News Archive


Regional Council approves frigate sinking

Posted: 18 December 2006

Resource consent has been granted to sink the frigate HMNZS Canterbury as an artificial reef and dive attraction at Deep Water Cove in the outer Bay of Islands.

Jason Dawson.

Northlander wins International Study Award

Posted: 14 December 2006

A Whangarei-based Council worker has won an international study award and is to visit Great Britain next year to research how website and other technologies are being used by local authorities overseas.

Spill sign.

100,000 litre sewage spill prompts NRC warning

Posted: 13 December 2006

An estimated 100,000 litre raw sewage spill into a Whangarei stream has prompted a warning to contractors to obtain local authority approval before working on public sewerage systems.


Whāngārei man Northland Sailor of the Year

Posted: 13 December 2006

An internationally-recognised Whangarei yachtsman has today (Weds 13 December) been named this year’s ‘Northland Sailor of the Year’.

NRC Water Street.

NRC offices to close for Xmas, New Year

Posted: 13 December 2006

All Northland Regional Council offices are to close from 1pm Friday, 22 December until the morning of Wednesday, 3 January for the Christmas-New Year holiday break.

Enviroschools Award.

12 recognised at first regional Enviroschools awards

Posted: 12 December 2006

Twelve Northland schools have been recognised for a range of environmental initiatives - including turning a swampy paddock into a thriving wetland - at the region’s first Enviroschools Awards.

Ken Paterson.

New Regional Council CEO appointed

Posted: 04 December 2006

The Auckland-based head of an infrastructure works and maintenance company has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Northland Regional Council.

Bream Bay.

10-year consent for Ruakaka treatment plant

Posted: 01 December 2006

Uncertainty over the quantity of wastewater passing through Ruakaka’s wastewater treatment plant and its effects on the foreshore has seen the plant’s resource consents renewed – but for a reduced volume and limited 10-year term.

Whangarei bus.

Bus service to run over Xmas, New Year

Posted: 29 November 2006

Whangarei bus patrons have received an early Christmas present with the news the buses will keep operating on all statutory holidays for the first time this summer.

Sand in shell.

Illegal Kaipara sand removal concerns NRC

Posted: 28 November 2006

People illegally taking trailer loads of sand from Kaipara beaches risk legal action if caught, the Northland Regional Council warns.

Water sampling.

Annual water tests for popular north swim spots

Posted: 23 November 2006

Water quality tests to check whether some of Northland’s most popular spots are suitable for swimming will begin on Monday (November 27).


Six appointed to $12 million NRC Trust

Posted: 16 November 2006

A magazine editor/food and wine consultant, a farmer, company directors, a business consultant and an accountant are among the newest appointees to the $12 million Northland Regional Council Community Trust.


Approval for Kaipara harbour marine facility

Posted: 31 October 2006

Local authorities have granted resource consent for a new Kaipara Harbour-based marine maintenance facility, complete with a 105-metre long, 30-metre wide dry dock.

Marine farm.

Crucial step for future of North marine farming

Posted: 27 October 2006

A framework for the future development of new Northland marine farms moved a step closer to reality today with the launch of a new round of Northland Regional Council consultation.

Railway track.

NRC to designate land for $100m-plus Marsden Pt rail link

Posted: 24 October 2006

The Northland Regional Council is to embark on a three-pronged plan to try to progress long-held plans for a $100 million-plus rail link to Marsden Pt.


119 projects to share $435,000 NRC environment fund cash

Posted: 18 October 2006

Almost 120 projects ranging from fencing native bush to controlling pest animals and plants have been awarded a $435,000 share of this year’s record $530,000 Northland Regional Council Environment Award.


Kaeo workshop aims to conserve soil, waterways

Posted: 12 October 2006

Organisers are expecting more than 20 locals to attend a free Kaeo workshop designed to inform landowners how to limit on-farm erosion and improve the health of the region’s waterways.


Consent granted for Matapouri erosion work

Posted: 12 October 2006

Plans to build up several hundred metres of eroding Matapouri Beach with thousands of cubic metres of sand extracted from the local estuary have been granted resource consent.


$72,500 fines for illegal earthworks

Posted: 10 October 2006

The contractors and project managers responsible for illegal earthworks for a roughly 10-kilometre subdivision road across largely erosion-prone Mangawhai land have been fined a total of $72,500.

Youth Summit.

Annual NRC regional youth summit on next month

Posted: 28 September 2006

A record 40 students from 20 Northland schools will gather for a special Youth Summit at Whangarei’s Onerahi foreshore next month (Thursday 19 October) to discuss coastal environmental issues – and what they can do to make a difference.


20-plus apply for Regional Council CEO job

Posted: 22 September 2006

More than 20 people have applied to become the Northland Regional Council’s next Chief Executive Officer.


42 apply to join $12m NRC trust

Posted: 11 September 2006

More than 40 people have applied to fill six vacancies on the $12 million Northland Regional Council Community Trust.

Kerikeri River.

Pollution research earns Kerikeri student NRC award

Posted: 28 August 2006

A 17-year-old Kerikeri High School student’s study of waterway pollution has earned him this year’s Northland Regional Council ‘Excellence Award’ at the Top Energy Far North Science and Technology Fair.

Hokianga Harbour.

Meeting to discuss Omapere/Opononi erosion

Posted: 23 August 2006

Concerned locals and experts are to gather in the Hokianga in a bid to try to find workable solutions to erosion that has eaten away more than 20 metres of the Omapere foreshore since the 1960s.

Sarah Trass.

Anti-poaching device $1000 Science Fair Award winner

Posted: 23 August 2006

A novel solution to thwart poachers raiding her father’s crayfish pots has earned a Whangarei student a $1000 Northland Regional Council award at the Central Northland Science and Technology Fair.

Enviroschool hui.

50 to gather at Regional Enviroschools hui

Posted: 23 August 2006

About 50 students, teachers and environmental educators from around Northland are to gather at Kerikeri next week (Thurs 31 August) for an annual Enviroschools hui.


Six trustees sought for $12M NRC Trust

Posted: 11 August 2006

Northlanders with good business skills and connections, business development know-how and a knowledge of Maori culture are needed to help run a $12 million trust fund.

Awanui River floodgate.

Work on Awanui flood scheme paying off

Posted: 10 August 2006

Hydrologists estimate recent improvements to the Awanui flood scheme mean it can already carry almost 12 percent extra water – almost 100 million litres every hour - before there is a serious flooding risk to Kaitaia.

Pine tree.

Yellow 'dust' only pine pollen

Posted: 07 August 2006

Yellow, sulphurous-looking dust that has been sparking pollution complaints in Whangarei is just pine tree pollen.

Kaipara Harbour navigation.

$50,000+ upgrade of Kaipara's navigation

Posted: 27 July 2006

Strong tides, shifting sand banks, floating debris and rough seas are just some of the challenges facing Regional Council staff carrying out a $50,000-plus upgrade of Kaipara Harbour’s navigation aids.


Public help sought on 10-year Transport Strategy

Posted: 24 July 2006

Members of the public are being asked for their views on a Draft Strategy intended to help shape the future of land-based transportation in the region for the next decade.


200-plus biosecurity experts to meet next week

Posted: 18 July 2006

More than 200 biosecurity experts are to meet in the Bay of Islands next week for the biggest conference of its kind in the region in a decade.

Cabbage tree.

$10,000 sustainable management scholar wanted

Posted: 17 July 2006

The annual hunt has begun for a university student keen to receive a $10,000 Northland Regional Council Sustainable Management Scholarship.

Tony Phipps.

Acting Regional Council CEO appointed

Posted: 13 July 2006

Senior Northland Regional Council Manager Tony Phipps has been appointed as Acting Chief Executive Officer while a replacement is sought for outgoing CEO Warren MacLennan.


Consent granted for new floating Russell jetty

Posted: 11 July 2006

A Bay of Islands couple has been granted resource consent to remove an existing jetty and build a new floating one to improve boat access to their Russell property.


July 14 deadline for Environment Fund

Posted: 07 July 2006

People keen to secure a share of the Northland Regional Council’s $505,000 Environment Fund have just one week left to get their applications in.

Lake Omapere planting.

Plants ready for Lake Omapere planting days

Posted: 27 June 2006

More than 10,000 plants have been prepared for the three planting days planned at Lake Omapere, the first of which is being held this weekend.


Rabbit virus set for release

Posted: 23 June 2006

Owners of rabbits should make sure their pets are vaccinated ahead of the release of the rabbit calicivirus in Northland next month.

Marsden Point rail decision disappoints

Posted: 22 June 2006

The Northland Regional Council is very disappointed and frustrated with ONTRACK’s decision yesterday not to proceed immediately with the designation of land for the proposed rail extension from Oakleigh to Marsden Point.


Awards for top weedbusters

Posted: 19 June 2006

The region’s top weed warriors have been recognised in the inaugural Northland Weedbusters Awards.
Warren MacLennan.

Regional Council CEO Resigns

Posted: 14 June 2006

Long time Northland Regional Council Chief Executive Officer Warren MacLennan has announced his resignation to take up a new position at the Rodney District Council.


10-year ‘Community Plan’ adopted

Posted: 14 June 2006

Northland Regional Council members have formally adopted a comprehensive plan setting out the direction the Council will take over the next decade.


20 schools to share $16,000 env awards

Posted: 12 June 2006

A study of freshwater bug life, slashing trash and worm farming are among a record 20 school projects that will receive $16,000 funding from this year’s Northland Regional Council Environmental Curriculum Awards.

Lake Omapere planting.

10,000 plants for Lake Omapere

Posted: 09 June 2006

Organisers are hoping for another good public turn-out as they aim to plant 10,000 native trees and flaxes at Lake Omapere next month.

Okara Park.

Regional Council to fund share of events centre

Posted: 31 May 2006

Northland Regional Council members have voted to fund a $13 million stake in a proposed multimillion dollar regional events centre.


Ongoing wet prompts productivity warning

Posted: 30 May 2006

The productivity of Northland’s paddocks may be hampered for as long as two or three seasons because of recent persistent recent rain, the Northland Regional Council warns.

Flooding warning.

Watch for flooding today, Northlanders warned

Posted: 26 May 2006

Northland’s saturated land and rain-swollen rivers may struggle to cope with at least another 70mm of rain predicted for today, with officials warning flooding is a real possibility in Whangarei and the mid-North.


Bid to develop 'self-setting' traps

Posted: 25 May 2006

Revolutionary self-setting pest traps may be a step closer to reality after a $5000 research grant to the Northland Regional Council.

Oil spill exercise.

More than 20 involved in regional 'oil spill'

Posted: 24 May 2006

More than 20 local authority, refinery, tug company, conservation and iwi representatives are to take part in a regional oil spill exercise involving a large, fictional spill next week (Thurs 1 June).


'See and be seen’ boaties urged after near-miss

Posted: 18 May 2006

A near-miss in which a 4500 tonne cement carrier almost mowed down two boaties in a small, unlit dinghy has prompted a safety warning from Northland’s Regional Harbourmaster.


Rats threat to Northland’s environment too

Posted: 11 May 2006

They’re smaller and less visible than possums, but the humble rat is capable of doing great environmental damage to Northland too, according to pest experts.


Almost 500 submissions to NRC’s draft ‘Community Plan’

Posted: 08 May 2006

Almost 500 submissions have been received on the Northland Regional Council’s Draft Long Term Council Community Plan.


Unbundling welcome, but only first step

Posted: 05 May 2006

Central Government’s decision to open Telecom’s broadband network to competition has been welcomed by the Chairman of the Northland Regional Council’s Regional Development Committee.


$505,000 tipped for 2006 NRC environment fund

Posted: 03 May 2006

Applications are now open for an expanded $505,000 Northland Regional Council fund designed to help people protect and enhance the region’s precious natural environment.

Farm chemicals.

Free hazchemical collection for rural Whāngārei

Posted: 02 May 2006

Property owners in rural parts of the Whāngārei District will be able to rid themselves of unwanted agricultural chemicals and other hazardous wastes when a free collection service returns later this month.


Offender sought after truckload of tyres dumped at Portland

Posted: 28 April 2006

Officials are today hunting a person who dumped a large truckload of roughly 250 used car tyres into a tidal area at Portland, near Whangarei.


NRC offers free Lantana eradication service

Posted: 24 April 2006

Biosecurity experts are once again offering Northland gardeners help to identify and eradicate the aggressive pest plant ‘Lantana camara’.


Minor changes to dam, bore rules

Posted: 20 March 2006

Northlanders wanting to dam a river or drill a new bore will need resource consent under proposed minor changes to the way the region’s freshwater supplies are managed.

Whangarei Harbour.

17 pile moorings approved for Parua Bay marina

Posted: 17 March 2006

Developers of a new marina at Solomons Pt, Parua Bay have been granted resource consent to build up to 17 new pile moorings.

Okara Park.

Regional Council considers part-funding new events centre

Posted: 16 March 2006

A $13 million stake in a new $39.3M Whangarei multi-use events centre could be funded via part of a new ‘Regional Recreational Facilities Rate’ being considered by Northland Regional Councillors.

Argentine ant.

Public help sought to stop Argentine ants spreading

Posted: 07 March 2006

Northlanders are being asked to join a battle to stop the spread of a tiny ant classed among the 100 most invasive species on Earth.

Farm chemicals.

Free Far North collection for unwanted agrichemicals

Posted: 28 February 2006

Rural Far North residents will have another chance to rid themselves of unwanted agrichemicals when a special Northland Regional Council collection team returns to the district next month.

Oil spill exercise.

Tutukaka oil ‘spill’ to test recovery team

Posted: 27 February 2006

About 15 people are expected to deal with a fictional oil spill at Tutukaka next month as Northland’s marine oil spill response experts put their skills to the test.

Goat pie.

Wild goat pie on menu at Regional Council Field Days display

Posted: 17 February 2006

‘Pest pies’ will be back on the menu at the upcoming Dargaville field days – but this year it will be the meat from young wild goats, rather than possums, filling the free Northland Regional Council snacks.

Moth plant.

Moth plant’s annual aerial assault looming

Posted: 14 February 2006

Northland Regional Council Biosecurity Officer Ken Massey says every year about this time the wind carries huge numbers of moth plant seeds to new sites.

Marine farm.

New Aquaculture regime could save ratepayers huge sums

Posted: 26 January 2006

Would-be marine farmers - rather than ratepayers – will bear the costs of any moves to zone aquaculture areas in Northland under a new regime adopted by the Northland Regional Council.


$23,000 extra allows bus service to operate on public holidays

Posted: 25 January 2006

An extra $23,000 funding is to enable Whangarei Bus Services to operate on public holidays, beginning with Northland Anniversary Day on Monday. (Monday 30 January)