News of a looming population-based law change that would potentially enable the creation of strong, legally-empowered 'local boards' in Northland has been welcomed by Northland Regional Council (NRC) Chairman Craig Brown.
The director of an Auckland university's research institute and a specialist in economic development has been appointed as Northland Inc's new Chief Executive Officer.
Safety concerns caused by rapidly shifting sands and exposed rocks have prompted a local authority decision to remove the navigation lights on the beacons at the harbour entrance to Ngunguru.
The three Independent Commissioners who recently spent five weeks hearing hundreds of submissions on one of Northland's most important planning documents are expected to deliver their recommendations within the next two months.
Officials says they have been left with little choice but to 'reluctantly' issue abatement notices to more than 40 Northland marine farmers for failing to lodge bonds designed to spare ratepayers the cost of cleaning up abandoned oyster farms.
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