will drill the project's three production wells. (new Zealand Herald, 8 October 2007)

Earthquake risks for Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes Come alont to a free public talk and hear Associate Professor Time Davies, one of NZ's leading geomorphologists, speaking about the risks of an earthquake along the alpine fault, and possible consequences for your district. (PDF Queenstown Lake District Council, 8 October 2007)

Register jetskis, Northlanders told Anyone using a jetski in Northland waters must ensure it is registered from next month as local authorities crack down on bad behaviour by users. (Northland Regional Council, 8 October 2007)

Best Served Chilled All military activities are banned there. Yet without the military, scientific research on Antarctica would be less fruitful and less satisfactory than it is today. (PDF, Christchurch City Council, 8 october 2007)

River and emergency staff monitoring Waiau River Hurunui District civil defence and emergency management staff and Environment Canterbury’s river and flood team have been monitoring over the weekend as the Waiau River rose 30 cumecs (cubic metres per second) between 7.10 and 8.15 pm tonight. (Environment canterbury, 7 October 2007)

Will you survive the big one? IF disaster struck in Rotorua tomorrow, more than 65 per cent of us would be totally unprepared. (Rotorua Daily Post, 6 October 2007)

Rocky road for CBD crim ban? Repeat offenders may soon be cleared out of Rotorua's central business district. District councillors have voted to send to Parliament a local bill to give police the power to ban repeat offenders from the central city for three months. (Rotorua Daily Post, 6 October 2007)

Council ready to assist Norsewear Mayor Michael Laws confirmed today that his office had been in contact with clothing manufacturer Norsewear, seeking clarification as to the future of the Wanganui manufacturing plant and the employment of workers there. (Wanganui District Councul, 5 October 2007)

Deadline looms for Ballance Farm Environment Awards Canterbury farmers are being strongly encouraged to enter this year’s Ballance Farm Environment Awards.(PDF, 5 October 2007)

Deal to create NZ’s newest town centre One of New Zealand’s biggest development deals announced today will see the creation of the new town centre of Flat Bush in Manukau. (Manukau City Council, 5 October 2007)

Young River update The level of the new lake in the upper Young River Valley, Mount Aspiring National Park, continued to rise overnight with less than half a metre clearance now remaining to the crest of the dam.

Speed Limit Changes Started on 01 October 2007. One October saw the introduction by Franklin District Council of speed limit changes within the District. The widest reaching of these changes was the introduction of a 50 kph speed limit on all Franklin District beaches (excluding the existing 20 kph limit in the1 km zone at Karioitahi Beach). (5 October 2007)

'Get tough on graffiti' Mayor Michael Laws today said the incoming Council needs to "get tough on dealing with graffiti" following an upsurge in incidents in recent months. (Wanganui District Council, 5 October 2007)

Paihia Waterfront: New passenger services building opens Far North Holdings Ltd officially opened the company’s new ferry passenger services building on the Paihia Wharf today. (PDF, Far North District Council, 5 October 2007)

Forget the Bling-Bling: Do the Whanau Thing Local agencies are working together to help families prepare for a fun, low-cost Christmas. (New Plymouth District Council, 5 October 2007)

Beijing Olympic Sculptures Come to Capital The Beijing Olympic Games – or at least the 2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture Contest Exhibition - comes to Wellington on Friday 12 October. (Wellington City Council, 5 October 2007)

City Honours Commitment to Safety Wellington City Council has honoured individuals and organisations for their contribution to safety in the city. (Wellington City Council, 5 October 2007)

Mokorua Scenic Reserve pest control Whakatane District Council will on Monday 8 October start possum and rodent control in the Mokorua Bush Scenic Reserve using Pindone pellets and Feratox placed inside mounted bait stations. (PDF, Whakatane District Council, 5 October 2007)

'Live Nelson' Issue 210 Nelson City Council Community News. (October 4 2007)

Architecture’s role in a design-led city Urban design, affordable housing and sustainability are features of this year‟s Auckland Architecture Week from 15 to 19 October. (PDF, Auckland City Council, 4 October 2007)

Waitakere City leads new initiative to achieve water savings Waitakere City is actively working with suppliers of water-effficient products to assist ratepayers to reduce water demand in the city. (4 October 2007)

Graffiti removal costs council $150,000 a year Removing graffiti from council-owned property costs the Far North District Council around $150,000 a year with most of the funds spent on community assets such as halls, toilets, sports complexes, playgrounds and other amenities.(PDF, Far North District Council, 4 October 2007)

$20,000 fine for serious Mamaranui Dairy pollution A Mamaranui dairy farmer has been fined $20,000 for what the sentencing judge described as one of the most serious and persistent cases of dairy effluent pollution he had seen. (Northland Regional Council, 4 October 2007)

Close eye kept on Young River dam for imminent overtopping Equipment set up to monitor the newly-formed dam and lake in the upper Young River Valley is giving continual readings in Makarora and will detect any overtopping and breaching of the slip. (Otago Regional Council, 4 October 2007)

SH1 improvements for Amberley finalised! The long running subject of safety upgrades on SH1 (Carters Road) through Amberley is now settled, thanks to amendments agreed between Transit NZ and Hurunui District Council. These follow representations rom the business community after their observations of traffic behaviour since the works were installed in June. (PDF, Hurunui District Council, 4 October 2007)

Otago Regional Council recognises Mt Stuart Reserve work The environmental enhancement work carried out by the Mt Stuart Recreation Reserve Management Committee will be recognised this Saturday, October 6 with the presentation of an Otago Regional Council Environment Award. (Otago Regional Council, 4 October 2007)

Update of road works on V8 track 4 to 19 October The following roads works are scheduled to be undertaken during the period of Thursday 4 to Friday 19 October as part of the programme of works preparing the track for the Hamilton 400 V8 Supercars street race to be held in Hamilton 18–20 April 2008. (Hamilton City Council, 4 October 2007)

Kids Get to Have Their Say in Election The power of the ballot box will be in the hands of hundreds of high school children next week as they take part in the Kids Voting project. (New Plymouth District Council, 4 October 2007)

Elements Carnival is Back “Elements” is a free community show at Arena 2 on Sunday October 14 from 6-9.30pm. It has been custom-designed especially for the Manawatu to tell the many stories of our province. (Palmerston North City Council, 4 october 2007)

Landfill fee increases in line with new kerbside Hand in hand with the introduction of kerbside recycling in Queenstown this month will see the projected increase in landfill fees, Queenstown Lakes District Council solid waste advisor Dr Linda Wright said. (PDF, Queenstown Lakes District Council, 4 October 2007)

Second Tender for Solid Waste Services Released Yesterday Council released the second tender document for the district’s future solid waste services. This second stage tender (Request for Proposals II) is requesting solutions and quotes from parties selected through the first stage tender (Request for Proposals I) in 2006. (Waitaki District Council, 4 October 2007)

Impressive results in Bay of Plenty eDay For immediate release: Wednesday 3 October 2007 Bay of Plenty residents cleared their homes of nearly 50 tonnes of old computer equipment and mobile phones last weekend in New Zealand's first national eDay.(PDF, Environment Bay of Plenty, 3 October 2007)

City park rangers want cats in Travis Wetland area belled The birds of Travis Wetland in Christchurch - some of them very rare - are under threat from cats hunting all the way into the central wetland. (Christchurch City Council, 3 October 2007)

Birds shot at Feilding aviary THREE of the dead birds at Kowhai Park. The muscovy duck (top) and the kereru (bottom) were shot, but the quail is believed to have died from stress. THREE youths were involved in the shooting and killing of caged birds at the Kowhai Park Aviary in Feilding last night with some of the incident recorded on a cell phone owned by one of the offenders. (Manawatu District Council, 03 October 2007)

Voters Hurry Up – Get Your Votes In! Wellington City’s local body election is off to a steady start with 15.3 percent of votes returned in the first eight days of voting. (Wellington City Council, 3 October 2007)

Flood protection work underway Sections of river works either side of the Fitzherbert Bridge are first to be addressed as part of a significant and ongoing programme of improvements to raise the standard of floodprotection for Palmerston North. (Horizonz Regional Council, 3 October 2007)

Dannevirke Town Centre Refurbishment Underway Monday 1st October saw the commencement of the 45 weeks required for the Dannevirke Town Centre refurbishment. With breaks scheduled over Christmas and for part(s) of winter, a final completion date is set for 8 December 2008.(PDF, Tararua District Council, 3 October 2007)

Totara Reserve's new stopbanks A MAJOR stopbank construction project is nearing an end at Totara Reserve Regional Park as the scheduled 2007-08 work programme for the popular Pohangina Valley camping-picnicking spot gathers momentum. (Manawatu District Council, 3 October 2007)

Bylaws tipped to address beach driving concerns New bylaws could be developed to address ongoing public concerns about risky and environmentally harmful driving on Northland’s beaches. (PDF Northland Regional Council, 3 october 2007)

Preferred Development Proposal for Vine St Selected The first step in the revitalisation of Whangareis Central Business district has been taken with selection of a preferred proposal to develop a public transport Hub, carpark and associated buildings on the Vine Street/Walton Street/Rose Street corner. (Whangarei District Council, 3 October 2007)

Waitakere City leads new initiative to achieve water savings Waitakere City is actively working with suppliers of water-efficient products to assist ratepayers to reduce water demand in the city. (3 October 2007)

Celia Lashlie and Norm Hewitt to Visit Franklin Again Celia Lashlie and Norm Hewitt will be back visiting Waiuku in October and excitement is starting to grow about their two public events. (Franklin District Council, 3 October 2007)

3-2-1-ZERO makes huge impact on amount of rubbish to landfill Operators of New Zealand’s first three-bin kerbside waste management system 3-2-1-ZERO have heaped praise on the Timaru District’s urban householders who in just 12 months have achieved a massive 67 per cent kerbside diversion of waste to landfill.(PDF Timaru District Council, 3 October 2007)

Temporary Closure of Coastal Walkway’s Top Route Preparations to repair tornado damage to Placemakers’ building has seen part of the top route of the Coastal Walkway closed to pedestrians for a few days. (New Plymouth District Council, 3 October 2007)

Flood Management Deadline Two Days Away and Only 17 Submissions Whangarei District Council staff are disappointed by the seeming apathy of townspeople who have not responded to calls for feedback on multi-million dollar flood management proposals for the town centre. (2 October 2007)

Airport opening postponed The planned official opening of Wanganui's refurbished airport has been postponed until later this month. Due to the construction delays caused by bad weather and the resultant inability to have the airport completed, Mayor Laws said it was decided to postpone today's official opening. (Wanganui District Council, 3 October 2007)

ECan releases annual report Environment Canterbury last week adopted its annual report for 2006-07. The report is a summary of where the regional council’s rates and income has been spent and the council’s major projects. It will be available at local council offices and libraries and from ECan’s website from October 3. (PDF 2 October 2007)

Performing Arts Trust offers Funding Young artists have until November 5 to make application for the Palmerston North Performing Arts Trust’s “Next Step” annual scholarships. (Palmerston North City Council, 3 October 2007

Burmese to Hold Peaceful Rally in Square The Burmese community in Palmerston North are holding a peaceful rally in the Square on Saturday afternoon to raise concerns about the repression and violence in their home country. (Palmerston North City Council, 3 October 2007)

Pacific Blue Funds City's Methane Gas Plant Palmerston North City Council Chief Executive, Paddy Clifford, is delighted that the city’s methane gas plant which creates renewable energy will receive funding through Pacific Blue’s carbon offset programme. (Palmerston North City Council, 2 October 2007)

Younger Voters Will Have Their Voice The council is offering younger voters in Tararua the chance to have their say in the upcoming elections by registering with the joint government and local body initiative “Kids Voting”.(Tararua District Council, 2 October 2007)

Healthy Competition For Push Play Month Sport Tararua District Co-ordinator Pip Hubbard is laying down the gauntlet. In the name of some healthy competition she is inviting businesses keen to improve their fitness levels to form a team and challenge other businesses throughout the Manawatu in a month long ‘Workplace Hikoi.’(Tararua District Council, 2 October 2007)

More Recreational Opportunities? The district may soon have more walking tracks and access-ways to rivers, at no cost to the ratepayers.(Tararua District Council, 2 October 2007)

Govt legislation a step forward for better public transport services in Auckland The Government's new public transport management legislation, which was tabled in the House today, will help provide a better framework to achieve more efficient, affordable and effective public transport services in Auckland that meet the needs of the public, says the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA). (2 October 2007)

Virginia Lake: We will win Mayor Michael Laws today said that Virginia Lake would not be abandoned to its fate and that "every step that we can take, we will in restoring this asset as an attractive, inviting, family-friendly feature". (Wanganui District Council, 2 October 2007)

One Plan submissions in The submissions are in – all 466 of them – and now the real work begins. The period for late submissions to the One Plan, an umbrella environment management plan from Horizons Regional Council, ended on Sunday, September 30.Horizonz Regional Council, 2 October 2007)

Bayswater Ferry Terminal Development Open Days Update Open Days to give interested parties an update on the proposed new ferry passenger terminal at Bayswater Wharf will be held by the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) at St Michael's Church Hall, 159 Bayswater Avenue on Saturday 6 October 2007, 10am to 1pm, and Monday 8 October 2007, 4pm to 7pm. (ARTA, 2 October 2007)

Goodbye to Two Long Serving Community Board Members This year’s election marks the end of local body politics for two long serving Community Board members. June McCoubrie (Onewhero – Tuakau Community Board) and Ted Lever (Waiuku-Awhitu Community Board) have both chosen to stand down – and after 15 years and 10 years respectively you would have to say they deserve a break! (Franklin District Council 2 October 2007)

Conference Industry reps in south New Zealand’s key conference industry representatives begin converging in Invercargill today (NB: Tuesday 2 October) for their 31st annual conference and AGM. (Venture Southland, 2 October 2007)

Emergency storage tank reduces sewage overflow risk Contractors working on an emergency sewage storage tank are meeting engineering challenges head-on as they battle excess water and difficult soil conditions on the Puketona Road site.(PDF Far North District Council, 2 October 2007)

Legal fight puts supply at risk: grid operator Transpower says legal appeals against its ability to increase electricity current along high-voltage overhead lines through Auckland may jeopardise supply security north of the harbour bridge.(New Zealand Herald, 2 October 2007)

Family joins tributes to veteran Pakuranga politician The sudden death of long-time Pakuranga councillor Neil Morrison has left family and friends in shock. (The Aucklander, 2 October 2007)

Dock workers go on strike More than 250 workers walked off the job today to bring the country's largest port to a virtual halt and threatening supplies of goods to shops.(New Zealand Herald, 2 October 2007)

Last Call for Enhanced Task Force Green Assistance They have cleared paddocks, repaired fences, chainsawed trees and performed all manner of tasks, since their work of cleaning up rural Northland properties began following the March and July storms. (Whangarei District Council, 1 October 2007)

ROTORUA is being invaded by one of the world's most invasive insects - the argentine ant. The invasion has concerned the city's leaders so much they want Environment Bay of Plenty to take action and eradicate them.
Environment Bay of Plenty says argentine ants are not widespread in Rotorua but has confirmed five infested areas.(Rotorua Daily Post, 1 October 2007)

Mayor works on strategy to tackle graffiti Whangarei Mayor Pamela Peters is meeting with police this week in an effort to stem the district's rising tide of graffiti. (The Northern Advocate, 1 october 2007)

Matakohe museum to grow with help from ASB trust Northland's largest under-cover attraction, the Matakohe Kauri Museum, has received nearly half a million dollars to fund its planned upgrade. (The Northern Advocate, 1 october 2007)

Burglaries down as Bay crime plummets Crime has plummeted across the Western Bay with huge drops in burglaries and car thefts _ despite a booming population. (Bay of Plenty Times, 1 October 2007)

Call for stronger dog bylaw A Napier woman wants to see tougher dog control bylaws in the city after she and her brother were "rushed at" by a roaming dog while walking on an urban street. (Hawke's Bay Today, 1 October 2007)


Lake behind Young River landslide close to overtopping-caution The lake behind the massive landslide blocking the Young River in the Mount Aspiring National Park is close to overtopping, and people in the Makarora Valley are warned to keep well away from low-lying areas and move stock to higher ground. (Otago Regional Council, 1 October 2007)

Flare sparks search An emergency flare, spotted in the area of Two Mile Creek, near Queenstown, at approximately 9pm last night (Sunday) sparked a search of Lake Wakatipu. (PDF Queenstown Lakes District Council, 1 October 2007

Thanks for All the Stories, Driver Wellington photographer Alison Jones is both ecstatic and relieved that the culmination of a year’s work is finally going on display at Toi Pôneke Gallery next Thursday 11 October.(Wellington City Council, 1 October 2007)

Statue of Mahatma Gandhi to be unveiled in Wellington A life-size bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the major Indian spiritual and political figure noted for his commitment to non-violence, will be unveiled tomorrow (Wellington City Council, 1 October 2007)

Conference & Events Expo Essential for First-timers People biting their nails over what to do for their company’s Christmas event or which caterer to choose for that upcoming conference should get down to the TSB Bank Arena on Wednesday 17 October.(Wellington City Council, 1 October 2007)

Room to improve dairy shed effluent management Environment Canterbury’s dairy shed compliance monitoring report for the 2006/07 year shows that 40% of dairy farms complied fully with their effluent discharge consent conditions. Another 42% could easily have complied with regulations but did not do so. (ECan, 1 October 2007)

Getting down to crunch time Come and watch the Rugby World Cup 2007 live on big screens, support your favourite team and feel the rugby fever at Auckland City Council's free live site. Located at the Marine Events Centre (135 Halsey Street, Viaduct Harbour), the live site is sure to buzz as crunch time approaches. (Auckland City Council, 1 October 2007)


Papakura names its business winners The innovative public information systems company TouchNZ is the 2007 Stevensons Papakura Business Excellence Award Supreme Winner. (PDF, Papakura District Council, 29 September 2007)

 

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