Andrew Little enters Pike River portal

  Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little, and Pike Family representatives Anna Osborne and Sonya Rockhouse have entered the Pike River Mine portal. “Today we walked together into the mine portal to demonstrate...... Read More

Whangarei mayor disappointed in decision to shelve highway

The mayor of Whangarei Sheryl Mai says she's stunned by the government's decision to shelve plans for a safer road to Auckland. Ms Mai said Transport Minister Phil Twyford has told Northland mayors and other leaders that the previous government's...... Read More

Rolleston commuter rail queried

A Selwyn public transport advocate remains sceptical over proposals to link Rolleston and Christchurch by commuter rail. The government has recently released a 10-year transport plan, which will shift focus from state highway upgrades to light rail...... Read More

Fish friendly guidelines landed

Freshwater fish will have a better chance of survival under guidelines launched today, says Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today. “Some freshwater fish need to be able to move freely between lakes, rivers, streams and the ocean in order...... Read More

Replacement found for Stage Challenge

Hundreds of young musicians and performers will get their first shot at stardom at new school arts events later this year, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Mr Hipkins pledged support for a new event after the organiser of Stage Challenge...... Read More

Mycoplasma bovis compensation payouts commitment

The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to helping farmers affected by the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis receive their due compensation, and is working hard to process all current claims. MPI’s Director of Response, Geoff Gwyn says...... Read More

NZ first tsunami high ground in Tauranga

Tauranga City Council has made history with the official opening of the first purpose-built tsunami high ground in Australasia by the Minister of Civil Defence, Kris Faafoi. “This tsunami high ground is the culmination of years of ground breaking...... Read More

Luxton dismisses oil and gas claims

Hinds-based Labour list MP Jo Luxton has dismissed Rangitata MP Andrew Falloon’s claim that the Government’s decision not to grant any new oil and gas exploration permits will hurt regional New Zealand, labelling his comments as scaremongering. Falloon...... Read More

Phil Goff recovering after unplanned surgery

Auckland's mayor Phil Goff is recovering in hospital after unplanned surgery. His office won't give details but said Mr Goff would remain in hospital for a couple of days, and return to work in a week. Mr Goff returned late last week from...... Read More