Environment

Govt chips in $9m to restore Mahurangi River to former glory

High speed travel to Auckland and catching snapper from clean water at the wharf are among the benefits expected from a $9 million Government package for projects in Warkworth. The Mahurangi River Restoration Trust has been granted $4.06 million by...... Read More

Aucklanders achieve target water savings in June

Watercare chair Margaret Devlin says Aucklanders are to be commended for their water savings in June, achieving an average daily water usage of 402 million litres a day against a target of 410 million litres a day or less. This result was 38 million...... Read More

Tender out for Penlink

Waka Kotahi, the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has started an open tender process to select a consortium for the detailed project design and construction phases of the Penlink project. A spokesperson says at this stage, the design work is expected to...... Read More

Council makes it easier to collect rainwater

Auckland Council has announced it is scrapping resource consent fees for the installation of rainwater tanks at residential properties. The fee waiver comes in response to the severe water shortages the region is currently experiencing. Other measures...... Read More

Kawau palms deliberately poisoned

The iconic phoenix palms on the reserve in front of Mansion House on Kawau Island have been deliberately poisoned. The eight palm trees, originally planted in 1950s, are either dead or dying with drill holes at their bases. Although not part of the original...... Read More

Warriors battle on for fair charges

“A level playing field for water charges” is the key objective of a new group set up by Stanmore Bay resident Sheryl Poynter. Sheryl set up he group, called Water Warriors, because she is shocked by how much residents on tank water supply...... Read More

Berm becomes battleground

A dedicated Hibiscus Coast gardener and environmentalist is on a collision course with Auckland Transport over, of all things, a patch of flowers and vegetables. For three years, Dee Pigneguy, who lives in Walbrook Road Manly, has been planting the...... Read More

First part of Penlink built by private developers

Part of the Penlink Road has already been built – it is the first 1700m of the 5km Ara Weiti access road that developers built into Weiti Bay from East Coast Road. As part of its resource consent, the developer of Weiti Bay – a consortium...... Read More

Hihi introduction a milestone for Shakespear

Forty hihi (stitchbird) will be released on NZ Defence Force land within Shakespear Open Sanctuary this week, on Friday July 3. The reintroduction from Tiritiri Matangi Island was funded by the SOSSI fundraiser concert Swing on the Green hosted last...... Read More

Wentworth College on course to make a difference

Forty Wentworth College Year 8 students helped to beautify Gulf Harbour Country Club by planting more than 500 native trees there last week. The project is a partnership between the school, Trees for Survival, and the golf course. Since Wentworth...... Read More