Community concerns about future transport arrangements for Queenstown schools are being worked through.
Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Woodhead has advised that the council is continuing to work through the process of selecting and appointing a Chief Executive to serve from the end of Peter Bodeker’s five-year contract, but at this point have reached the conclusion that the next appointee should come from outside the organisation.
We’ve had some feedback that bus-users want to know ways to find their nearest bus stop, to help plan their bus journey around Dunedin.
Potentially toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) has been collected from the Tomahawk lagoon in Dunedin, prompting a warning from the Otago Regional Council for people (and dogs) to avoid contact with the waters of the lagoon.
We have updated our guidance for schools on Universal Design for Learning.
A dumpling supplier in Christchurch has been ordered to pay more than $15,000 by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) after a Labour Inspectorate investigation found breaches.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has welcomed the release of a report that forecasts New Zealand’s cross reality sector will reach over $320 million in annual revenue and employ double the number of people within two years.
A member of a Wellington-based pāua poaching operation has been banned from fishing for 3 years and ordered to serve 7 months home detention after earlier pleading guilty to more than 20 charges under the Fisheries Act.
A South Waikato ginseng producer is ready to approach potential investors to increase its production and exports with the help of funding of up to $40,000 from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
New Zealand’s primary industry exports are forecast to rise 9.3% over the next year on the back of strong dairy prices and a return to normal productivity levels, according to MPI’s latest quarterly update to its Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries.
Two Primary Growth Partnership programmes have taken out Innovation Awards at tonight’s New Zealand Innovation.
The Ministry of Education is to survey all Kāhui Ako between 25 October and 8 November, to update the results of our first survey, conducted in 2016.
Conservation Minister Maggie Barry is encouraging New Zealanders to get out and enjoy their own backyards and make a difference locally during Conservation Week which starts today.
Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith have today congratulated New Zealand’s leading hi-tech companies for achieving a combined annual global revenue of $10 billion for the first time.
The number of online job advertisements remained steady with an increase of 0.4 per cent in September 2017 and 9.6 per cent over the year, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Jobs Online report.
A construction company in Auckland has been penalised $6000 by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) after a Labour Inspectorate investigation found breaches of record keeping.
New Zealand Chinese Language Week,16-22 October, aims to get New Zealanders to ‘give Chinese a go’
We’ve received a lot of positive feedback about bus drivers recently from our bus ambassadors and from bus users via our Facebook page. Many people are reporting their experiences of our Dunedin bus drivers as generally friendly, courteous and especially helpful to passengers trying to negotiate recent changes to the bus services.
A high-tech tent hospital has improved New Zealand’s ability to save lives and give emergency health care when disasters strike at home or in the wider South-West Pacific region.
State Highway 1 at Otaki is closed following a serious crash just before 4pm near the main roundabout. Initial reports indicate it involved at least one vehicle and a pedestrian. The pedestrian has been taken to hospital in a serious condition.
Diversions in place for the serious crash at Otaki this afternoon have been extended. Traffic is being diverted off State Highway 1 at Mill Road, Waerenga Road, and Rahui Road. The Police Serious Crash Unit is investigating what happened.
Attributable to Detective Sergeant Dave Wishnowsky, Manawatu CIB: Police are appealing for information about a robbery in Palmerston North in which an elderly female victim was tied to a chair in her home. One male offender has entered a residential property on Church Street, between Victoria Ave and Albert Street, between 9am and 9:30am today.
The road has now re-opened following a serious single-vehicle crash near Dunedin this afternoon. Emergency services were called to the scene at the intersection of Tirohanga Road and Outram-Mosgiel Road at 3pm. Any witnesses to the incident who have not yet spoken to police are asked to make contact with Dunedin Police as soon as possible.
Please attribute to Detective Constable Donald Peat: Police continue to search for 63-year-old Gordon Mclean, who has not been seen since 3pm Thursday afternoon. Mr Mclean is considered very frail and Police have serious concerns for his welfare. He was not located yesterday after extensive searching, so the search continues today.
Attributable to Detective Sergeant Lex Bruning Overnight on the 15th of October at about 2.20am an altercation between two groups of people at Z Service Station High Street Motueka As a result, a 29-year-old male was assaulted and hospitalised with head injuries.
Canterbury Police are attending an incident at Waimakariri River, where one person has died. The accident involved a jet boat and occurred at approximately 10:50am this morning. There are no other injuries. Next of kin are currently being advised.
Canterbury Police can now release the name of the man who died on the Waimakariri River following a jet boat accident earlier today. He was 47–year-old, Duayne Barry Insley from Glenorchy. The incident occurred at approximately 10:30am, Sunday 15 October, 2017 during the upstream leg of the World Championship Jet Boat Marathon.
The following may attributed to Constable Greg Francis: Oamaru Police are seeking witnesses to a crash in Oamaru on Friday 13 October, 2017. The incident occurred at approximately 1:50pm on Thames Highway, Oamaru, and involved two cars and a pedestrian.
The following may be attributed to Constable Casey Gies: Cambridge Police are seeking a driver and any further witnesses to a serious crash which occurred on Friday night. The collision between four vehicles happened at 11:30pm on Friday 13 October, 2017 on State Highway 1, Karapiro, near Hickey Road. Two people were injured, one seriously, and Police are yet to speak to one of the drivers.
Defence Minister Mark Mitchell has extended his deepest condolences to the family of the Special Operations Force soldier who died during a maritime counter-terrorism training exercise off the Coromandel Peninsula this morning.
Government Minister Dr Nick Smith has paid tribute to the New Zealand servicemen who fought in the Battle of Passchendaele a century ago at commemorations today in Belgium.
A Taumarunui stock trader who transported chronically ill and severely lame goats to a processing plant has been fined $6,000 under the Animal Welfare Act.
New data from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) shows there are no food safety risks with the use of everyday food packaging materials such as plastic and paper.
MPI is moving forward with control measures to prevent further spread of the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis, with plans being developed with farmers to cull animals from the known infected farms.
The annual Minister of Defence Industry Awards of Excellence were presented at the Defence, Industry, National Security Forum in Wellington last night by Defence Minister Mark Mitchell.
Please attribute to Constable Jonathon Mitchell, Tauranga South Police Tauranga Police have charged two males in relation to the theft of a 1973 Norton Commando motorcycle, which was stolen from the Greerton Cherry Blossom Festival on 30 September 2017. The bike was recovered by Police last week, and has been returned to it’s owner.
Police can now release the names of the people who died in the crash on State Highway One, just south of Tutukau Road, Taupo, on Tuesday 10 October.
• Mele Ilisapi Oliveti, 44, a Tongan national residing in Palmerston North
• Helen Adele Paul, 56, of Kaikohe
• Leighton Phillip Ahuriri, 60, a New Zealander residing in Western Australia
• Hone Te Ahurei Hawkins-Kanuta, 5, of Kaikohe.
Police’s thoughts are with the whanau and loved ones of all those involved in the crash.
The name of the 56-year-old Kaikohe woman who died in the Taupo crash on Tuesday 10 October was Helena Adele Paul, not Helen Adele Paul as stated in the previous media release. Police apologise for the error. ENDs
The Police Serious Crash Unit (SCU) has begun the investigation to establish the cause of a crash which claimed four lives yesterday afternoon at the intersection of SH1 and Tutukau Road, Taupo. A 56-year-old woman, 60-year-old man and a five-year-old boy travelling in one vehicle were killed, along with a 44-year-old woman in the other vehicle. A 10-month-old baby boy who suffered critical injuries in the crash was transferred from Waikato Hospital to Starship overnight.
Police are attending a serious crash involving a milk tanker and a power pole on State Highway 63 in the Wairau Valley, Marlborough. The driver of the truck is currently trapped and is being cut free. Emergency services were called to the crash near Parsons Road at 8.08am.
Please attribute to Detective Sergeant Dean Cadwallader Wairarapa Police have charged four teenagers with the aggravated robbery of a store on Roberts Rd, Masterton on 24 September 2017. All four 15-year-old males appeared in the Masterton Youth Court yesterday.
Both lanes of State Highway 63 in the Wairau Valley are now open following this morning’s serious crash. Emergency services were called to the milk tanker crash at 8.08am. The driver was trapped in the vehicle for a time, but has been cut free and flown to Nelson Hospital with moderate injuries.
Police are concerned about a missing 24 year old Westport man. Byron Donaldson was last seen on Monday evening in Westport. He has short brown hair, and was wearing dark jeans, a blue hoodie and a beanie.
A second person died in hospital on Wednesday 4th October following a crash on Mercer Ferry Road, Waikato on Saturday September 30th around 3:15pm. He was 96-year-old Leon Robert Idoine from Auckland. His wife, 96-year-old Mary Alice Idoine, died in the crash.
The woman killed in the same vehicle as the 60 year-old man and five year-old boy, was 56 years-old, not 65-years-old, as reported in the previous media release. We apologise for the mistake.
Three people have been arrested and charged in relation to the aggravated robbery of a Levin petrol station last month.
The petrol station on Oxford Street was robbed at gunpoint on 20 September 2017.
Two 19 year olds and a 25 year old man are due to appear in the Masterton District Court this afternoon on aggravated robbery charges.
Central Otago Police are praising the actions of a group of overseas tourists who became stuck overnight following a 4WD trip up Old Man Range, near Alexandra. The three occupants of the vehicle had been following tracks outlined in a book of 4WD trails in Central Otago, successfully making the trip up to Old Man Rock. However when they attempted to travel further they became stuck.
To be attributed to Counties Manukau District Commander Superintendent Jill Rogers: Police acknowledge the findings by the Independent Police Conduct Authority which determined that it is not possible to draw any link between Police actions on 6 January 2016 and the tragic death of Joanne Pert the following day. Ms Pert was murdered on 7 January 2016 while out for a run in Remuera by Tevita Filo, who was an undiagnosed schizophrenic.
Leading practitioners from the engineering profession will host six Training Seminars during October, to promote increased consistency of seismic assessments of existing buildings throughout New Zealand.
Otago Regional Council has today announced that the bus operator contracted to deliver Queenstown’s ground-breaking new $2 bus service is Ritchies.
You may have noticed pairs of people in hi-vis vests riding Dunedin buses and hanging out at bus stops over the past few weeks, talking to bus passengers and handing out timetables and flyers.
The five commercial Dunedin school bus services withdrawn by GoBus from the end of term 3 will now continue as normal for term four, thanks to some quick work by the Regional Council and schools.
Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson has congratulated Countdown and New World supermarkets for taking an industry-led response to combat the usage of single-use plastic bags.
Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has today announced a further $700,000 of support to Vanuatu for communities impacted by the evacuation from Ambae.
The purpose of this resource is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to enable them to be informed and confident consumers.
The Ministry of Education and the New Zealand School Trustees Association are trialling Votext election management process in the December mid term elections.
We’ve brought together practical information to help support the inclusion, safety and wellbeing of LGBTIQA+ students on the inclusive education website.
Whangarei Boys’ High will undergo a rebuild that’s expected to be completed in 2022.
The New Zealand National Commission is seeking to reward projects that foster global citizenship through its inaugural Global Citizenship Education (GCED) Award
The New Zealand economy continued to grow solidly in the June quarter, posting a 0.8 per cent increase in GDP, taking New Zealand’s growth rate for the year to 2.7 per cent, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says.
The government and industry continue to work to maintain the fuel supply into Auckland, with offers of support from New Zealand Defence Force having been accepted by industry, says Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins.
Progress on the pipeline repair, and alternative jet fuel supply options mean that pipeline related disruptions will continue to ease from tonight, Minister for Energy and Resources Judith Collins says.
Fuel allocations to airlines at Auckland Airport have been increased and flight schedules are returning to normal, as the fuel pipeline repair is on track to be completed well before school holidays begin, says Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins.
Jet fuel has started to arrive to the Wiri terminal from Marsden Point, and is expected to reach Auckland Airport by Tuesday, Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins says.
The fuel industry is cautiously optimistic as the pipeline disruption situation continues to improve, Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins says.
Some of New Zealand’s most talented young Pacific scholars can now apply for prestigious scholarships Minister for Pacific Peoples Alfred Ngaro says.
Auckland Airport operations are returning to business as usual as progress continues to be made restoring supply via the fuel pipeline, Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins says.
A focus on co-operation and innovation has helped meet the challenge of the Marsden Point pipeline disruption, Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins says.
Land Information Minister Mark Mitchell has announced the reappointment of Phillip Curnow and Ken Taylor to the Valuers Registration Board for a further three-year term. The Board is the authority that oversees the performance of New Zealand’s land valuers.
Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee is encouraging all New Zealanders in, and travelling to Bali to register with Safe Travel
Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith has today paid tribute to the service given by David Bedford as a commissioner, appointed councillor and chair of Environment Canterbury during the past seven years.
A return to 100 per cent jet fuel allocations at Auckland Airport is a great start to the school holidays for airlines and their customers, Energy and Resource Minister Judith Collins says.
Seniors Minister Maggie Barry has welcomed the United Nation’s International Day of Older Persons being marked around the world today.
Prime Minister Bill English has welcomed the announcement that His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge will attend the New Zealand Battle of Passchendaele commemorations in Belgium this month.
Commemorations to mark one of New Zealand’s darkest days will be held in New Zealand and Belgium this month to remember the Battle of Passchendaele.
Prime Minister Bill English has offered his condolences to the people of the United States in the wake of the mass shooting which took place in Las Vegas overnight.
The New Zealand Government has achieved its third fiscal surplus in a row with the Crown accounts for the year ended 30 June 2017 showing an OBEGAL surplus of $4.1 billion, $2.2 billion stronger than last year, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says.
Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee today announced a further New Zealand Defence Force C-130 flight to Vanuatu to deliver relief supplies for communities evacuated from Ambae.