Environment

Rotary cleaning up Ōrewa Beach

The Rotary Club of Ōrewa, together with the Satellite Club of Ōrewa-Millwater, joined forces with a group of Friends of Rotary (supporters who are involved with the club but not members) on Sunday, October 4 to pick up litter from the entire length...... Read More

Northland Waste vexed over recycling centre upgrades

Northland Waste’s state-of-the-art recycling centre planned for Sandspit Road. Northland Waste has blasted Auckland Council for allocating millions of dollars to upgrade recycling centres in Mahurangi, saying the investment is a waste of money...... Read More

Waste Management defiant over landfill

The prospect of a landfill in the Dome Valley has sparked relentless opposition. Waste Management remains committed to its plans to construct a landfill in the Dome Valley despite the rising tide of opposition, which now includes Auckland Council. The...... Read More

Strong easterly winds see godwits blown way off course

Godwit 13 touches down in Snells Beach after stops in China and Alaska. Juvenile godwits embark on their first 12,000km journey at just 14 weeks old. All photos, Michele MacKenzie Exhausted birds crave some peace and quiet to help them recuperate. Strong...... Read More

Rotarians growing young minds in the garden

From left, Brian Tuck, Louise Nicholson, Jon Nicholson and Joe Koppens. Warkworth Rotarians have been busy building a 16-square-metre raised garden at Matakana School so that students can grow their own lunch. A series of gardens surround  bench...... Read More

Hearings get underway for proposed highway

Local iwi began the hearings with a powhiri at the Warkworth Town Hall. A two week hearing to consider a resource consent application to construct a four-lane state highway between Warkworth and Te Hana began with a powhiri by local iwi at the Warkworth...... Read More

Call for targeted rate for drainage

Many of the rural drains have collapsed, are broken or have been blocked by excessive weed growth. Landowners in two rural areas in North Rodney could find themselves saddled with a new targeted rate to pay for fixing and maintaining their stormwater...... Read More

Ceramic eggs raise funds for kiwi

Egg by Andrew Steele Egg by Dominique Baker Egg by Oliver Cain Egg by Wei Lun Ha Egg by Tony Farmer Kiwi cushion by Glenys Wech Egg by Susannah Law The Glorit-based Kaipara Kiwi sanctuary is hosting a pop up exhibition at the Mairangi Bay...... Read More

DOC steps up for fairy tern

Fairy terns enjoyed a successful breeding season last year. A rare fairy tern chick that Department of Conservation (DOC) staff carefully nurtured with supplementary feeding last season has been making regular appearances around Waipū. DOC biodiversity...... Read More

American Foulbrood breaks out in Maungaturoto

Honey bees commonly rob other weaker hives, if they spot the chance. Honey bees commonly rob other weaker hives, if they spot the chance. The American Foulbrood (AFB) Management Agency has confirmed it’s dealing with an outbreak of the bee disease...... Read More