Environment

Plea to close off steps falls on deaf ears

An Army Bay resident is fuming after repeated attempts to contact Auckland Council about a dangerous clifftop hazard failed to result in any action. The Pacific Parade householder phoned and emailed Council repeatedly after vandals removed a metal...... Read More

Dome likely dumping ground for New Caledonia waste

Michelle Carmichael testifying at the landfill resource consent hearings in December. She says it is astounding that waste from New Caledonia could end up in the Dome Valley.  Waste Management has confirmed waste from New Caledonia will likely...... Read More

Redesign addresses Wood Street congestion in Mangawhai

Wood Street has gone one-way for the second time in two years. Consultation is continuing on Kaipara District Council’s project to improve conditions for traffic and pedestrians in the main Wood Street shopping area of Mangawhai Heads. The latest...... Read More

Kerbside food waste diverted

In addition to households, Sustainable Kaipara is also taking compostable waste from three businesses. A kerbside collection trial, aimed at diverting food waste from landfill, started in Mangawhai last week. Sustainable Kaipara is looking for around...... Read More

Mahu City Express launches electric coach service

Passengers aboard the TCE12 will enjoy a quieter and smoother ride.  Mahu City Express will celebrate the arrival of its new electric luxury coach at a launch event later this month.    The TCE12 will transport passengers using the...... Read More

Mangawhai rogues reminisce on ‘the big dig’ anniversary

From left, Jim Wintle, Ian Cameron and Noel Foster were part of the big dig. The big dig lasted four days. There were 40 machines at the dig. This aerial shows the northern entranced closed, stagnation in the estuary and the southern entrance funneling...... Read More

Main entrance to Milldale ready to open

The 4000-home Milldale development reaches a major milestone this month with its main entrance from Pine Valley Road, over a new bridge crossing the Weiti Stream, due to be finished and open in the next few weeks. A new exit slipway off State Highway...... Read More

Development progress on the Coast

Thirty-four homes are planned for the former bus depot at 188 Centreway Road, Ōrewa. Project manager Nigel Williams says that the concept for the 0.5ha site involves a combination of apartments, shops and villas. He says resource consent has been granted...... Read More

Plantings aim to stem tide of tree felling

An ambitious plan to increase the number of trees on local publicly owned land has begun. At its final meeting last year, the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board adopted the Council’s Urban Ngahere Action Plan, which aims to increase tree cover on public...... Read More

Cockle mystery investigated

Rebecca Gladstone-Gallagher will check on the cockles over three years. A three-year study into why the cockles in Whangateau Harbour aren’t growing to adulthood starts this month. The cockles were decimated in 2009 when extreme tides exposed...... Read More