288 days ago

The train hidden in the Waitākere Ranges - and the fight to bring it back

Melanie Earley Reporter from Western Leader

Kia ora neighbours, a tourist train nestled inside the Waitākere ranges has been rusting away for nearly a decade – but a group of volunteers hopes to get it running again.

The Rainforest Express was a miniature railway that ran 6km through the ranges from Jacobson's Depot on Scenic Drive to the Upper Nihotupu Dam, one of the main water supply reservoirs in West Auckland.

At the end of 2014 the express was closed after a geological report found there were 20 at-risk sites across the tramlines, with nine of those posing a “significant” risk to public safety.

Since then the rainforest express and its tramlines have been “rusting away”, Waitākere ward councillor Ken Turner said.

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7 hours ago

Frankie Stevens

Murray Halberg Retirement Village

Join us at an exclusive Ryman event featuring the legendary Frankie Stevens.

One of Aotearoa's most renowned performers, Frankie has worked with greats like Olivia Newton-John, and now it’s your chance to experience his captivating stories and timeless melodies.

The entertainment will be followed by complimentary refreshments, so don't miss this opportunity to attend the event and learn more about our village.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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5 days ago

Poll: Are swear words no longer?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

In 2023, Apple amended its autocorrect function to allow Iphone users to freely use their intended word without mentioning 'ducks'. Is this a sign of the times? Are swear words no longer taboo in our communities or workplaces?

Type 'Not For Print' if you wish your comments to be excluded from the Conversations column of your local paper.

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Are swear words no longer?
  • 20.4% Yes - swear words don't phase me
    20.4% Complete
  • 48.8% No - it's still inappropriate to swear
    48.8% Complete
  • 30.1% It's depends on the word
    30.1% Complete
  • 0.8% Other - I'll share below!
    0.8% Complete
2603 votes