55 days ago

Favourite discoveries on NZ travels

Lorna Thornber Reporter from Stuff Travel

Hi everyone,
We'd be keen to hear about your discoveries on your recent travels around New Zealand. Were there any small towns, activities or attractions that surprised you, for better or for worse? Did you come across any lesser-know spots you think more Kiwis should check out? Which small towns do you think deserve more visitors than they get? Please remember your comment may be included in an article unless you state that you don't want it to be. Cheers.

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13 hours ago

Why 2021 will be the year of the long weekend

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Hey neighbours,

Good news – 2021 is set to be the year of the long weekend.

Five out of 10 public holidays will be Mondayised (or Tuesdayised in one case) next year, which means if you work a standard Monday to Friday week, you can look forward to some extended breaks.

In fact, once you’ve tacked on the weekends, you’ll end up getting a whopping 25 days off out of those 10 stat days, plus your region’s anniversary day.

To find out how to get the most out of your annual leave next year, click here.

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3 days ago

Poll: Taking on your town's te reo name

Maxine Jacobs Reporter from Manawatū Standard

Mōrena kiritata,

A push to use Levin’s Māori name Taitoko has stalled and the councillor who backed the move says she’s surprised at the negative reaction to the idea.

In 2018 Horowhenua named its draft town centre strategy “Transforming Taitoko” and councillor Victoria Kaye-Simmons said it would also be nice to acknowledge the town's traditional name.

It has not featured since and Kaye-Simmons a faced backlash after speaking out.

What's the traditional Māori name for your town, and would you support its use?

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Taking on your town's te reo name
  • 41.8% I know the name, and no I wouldn't use it.
    41.8% Complete
  • 25.1% I know the name, and yes I would use it.
    25.1% Complete
  • 24.8% I don't know the name, but I wouldn't use it.
    24.8% Complete
  • 4.9% I don't know the name, but yes I wouldn't use it.
    4.9% Complete
  • 3.5% I'm not sure.
    3.5% Complete
371 votes
1 day ago

Poll: Horizons commits to reducing emissions buy 30 per cent in 10 years

Maxine Jacobs Reporter from Manawatū Standard

Mōrena kiritata,

Wider Manawatū councillors have decided to walk the talk when it comes to climate change by aiming to reduce regional council emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.

Horizons Regional Council voted on Tuesday to adopt the target and put $80,000 of unbudgeted money towards understanding its emissions inventory.

Do you think Horizons can do it? Why/why not?

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Horizons commits to reducing emissions buy 30 per cent in 10 years
  • 40.8% Yes.
    40.8% Complete
  • 42.1% No.
    42.1% Complete
  • 17.1% I'm not sure.
    17.1% Complete
76 votes