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Metropolitan Wellington To Ease Sprinkler Ban, Watering Restrictions Remain

Press Release – Wellington Water

From today, 31 March, the ban on using garden sprinklers in Wellington, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt and Porirua is lifted. The four cities have been under a sprinkler ban that was introduced in mid-February due to particularly dry conditions. Thanks to … Read more »

Change To Fire Season In Manawatu

Press Release – Fire and Emergency NZ

Manawatu, Palmerston North, Rangitikei and Horowhenua will move into an open fire season effective from 8am Wednesday 1 April. Principal Rural Fire Officer Bradley Shanks says a permit is still required to light a fire in open air in: – All Public … Read more »

Majority Of Oily Waste Recovered

Press Release – Bay of Plenty Regional Council

The majority of oily waste from last nights spill into Tauranga Harbour has been recovered after Bay of Plenty Regional Council staff worked into the night. It is now believed the spill was mainly made up of cooking oil mixed with residual bilge … Read more »

Steep Improvements Seen In Auckland Air Quality, Says NIWA

Press Release – NIWA

NIWA scientists say air quality has dramatically improved in Auckland since the COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown was instigated. In less than a week a steep drop in nitrogen oxide has occurred, particularly in suburban Auckland. NIWA air quality scientist … Read more »

Road Closed At Titirangi

Press Release – Gisborne District Council

Council has closed roads to Titirangi (Kaiti Hill) as a measure to prevent illegal rubbish dumping. Since the lockdown has come into effect there have been numerous reports of household rubbish being dumped on the maunga. Council chief executive … Read more »

Regional Council Responding To Oil Spill

Press Release – Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Bay of Plenty Regional Council oil spill response staff have  been working to contain an oil spill at Sulphur Point in Tauranga. An estimated 2,000 litres of oily sludge is believed to have been discharged from a tanker truck at around 5pm … Read more »

Change in fire season for Wairarapa and Tararua Districts

Press Release – Fire and Emergency NZ

The fire seasons for Wairarapa and Tararua Districts will change from prohibited to restricted effective from 8am this morning (Monday 30 March). Read more »

Coronavirus A ‘Clear Warning Shot’ From Nature To Humanity, Top Scientists Say

Article – Common Dreams

by Julia Conley, staff writer While healthcare providers and government officials around the world work to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and mitigate the effects of a resulting economic crisis, scientists urged authorities to also … Read more »

Lower Hutt’s Public Artesian Well Taps Closed

Press Release – Hutt City Council

Hutt City Council and Wellington Water, on the advice of Regional Public Health, have closed the public artesian water supply taps at Buick Street, Petone; outside the Dowse on Laings Road; and at Riverside Drive in Waiwhetu, until further notice. … Read more »

Refuse Transfer Stations Stay Open, But With Changes Due To COVID-19

Press Release – Thames Coromandel District Council

Our seven Refuse Transfer Stations (RTS) remain in operation for their usual operating hours but were having to make some urgent changes effective tomorrow morning in how they operate due to the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 coming into effect and the nationwide … Read more »

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