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The construction cranes that pierce the Auckland skyline are a visual indication of the growth New Zealand's largest city is experiencing. Close to one-third of New Zealand's estimated 4.5-million population lives in Auckland, a geographically blessed -- and traffic-cursed -- city spread over at least ...

Two electric buses will run on the City Link service in Auckland from next week, only weeks after the city's first full battery-powered bus hit the road servicing AUT's Northcote and Manukau campuses. ... "Auckland is serious about leading the response to climate change in New Zealand and internationally.
New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr was this morning briefed by officials on needs in the hard hit Western Division. Mr Curr said New Zealand had been helping with health and safety supplies in the immediate aftermath and the amphibious Sealegs vessel has already helped with ...
Seven left the athletes village during the London Olympic Games in 2012. After the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, 26 athletes and officials sought asylum in Australia. Fourteen were athletes from Sierra Leone, who disappeared from the Games village during competition but later ... Cameroon
AUCKLAND (AFP, REUTERS) - Up to a quarter of homes in Auckland were without power on Wednesday (April 11) after a wild storm packing winds of more than 200kmh lashed New Zealand's largest city. The storm hit the city of 1.5 million overnight, bringing down trees and peeling roofs from ...

Getting policy right for towns and cities will be crucial for the new Labour-led coalition government's ambitious policy agenda to transition to a ... However, the city receives much government and media attention, biasing national policy and provoking public debate that pits urban and regional areas ... New Zealand
Long term planning documents are being released by councils across New Zealand and what should be plans of promise will in fact be documents that tell most communities the scale of the problem they have. It's the result of badly managed immigration and population growth, commoditised tourism and a ... New Zealand
“The new Spark network offers real options to our council customers to leverage a range of smart city applications in addition to smart light technology. As we continue to develop leading-edge technology in the IoT space we are really excited about the options and solutions we can bring to market through ... New Zealand
There is now a backlog at New Zealand's only lab accredited to perform the incredibly sensitive tests for these toxic chemicals. Marlborough District Council does not expect to get its second round of tests on Blenheim's town water supply until next month. The first round cleared the town supply. New Zealand
The New Zealand city of Dunedin is raising eyebrows around the country by ditching traditional Easter trading rules to “paint the town Ed” in honour of Ed Sheeran's three concerts in the city. The British pop-star is scheduled to play three stadium concerts over Easter weekend, and the city council has ... New Zealand
Car parking has contributed to urban sprawl in and around our towns and cities, eating up swathes of space that could have been used for housing. ... The concrete and asphalt used on our roads contribute to inner-city warming in summer, while stormwater flowing into our rivers and harbours is severely contaminated by ... New Zealand
New Zealand's central bank said Monday it will consider employment as well as inflation when setting interest rates and making other monetary policy decisions. The Reserve Bank has aimed to keep inflation under control at about 2 percent. Now the bank will also aim to maximize sustainable employment. New Zealand
Professor Paul Spoonley of Massey University was taking part in a wide-ranging panel discussion on the final day yesterday of the New Zealand Planning Institute's conference at ASB Arena. The hostility together with reducing the size of dairy herds and preventing the spread of New Zealand cities across ... New Zealand
Police in New Zealand said on March 15 that they are investigating claims by a man who said he once worked for Russian intelligence and was poisoned in ... He claimed that one morning in 2006 he had spotted people following him in the streets of Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, before someone ... New Zealand
The first Polynesian to reach the then-uninhabited island, Kupe and his wife, Kuramarotini, are said by Maori to have given New Zealand its Maori moniker, ... The crews had set sail from New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, when they hit squalls and bad weather on their four-week voyage to Wellington. New Zealand
She said interest in the language is evident in the waiting lists for te reo Māori courses in the capital. "It's a good sign that people are really wanting to embrace te reo Māori. It's important that we as the capital city are making that commitment," she said. The council will review the submissions and come up ... New Zealand

Team New Zealand chief executive Grant Dalton said on the face of it, the plan could work but there are unanswered questions about whether it could be built on time. Mr Dalton describes himself as "pissed off" that the government's lead minister David Parker has dropped Hobson Wharf after what he calls ... New Zealand
The planning process will continue for the deal agreed in December between the Auckland Council and Team New Zealand, while talks on a possible alternative roll on. The submission period, which closes tomorrow, had been extended by a fortnight, in the hope that any changes could be accommodated ... New Zealand
RNZ News understands the new variation drops the extension of Hobson Wharf, which Team New Zealand had publicly claimed had been promised by Cabinet Minister David Parker for its base. Mr Parker has not commented on the claim. However the proposal appears to retain some extension of Halsey ... New Zealand
The Spinoff Review of Books literary editor Steve Braunias reports from the weekend's events at the New Zealand Festival in Wellington. Wellington! O city of the institutionalised Māori greeting and the office training day, its steep, high banks pinned with yellow gorse flowers, the sign in Eastbourne that ... New Zealand
Kaeo in Northland experienced the strongest winds, recording a gust of 122km/h about 11am yesterday. Air New Zealand cancelled flights in Whangarei and Kerikeri yesterday morning due to the bad weather. Auckland has been experiencing strong winds since yesterday with gusts of 60 to 70km/h recorded in the city. New Zealand
The New Zealand city of Dunedin is copping flak over an NZD$8,350 mural of pop star Ed Sheeran, which is currently being painted ahead of the pop star's local ... all demonstrate Dunedin's unique and immersive approach to this goal and the fact that on this occasion, we will literally Paint the Town Ed.”. New Zealand
A drug expert says methamphetamine is becoming far too easy to find in small-town New Zealand, and there aren't enough drug treatment services to cope. ... Drug Foundation executive director Ross Bell says it's hard to draw a national conclusion but it is clear some small towns are being flooded with P. New Zealand
psusy The web series Psusy unabashedly proclaims itself to be the Broad City of New Zealand. The series stars Jaya Beach-Robertson and Aria Dehar as Karen and Sharee, two friends who in each episode get into escapades that go from the seemingly realistic to completely absurd, gross, and ... New Zealand
It's Huntly west but it could be any town in New Zealand dealing with the departure of its biggest employer and with it the blue collar jobs that once kept its people fed, proud and out of trouble. It never used to be like this and plenty of locals are willing to work to turn their town around. In Westside Stories ... New Zealand
The cyclone's winds and rains have left at least one person dead and two others seriously injured in Vanuatu, and it is now tracking towards the upper North Island of New Zealand. Metservice meteorologist April Clark said there would be heavy rain and severe gales above 90km/h, with even stronger gusts of up to 180km/h ... New Zealand
New Zealand's tastes are changing. The unicorn milkshake is a raspberry and white chocolate shake with rainbow ice cream, pink. ROBERT KITCHIN/STUFF. The unicorn milkshake is a raspberry and white chocolate shake with rainbow ice cream, pink meringue, rainbow 'bacon' candy, rose fairy floss, ... New Zealand
Army dentists provide free care for Tuhoe town. 3:28 pm today. Share this ... New Zealand Army dentist Lieutenant Tim Reiber asks the students a question during a class on Healthy lifestyles. Photo: Supplied / ... Mr Heald said the Defence Force was working with the town after the iwi came to them for help. New Zealand
Airdrie resident Danielle McNair has been enjoying the trip of a lifetime throughout the past five months – riding a bike across New Zealand with her boyfriend, Tabias ... They spent about 10 days in the capital city – “in the heart of it all,” McNair said – before venturing out into the New Zealand landscape. New Zealand
The construction cranes that pierce the Auckland skyline are a visual indication of the growth New Zealand's largest city is experiencing. Close to one-third of New Zealand's estimated 4.5 million population lives in Auckland, a geographically blessed — and traffic-cursed — city spread over at least 50 ... New Zealand
Welcome to Portland, Lorde! Here's a Guide to Finding New Zealand Culture While You're in Town! .... This newish shop—a spin-off of a Melbourne-based roaster—makes the best version of Oceania's favorite latte, the flat white, in the city, and we've heard the long black is good, too. And it serves avocado ... New Zealand
Associate transport minister Julie Anne Genter said investment in cycleways were a key feature of the ongoing rebuild, with the urban cycleways programme costingNZ$150m. “Safe cycleways are a key part of making Christchurch a healthy, happy and vibrant city full of people, rather than traffic,” said ... New Zealand
Christchurch's cyclist crash injury rate double that of other New Zealand cities ... in Christchurch was less than the national average, as while one-fifth of the total cycling kilometres in New Zealand were undertaken in the Garden City, it had less than one-sixth of all reported injury crashes involving cyclists. New Zealand
Serious consideration is being given to the third option proposed by Team New Zealand, which could be $50 million cheaper than the minister's preference for Wynyard Point. It would retain the 75 metre wharf extensions - a sore point with Mr Parker - but possibly drop the need for any bases on Wynyard ... New Zealand
The seaside village near Apia in Samoa was visited by a New Zealand delegation of business leaders and MPs yesterday, including Climate Change Minister James Shaw. The trip is part of the Prime Minister's whirlwind tour as Jacinda Ardern kicks off what the government has called its "Pacific reset". New Zealand
New Zealand has begun cleaning up after being hit by the remnants of Cyclone Gita, which damaged buildings and left thousands without power. Four regions across the country remain in a state of emergency, though the status has been lifted for the city of Christchurch. Up to 1,000 people are still ... New Zealand
That brought the city within touching distance of Auckland as the best-remunerated city in the country on average, with the City of Sails just ahead on $72,509. Mr Wade said tight contests for top-tier talent were pushing up wages in some industries. The average wage in banking and finance grew 11.6 ...
Auckland, Wellington - and Kapiti - were named among more than 100 towns and cities whose electricity was at least 70 per cent sourced from renewable energy. The three New Zealand centres were powered by around 80 per cent renewable electricity, with 57 per cent coming from hydro and between 16 ...
Two weeks—or two months, for that matter—is not nearly enough time to explore all the wonders of New Zealand. The country is made up of two islands, four major cities, 14 national parks, and four million people. ... Day 1, Auckland: The country's largest and most populated city is a great place to start.
Lawmakers from New Zealand's main conservative party on Tuesday chose their first indigenous Maori leader as they regrouped after an election loss. National Party members selected 41-year-old Simon Bridges from among five candidates. He is a former lawyer and prosecutor who was first elected to ...
A world-class facility on the shore of Lake Rotorua has officially opened its doors and is poised to change the face of aged care in New Zealand. The CARE ... The village was built on a 1.3ha lakeside site to replicate a small-scale New Zealand town with cafes, a supermarket and main street. Residents ...
Mr Parker has referred to "unwarranted claims" and Mr Goff to the timeliness and consistency of information, in correspondence between the pair obtained by RNZ. The exchanges between the two lead negotiators dealing with the cup defender Team New Zealand, convey frustration from late December.
RNZ has learned at least three two-storey buildings in the central Southland town of Winton have sold for less than $50,000 in the past two years. New laws passed after the Canterbury quakes have tightened the standards for commercial buildings. The owner of the Country Matters store, Gillian McFarlane, ...
There's one plan nearing the end of public submissions for resource consent, one suddenly unveiled by Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and the government's lead minister David Parker, and there's Team New Zealand's "$50 million cheaper" plan. The mayor and the minister won't talk to RNZ after a brief media ...
Police say they are responding to reports of a person with the firearm in the small town of Omakau in Central Otago. Police car ... New Zealand's wait for an elusive Winter Olympics medal will continue, after slopestyle skiing duo Jackson Wells and Finn Bilous missed out on making the final in PyeongChang this afternoon.
West Coast residents still reeling from a devastating storm a fortnight ago could be among those worst hit when Cyclone Gita, which wreaked havoc in Tonga, makes landfall. MetService has issued a severe weather watch, warning the cyclone - likely to cross the country late Tuesday or early Wednesday ...
He's gone in the other direction, shifting to Auckland from his Whanganui in 2016 because the opportunities he sought simply weren't available in his home town. "It's obviously the biggest city in New Zealand, especially being in the entertainment industry, it is a place I have to be," Ardon said. The moved ...
At least 50 homes suffered damage in the southern state of Oaxaca, which, along with Mexico City, is still reeling from earthquakes that caused widespread ... The Oaxacan town of Jamiltepec appeared to sustain the heaviest impact in the southern region, with 50 homes damaged along with a church and ...


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