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Council rejects new test results from King Salmon's team of private scientists video

NZ King Salmon produces about 8000 tonnes of king salmon a year.

When NZKS got stung for damaging the seabed under one of its farms, it thought there was something fishy about the results.

MBIE's Manukau regional hub plans on track

In September last year the then State Services Minister Chris Hipkins told Stuff the Labour Party was ready to “hit the ...

A Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) proposal to build a regional service centre in Manukau appears to still be on the table.

Resolution in sight after 'insulting' newsletter

Ōpōtiki councillor Louis Rapihana says he will withdraw a letter he sent to Meng Foon, Race Relations Commissioner (pictured)

A Māori councillor 'criticised' for speaking te reo will withdraw a complaint to the Race Relations Commissioner ahead of a meeting with its author.

'Twisted' timber bridge needing 'significant' repairs to be pulled from reserve

Evan Robinson and Robyn Stephen on the Doctor's Creek bridge, due to be replaced because it has significant engineering ...

The council was going to shift the old footbridge to a walking track in the country, but it was deemed "unsuitable" even for that.

Developer funds used to buy back reserve

The Marlborough District Council has used fees collected from a housing subdivision to buy the subdivision's reserve.

Playground in Blenheim subdivision purchased using funds handed over by same developer.

Support, heat on councillor after explaining Māori wards vote video

Gisborne councillor Debbie Gregory posted on Facebook earlier this week in response to lobby group Hobson’s Pledge ...

Debbie Gregory was "rocked" by backlash against a call made without iwi consultation, and now says "Māori must be on the decision-making table".

Anxiety mounts over Government pause on Franz Josef flood work video

The Waiho Bridge in Franz Josef was taken out by flood waters in March 2019.

Government officials have put the brakes on the $24 million project to shore up the flood walls around Franz Josef Glacier village and build a new bridge over the wild Waiho River.

BBQ hui the inspiration behind new police station

The new Taneatua police base has been progressed by police in partnership with iwi and the community and looks to be a ...

After their last police station was destroyed by fire, the Police decided to take a new approach to designing Tanetua's new one.

Three Waters reforms and what they mean for Auckland video

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says Watercare’s assets should remain under Auckland Council's ownership as part of the ...

Under the government's planned reforms, water services would be operated by a small number of publicly owned multi-regional entities.

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