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Archive for January, 2013

“Not happy,” but Ports of Auckland willing to accept recommendations of facilitator

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After considering recommendations received from Facilitator Alastair Dumbleton last week, Ports of Auckland has advised him that it is willing to accept his package of recommendations. Read more »

Gordon and Gotch workers on strike in Wiri – talks with employer break down

News from First Union
Workers at an Auckland book and magazine distribution centre have started industrial action today, after talks over their employment agreement broke down. Around 23 workers at PMP Group owned Gordon & Gotch in Wiri have today gone on strike. Read more »

Auckland home building sector starting to move, says Len Brown

Press Release – Office of the Mayor of Auckland
The Mayor says the increase in building consent figures is a sign the home building sector in Auckland is starting to move. Read more »

Island search fails to find Auckland man missing in Taupo

News from NZ Police
The search for 35-year-old Leighton Grant in Taupo has been suspended after a thorough search of Motutaiko Island gave no further indication as to his whereabouts. Read more »

Only six Auckland women accept government’s free contraception plan

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party
The fact that just six women from Auckland and only 35 nationally have taken up Paula Bennett’s ‘contraception for beneficiaries’ has nothing to do with the non-promotion of it, but everything to do with it being an ill-conceived, political stunt, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “The take-up rate shows what a botched, politically-focused policy this actually is. Read more »

Two Auckland regional parks win global “green flag” awards

Press Release – Auckland Council
Two of Auckland Council’s regional parks have picked up prestigious Green Flag Awards in Australasia’s first year of being part of the global programme. Read more »

Fire risk: off-road vehicles banned in Woodhill Forest

Press Release – Auckland Council
Auckland Council has banned all recreational off-road motorised vehicles in Woodhill Forest effective Friday 1 February due to the heightened fire risk. Read more »

Auckland egg pioneer says US & China key to growth of organic exports

Press Release – Free Range Egg Poultry Co – FRENZ
One of New Zealand’s most respected organic egg pioneers says the future of local industry growth lies in expanding the lucrative US and Chinese markets. Founder of The Free Range Egg Poultry Co (FRENZ), Graeme Carrie says; organics, free range, sustainability and natural foods are areas that are critical to the future of the food industry in NZ. Read more »

Top midget drivers return To Western Springs

Press Release – Western Springs Speedway
This weekend will see the best Midget drivers in the country return to Western Springs, with drivers registered to the central Auckland track clean-sweeping the podium positions at the New Zealand championships, held in Christchurch last weekend. Read more »

Historic letter to William IV came from Kerikeri

Press Release – Historic Places Trust
It’s hard to believe that Kororipo Pa – now a beautiful reserve close to the Kerikeri Mission Station – was the scene of an event that changed the course of New Zealand history. Read more »

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