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Restricted Fire Season For Taranaki District

Published: Fri 21 Jan 2022 08:37 AM
All of the Taranaki District has moved to a restricted fire season as of 8am Friday 21 January. This restricted fire season means anyone wanting to light an open-air fire will have to apply for a permit and follow the conditions listed on the permit. ... Read more...

Evacuated Residents Return Home At Ahipara

Published: Fri 21 Jan 2022 08:34 AM
Residents from six properties on the outskirts of Ahipara have been allowed to return home after being evcuated overnight due to a fire on the hillside above. Fire and Emergency Incident Controller Scott Marchant said the fire was contained. Ground ... Read more...

Vegetation Fire At Ahipara Contained

Published: Fri 21 Jan 2022 06:24 AM
Fire crews have contained a vegetation fire near Ahipara in Northland overnight. Fire and Emergency District Manager Wipari Henwood says the fire covers about three hectares and six properties have been evacuated. Brigades from Ahipara, Kaitaia, ... Read more...

Arrest After Search Warrant In Taranaki

Published: Thu 20 Jan 2022 04:50 PM
One person’s been arrested following a search warrant in South Taranaki  today. Police attended an address in Opunake this morning, and located a substantial  amount of methamphetamine and also cash. Illegally-held firearms were also seized. ... Read more...

Covid-19 Update From Your Rescue Helicopters – Open Days Postponed

Published: Thu 20 Jan 2022 03:39 PM
We regretfully announce the postponement of all upcoming Open Days for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter, TECT Rescue Helicopter, Greenlea Rescue Helicopter, and Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter. In light of ongoing developments and uncertainty ... Read more...

Horowhenua Council Parks And Green Spaces Are Among The Best In The World

Published: Thu 20 Jan 2022 03:37 PM
Horowhenua District Council have been recognised with some of the best green spaces, parks and gardens worldwide. The prestigious 2021/2022 international Green Flag Awards was awarded to five parks across Horowhenua this year, including the two new entries, ... Read more...

Caution Urged For Dog Owners And Swimmers As Toxic Algae Identified At Kapiti Sites

Published: Thu 20 Jan 2022 02:51 PM
Swimmers are being advised to take caution while dog owners should keep dogs on leashes or avoid two river sites along the Kapiti Coast with toxic algae, including detached algal mats being identified. The sites are located at Otaki River at State ... Read more...

Timaru To Go To Level 2 As Water Issue Continues To Resolve

Published: Thu 20 Jan 2022 01:52 PM
Timaru District Council is thanking the community for their support as it moves the city to Level 2 Water Restrictions from noon on Friday. Moving down to Level 2 restrictions enables people to now use a single handheld hose or microjet system ... Read more...

Bold Bittern Bucks The Trend, Strikes A Pose In Backyard

Published: Thu 20 Jan 2022 01:34 PM
A bold young bittern has caused a stir in Waikato, striking a pose in a Cambridge couple’s urban backyard. Australasian bittern/matuku are rare in New Zealand. The wetland species’ population is estimated to be less than 1000 individuals, and ... Read more...

Blue Skies For Most This Weekend

Published: Thu 20 Jan 2022 01:30 PM
MetService is forecasting another high pressure system to sit over Aotearoa this coming weekend, bringing dry and settled weather for most. The cold front that swept up the South Island on Wednesday is weakening away as it tracks up the North Island ... Read more...
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