Environment

Minister talks Penlink

Transport and urban development Minister Phil Twyford dropped into Whangaparaoa yesterday – a visit that included being pressed to get behind a four-lane Penlink. Currently the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is close to seeking tenders for construction...... Read More

Councillors pressure Watercare for connection fee cut

Fears of another summer drought have led three north Auckland councillors to push Watercare to reduce connection charges for households that are on tank supply, but could also access town water. Albany Ward Crs Wayne Walker and John Watson have joined...... Read More

Traffic woes ongoing at supermarket entrance

The sound of car crashes is all too familiar to residents of a stretch of Whangaparaoa Rd that has become notorious since the New World shopping complex opened, in December 2015-early 2016. Attempts by Auckland Transport (AT) to improve the situation...... Read More

Covid cuts hit street projects

Many projects designed to improve the appearance, safety and accessibility of local streets will be deferred, as the budget is cut to the bone. Each term the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board is given money for new footpaths, signs, street lighting and similar...... Read More

Families conquer Everest

People have come up with many inventive ways to keep themselves busy and productive during this Covid year, including two Coast families who did a virtual climb of Mt Everest. Stanmore Bay Primary School students Ella and Jacob Owen, aged 11 and 8, and...... Read More

Spotlight on local heritage

While New Zealanders are currently using masks and sanitiser to fortify themselves against the spread of Covid-19, earlier generations of Aucklanders were also facing threats but responding with quite different fortifications. As part of the Auckland...... Read More

Back on track at Eaves’ Bush

The first walkers were invited back into Eaves’ Bush in Orewa on August 31, with the fence taken down from the Old North Road entrance to the reserve. Only one 0.65km stretch of track has reopened, and a small group of volunteers from the Eaves’...... Read More

Tsunami sirens go up in Orewa

The Hibiscus Coast’s first tsunami sirens were installed by Auckland Council in Orewa on September 2. Installation had been planned for April (HM Feb 19) but the process was delayed due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Orewa was identified in 2017 as...... Read More

Eel poisoning linked to land use

Auckland Council investigators have found that tests into the death of dozens of eels at Te Arai Stream are inconclusive. On June 5, residents found the dead eels at the mouth of the stream and were concerned they had been poisoned by discharge from...... Read More

Drought-busting bid to cut water fees

Councillors Wayne Walker, John Watson and Greg Sayers want Watercare to cut connection costs for people on tank water who could access mains water. Fears of another summer drought have led three northern Auckland councillors to push Watercare to cut...... Read More