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Cemetery runs out of room

Warkworth residents hoping to be buried at the Auckland Council-run cemetery in McKinney Road are out of luck. Only about 17 body burial plots remain and these have all been reserved by customers, pending their demise. Auckland Council cemeteries...... Read More

Super Dump Bombshell

News that industry giant Waste Management wants to develop a major new landfill site for the Auckland region in the Dome Valley has been greeted with shock and dismay by the local community. Waste Management, which is owned by Beijing Capital, has...... Read More

Public outcry forces Council re-think on waste closure

Auckland Council has been forced to backtrack over plans to temporarily close the waste transfer stations at Snells Beach and Wellsford at the end of the month, following a public outcry and angry protests over the lack of notice or provision of alternative...... Read More

Araparera forest scheme finally delivers on Rodney roads

A total of 6.3 kilometres on nine roads in north Rodney will be sealed using the $2.8 million secured from the troubled Araparera Forestry joint venture fund. North Rodney ratepayers contributed $1.5 million to the scheme through a targeted rate over...... Read More

Would a cake ...

The backlash against Kath’s Devine Cakes for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding has prompted a Warkworth man to seek to establish a new political party. Read more Rodney-based Labour MP Marja Lubeck received a petition on the steps...... Read More

Fears of second ‘Hill Street’ bottleneck

A suggestion that the proposed Matakana Link Road be reduced from four lanes down to two has alarmed local community groups, who fear it may create traffic snarl ups to rival Hill Street. Auckland Transport (AT) is under pressure from the New Zealand...... Read More

Bungled sewage repair job pollutes Kaipara Harbour

Tonnes of sewage was needlessly allowed to flow into the Kaipara Harbour for days after Watercare failed to properly attend to burst pipes. The Wellsford representative on the Rodney Local Board, Colin Smith, says the incident is symptomatic of more...... Read More

Te Arai sparks foreign ownership row

The Save Te Arai pressure group and Rodney MP Mark Mitchell have both cried foul over an amendment that would have allowed a Te Arai developer to escape the provisions of the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill. The amendment was inserted into the bill...... Read More

Octogenarian leads on rate revolt

A Wellsford superannuitant will refuse to pay a targeted rate to fix Rodney’s transport woes and is urging other ratepayers to do the same. James McNabb, 89, is wanting like-minded people to get in touch with him to better coordinate opposition...... Read More

Rodney principals frustrated over teacher shortage

Principals in Rodney say the current teaching shortage in Auckland is the worst in their careers and the education sector is reaching a crisis point. Auckland Secondary Schools Principals’ Association president James Thomas believes that if major...... Read More