Real Simple Syndication (RSS) is a free way for us to send you our news straight to your computer. It lets you know we have added new content to the news or events section of our website.
When content on nrc.govt.nz is updated, it will be sent straight to your RSS reader and available for you to view at your leisure. RSS feeds contain a headline, summary and a link back to the full story on the website.
RSS is simple, free and only takes a few minutes to set up.
The first thing you need is an RSS reader. This is software that checks your feeds and lets you read new content as its added. There are some good RSS readers available and they do not take long to access.
Generally, RSS readers come in two kinds. You can download a dedicated desktop reader. This allows you to store it on your main computer. Or you can set up a browser-based news reader. This allows you to catch up with your feeds from any computer, and it does not need a software download.
Wikipedia, the free online encyclopaedia, has links to more than a hundred different RSS readers in its list of news aggregators. All you have to do is go to an RSS reader and follow the instructions on set-up.
Some of the more common web-based readers are:
- My Yahoo!
- Google Reader
- Newsgator (Web-based package)
Some of the more common readers based on a software download are:
- Newsgator (Software-based package)
Once you have a reader, you can decide what Regional Council content you want to receive. For instance, you may want to receive our news releases or our feed on events.
There are several easy ways you can set up your Northland Regional Council RSS feed.
Go to the news or events pages and look for the RSS icon. Click on it. If you have Internet Explorer 7.0 or Firefox 1.0 and above, it will automatically add the feed to your reader.
You can cut and paste the url of the RSS feeds for our news or events page into your feed reader. Your reader will tell you how to save it. You can access the url directly by clicking on the relevant feeds below:
News releases: produced by the Regional Council
Events calendar: meetings and events involving the Regional Council
Have your say: proposals, projects, policies or plans we are seeking your
Don't worry, it's not as daunting as it sounds. If you have any hassles, feel free to let us know on our feedback form.