World News

Half of Auckland Council’s regional fuel tax has not been spent

About $156 million from the Auckland regional fuel tax is unspent at a time when Auckland Council is scrambling for money to stimulate the economy and create jobs. It’s been just over two years since the 11.5 cents per litre tax was introduced and the council has raised $330m from the levy. It has spent […]

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Auckland Mayor Phil Goff proposes a rates rise of 5 per cent

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has today announced plans to raise rates by 5 per cent next year. In his “mayoral proposal” for a new 10 year budget Goff said the one-off increase of 5 per cent from July next year would be followed by rate rises of 3.5 per cent thereafter. The Recovery Budget as […]

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Body found: Auckland businesswoman had been looking forward to life with new partner

Elizabeth (Ying) Zhong was a grandmother who had been looking forward to living her life with her new partner, a friend told the Herald. A body believed to be that of the 55-year-old business woman reported missing from Counties Manukau East was found yesterday afternoon. A source told the Herald the body was uplifted from […]

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Ten years since Auckland Council formed, but how super is the supercity?

By Jean Bell, of RNZ A decade on, Auckland’s supercity is still as contentious as ever. Yesterday marked 10 years since seven district councils and a regional council were smooshed together with the aim of improving co-ordination and efficiency of the region’s governance. The Clark-led Labour government kick started the reform in 2007 with a […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Auckland bar patrons told to get tested after confirmed case

Patrons of an Auckland pub have been asked to self-isolate and get swabbed for Covid-19 after being exposed to someone infectious with the virus. A person who visited The Malt pub in Greenhithe on Friday October 16, between 7.30pm and 10pm, later tested positive for the virus, the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) says. […]

Politics

Election 2020: Auckland man’s powerful response to Judith Collins’ obesity comments

An Auckland man has issued a powerful response to National leader Judith Collins over her controversial obesity comments. Isoa Kavakimotu, who grew up in Otahuhu and Mt Roskill, took to social media to address Collins’ claims that obesity is a “personal choice”. She told Newstalk ZB that “people need to start taking some personal responsibility […]