Local Government Minister Simeon Brown has announced his intention to appoint a Crown Manager to both Hawke’s Bay Regional and Wairoa District Councils to speed up the delivery of flood protection work in Wairoa. “Recent severe weather events in Wairoa this year, combined with damage from Cyclone Gabrielle in 2023 have highlighted the township’s high … Read more

Temporary Floating Pontoon Crossing Project to be replaced by Red Boats Alternative


The Eke Panuku Board confirmed today a temporary floating pontoon crossing for Wynyard Quarter will be replaced with a more cost-effective and better alternative.  Representatives this afternoon met with the Wynyard Quarter stakeholder group which proposed the original idea to advise of this decision. This follows completion of the detailed work on design, costs and … Read more

Government acknowledges torture at Lake Alice

NZ Government

For the first time, the Government is formally acknowledging some children and young people at Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital experienced torture. The final report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State and Faith-based Care “Whanaketia – through pain and trauma, from darkness to light,” was tabled in Parliament today. The Royal Commission found … Read more


Government acknowledges courageous abuse survivors

NZ Government

The Government has acknowledged the nearly 2,400 courageous survivors who shared their experiences during the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State and Faith-Based Care. The final report from the largest and most complex public inquiry ever held in New Zealand, the Royal Commission Inquiry “Whanaketia – through pain and trauma, from darkness … Read more


Half a million people use tax calculator

NZ Government

With a week to go before hard-working New Zealanders see personal income tax relief for the first time in fourteen years, 513,000 people have used the Budget tax calculator to see how much they will benefit, says Finance Minister Nicola Willis.  “Tax relief is long overdue. From next Wednesday, personal income tax thresholds will rise from … Read more


Get a hepatitis C test and put your worries behind you

Te Whatu Ora

A renewed nationwide push is underway to get at-risk people tested for hepatitis C, because it has never been easier to be tested, treated and cured. Over 100 New Zealanders die every year from hepatitis C, all of whom could have been saved by earlier diagnosis and treatment. Health New Zealand is working with a … Read more