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New rules for boat ramp users a New Zealand first - council

New rules to stop the spread of aquatic pests across the Bay of Plenty come in to force this summer with boat ramp users now required to self-certify that their vessels and trailers are free from freshwater fish and plant pests.

Kiwis' (mis)perceptions of alcohol attitudes and behaviours - NZABC

New research by the NZ Alcohol Beverages Council (NZABC) shows perception is not reality when it comes to what Kiwis think about the way we drink.

8 tips to protect your pets from the summer sun

With a long, hot summer upon us, pet owners are urged to be extra mindful of their pet’s health and safety. Unusually warm weather can quickly take its toll on furry family members, who aren’t well equipped for dealing with blazing heat.

Over 60,000 native tree Xmas gifts to combat climate change - Project Crimson

62,686 more native trees will be planted in New Zealand in 2021 thanks to generous Kiwis who chose to go green for Christmas gifting.

NGO heavyweights team up for South Island adventure challenge

Two of New Zealand’s most respected organisations have teamed up in 2021 to offer Kiwis the chance to take on the famous Alps2Ocean cycling adventure, all for a good cause.

Christians 'are being refused Covid-19 aid in countries across Asia'

According to annual report released today, COVID-19 has intensified the persecution and discrimination of at least 340 million Christians around the world.

'Winning on the Walking Wine Trail'

The 4 Barrels Walking Wine Trail, a scenic route connecting four of Central Otago’s cellar doors, has proven to be a winner for not only those visiting the Central Otago region but also for local residents.

Cycle day for Taupo families - Council

Are you looking for ways to encourage the kids to get out on their bikes in our beautiful district? Why not head along to a family cycle day being held next week to encourage families to ride while learning valuable safety skills.

2021 'looks bright' for 30 local Raangatahi

2021 looks bright for 30 local Raangatahi 30 local rangatahi aged 14-18 who were disengaged from school have graduated from the Oho Mauri Transitions Programme and are now armed with skills to confidently transition into further education, training and employment in 2021.

Drinks trends to sip and savour this summer

"Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Those days of soda and pretzels and beer. Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer…"

made popular by Nat King Cole,1963.