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Police officer attacked in Glen Eden – update

Press Release – New Zealand Police
A Waitakere Police officer who was attacked overnight whilst responding to a report of a domestic dispute at a Glen Eden property has been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home. Read more »

“Transformational” At Hop card to be installed on all city buses in June

Press Release – Auckland Transport
Following its introduction on trains and ferries at the end of 2012, the AT HOP card has now completed testing on buses. Testing commenced in April, ahead of the planned, public rollout to all Auckland bus services from June this year. Read more »

Police officer among nine people arrested, charged with making and selling drugs

Press Release – New Zealand Police
Waitemata Police have today arrested and charged nine people following a lengthy investigation into serious criminal activity involving the manufacture, supply and distribution of hard drugs and other offending. Read more »

PHOTOS: First look inside Auckland’s new high-speed electric trains

Press Release – Auckland Transport


An internal shot of a partially fitted-out train at the CAF factory in Spain

The countdown is on for new electric trains to commence passenger service in Auckland. The first train is about to roll off the production line at Construcciones y Auxillair Ferrocarriles (CAF) in Spain. CAF is building a fleet of 57 three-car high-speed train sets to carry passengers on the Auckland suburban rail network. These new state of the art trains have been designed to meet the specific needs of Aucklanders and feature the latest in terms of safety, comfort and reliability. Read more »

Air Tahiti Nui’s revamped A340-300 makes first landing in Auckland

Press Release – MG Media
Air Tahiti Nui’s revamped two-class A340-300 aircraft landed in Auckland for the first time yesterday, as the South Pacific carrier continues to roll out its reconfigured fleet with an enhanced inflight entertainment system and a fresh cabin redesign. Read more »

Council claiming credit for taking 12,000 cars off Auckland roads every morning

Press Release – Auckland Council
The Mayor has revealed that Auckland Transport school and work travel plans are taking more than 12,000 cars off the road every morning in Auckland. Len Brown is heading to Bucklands Beach Primary School today to launch Auckland’s latest Travel Wise school travel plan. Read more »

Anti poverty group pickets PM’s Budget business lunch at Vector Arena

Press Release – Auckland Action Against Poverty
Auckland Action Against Poverty is holding a picket at 11am today at Vector Arena where John Key will be speaking about the Budget to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle. Read more »

Wet and wild for AgriKidsNZ and TeenAg grand finals

Press Release – Young Farmers

AgriKidsNZ Champions

AgriKidsNZ and TeenAg Competitors were undeterred by the downpour as they battled it out in their respective Grand Finals held at Kumeu Showgrounds in Auckland today alongside the Practical Day of the ANZ Young Farmer Contest Grand Final. Read more »

Labour warns: government’s housing legislation could override Auckland Council

Media release from NZ Labour Party
The Government’s power hungry approach is causing its housing policy to unravel before the ink on the Budget is dry, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. Read more »

Legislation will “streamline” new housing developments, first in Auckland

Press Release – New Zealand Government
Special legislation to enable councils and the Government to streamline new housing developments in areas where housing is least affordable was introduced to Parliament today. Read more »

Len Brown wants more work on government’s housing accord plans

Press Release – Auckland Council
Auckland Mayor Len Brown has welcomed the introduction of legislation for housing accords, but says he will be seeking clarification on a number of points to ensure the final legislation is consistent with the draft Auckland Housing Accord. Read more »

Michael Barnett agrees that housing intervention is needed in Auckland

Press Release – Auckland Chamber of Commerce
The radical move by the central government to conditionally take over approving housing resource consents reinforces the Chamber’s recent calls for action to address Auckland’s housing shortage. Read more »

Emirates to offer all-A380 service to and from Auckland

Press Release – Emirates Airlines
Auckland will from October become the first airport outside Emirates’ Dubai hub to have three scheduled Airbus A380 aircraft on the ground at one time when the airline introduces the double-decker aircraft on its daily Dubai route via Brisbane. Read more »

Comedy Festival: close competition for Billy and Fred Award

Press Release – Elephant Publicity
With the 21st NZ International Comedy Festival in its final days, the 2013 Billy T Award Nominees & The FRED Award finalists have just days to impress audiences and judges with their solo shows before final judging at Last Laughs this Sun 19 May at SKYCITY Theatre. Read more »

Public invited to comment on Auckland’s new Public Transport Network

Press Release – Auckland Transport
Auckland Transport will shortly hit the streets to consult over the new Network for public transport services in Auckland. The New Network is a region wide public transport network which is proposed to deliver bus services at least every 15 minutes throughout the day, seven days a week on major routes between the hours of 7am to 7pm. Services will connect better with train services for those customers who require connections. Read more »

Strike at McDonalds – workers want free meals

Press Release – Unite Union
McDonald’s workers, angry that police are given 50% discounts at their store whilst staff are refused free meals on shift, will go on strike today in Auckland. This follows two pickets earlier in May, where workers and supporters of the Unite union were pushed and manhandled by the Force. Read more »

Maidment Theatre expects to be repaired and reopened by end of June

Press Release – Auckland Theatre Company
We have been advised by the University of Auckland that they are driving their contractors to have the Maidment Theatre repaired by the end of June. If this time frame is achieved, which we have every reason to believe it will be, the season of The Heretic and The Lion Foundation season of Lord of the Flies will go ahead as scheduled. Read more »

Massey’s new theatre at Albany will be available for wider community

Press Release – Massey University
A brand new performing arts space has opened at the Albany campus, and it will prove an asset to students at Massey and the wider performing arts community. Read more »

Workshop in Manukau will offer young people a voice on Unitary Plan

Press Release – Simeon Brown
Manurewa Local Board Member Simeon Brown is calling for all young people in South and Eastern Auckland to head along to a workshop he is organising in Manukau to support young people to have their voice heard on the draft Unitary Plan. Read more »

Young farmers in Auckland for ultimate showdown

Press Release – ANZ Bank
Three months of sheep shearing, fence building and knowledge testing challenges around provincial New Zealand are complete. Tonight, twenty-two district finals and seven regional finals come to a head for seven contestants as they contest the Grand Final of ANZ Young Farmer Contest which kicks off at Aotea Square in Auckland. Read more »

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