Environment

East: Mangawhai Cliff Top Walkway by foot

A striking palm frond sculpture. A steep climb to the top of the cliffs. The beach gets a little rocky. Passing through the grand archway. The pohutukawas are striking. The Mangawhai Heads Cliff Top Walkway starts at the Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard...... Read More

West: Oruawharo River Trail by bicycle

There are plenty of gates to negotiate. Be sure to disinfect your tyres as well as your shoes at the kauri dieback station. The steers had no intention of moving. The trail offers stunning views. An imposing custodian of land and sea. It’s an...... Read More

Fun under a Mahurangi sun

Time to get creative on the beach at Mangawhai. Members of the extended Smith family took up the beach sculpturing challenge, with this laid-back hippo coming second.  One of the region’s favourite jumping, diving and bombing spots, Big Omaha...... Read More

Work starts on Hill Street

Auckland Transport (AT) will press ahead with temporary improvements to the Hill Street intersection in the coming weeks but remains undecided about a controversial barrier arm. Phase 1 of the improvement project will see the installation of a pedestrian...... Read More

Fickle weather dries up records

The driest December in Warkworth since the year 2000 kept the annual rainfall count from setting records last year. Instead, Warkworth experienced its fifth wettest year since 2000. Just 22 millimetres of rain fell in December. The previous low was...... Read More

Motorway route progresses

The indicative route for the 25km Warkworth to Te Hana motorway is expected to be released by the New Zealand Transport Agency next month. Information days will be held in Warkworth, Wellsford and Te Hana, but dates were not confirmed when Mahurangi...... Read More

Kauri dieback prompts closure

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has closed a reserve and upgraded local walking tracks in a bid to help prevent the spread of kauri dieback. The Benton Leslie Reserve in Settlement Road, Kaiwaka has been closed to all public access for five years...... Read More

Auckland waste plan

Auckland Council will roll out an updated Waste Minimisation Plan next month, which will plot the next steps in its journey towards achieving zero waste by 2040. Under the draft plan, households and commercial operators who create a lot of waste will...... Read More

Wellsford wetland trial

Watercare resource consent planner Ban Najim Aldin at the oxidation pond in Wellsford. Watercare has been granted a resource consent to trial a wetlands wastewater system in Wellsford. The current wastewater plant, which is on a tributary of the...... Read More

Press Release: Dynamic lane update

Trial proper starts for PM peak on 24 January   The installation of dynamic lane controls on Whangaparaoa Rd on the Hibiscus Coast will be completed before the holidays but the road will continue to operate with a traffic lane in each direction...... Read More