An old tennis court has become a winner at auction, selling for $2.21 million.
The court in Northcote, with stunning views of the Waitematā Harbour and Auckland City skyline, is the only lot on Ocean View Rd to have never been built upon.
The 1012 square metre plot of land was purchased by Raymond Russell for £500 in 1956, his daughter Michelle Russell told Stuff.
At the time, he earned just seven shillings and a sixpence per week.
Prior to the auction on Wednesday afternoon, Michelle Russell told Stuff she had decided to sell as the property had become too hard for her to maintain.
She was also mindful of the housing crisis, and thought the land would provide someone with the opportunity to “put something nice on there”.
“My dream is to sell it to someone who will love it."
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Downtown Auckland is going through huge transformation with its various streetscape and transport projects. But in stark contrast, several plots of land worth hundreds of millions of dollars have sat as car parks since buildings were knocked down in the 1980s.
The Elliott St car park sits on a 4417 square metre plot of land, valued at $82.5 million.
The land has sat undeveloped as a car park - where an hour will cost you $19 - since the Royal International Hotel was demolished in 1987.
It was purchased by Singapore company NDG Asia Pacific (NZ) Limited for $53m in 2012, and in 2017 the company was given approval by the Overseas Investment Office to build and operate a 52-storey, five- star Ritz-Carlton Hotel, with 300 guest rooms, four floors for hotel facilities, six for retail and five for car parking.
The development is expected to cost $350m, with the start of construction dependent on the completion of City Rail Link. However, the resource consent for the tower is due to expire in October.
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Blind Low Vision NZ Guide Dogs is appealing for puppy raisers in Auckland as International Guide Dog Day rolls out on Wednesday.
Sara Leavy has been a puppy raiser for Blind Low Vision NZ for the past 3 years.
The Stanley Point resident, on Auckland's North Shore, is relishing raising third pup Emma.
Her first two charges Ivy and Aztec both qualified for the guide dogs programme, which only accepts the best dogs.
Getting the phone call to hear your pup has been matched is one of the best moments, Leavy said.
“It makes you so unbelievably happy and weepy," she said.
“To know that after all the work that’s gone into the pup – from the breeding centre, trainers, vets, boarders, as well as our patience and time – has all been worth it.
"That the dog will now meet their new handler and together they will be a team, exploring the world together, is an amazing feeling.”
Saying goodbye to a pup as they left for formal training was a mixture of sadness and excitement, she said.
“I have three kids and I see the pups like my kids. I want to make them well socialised, well-mannered and then I want them to go out into the big wide world as a working adult making a difference.”
Her youngest son, smitten with their first puppy, started to research the difference guide dogs made in people’s lives.
“He would talk about a girl who had become blind at 13 years old and hadn’t left the house until she got her first guide dog at 17," Leavy said.
Her world just opened up.
Rochelle Corrigan, Blind Low Vision NZ Guide Dogs Puppy Placement and Development Manager said puppy raisers were essential.
“Our puppies need to have as many experiences and social outings as possible in the first year of their lives to best prepare them for life as a guide dog and this could simply not be achieved without the dedication of our fantastic volunteers.”
Did you use to belong to the 1st Auckland Cavell Girl Guide Unit?
If so, the brigade wants to hear from you!
The 1st Auckland Cavell Girl Guide Unit turns 100 in July and is still seeking old girls to join the celebrations.
One of the first girl guide units to be formed in Auckland, the group is gearing up to commemorate its centenary.
A social afternoon is planned for July 3, kicking off at 2pm with historic guiding activities such as knot tying and making arm slings.
Guests will be treated to afternoon tea and a birthday cake before photographs are taken of the girls.
The day will end with a singalong around the campfire.
The next day, a church parade will march through St Andrews Church, Epsom, where the unit has been meeting since 1921.
Parishioners are invited to a morning tea after the procession.
The unit, initially known as the St Andrew's Peace Scout Group, is believed to be the first guide company which has kept going since it was launched.
It all started when eighteen-year-old Mona Burgin wrote to the Dominion chief scout Colonel Cosgrove, a New Zealand Boer War veteran, asking about Girl Peace Scouts.
He arranged to meet her in Queen St, Auckland and wrote she would recognize him by the red flower in his buttonhole.
Soon after the meeting Burgin formed the troop on July 6.
Girl Peace Scouts wore khaki uniforms and the St Andrews troop wore a red open-ended tie.
In 1923, the Dominion Council became affiliated with the original Girls Guides Association in London.
*Former unit members can email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of the centenary.