Mitchell resigned to loss of Rodney

National MP Mark Mitchell vows he will continue to fight for the issues dear to his heart in north Rodney, despite the fact he will no longer represent the area if proposed changes to electorate boundaries go ahead. Last month, the Representation...... Read More

Court directs urgent action to save fairy tern

The Environment Court has ruled that a weir installed by developer Te Arai North Limited (TANL) threatens the food source of New Zealand’s most endangered bird species, despite repeated denials by TANL. TANL has long denied that a weir it installed...... Read More

Rodney big winner on speed cuts says Auckland Transport

More than 140 roads in Rodney will have their speed limits drastically reduced following Auckland Transport’s (AT) approval of a new bylaw last month. Some roads, such as Big Omaha Wharf Road (Whangateau) and parts of Anderson Road (Matakana)...... Read More

Kaipara spends millions chasing unpaid penalties

Kaipara District Council (KDC) has confirmed it has spent more than $1.5 million in legal costs to defend the validity of controversial rates charges. The $1.5 million figure only includes costs up to September 2018. Costs since September 2018 have...... Read More

Smith challenges Council’s impotence over Landfill

Kaipara Mayor Dr Jason Smith has renewed his attacks on plans for a controversial landfill in the Dome Valley and says Auckland Council is perfectly capable of blocking the move if it has the will to do so. Dr Smith’s comments come in the wake...... Read More

Cartoon - NAG readies for High Court battle

The next round in the Northern Action Group’s (NAG) long-running fight to separate North Rodney from the Auckland Supercity takes place in the High Court in Wellington later this month. NAG chair Bill Townson says NAG will argue that the Local...... Read More

Stop blaming meat for climate issues

One of the founders of an initiative to improve understanding between farmers and non-farmers has blasted media outlets for misrepresenting the latest findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Ahuroa sheep and beef farmer...... Read More

Diseased feral pigs cause chaos in Puhoi

Mounting fears over an explosion in the number of diseased, feral pigs overrunning land in and around Puhoi boiled to the surface at a meeting at the Puhoi Centennial Hall on August 3. The meeting was organised by the Forest Bridge Trust, which called...... Read More

Abused reserve should be sold says resident

A Warkworth resident, disgusted at vandalism and dumping at a local reserve, says it’s not worth keeping as a public facility and Auckland Council should sell it off. Chris Wilkinson says the problems at a section of Wairere Reserve, on the eastern...... Read More

Pooches prohibited at Pakiri Beach and park

Dog owners who want to take their dogs to Pakiri Beach will need a boat or helicopter to legally do so. Last month, dog owners were confronted by a new sign at Pakiri River Road saying dogs were prohibited at all times at what has been a well-loved...... Read More