DOC investigates power co blocking access to reserves

Department of Conservation staff in Whangārei have been forced to climb fences to visit its reserves to investigate complaints that Northpower is blocking public access to them. The power company has installed locked gates to keep people away from...... Read More

Man dead after car and truck crash

A section of State Highway 35 near Gisborne that closed following a fatal car crash has reopened. Emergency services were called to the scene of the crash, involving a car and a truck near Makarori Beach Road about 9pm. A man, who was driving the...... Read More

Little help for Gisborne’s homeless

At nightfall, the homeless in Gisborne have nowhere to go. While most other major centres have a drop-in night shelter, the city has never had one. The number living on the streets is unknown - with estimates ranging from six to 40 depending who you...... Read More

Māori musicians celebrated

Tauranga's Ria Hall is one of many Maori musicians to be walking away victorious at this year’s Waiata Māori Music Awards. The singer-songwriter who hails from all three Tauranga Moana tribes including Ngati Ranginui, Ngai te Rangi and Ngati...... Read More

Gisborne port authorities disappointed in iwi appeal

The port authorities in Gisborne have expressed disappointment over an appeal planned against expanded facilities for the export of logs. They said they needed to rebuild 60-year-old wharves and reshape a derelict 1920s-era slipway to cope with a wall...... Read More

Slips and flooding possible in Hawke’s Bay

A heavy rain warning remains in place for parts of Hawke's Bay as a low pressure system covers the East Coast. MetService said a further 70 to 100 millimetres of rain was forecast in the ranges, with 50 to 60 millimetres elsewhere in the district. It...... Read More

Gisborne Chamber of Commerce September Quarterly

The Gisborne Chamber of Commerce belongs to the “northern cluster” of chambers, so I meet regularly with chamber representatives from Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Tauranga, Taupo, New Plymouth, Rotorua, Te Awamutu and Whakatane. In support...... Read More

One dead another injured in East Coast crash

One person has died in a single vehicle crash on the East Coast. The crash happened just before 1pm on Wednesday on State Highway 35, south of Tologa Bay, says a police media spokesperson. "A second person in the vehicle was taken to hospital...... Read More