Regional

Wanaka couple star in My Kitchen Rules NZ

A couple from Wanaka is one of six teams on the new series of TV show My Kitchen Rules New Zealand (MKR NZ), which starts on Monday (September 25). Chris and Bex Wright will take part in the ten-part cooking show, which comes with a top prize of $100,000,...... Read More

Manawatu Mountain Bike Club take out top community

The Manawatu Mountain Bike Club took home the Supreme Award at Palmerston North’s biggest annual celebration of volunteers, the Trustpower Community Awards. Voluntary groups from around the city gathered with representatives from Trustpower,...... Read More

Honouring 25 years of service

More than 100 attendees came out in Te Anau to honour two long-standing firemen last Saturday night. Te Anau Fire Brigade firefighter Ray McPeake and senior firefighter Daryl Whipps were honoured with double gold stars at a packed award ceremony...... Read More

Rural school gets new tech

Pyes Pa School pupils will be well-prepared for a future filled with technological changes, thanks to the assistance of TECT. The local community trust has made a significant contribution towards the purchase of new iPads and Chromebooks for the country...... Read More

Aiming for the top

Despite only picking up a rugby ball seriously two years ago, Melanie Puckett is now lighting it up on the wings for the Canterbury Women’s side, or in sevens for New Zealand. The 18-year-old moved from Mid Canterbury to Christchurch on a hockey...... Read More

Next step for street revitalisation

The revitalisation of Durham Street and Durham Lane has moved a step closer today with Tauranga City Council resolving to proceed to the detailed design stage. Earlier this year in February, TCC identified Durham Street, particularly the section between...... Read More

Video blogger’s ‘Heels 2 Boots’ love story

Staring down the barrel of a camera, Sophie Brown is momentarily distracted by a noisy, low-flying plane overhead. The usually unflappable Taranaki farmer quickly tilts her camera skyward, attempting to catch a glimpse of the winged intruder. The...... Read More

New Raglan bar crossing course 

It could save your life. Raglan Coastguard is running its latest Raglan Bar crossing awareness day on Sunday 8 October, with support from Waikato Regional Council’s maritime services team. The day gives boaties a chance to learn about how to...... Read More

Soft plastic recycling comes to Nelson

Plastic shopping bags, bread bags and food wrap can now be recycled in Nelson. New World, Pak’nSave and Countdown supermarkets have introduced soft plastic recycling bins as part of the Love NZ soft plastic recycling programme that was rolled...... Read More

The Birds and the bees and the traffic

Whangarei people did not have a lot of advice to give when, in July, Whangarei District Council announced it was revising its Parking and Traffic Bylaw and its Keeping of Animals, Poultry and Bees Bylaw. Lacking a flood of enthusiastic feedback, Council...... Read More