Environment

Developer unblocks stream after sustained protest

A plan to divert a marshy stream to create a wetland, which received resource consent from Auckland Council, has been undone by persistent protest from local environmental groups. The stream, which flows into Karepiro Bay, was blocked with a substantial...... Read More

Auckland’s slip repair bill in the millions

Auckland ratepayers are facing a bill of up to $10 million to repair landslides caused by heavy rain in the region. The scale of the problem has seen Auckland Council employ a programme manager specifically to deal with landslides, Michael Cairns,...... Read More

Fairway Bay aims to improve rifle range

In an innovative solution to a problem, Fairway Bay developers Top Harbour has reached an agreement in principle with the NZ Defence Force to reconstruct a rifle range at the Army Bay training base. Fairway Bay is expected to generate approximately...... Read More

Orewa retirement village back before the public

Developer Coastal Properties is again seeking consent to build a five-story retirement complex in north Orewa, adjacent to native bush, a stream and historic buildings. When the plan to develop land at 23–25 Annalise Place was first publicly...... Read More

Penlink election meeting draws a crowd

There were few surprises at a pre-election meeting hosted by Penlink Now in Manly recently – although the strong turnout came as a surprise to organisers. There can be few other single issues on the Coast that would drag close to 100 people out...... Read More

Council leaves skaters in the dark

Skateboarding by moonlight might sound appealing, but skaters using Orewa skatepark in the evenings this winter have had little choice. Most of the lights have been out at the skatepark and outside Estuary Arts Centre in Western Reserve for nearly...... Read More

On the hunt for young gardeners

With reports that over a third of Kiwi kids are overweight or obese, the Garden to Table Trust has launched the T&G Garden to Table Young Gardener of the Year Awards. The trust was established in 2009 and aims to teach children gardening, healthy eating...... Read More

Stream to reappear next year

Auckland Council’s plan to return a piped stream to wetland in D’Oyly Reserve, Stanmore Bay, has overcome the final hurdle of local board consent and work is expected to begin next January. The scheme has a budget of $1.5 million, $1.1...... Read More

Students pumped about cycle track

Whangaparaoa School has added a pump track inside the 530m-long bike track that loops around its field. The pump track, made by TrailPro, is comprised of piles of clay, with a limestone track finish for durability. Riders need to use a pumping action...... Read More

Winning ways with wearable art

Hours spent in the fabric room at Orewa College, sometimes long after school has ended, has paid off for twins Maxwell and Geena Hutton, who recently won the college’s wearable arts competition for the third year running. This year’s winning...... Read More