Environment

Stream bears brunt of Orewa development

Soil brought down from nearby developments by heavy rain turned the waters of Nukumea Stream brown, in what residents describe as the worst release of sediment in years. Photo, Bob Rodgers The once pristine waters of Nukumea Stream flowed brown, carrying...... Read More

New business case for Penlink considers earlier starting dat

A draft new business case for Penlink has been prepared which considers options for bringing the building of the road from Whangaparaoa Peninsula to Redvale forward from its current 2024/25 start. Auckland Transport (AT) commissioned the update, at...... Read More

Microchip no silver bullet for cats in regional park

The need for residents living near Shakespear Regional Park to keep domestic cats away from the park, as well as the Open Sanctuary within it, was highlighted this month. Their cat’s life could depend on it. Recently there have been a number...... Read More

Silverdale fire takes entire day to extinguish

A fire that started on April 3 in the Silverdale industrial area was only officially declared extinguished a day later. The blaze and explosion was in a 15m tall structure at timber manufacturer Herman Pacific’s north yard, which firefighters...... Read More

Council retracts felling plan

Auckland Council will no longer require Albert Kinnell to fell around 150 trees because some of them breach the allowable height on the approach path of Dairy Flat Aero Club (HM April 3). Council has been pursuing the Silverdale resident for three...... Read More

Landfill disasters down south confirm campaigners’ fears

Michelle Carmichael, right, on the banks of the Kaipara Harbour at Point Albert presents a petition to Northland National MP Matt King and Labour list MP Marja Lubeck urging the Government to ban landfills near waterways. The 1200-signature petition...... Read More

Composting trial begins

A Hibiscus Coast school and café are contributing food scraps to a local composting trial. The scheme was initiated recently by Hibiscus Coast Zero Waste – the group that runs the Whangaparaoa Community Recycling Centre – to divert...... Read More

Down to Earth Kiwis clean up Whangaparāoa Peninsula

A beach clean-up of Whangaparāoa Peninsula, led by Auckland environmental group Down to Earth Kiwis NZ (DTEK), will be held on Sunday, May 5 and the more local volunteers, the better. DTEK is a not-for-profit group committed to improving New Zealand’s...... Read More

Lions Club chips in another five grand

The total amount raised for river dredging by the Lions Club of Warkworth has reached $20,000, following the donation of a further $5000 earlier this year. Lions president Carol Henderson says the dredging and the riverside area has been a focus of...... Read More

Wellsford couple share their dairy dream

Wellsford husband and wife team Colin and Isabella Beazley have taken out the 2019 Northland Dairy Industry Awards Share Farmer of the Year title. The couple, who milk 330 cows on Neil Jones and Wendy Crow-Jones’ Shepherd Road property, took...... Read More