Environment

Bag message getting through

More people are getting the message about reducing plastic bag use after Plastic Free July, according to the organisers of a Matakana initiative to boost reusable bag use last month. Zero Waste Matakana Coast’s Josie Jackson, who held regular...... Read More

Environmental grants available

Auckland Council is calling for applications for this year’s Regional Environment and Natural Heritage grants programme, with funding of up to $40,000 available for eligible projects. The grants programme is open to a range of community-led environmental...... Read More

Park spray upsets parents

The change to new maintenance contracts last month has been a backward step for a children’s playground in Millwater, according to residents and a local councillor. Since parents complained to the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board about the use of...... Read More

Pesky rodents on the run

A nationwide move to eradicate pests such as possums and rats has recruited a new band of volunteers at Point Wells. The Point Wells Community & Residents Association recently commissioned Northern Pest Control to track predators on the foreshore to...... Read More

Open space acquired

Auckland Council has spent more than $46 million on 20 new parks and open spaces, covering a total land area of approximately 16.5 hectares, in the current financial year. An additional 10 parks and open spaces were acquired at no capital cost, covering...... Read More

Borrow and return bags not coming back

A scheme to help Matakana become plastic-bag free by supplying a bank of reusable fabric bags at the local Four Square is in danger of becoming a victim of its own success. Some 300 cloth bags made by volunteers have been snapped up by shoppers in...... Read More

Housing areas no longer special

The recent revelation that 86 of Auckland’s 154 Special Housing Areas have not come to fruition has angered Cr John Watson, who says Council wasted money, time and resources with little impact on housing affordability for Aucklanders. Special...... Read More

No takers yet for RSA land

No offers were made for the Hibiscus Coast Community RSA’s land in Vipond Road, which was marketed as “a prime development opportunity”. The sale of the 5200sqm piece of land at 20 Melia Place was agreed to by members in order to...... Read More

Public warned to avoid slip site

At the end of May, the foot track that runs from the bottom of Arkles Drive to Whangaparaoa Road was closed by a big slip. At the time the Auckland Council told Hibiscus Matters it would be at least four weeks before the slip could be cleared and the...... Read More

School lunch wrap study snowballs

A class study that began with a few pieces of plastic wrap has snowballed, making children and their families more aware of the environmental impact of plastic. Teacher Sandra Grech of Whangaparaoa School says she was motivated to bring the issue to...... Read More