Environment

Borrow and return bags not coming back

A scheme to help Matakana become plastic-bag free by supplying a bank of reusable fabric bags at the local Four Square is in danger of becoming a victim of its own success. Some 300 cloth bags made by volunteers have been snapped up by shoppers in...... Read More

Housing areas no longer special

The recent revelation that 86 of Auckland’s 154 Special Housing Areas have not come to fruition has angered Cr John Watson, who says Council wasted money, time and resources with little impact on housing affordability for Aucklanders. Special...... Read More

No takers yet for RSA land

No offers were made for the Hibiscus Coast Community RSA’s land in Vipond Road, which was marketed as “a prime development opportunity”. The sale of the 5200sqm piece of land at 20 Melia Place was agreed to by members in order to...... Read More

Public warned to avoid slip site

At the end of May, the foot track that runs from the bottom of Arkles Drive to Whangaparaoa Road was closed by a big slip. At the time the Auckland Council told Hibiscus Matters it would be at least four weeks before the slip could be cleared and the...... Read More

School lunch wrap study snowballs

A class study that began with a few pieces of plastic wrap has snowballed, making children and their families more aware of the environmental impact of plastic. Teacher Sandra Grech of Whangaparaoa School says she was motivated to bring the issue to...... Read More

Council seriously considers play

Auckland Council is taking a serious look at play as it considers its investment priorities now, and into the future. Recently it consulted the public on its Takaro – Investing in Play plan. Part of the plan is to consider how to widen the scope...... Read More

Dotterels deterred from nesting

The NZ Transport Agency is deliberately letting the grass grow long on sections of the Northern Motorway, which it hopes will deter endangered dotterels from nesting in the area. Several nesting dotterel pairs and chicks have made their homes in Albany...... Read More

Grants to insulate cold homes

New grants are available to pay half the cost of ceiling and under-floor insulation. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority is offering the grants to homeowners with a Community Services Card and people with a health condition related to cold,...... Read More

Kaipara climate change conversation started

The first specialist research and public consultation on the impact that climate change could have on the vast Kaipara Harbour coast and catchment area has been set in motion by the Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group (IKHMG). The group held...... Read More

Landowners offered free plants

Free native plants for conservation projects and riparian planting are being offered to landowners throughout North Auckland and Northland in a scheme being backed and administered by the Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group (IKHMG). The 350,000...... Read More