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...

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...

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...