Environment

Four-year grant for forestry student

A Mahurangi student has won a four-year scholarship to study forestry science at the University of Canterbury. Angus Syminton, 17, of Algies Bay was one of eight students who will receive the $32,000 Ministry of Primary Industries grant. Now in its...... Read More

Shared use of parkland made official by Local Board

The division of land as detailed in the open space study report from 2018. A lease that formalises shared use of the Diamond Jubilee Park in Matakana between the village pony club and the wider community has been granted by Rodney Local Board. The...... Read More

Off ramp roundabout to get revamp

Auckland Council is looking at options to beautify the big roundabout at the Silverdale intersection – a source of many complaints due to its ugly, unplanted state at the gateway to the Coast. Hibiscus & Bays Local Board members were told at...... Read More

$10 million roundabout unveiled

The roundabout at the Dairy Flat/Coatesville Riverhead Highway intersection was officially opened last week. Work began at the end of July, 2019. Advocacy from Rodney Local Board member Louise Johnston and the wider community including a 1000-strong...... Read More

Artwork outcry highlights flaws in selection process

Before it even goes up, the sculpture due to be unveiled this week in Ōrewa has stirred up enormous controversy and increased $10,000 in cost. The sculpture replaces a fountain that corroded beyond repair on Moana Reserve, by the beach. It was approved...... Read More

Safer highway crossing on way

A much-needed safer crossing of Hibiscus Coast Highway, near Estuary Arts Centre in Ōrewa, looks likely to be built. The crossing design is done and public feedback in, but it could have been shelved after Auckland Transport’s (AT) safety fund...... Read More

Subdivision begins next to retirement village

Subdivision of land at 455 Whangaparāoa Road into 29 residential sites has got Auckland Council approval, with the resource consent noting a number of issues related to the site. These include a 4800sqm Significant Ecological Area (SEA) of native...... Read More

Council gives airspace sale breathing room

The potential sale of the ‘airspace’ above the Silverdale park and ride (HM July 1) has gone a step further. At its September 17 meeting, the Finance and Performance Committee gave Auckland Council’s property arm, Panuku, approval...... Read More

Airport submissions extended

The time allowed for submissions on North Shore Aero Club’s proposal for Airport Authority status has been extended by three weeks. The extension follows feedback at the public meeting held on October 29 in Dairy Flat (HM November 4). Submissions...... Read More

Auckland Council pulls plug on historic Warkworth weir

The Warkworth weir looking spectacular following heavy rains. Photo, Ian Anderson.  Auckland Council will press ahead with controversial plans to remove the historic weir on the Mahurangi River. And it says the time for further discussion is...... Read More