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Dynamic Lanes team come to local board

Dynamic lanes are utilised around the world to get traffic moving at peak times including on the Auckland Harbour and Panmure bridges. In 2014, Auckland Transport began investigating using this concept at peak times on road corridors too. Last year they...... Read More

Dynamic Lanes team come to local board

Dynamic lanes are utilised around the world to get traffic moving at peak times including on the Auckland Harbour and Panmure bridges. In 2014, Auckland Transport began investigating using this concept at peak times on road corridors too. Last year they...... Read More

Hibiscus Matters Letters - Published July 2017

Open process Linda Grant, Arkles Bay. Published July 19, 2017 There is no question that local board workshops should be open to the public and the press. I went to a couple of local board meetings early on after they were formed under the new council,...... Read More

Safety comes first

At the recent public meeting in Red Beach, Auckland Transport made much of the technological bells and whistles that are being deployed for the trial of Dynamic Lanes during peak hours on Whangaparaoa Road (from Red Beach Road to the highway). It includes...... Read More

Measuring a fever

My kids aren’t babies anymore. However, I still remember those days vividly –especially the things you experience with your first child. The worry about whether or not you are doing the right thing, and when medical help is needed. A fever...... Read More

Spotlight falls on forests

To the immediate west and north of Orewa are large areas of little known regenerating kauri-podocarp forests. They are coming into focus as farming and other rural pursuits within and around them are being superseded by the priorities of a rapidly expanding...... Read More

Mahurangi Matters Letters - July 2017

TANL nonsense Heather Rogan, convener New Zealand Fairy Tern Charitable Trust It’s hard to credit the assertions made by TANL (MM July 5) that their illegal weir on Te Arai Stream has had no negative impacts on fish, birds and flooding. Auckland...... Read More

Terrific tools

I had a moment of nostalgia last week. While pruning the grapevines, I literally stumbled over my old secateurs that I had lost during the summer prune. These Felco 2 secateurs have been my trusty companion for more than three decades now; still with...... Read More

Benefits of vaccination

The first vaccination occurred at the end of the 18th century, when Edward Jenner exposed a boy to cowpox then later exposed him to smallpox. As he suspected, the boy did not come down with smallpox. Exposure to something causing minor symptoms afforded...... Read More

Learning for life

Homebuilders Family Services has been given an exciting opportunity to provide a four module gardening workshop for the ultimate beginner in Terms 3 and 4. This will involve learning about soils, what to plant, where and when to plant, different styles...... Read More

Seeking new pastures

Twenty years, two months,  one week, four days, nineteen hours and what seemed like the shortest trip to my children’s bus stop I have ever taken. This is the time frame of years since I had my first baby. My last one started school the other...... Read More

Putting Matakana on the map

In wine terms, a Geographic Indicator (GI)is something that has been around for a long time. The origins go back to the 1750s in the Douro region of Portugal, where producers, unable to sate English demand, started to blend their wines with pale, inferior...... Read More

A museum takes shape

Artefacts in the original Brookes museum. In the late 1890s, Edwin Stanley Brookes Jnr established the first Albertland Museum in the attic of his family home, Minniesdale House, at Wharehine. Fascinated by local history, he had an impressive collection...... Read More

Volunteering for future generations

For the last three years I have been involved with the Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary (TOSSI).  After hearing about the nursery group, I thought it would be great to learn about the propagation and raising of trees. What I didn’t know was that...... Read More

Sobering viewing

Outside of a controlled fire within a household fireplace or garden incinerator, most people will never experience the intensity and heat of a large fire. The New Zealand Fire Service has developed an online interactive ‘virtual reality experience’,...... Read More

Finding Robbie

Back in the 1960s and 70s Sir Dove-Myer Robinson was Auckland’s longest serving and most popular Mayor. He had a hard life as a child before making his mark as a successful clothing manufacturer. He was a man with the common touch, a rather eccentric...... Read More

Subdivision at home

With the current Unitary Plan now predominantly in place the number of secondary dwellings and minor units are increasing, filling in spare land on properties and unlocking the land’s financial potential. Many families and couples are taking advantage...... Read More

Become a stalker

Do you eat broccoli stalks? If not, why not? Maybe you were only served the florets as a child, and you’ve never thought about eating the stalks – yet broccoli stalks are both edible and delicious. When you throw away a broccoli stalk you...... Read More