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Medsafe delays decision on Janssen COVID-19 vaccine

New Zealand's medicines regulator, Medsafe, says it will hold off on a decision regarding a COVID-19 vaccine from pharmaceutical company, Janssen, until...


Christchurch community stories told through mapping app

Community storytelling project, Our Stories, has partnered with the Christchurch City Council’s SmartView mapping app to bring local stories to life.

Award-winning tool to streamline Wellington consent process

Planning a residential building project in Wellington is now faster and easier thanks to an award-winning new interactive online tool launched by...

AI chatbot to help with Hamilton plan

Hamilton City Council is making it easy for residents to have their say on its draft Long-Term Plan, with information available in...

Senior Appointments

New chair of interim TAB NZ Board appointed

Liz Dawson has been appointed as the Chair of the interim TAB NZ Board, Racing Minister Grant Robertson announced today.

Ministers Arms Advisory Group named

Minister of Police Poto Williams has announced the members of the Ministers Arms Advisory Group, established to ensure balanced advice to Government...

Expert panel to lead next phase of new public media entity talks

A Governance Group of eight experts has been appointed to lead the next phase of work on a potential new public media...



Coal-fired boiler ban announced

The Government is delivering on a key election commitment to tackle climate change, by banning new low and medium temperature coal-fired boilers...

Repeat pāua poachers banned for three years

A Lower Hutt man and a Napier man have each received three-year fishing bans for repeatedly taking excess and undersize pāua.

$5m to accelerate Hawke’s Bay water storage options

The Provincial Development Unit has allocated $5 million to the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council to accelerate investigations into a water storage development...


Police roll out new Mobile Road Safety Bases

NZ Police has launched its new fleet of Mobile Road Safety Bases (MRSB) to enable road policing staff to target and prevent...

Auckland Council discounts off-peak fares

Auckland Council has announced that discounted off-peak fares are to become permanent on public transport in the city. The...

Get on board with new buses

New direct bus services from the Waimakariri District to central Christchurch start today, with free travel for the first two weeks.



Counter-terrorism bill to strengthen NZ response

The Government has introduced the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill, designed to boost New Zealand's ability to respond to a wider range of terrorist...

Tsunami siren to ring in Easter Sunday

If you’re still napping around midday on Easter Sunday, enjoying the extra hour of sleep daylight saving brings, be prepared for a...

Customs launches outreach campaign

Customs have launched a new outreach campaign to encourage members of the public to report potential suspicious activities. Minister...


St Albans community centre rises to the occasion

A decade on from the earthquakes, St Albans residents have a permanent new community centre to call their own.

More feedback needed on low traffic trial

Stage one of the Arthur Grey Low Traffic Area trial in Onehunga will continue over the next two weeks to allow Maungakiekie-Tāmaki...

Special name gifted to new Christchurch sports hub

Local rūnanga Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri has gifted a special name - Parakiore - to the Metro Sports Facility.  Christchurch...


Medsafe delays decision on Janssen COVID-19 vaccine

New Zealand's medicines regulator, Medsafe, says it will hold off on a decision regarding a COVID-19 vaccine from pharmaceutical company, Janssen, until...


Organic plant redevelopment plans grow

Christchurch City Council is on track to have a contract awarded for the redevelopment of the organics processing plant in Bromley by...



New Police station for Mount Roskill

A new Police station for Mount Roskill will be officially opened next week.  From April 20, the Mount Roskill...


Marching to the beat of their new drums

The Royal New Zealand Navy band’s newly-constructed drums are adding some added wow factor to their performances this year.


NZ’s credit rating lifts as economy recovers

The Government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and faster than expected economic recovery has been acknowledged in today’s credit rating upgrade.

Budget to sharpen focus on COVID recovery

Budget 2021 will sharpen the focus on supporting the New Zealand economic recovery as the Government continues to keep New Zealanders safe...

NZ holds firm on AA+ rating

The Government’s prudent fiscal management and strong policy programme in the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic have been acknowledged by the...

Minimum wage to rise from April

The Government has confirmed it will deliver on its commitment to raise the minimum wage to $20 per hour from 1 April...