103 days ago

Cell tower proposed for sacred maunga - what are your thoughts?

The team Reporter from Whangarei Leader

Hi neighbours - Hapū are ready to occupy Whakarongorua Maunga in the Utakura Valley to stop cell phone tower construction.

Hapū member Mori Rapana says "the mountain designated for the tower was sacred and steeped in history", with ancestral bones buried there. He says that "they're willing to fully occupy the land and get arrested so that it is left in all its glory for all generations to come".

What are your thoughts? Should another area be chosen for the cell phone tower? Is there enough being done to protect sacred sites?

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35 minutes ago

Have you met the volunteers caring for NZ's oldest European garden?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

They tend the impressive 100-year-old mulberry tree and the second oldest pear tree in New Zealand which was planted in the 1830s as well as the heritage roses; there are 40 different types including climbing tea roses, chestnut roses and old bush China roses.

1 day ago

Poll: Should Crate Day be banned?

Caroline Williams Reporter from Rodney Times

Hibiscus Coast revellers will be forced to celebrate Crate Day on private property this weekend, as authorities impose a temporary alcohol ban in parks and beaches, following two years of successful bans.
The 48 hour ban on Saturday and Sunday covers beaches, foreshore and reserves between Waiwera and Arkles Bay in north Auckland.
Crate Day was started by The Rock radio station to embark summer by sharing a crate of beers with mates.
However, many participants see it as a challenge to consume the whole crate alone, getting extremely drunk in the process.
Rodney locals are known to go hard on Crate Day, with mess left behind in public places playing a part in the ban (see photo) enforced by police and the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board.
Do you support the temporary liquor ban?

Should Crate Day be banned?
  • 87.7% Yes - It fuels drunken shenanigans and leaves a mess behind
    87.7% Complete
  • 12.3% No - It's a great way to see in the summer, let them have their fun!
    12.3% Complete
57 votes
9 hours ago

Celebrate the launch of two new Readers Tours with TV Guide!

The Team from Readers Tours

For over three decades, Readers Tours has been taking our loyal readers on unforgettable journeys exploring the rich history and culture of New Zealand’s hidden gems.

The much loved North and South Island Journeys are back for 2020, along with the launch of two new escapes in both the North and South Island. These new shorter escapes are the perfect length of time for those adventurous seniors who want a taste of the spectacular excursions and sights our country has to offer.

To celebrate the launch of our brand new tours, our friends at TV Guide and Neighbourly are giving away a year’s subscription for TV Guide to one lucky adventurer!

All you have to do is tell us a New Zealand destination you would love to visit via this link and you'll be in the draw to win!

Entries close 19th December 2019.
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