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Melville skatepark and playground to re-open for the holidays

The project to upgrade the skatepark and playground at Melville Park is progressing well and most parts will be open to the public over the Christmas holiday period.

Views of freedom campers increasingly polarised

Kiwis holidaying this summer may have mixed feelings about budget-concious freedom campers who flock here from afar.

Native trees trending as Christmas gifts in 2019

New Zealanders en masse are looking for ways to cut back on waste for this year’s Christmas celebrations - and it means great news for our environment.

New residency for speculative fiction writers

Writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror will be given the freedom to write in the relaxed surroundings of a Bay of Plenty country estate thanks to a new writer’s residency offered by SpecFicNZ and the Wright Family Foundation.

Physical inactivity a global challenge, says sports expert

Do not underestimate the dangers of physical inactivity, warns University of Canterbury (UC) sports expert Professor Nick Draper, who has edited a new book to examine the causes of, and solutions to, physical inactivity.

Don Cameron steps up to top role at Walking Access Commission

Ruapehu District Mayor Don Cameron has been appointed as the new Chair of the Walking Access Commission Ara HÄ«koi Aotearoa.

Minister Damien O’Connor appointed Mr Cameron for a 3-year term. He takes over from longstanding Commission Chair John Forbes.

Responsible Camping Ambassadors welcome visitors to the Coromandel

Our five new Responsible Camping Ambassadors are out and about across our district, helping freedom camping visitors find the right places to stay, along with providing information on where to find public toilets and rubbish disposal facilities.

Forrester Gallery maintains closure as council prepares to fireproof building

The gallery will continue to be closed into early 2020, to allow for additional fire compliance work to be carried out on the 136 year old building. 

A virtual reality trip to Antarctica comes to Auckland museum

We have a very exciting Virtual Reality experience coming to the Museum!

Few are fortunate enough to travel to Antarctica, even fewer experience what it is like to live there, that’s about to change!

Christmas food bank drive compromised by weather

The organisers of the Upper Clutha district's Christmas food bank drive, due to take place on Thursday, are "extremely disappointed" to have to cancel the Wanaka segment of this year's street collection - a tradition which has run for 13 years.