Half of Northlanders rely on rainwater tanks, more than three times the national average.
Outcry in Russell follows similar controversy over sprayed native trees in Waimate North.
Ex-minister Jones says the roundabout will improve daily lives but baulks at $24.5m cost.
Thieves cut four padlocks to steal man's tools, wrecking his plans to fix up family home.
Heat, not traffic, was the enemy this time as firefighter Simon Trye set new world record.
The council says roadside plantings can reduce drivers' vision and threaten power lines.
Budget, timing hut by Covid but Ngāwhā still due to start supplying power by Christmas.
If it goes ahead as planned the lake will cover 30ha and store 1.4m cubic metres of water.
Giant wētā will return to three sites in the Bay of Islands next month.
The 18ha reservoir will supply water to an industrial park, orchards and Kaikohe township.
Overflows occurred for a few hours a day on at least two days due to a faulty pump.
Stinging sea creatures at mercy of winds, currents, and thrive as sunlight hours increase.