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Anti-gang firearm prohibition orders

A campaign for firearm prohibition orders is nothing new, but the orders are now being sold as a silver bullet for rising gang crime. Laura Walters of Stuff asks: what are they and will they really make a difference? It’s understandable that both politicians and the...

Winter Wine and Dine returns with Waiheke deal

Kiwis hoping for a little Waiheke wine-and-dine magic to combat the midwinter blues can now do so at a cheaper price, Newshub reveals. Winter Wine and Dine is back for its fourth year, with ferry operator Fullers360 partnering with three participating Waiheke Island...

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Stardome puts on a show for Matariki

The story of Matariki is being shared every evening in Auckland this week, by coloured spotlights shining into the central Auckland sky, RNZ reveals. Stardome Observatory and Planetarium is putting on the show as part of its celebrations for the first Matariki public...

Eden Park seeks $6.3m more from ratepayers

Outgoing mayor Phil Goff predicted three years ago that the owners of Eden Park would be back for millions of dollars from ratepayers, Newsroom says – and he has been proven right. The bid for $6.2 million from ratepayers comes three years after the council took...

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Making cycling easier across Auckland

Cycling is a great way of cutting carbon emissions, but if you’ve never used pedal power to get around, it can seem a bit daunting. Help is at hand, says Auckland Council, thanks to numerous community-run groups across Auckland called “bike burbs”. Operated...

RURU a winner again!

Ruru, Auckland Council’s conservation information system has again won national recognition for use of geospatial technology, this time at the 2021 ALGIM awards (Association for Local Government Information Management) where it won the Geospatial Project of the Year...

Mānawatia a Matariki! Tips for how to celebrate

The recognition of Matariki with a public holiday is a huge moment for Aotearoa, says The Spinoff, making it the first reintroduced indigenous holiday in the world. But while the campaign to teach New Zealanders about its history and traditions has been overwhelmingly...

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Dog park plan in Pakuranga draws criticism

Opponents of a plan to construct a dog park in east Auckland say the site chosen is inappropriate and the process was rushed and not sufficiently transparent, Times reports. Late last year the Howick Local Board asked Auckland Council staff to investigate, design and...

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Why everyone is short-staffed right now

Employee shortages are leaving many industries stretched thin, The Spinoff reports. “There’s a massive shortage of people to fill jobs at the moment,” says Alan Donald of the Employers and Manufacturers Association. The EMA recently conducted a survey of members and...

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Waka Kotahi unit deemed ‘no longer effective’

Four years after Waka Kotahi was slammed for not doing its job of keeping roads safe, a core unit of it has been labelled so ineffective it is being pulled apart. The unit’s head said in an internal report a month ago, obtained by RNZ: “Increasingly, our...

Momentum building to end the smoking epidemic

Aotearoa’s initiative to stop smoking will provide a crucial template that other countries could use to achieve their own smokefree goals, Newsroom reports. The Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 Action Plan will implement governance arrangements to ensure Māori (who are most...

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Auckland Council to end BusinessNZ membership

New Zealand’s biggest council is not renewing its membership of the BusinessNZ lobby group for the new business year, The Spinoff reveals. The membership, which across the council group cost $20,000 plus GST, came under the spotlight after BusinessNZ launched a...

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More than 50% undecided in Auckland mayoral poll

A poll that placed four candidates for the Auckland mayoralty all but neck and neck, in fact had one response in the lead: undecided. 53% of those polled answered “don’t know” or “undecided”, says The Spinoff, even though they were presented with five candidates and...