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Wrestling with forestry decisions

Carbon and forestry, increasingly linked to overseas investors, continue to outmuscle sheep and beef but nothing about carbon is simple, Interest reports. For those who are farming sheep and beef there is the disconcerting reality, but in some cases exciting reality,...

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Learn to Live Lightly

Auckland Council reveals that Aucklanders are discovering new and simple ways to lower their carbon footprint and save money using tools from Live Lightly. One family changed all their lights to LED’s and saved $400 per year on power bills. Another found that...

Anti-vaxxers making fake vaccination bookings

Suspected anti-vaxxers have been making bogus Covid-19 vaccination bookings in one of the least protected areas of the country, RNZ reports. A spate of fake bookings in Tairāwhiti over the past few days, including in the lead up to Super Saturday, means the Pfizer...

Remaining water restrictions lifted for Auckland

Auckland Council’s governing body has unanimously agreed to lift the region’s remaining outdoor water restrictions, following a report from Watercare. Restrictions will be lifted from Saturday October 23 – they were first put in place on May 16, 2020 in response...

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Brian Tamaki pleads not guilty to latest charges

Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki has pleaded not guilty after being charged with breaching his bail conditions, Stuff reports. He was charged again by police after he attended a second “freedom rally” against Covid-19 restrictions on Saturday, despite orders to...

Middlemore Hospital’s triage tent a warning sign

A triage tent set up at Middlemore Hospital’s emergency department should serve as a warning to the public to get out and get vaccinated, a nurses’ union says. Staff have been triaging patients in the tent before they enter the ED since Monday as they prepare...

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Covid-infected MIQ escaper surrenders to police

A woman who escaped from MIQ security guards last night has surrendered to police after a series of separate quarantine breaches last night, NZ Herald reports. Three Covid cases escaped from a managed isolation facility in two separate incidents over 24 hours. The...

Minding the Gap on equal pay

The battle for equal pay started 125 years ago and it’s not over yet, Newsroom reveals. A new campaign, Mind The Gap – backed by 35 organisations including unions, women’s groups, and BusinessNZ – hopes to address some of the issues. The battle...

The race to save the mighty kauri

Auckland Council says the region has come a long way in the fight against the highly contagious and deadly disease, kauri dieback. Projects to manage the spread and impact of the disease have included closing tracks and favourite urban walking routes, and providing...

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Meet Auckland’s eco heroes

Not all heroes wear capes – many wear gumboots and carry traps, says Auckland Council. They are our eco heroes: working to protect Auckland’s natural spaces and resources. Pāora Puru, responsible for regenerating the mauri (life force) of forests and waterways,...

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