Environment

Fun under a Mahurangi sun

Time to get creative on the beach at Mangawhai. Members of the extended Smith family took up the beach sculpturing challenge, with this laid-back hippo coming second.  One of the region’s favourite jumping, diving and bombing spots, Big Omaha...... Read More

Work starts on Hill Street

Auckland Transport (AT) will press ahead with temporary improvements to the Hill Street intersection in the coming weeks but remains undecided about a controversial barrier arm. Phase 1 of the improvement project will see the installation of a pedestrian...... Read More

Fickle weather dries up records

The driest December in Warkworth since the year 2000 kept the annual rainfall count from setting records last year. Instead, Warkworth experienced its fifth wettest year since 2000. Just 22 millimetres of rain fell in December. The previous low was...... Read More

Motorway route progresses

The indicative route for the 25km Warkworth to Te Hana motorway is expected to be released by the New Zealand Transport Agency next month. Information days will be held in Warkworth, Wellsford and Te Hana, but dates were not confirmed when Mahurangi...... Read More

Kauri dieback prompts closure

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has closed a reserve and upgraded local walking tracks in a bid to help prevent the spread of kauri dieback. The Benton Leslie Reserve in Settlement Road, Kaiwaka has been closed to all public access for five years...... Read More

Auckland waste plan

Auckland Council will roll out an updated Waste Minimisation Plan next month, which will plot the next steps in its journey towards achieving zero waste by 2040. Under the draft plan, households and commercial operators who create a lot of waste will...... Read More

Wellsford wetland trial

Watercare resource consent planner Ban Najim Aldin at the oxidation pond in Wellsford. Watercare has been granted a resource consent to trial a wetlands wastewater system in Wellsford. The current wastewater plant, which is on a tributary of the...... Read More

Press Release: Dynamic lane update

Trial proper starts for PM peak on 24 January   The installation of dynamic lane controls on Whangaparaoa Rd on the Hibiscus Coast will be completed before the holidays but the road will continue to operate with a traffic lane in each direction...... Read More

Early opening at park and ride

A total of 481 car parking spaces at the Silverdale Park and Ride will open this month. Work on expanding the facility has been underway since February. An Auckland Transport spokesperson says that two sections will open around mid-December. Auckland...... Read More

Splashing out at Stanmore Bay

Auckland Council’s water playgound, by the Leisure Centre at Stanmore Bay, opens to the public next week and is expected to be a popular spot to play and cool off. Kyra designed a rash shirt for the splash pad and her classmates will be first to...... Read More