Environment

Search for rodent on at Shakespear Sanctuary

An unwelcome Christmas present was delivered to Shakespear Open Sanctuary when rat footprints were detected in a tracking tunnel. Rats are a threat to vulnerable native wildlife, including many of the bird species that now live within the open sanctuary. The...... Read More

Journeys inspire Coast painter

Gulf Harbour artist Graham Young loves painting about as much as he loves travelling New Zealand’s highways and byways. So, perhaps it is not surprising that he has produced another book of stunning images that represent both these passions. New...... Read More

Artwork welcomes returning students

A bland set of concrete stairs has been turned into a feature by local artist Treena Wilton and Kingsway students. Treena says the work is a swansong for students who left the school in 2015-2017. New entrants and returning students at Kingsway Junior...... Read More

Funding blow threatens river dredging

A government decision to veto funding from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) to dredge the Mahurangi River will force dredging operations to cease by the end of this month, unless the cash can be found elsewhere. The Mahurangi River Restoration Trust...... Read More

Agents clamping down on money laundering practices

People out shopping for a new house or property will face more scrutiny from real estate agents from now on. New Zealand introduced its Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing Terrorism legislation in 2009 and banks, financial institutions and...... Read More

Fears that new freedom camping bylaw could open floodgates

Council plans to introduce a new bylaw to regulate freedom camping throughout Auckland are raising concerns that it could lead to a significant increase in overnight parking at local reserves and domains. The proposal lists more than 25 local Council-managed...... Read More

Protesters say landfill leachate threatens

About 20 protesters returned to State Highway 1, this time near the Hill Street intersection on Waitangi Day, to continue to voice their opposition to a proposed landfill in the Dome Valley.     Industry giant Waste Management wants...... Read More

Bomb scare puts Kaipara Flats on full alert

Army bomb disposal experts were called to an address in Kaipara Flats Road, close to Horse Riding Warkworth, following the discovery of suspected grenades on January 31. Resident Deanna Yarndley found about eight of the suspicious objects while gardening...... Read More

New water treatment plant to open its doors

Guided tours of Warkworth’s new water treatment plant will be on offer at an open day at the Sanderson Road site on Saturday, February 23. Watercare staff will explain why a new water source was needed in place of the Mahurangi River, and how...... Read More

Funding available

The Department of Conservation is calling for applications for its Community Fund. The fund is directed towards practical projects aimed at conserving New Zealand’s indigenous biodiversity. To qualify, projects must be focused on protecting and...... Read More