Environment

Weed controllers needed for Rāroa reserve

Weed control has become critical at Raroa – the 1ha DOC reserve in Stanmore Bay. The land is tucked behind private homes and adjacent to  Whangaparāoa Playcentre and the Guide Den in Stanmore Bay Road. It was formerly the grounds of the original ...... Read More

Sand mining hearing paused while allegations investigated

Protesters mobilised against the application in Mangawhai in February. A controversial sand mining consent hearing has been put on hold to allow a survey to investigate allegations that the seafloor has been damaged. The resource consent hearing for...... Read More

Wetland restoration begins

A wetland on the grounds of Whangaparāoa College is being restored, a small section at a time, in a project expected to take several years. The school has more than 3.5ha of wetland, including two stormwater ponds. Work on its restoration has been...... Read More

AT driving speed reductions

Auckland Transport (AT) will seek public feedback on its next phase of proposed safer speed limits soon. The speed limits on about 614km of roads will be reviewed for possible reductions. Over the past year, new speed limits were introduced on about...... Read More

Boulevard extension approaches $2 million

The cost estimate for the extension of Ōrewa Boulevard, from Riverside to Empire Road, has risen by a further $400,000. At a Hibiscus and Bays Local Board workshop on July 8, Auckland Transport elected member relationship manager Ben Halliwell told...... Read More

Deal sees Council wrest control of Hammerhead

Local councillors, from left, John Watson and Wayne Walker, say it is a satisfying end to a 20-year battle. A deal between Auckland Council and Gulf Harbour Investments (GHIL) has removed the threat of a commercial ‘right to lease’ over...... Read More

More stoats found at sanctuary

The hunt for stoats at Shakespear Open Sanctuary continues, with further success in recent weeks. A pregnant female stoat got into the wildlife sanctuary at the end of Whangaparāoa Peninsula last spring and gave birth, resulting in the biggest challenge...... Read More

Roundabout work begins

The two large roundabouts at the Silverdale/Dairy Flat/Hibiscus Coast exit from the northern motorway will be planted next week, following on-going complaints about them, including through Hibiscus Matters. The roundabouts have been bare soil and neglected...... Read More

Wellsford ditches Hoteo River for bore water

Watercare has identified a new groundwater source for Wellsford as part of a $1 billion plan to upgrade water and wastewater infrastructure for the northern parts of Auckland over the next 10 years. Assuming Watercare can secure appropriate consents,...... Read More

Waste Management faces nine appeals

The strength of opposition to Waste Management’s plan to build a massive landfill in the Dome Valley is gathering momentum, with nine appeals against the project lodged in the Environment Court by last week’s deadline. A government department,...... Read More