New Zealand's first kiwi corridor was opened in the weekend with the release of 10 kiwi in Tahere. The 14,000ha corridor links the successful kiwi populations in Whangārei Heads and Tutukaka Coast, giving these kiwi a total of 30,000ha of safe land to wander around in, and mix and mingle. Killing pests and controlling dogs are the main ways these areas are safe for the iconic birds. Do you have kiwi in your backyard?
Would you support the introduction of MMP to local body elections?
A former Labour minister has called on the government to implement MMP as the voting system for local body elections in a bid to 'fix' local government.
Peter Neilson, an economist, is a former Labour MP for Miramar, a Minister of Revenue, Works and Associate Minister of Finance. Neilson explains how MMP could have a positive impact on civic participation after data from Internal Affairs showed a decline in voter turnout.
Around four out of 10 New Zealanders on the electoral role turned out to vote in the last set of local elections. In comparison, around seven or eight out 10 voted in the general election last year.
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Is everybody ready for the rally?!
On Saturday 15th May, Hikurangi is hosting 4 rural rally legs, as well as a refuel stop, and an opportunity to meet the rally drivers and check out their cars up close!
This will be a huge event in the heart of Hikurangi, and it’s FREE to attend! Here’s what we have going on:
-Hikurangi Community Library open day, come along for a wander through our newly upgraded library and see our awesome selection of books and puzzles, and our fresh new children’s & teens area with HEAPS of new books! There’s also a rally based activity table and a rally colouring competition for you to take home with some awesome prizes up for grabs!
-Sausage sizzle, fizzy drinks, and hot coffee right outside the library door, fundraising for an outdoor upgrade!
-Library second hand book sale where every book is $0.50c, also magazines and Hikurangi 2021 calendars!
-An assortment of 5 bouncy castles and an obstacle course available for children, on the Chapel grounds right next door to the library, the kids activities are FREE!
-A “makers and growers” selection of market stalls along the Northern end of George St (from Rouse Motorcycles to 3 Little Birds end).
-A super special “meet the drivers” event between 9.30am and 10.45am, and again between 2.45pm and 4pm, where you can come along and chat with the drivers and get them to sign some awesome rally posters!
This will be a great event for Hikurangi and we invite visitors to join in the rally excitement with us! Grab some friends together, pack up the kids and head along for a great Saturday of fun!
You can check out further details including road closure details on our website hikurangi.co.nz...
You can buy tickets for any of the rally legs at www.eventfinda.co.nz...
For a FREE copy of the rally map, stop in to the Hikurangi Community Library and they are available at the front counter.