Transpower apologises over August blackouts

The national grid operator Transpower has apologised for its shortcomings that led to widespread power blackouts in August, RNZ reveals. The blackouts occurred on the evening where New Zealand saw its highest electricity demand ever, Transpower said. It admitted...

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Mark Wahlberg burger chain coming to Auckland

Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg is a step closer to bringing his American burger chain to New Zealand after announcing a first Australian venue, NZ Herald reports. His Australian business partner, Sam Mustaca, told the Herald that plans were still on track to open one...

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Congestion, strike add to global shipping woes

Congestion at the Ports of Auckland and strikes in Australia are adding to supply chain shipping problems around the world, Rural News reports. This in turn affects the shipment of New Zealand primary products to world markets. However, the NZ head for shipping line...

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Lower speed limits proposed for 800 Auckland roads

Auckland Transport (AT) is asking for feedback on proposed speed limit changes to 800 roads around the region, Stuff reports. The proposed changes involve 462 roads near 57 schools, and 208 rural roads. AT road safety engineering manager Michael Brown said new limits...

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Bird of the Year: Bats join the competition

The long-tailed bat, pekapeka-tou-roa, has swooped in on the competition that allows Kiwis to vote for their favourite bird, the first time a New Zealand native land mammal has ever been included, RNZ reports. Auckland Council senior conservation advisor Ben Paris...

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Why your electricity bill is so high

New Zealand’s electricity market system is stacked up against the consumer when it comes to lower power prices, Newsroom reveals. Stuff senior journalist Tom Pullar-Strecker says part of the issue is our mix of power sources. “New Zealand is relatively...

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