Four farming families vying for Auckland environmental award

Four local farming families have made it to the regional finals of the 2019 Ballance Farm Environment Awards, which celebrate good farm practices and promote sustainable land management. This year’s Auckland regional finalists are James, Nicola,...... Read More

Turpie rewrites the record books

What looked like almost certain defeat was turned into one of the most remarkable wins in Mid Canterbury Cricket’s history on Saturday and a youngster playing in just his second Hawke Cup game was the man to thank. Richard Turpie, 18, produced...... Read More

Black Caps and Bay Oval – the best yet to come

Around 12,000 people packed into the Bay Oval for the Black Caps’ two One Day Internationals with Sri Lanka, and left smiling with their day out in the sun and two wins for the home team. Yet there remains a feeling the best is still to come...... Read More

Let’s honour our local heroes

The New Year’s Honours and Queen’s Birthday Honours lists recognise those New Zealanders who contribute to our communities.  They come from all walks of life and the contributions they make are as diverse and eclectic as the recipients....... Read More

Water levels uncomfortably low in Matata

Calls to conserve water in the Matata area are being echoed by the Whakatane District Council. The council warned residents last week that the water supply was “reaching an uncomfortable low”. “The reticulation system has been thoroughly...... Read More

Croquet players brave the heat

Croquet returned to the grass at the Waireka Croquet Club for the first time in 2019 on Saturday, and Pauline Scott was among those who braved the sweltering conditions to play. While plenty of players turned out at Waireka on Saturday, some of their...... Read More

Grass flush has mowing crews working long hours

A perfect combination of warm temperatures and rain has combined to produce prodigious grass growth in Wellington. As residents with big lawns and grass berms will have learned in the past few weeks, the grass has been growing at an exhaustingly-rapid...... Read More

Restricted fire season

Fire and Emergency NZ have placed a Restricted Fire Season status on the Kaipara District from December 1, regardless of the current weather situation, in preparation for the upcoming summer season. Members of the public are required to apply for...... Read More

Apply now for Storylines Author Tour

Would you like New Zealand’s top children’s authors and illustrators to visit your school, early childhood centre or library? Well now’s your chance, as applications are now open to be included on the fabulous 2019 Storylines Author...... Read More

DHBs announce their Christmas Day menu

Palmerston North and Whanganui Hospitals will be serving their patients a delicious Christmas menu beginning with a traditional Christmas Day dinner at midday. Patients can choose to have roast lamb or roast chicken served with roast vegetables, baby...... Read More