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North Beach car park off limits to freedom campers

Concerns over safety and public access have prompted the Christchurch City Council to close the North Beach Car Park temporarily to freedom camping during weekends.

The closure will apply from this weekend until Easter Sunday and again from Labour weekend until New Year’s Eve.

The National Contemporary Art Award - bold, original and 21 this year

Entries are now open for the 21st annual National Contemporary Art Award at Waikato Museum with prize money of $20,000 for the winner, and other awards bringing the total prize pool to more than $27,000.

$50 million Powerball and $1 million strike must be won

Powerball has rolled over to a jaw-dropping $50 million and must be won on Saturday.

Beehives, worms and skinks winners as Kiwi kids lead the charge to protect Aotearoa

Young Kiwi conservationists, gardeners and environmental champions at 34 schools and early childhood education centres across the country will now be able to kickstart their sustainability projects, thanks to $26,000 of grants awarded by Countdown.

$19.1 million winner four months on - Lotto NZ

There’s a whopping $42 million up for grabs with Powerball on Wednesday - the second largest prize in Lotto NZ history.

15 percent of Kiwis are now mostly or always meat-free - report

The NZ Vegetarian Society is welcoming news that more Kiwis are ditching meat in favour of plant-based diets. According to Colmar Brunton's ‘Better Futures: 2020’ report, 15% of New Zealanders aged 18 and over are now always or mostly meat free.

Love Whanganui? It’s time to nominate your community heroes

The Whanganui Community Awards are back and nominations are now open to the public. You can ensure your outstanding community heroes are in the running for an award, by nominating them for recognition in 2020.

Third anniversary of change to self containment rules for RV's

Can you use that toilet with bed made up?

Many freedom campers in smaller vehicles would have had this question put to them in the past several years.

NZ's Richest Literary Award donor reveals her identity

The anonymous benefactor responsible for funding the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards’ $50,000 annual fiction prize is ready to be known.

Ponytail Palm in bloom - must be a blue moon!

Ponytail Palm in bloom - must be a blue moon!

Maybe it’s because of Auckland’s dry spell; maybe it’s got something to do with the Moon - who knows?