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The Public Service Association (PSA) has applied to the Employment Relations Authority for a compliance order after Wellington City Council (WCC) breached employment law by refusing to notify staff that collective bargaining had begun.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 22, 2014, 11:27 am

While the northern hemisphere chills beneath wintry conditions, here in the South Pacific we are experiencing our longest day.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 11:29 pm

Help your friends and family stay safe on the roads this festive season with the top five gifts for drivers, Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss says.

"These ‘gifts’ are simple yet potentially life-saving tips for anyone getting behind the wheel this summer," Mr Foss says.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 11:27 pm

The high pressures which are bringing settled and sunny conditions to many parts of the country during today’s summer solstice are expected to hang around for Santa’s arrival, according to NIWA forecasters.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 11:14 pm

Holidaymakers will be amongst the first to use a $3.5million roundabout that’s set to improve safety on the way to some of the North Island’s summer hot spots.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 11:05 pm

Hawke’s Bay’s civil defence website is now easier for local people to use before and during a civil defence emergency.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 11:00 pm

Just in time for Christmas, the Warehouse Group has presented Wellington Zoo with a cheque for $26, 498.40 - money raised in The Warehouse stores across the region to help students from low decile schools visit the Zoo in 2015.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 10:51 pm

Canterbury Police can confirm that the body recovered from the Port Hills near Christchurch last night has been formally identified as 33 year old Hayden Cossey.

The death has been referred to the coroner who will determine the cause of death.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 10:43 pm

Come and enjoy the spectacular places Northland has to offer - but please, make sure you leave any unwanted marine pests at home this summer.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 10:30 pm

An advanced version of a self-setting stoat trap is being trialled to control rats during a plague event as part of the Department of Conservation’s predator control programme.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 10:26 pm

Police have charged a man in relation to the hit and run of a Hawke’s Bay police officer last week.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 10:24 pm

Two Auckland men aged between 25 and 33 years were the subject of a search and rescue on the Cape Brett track over Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 10:15 pm

A slip on the upper stretches of ÅŒtaki Gorge Road will reduce traffic to a single lane during the Christmas and New Year period.

The dropout is at the notorious Devil's Elbow bend of the road, about 10km from State Highway

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 9:51 pm

Information on Hawke’s Bay beaches is now on the environmental monitoring website Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) - http://www.lawa.org.nz/.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 9:50 pm

Christchurch City Council has awarded the contract for the design and build of 25 new social housing units.

The contract has been awarded to Christchurch-based building company Miles Construction Limited and is expected to be completed by July next year.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 9:38 pm

WeatherWatch.co.nz has the very latest forecast for Christmas Day and for a week running the current data continues to suggest most places are in for a Dry day - a forecast that seems to be exclusive to WeatherWatch.co.nz.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 9:14 pm

It will be easier to get to where you need to go on the weekends this summer, as the Summer Services timetable begins on 27 December with more frequent buses and later services on some routes.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 8:59 pm

Up to 15 international rugby jerseys were stolen in a burglary of former All Black Leon MacDonald's Blenheim home over the weekend.

Police said the offenders took the jerseys from a garage adjoining MacDonald's house in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 8:52 pm

Aucklanders using Britomart this morning found out exactly where their future journey could take them.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 7:55 pm

Nelson Bays Police executed a number of search warrants last week, some following months of investigative work identifying people believed to be dealing drugs.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 7:55 pm

Boaties will have extra help to stay safe this summer with VHF radio channels information added to the data available through the smartphone app MarineMate.

The award-winning app was developed by Waikato Regional Council in co-operation with other agencies.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 7:50 pm

Police have arrested and charged a 36 year old Otara woman with accessory after the fact to murder and accessory after the fact to wounding. She will also appear in the Manukau District Court this morning.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 7:31 pm

Four Northland schools and a kindergarten have reached important milestones through the national Enviroschools programme.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 7:00 pm

Eighty-four New Zealanders have drowned so far this year - including seven pre-school children, up on the 2013 total of five.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 5:00 pm

Canterbury Police Search and Rescue (SAR) and members from Alpine Cliff Rescue (ACR) recovered the body of a man at approximately 8.30pm tonight (21 December 2014) from a remote and technically difficult location in the Port Hills near Christchurch.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 8:19 am

A man's body has been recovered from the water at the mouth of the Waimea River in the Waimea Inlet this afternoon.

Police, LandSAR volunteers, Coastguard and surf lifesavers have been involved in the search sparked when a fisherman got into difficulty yesterday afternoon.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 4:00 am

Counties/Manukau Police have arrested a 36 year-old Otara steelworker who will appear in the Manukau District Court tomorrow charged with the murder of 24 year-old Chevy Davis who died at a Fisher Cres, Otara, address early this morning.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 21, 2014, 3:56 am

A search has resumed this morning for a 35 year old Nelson man reported missing in the Waimea Inlet near Nelson.

The missing man, Lian Thang Van, was fishing with a net near the mouth of the Waimea River with friends when it was reported he got into difficulty about 4pm yesterday.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 20, 2014, 9:01 pm

Monitoring of water quality at the region’s popular freshwater and coastal swimming spots is under way for summer, with results available on the Taranaki Regional Council website, www.trc.govt.nz.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 20, 2014, 8:52 pm

A 24 year-old Otara man is dead and his cousin is in Middlemore Hospital after an altercation at a relative’s 21st birthday party.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: December 20, 2014, 7:26 pm