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Local tip-offs lead to arrest, Cheviot - NZ Police

An off-duty officer in Cheviot has taken a wanted offender off the streets, thanks to tips from vigilant locals.

The officer, who was on his day off yesterday, started receiving calls from locals who had noticed a black ute acting suspiciously in the township.

All trail users encouraged to be courteous during lockdown - Queenstown Lakes Council

While Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) tracks and trails are open during the COVID-19 lockdown, it’s vital to stick to rules around track behaviours and, especially, physical distancing.

Police is urging New Zealanders to stay safe by staying home this Easter

Police will be ramping up visibility in communities and on the roads including operating checkpoints over the Easter period, making sure people are safe and complying with the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions.

‘Unfathomable stress’ as virus concentrates domestic violence woes at isolated homes

Domestic violence victims and support services are being put under intense pressure due to Covid-19 constraints restricting movement, but it’s become an evil weapon for perpetrators who are capitalising on the situation.

Think before you shop - Disability Rights Commissioner

It’s tough for all of us during lockdown trying to get food when our fridge is looking bare. For many people who can’t leave their homes at all it’s proving extra challenging.

Supporting essential workers with childcare during lockdown - Creators Educational Trust

Nationwide home-based childcare agency, Creators@Home, today joins a handful of approved licensed home-based providers funded to care for the children of essential workers during the coronavirus Level Four lockdown period.

Stop dumping rubbish - Western Waikato Emergency Operating Centre

An influx of illegal rubbish dumping is causing headaches across the Waikato with local transfer stations closed during the Covid-19 level four lockdown.

Nelson City Council to consider a 0% rates rise at next Council meeting

With the COVID-19 shutdown having a significant effect on our region’s economy, Nelson City Council has decided to take a new approach to its Draft Annual Plan, including a proposal for a 0% rate rise.

Taupo District Council supporting commercial and community tenants

Taupō District Council is looking to support its commercial and community tenants with a lease fee waiver over the next few months, to help ease the burden of the COVID-19 shutdown.

Tropical cyclone Harold update from Save the Children New Zealand

TC Herald has changed course and will pass much closer to western part of Viti Levu.

A hurricane warning is now in force from Nadi up to Pacific harbour.

TC Herald will make landfall over Kadavu at 200km/hr wind speeds.