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Locals air their views on Hill Street

More than 200 people took the opportunity to listen to experts and provide feedback at public open days last month to look at options for improving Warkworth’s notoriously congested Hill Street intersection. Members of the public met with representatives...... Read More

The Bush Classroom

Mahurangi College plans to turn an area of native bush adjacent to the school into a “living classroom”, which will encourage students to take care of the environment and, at the same time, provide learning opportunities across all aspects...... Read More

Planning despair as privacy goes out the window

Auckland Council’s planning and resource consent procedures have been labelled “a farce and an outrage” by a Warkworth couple after a neighbouring new-build that overlooks and overshadows their cottage was consented without them...... Read More

Dump defended as protests mount

The shock and dismay that has greeted a major landfill proposal for the Dome Valley bubbled to the surface at the first Waste Management Open Day held on October 17. Placards placed at the entrance to Springhill Estate where the meeting was held read...... Read More

Super Dump Bombshell

News that industry giant Waste Management wants to develop a major new landfill site for the Auckland region in the Dome Valley has been greeted with shock and dismay by the local community. Waste Management, which is owned by Beijing Capital, has...... Read More

Public outcry forces Council re-think on waste closure

Auckland Council has been forced to backtrack over plans to temporarily close the waste transfer stations at Snells Beach and Wellsford at the end of the month, following a public outcry and angry protests over the lack of notice or provision of alternative...... Read More

Araparera forest scheme finally delivers on Rodney roads

A total of 6.3 kilometres on nine roads in north Rodney will be sealed using the $2.8 million secured from the troubled Araparera Forestry joint venture fund. North Rodney ratepayers contributed $1.5 million to the scheme through a targeted rate over...... Read More

Would a cake ...

The backlash against Kath’s Devine Cakes for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding has prompted a Warkworth man to seek to establish a new political party. Read more Rodney-based Labour MP Marja Lubeck received a petition on the steps...... Read More

Fears of second ‘Hill Street’ bottleneck

A suggestion that the proposed Matakana Link Road be reduced from four lanes down to two has alarmed local community groups, who fear it may create traffic snarl ups to rival Hill Street. Auckland Transport (AT) is under pressure from the New Zealand...... Read More

Bungled sewage repair job pollutes Kaipara Harbour

Tonnes of sewage was needlessly allowed to flow into the Kaipara Harbour for days after Watercare failed to properly attend to burst pipes. The Wellsford representative on the Rodney Local Board, Colin Smith, says the incident is symptomatic of more...... Read More