New playground for Taumarunui

The new playground at the Taumarunui Domain was opened on Saturday 6th July by Deputy Mayor Karen Ngatai. The new playground consists of senior multi-play equipment, a natural...

Park n’ Ride Transport Hub to be opened mid-August

The new Park and Ride Transport Hub in National Park Village is expected to be open by mid-August. The $1.6m Park and Ride Facility that has been majority...

Ring of Fire Volcanic Ultra Entries for 2020

Ring of Fire Volcanic Ultra, 50k, 24k & Relay is an epic ultra adventure staged annually in March in the Tongariro National Park, Ruapehu, New Zealand; a...

Big developments coming for Tūroa skifield, Sky Waka update and the High Noon is...

Last year, Ruapehu Alpine Lifts – who operate both Whakapapa and Tūroa ski fields – were accused of forgetting about Tūroa and Ohakune in favour of tourist...

Happy Valley: What to expect this Queen’s Birthday Weekend

The forecast for Happy Valley's opening day this Saturday is gale force winds with a silver lining of SNOW. Mt Ruapehu are working hard to ensure Happy valley...

Oil spill in Ohakune’s industrial zone on Burns street

There was an oil spill in Ohakune from Burns St industrial zone which the Ruapehu district council responded to. The oil spill has been contained and cleaned-up, luckily...

Public told not to be alarmed as Mt Ruapehu eruption simulation exercise kicks off

The Ruapehu Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM) is holding a multi-agency training exercise based on simulations of Mt Ruapehu erupting. Led by the Ruapehu District Council, the...

Whanganui Countdown is introducing quiet hour

At 2.30pm every Wednesday, Countdown Trafalgar Square will have a "quiet hour" all in support of those with autism and sensory issues. The initiative originated from staff member Theo...

New Zealand Army exercise in Waiouru: what you need to know

From May 8 to May 23, the New Zealand Defence Force and a United States Army Aviation Regiment will be taking part in a counter-terrorism exercise. Parts of the...

Three dead in crash on State Highway 1 south of Taupō

Three people have died in a crash near Taupō in the early hours of Saturday morning. The crash between a van and a truck occurred about 4:15am on SH1 just outside Hatepe. A...