Environment

Costs spiral for AT’s Brightside refurbishment

Costs for making the Auckland Transport-owned property at 1 Brightside Rd habitable are spiralling, with the discovery of “degraded structural items” under the building. The Stanmore Bay site was purchased by the former Rodney District Council...... Read More

New on-leash rule ‘confusing and expensive’

A dog lobby group says that an expensive and confusing change to signs has taken the shine off Auckland Council’s decision to keep the existing times when dogs are allowed on beaches and public parks. Hibiscus Coast dog owners breathed a sigh of...... Read More

Council considers freedom camping options

Auckland Council is considering three options as a way forward for its stalled Freedom Camping bylaw. The controversial bylaw aims to enable management and enforcement of freedom camping and define where it is allowed or prohibited. Council deferred...... Read More

Buried railway tracks a big Little Manly mystery

Brian Alexander had to dig deep as he prepared his Little Manly site, on the corner of East Ave and East Point, ready to build a new home. Under the bach, which was removed, lay a sandwich of clay, topsoil and clay. Getting down to the original clay...... Read More

Van needed for de-sexing services

Large numbers of unwanted animals are causing huge problems for local pet rescue organisations and one of them, the Saving Hope Foundation, believes that taking a free dog de-sexing service out to the people may be a way to get more owners to do the...... Read More

New pest free champion

Birdlife on the Hibiscus Coast has a new champion, with the recent appointment of Jenny Hanwell as coordinator for the Pest Free Hibiscus Coast project. A love of the outdoors and experience working on community-led conservation projects made Jenny...... Read More

Small sites struggle with effective sediment control

The problem of sedimentation of our waterways is growing and an Auckland Council report shows that it is not only made worse by large-scale development and construction. Recently it was revealed that the vast majority of small residential building sites...... Read More

Children find fun at recycling centre

A group of 17 children from Browns Bay Preschool were the first to take part in a tour of the Whangaparaoa Community Recycling Centre specifically designed for their age group. The tour, on July 17, included hands-on activities such as sorting recyclable...... Read More

Time extended for Nautilus building repairs

Repairing Orewa’s leaky Nautilus apartment building is now expected to take until the end of the year – a full 12 months longer than originally predicted when work began at the end of 2016. Prendos NZ is project managing the job of repairing...... Read More

Roundabout construction could take a year

The long-awaited construction of a new roundabout at the Dairy Flat Highway and Coatesville Riverhead Road intersection began at the end of last month. A petition signed by 1000 people asking Auckland Transport (AT) to lower the speed limit started engagement...... Read More