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8 hours ago

Protected pōhutukawa cut down in Birkenhead Point

John Gillon from John Gillon - Kaipatiki Local Board

It is outrageous that a protected pōhutukawa has been cut down in Birkenhead Point without permission.
Since general tree protection was removed some years ago, the only privately-owned trees that are protected are those listed as scheduled trees in the council's Unitary Plan. These trees can… View more
It is outrageous that a protected pōhutukawa has been cut down in Birkenhead Point without permission.
Since general tree protection was removed some years ago, the only privately-owned trees that are protected are those listed as scheduled trees in the council's Unitary Plan. These trees can only be trimmed, cut down or have work done in the root zone if a resource consent has been granted. The penalty for someone cutting down a scheduled tree without consent is a fine of up to $300,000 or a jail sentence of up to two years.
With more and more trees being cut down when land is clear-felled to build new housing, it is more important than ever that mature trees are protected. Yet there is a very large number of applications to list trees that council has not processed due to a lack of budget. As part of our feedback into council's 10-year-plan, the Kaipatiki Local Board requested "that funding is included in year one of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 to progress a Plan Change to review Schedule 10 of the Auckland Unitary Plan to increase tree protection across Auckland, process the backlog of notable tree applications, and support the Ngahere Strategy and tree coverage across the Auckland region."

Here is the article if you can't see it:
Contractors worked over two days to remove protected pōhutukawa tree in Birkenhead
By Bernard Orsman
A team of six to eight contractors worked over two days to chop down a protected pōhutukawa tree in Birkenhead and turn it into a pile of sawdust, says a local resident.
The man, who does not want to be named, said the contractors spent much of the first day chopping down the large tree and putting it through a wood chipper before work resumed the next day with a stump grinder to complete the job.
Video of the illegal behaviour two weeks ago shows a contractor putting a small branch from the pōhutukawa tree through the wood chipper and a digger working alongside a pile of logs from the tree.
The neighbour said the large logs also went through the chipper.
"They were chucking huge branches through the chopper and turning them to a pulp," he said.
Auckland Council launched an investigation after receiving a complaint on March 28 about a pohutukawa being removed from a property at 32a Hinemoa St. The resource consent application for a new house on the site is on hold, a spokeswoman said.
The penalty for someone cutting down a scheduled tree is a fine of up to $300,000 or a jail sentence of up to two years.
One neighbour said someone turned up, asked the neighbours to remove cars from a shared driveway and proceeded to chop down one of the large trees, saying they had a consent to do so.
"On checking we have discovered they don't have a consent at all. But it's too late, they have removed the tree.
"We are very concerned with this behaviour and hope the council takes a firm stand and sends a message this cannot be tolerated," the neighbour said.
The council spokeswoman said the pōhutukawa that was removed is part of a group of trees listed in schedule 10 of the Unitary Plan.
"Schedule 10 gives protection to all listed trees by requiring landowners to apply for a resource consent before trimming, felling or works within the root zone can take place," she said.
The loss of the native tree comes amid growing concerns and controversy over the loss of trees in Auckland.
A century-old pōhutukawa in Mt Eden is at risk after the council left it off its protected tree schedule; in March protesters clashed with police in a last-ditch effort to save 23 native trees on a development site in Avondale, and protesters tried to save a 150-year-old macrocarpa tree on the site of an apartment block in Avondale.
On the flip side, the council and Mayor Phil Goff made a big song and dance when the first two of seven mature pōhutukawa trees were replanted in Quay St last month.
"Trees make our city a more pleasant place to live," Goff said.
A Forest & Bird spokeswoman said sadly trees and native habitat that should and in many cases are protected are being cleared all over the country.
"We desperately need the Government to progress the Indigenous Biodiversity Policy that will require councils to protect the important trees and wildlife in their regions, so we can bring nature back to our communities and our country," she said.
The new house at Hinemoa St is being built by Jing Li and Yan Zhu, who have applied for resource consent to build a double storey, four-bedroom home at 32a Hinemoa St.
The 673sq m section has been subdivided from a neighbouring property.
Hinemoa St is one of the top streets in the North Shore suburb of Birkenhead with views across the Waitemata Harbour and property prices reaching $5 million.
The resource consent application submitted to the council by Holistic Planning for the owners said the "grove of pōhutukawa trees located on the southern parts of the site will be fully protected ... with the proposed dwelling well set back from this area".
The grove of pōhutukawa trees extend beyond the owners' property and backs on to Hinemoa Park, which runs down to the harbour and the Birkenhead ferry terminal.
The Herald is seeking comment from the owners of the property and Holistic Planning.
Source:
www.nzherald.co.nz...

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3 hours ago

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7 hours ago

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8 hours ago

Beach Haven Wharf update

John Gillon from John Gillon - Kaipatiki Local Board

After a long wait, work has begun on replacing the Beach Haven Wharf (Hilder's Park Wharf).
Work is scheduled to take approximately 100 days (weather permitting). The wharf will be closed to the public during construction. Attached is the final design of the new wharf, which is similar to what… View more
After a long wait, work has begun on replacing the Beach Haven Wharf (Hilder's Park Wharf).
Work is scheduled to take approximately 100 days (weather permitting). The wharf will be closed to the public during construction. Attached is the final design of the new wharf, which is similar to what we have now but will include a new gangway and pontoon.

The work includes:
* Partial demolition of the existing structure and rebuilt
* Encasement of existing pile bases
* New poles with pressed sleeves, bracings and clamps
* New bearers and joists
* New decking, handrail and seat
* New aluminium gangway and concrete pontoon.


More info: ourauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz...

Background:
The Beach Haven recreational wharf has had restrictions on it for a few years now due to the piles and stairs deteriorating. And because of the heritage designation and engineering considerations, it has taken a very long time to achieve all of the required consents needed to rebuild the wharf.
The project will rebuild the damaged parts of the wharf and piles, strengthening and upgrading it to today's safety standards, while keeping the heritage style of the wharf and providing a new floating pontoon platform for fishing and diving.

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12 hours ago

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1 day ago

Million-dollar dumps: The Auckland car park worth $82.5 million

Caroline Williams Reporter from Auckland Stuff

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 … View more
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.

Click 'read more' for our full story.

14 days ago

Call For Puppy Raisers: International Guide Dog Day

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

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… View more
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.”

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3 days ago

1st Auckland Cavell Guide Unit Set to Celebrate Centenary

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

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… View more
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 cavellgirlguidesnz@gmail.com for details of the centenary.

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4 days ago

After school nanny

Nevetha from Glenfield

Looking for a after school nanny - max 2 days a week from 5 to 7.30pm. To look after toddler who is 2 years old. Need to pick her up from Takapuna and we live in Glenfield. Need own car for transportation.

1 day ago

Construction rolls out: Takapuna's Hurstmere Rd

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Work has resumed at Takapuna's Hurstmere Rd to upgrade underground utilities, along with building rain gardens and parking bays.

Footpath surfaces will be reconstructed.

New street lighting and furniture will be installed.

Auckland Council aims to create a pedestrian and cycle-friendly … View more
Work has resumed at Takapuna's Hurstmere Rd to upgrade underground utilities, along with building rain gardens and parking bays.

Footpath surfaces will be reconstructed.

New street lighting and furniture will be installed.

Auckland Council aims to create a pedestrian and cycle-friendly environment with native plantings, bike racks and more seating.

The rain gardens will improve the water health of nearby Takapuna Beach by filtering storm water and removing pollutants before it enters the sea, the council said.

Councillor Richard Hills said he was pleased to see work recommence and improvements made to the street last year had been well received by the community.

"It’s a significant investment in our community, that not only upgrades the failing roadway, replaces the water supply main but will also provide stormwater infrastructure that will help clean up the water running onto Takapuna Beach," Hills said.

“Importantly, the new one-way road layout and cycling lane will provide a safer environment for all users of the road including pedestrians and cyclists."

The work is being delivered in stages to reduce business disruption and ensure pedestrian access to shops.

Native trees will be planted near the end of the project to align with the planting season.

Hurstmere Rd will remain open to traffic during construction.

What do you think of the planned upgrade?

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1 day ago

Mahinga Kai - Forage with Riki Bennett

New Zealand School of Food & Wine

Learning about plants and their purpose - from medicinal to edible, the legend of Maui and fire with Riki giving an impressive demonstration of traditional fire making with a Mahoe stick rubbed until it creates an ember. Meanwhile at NZSFW, the kai cooker smokes and steams our lamb, packages of … View moreLearning about plants and their purpose - from medicinal to edible, the legend of Maui and fire with Riki giving an impressive demonstration of traditional fire making with a Mahoe stick rubbed until it creates an ember. Meanwhile at NZSFW, the kai cooker smokes and steams our lamb, packages of plantain with coconut cream, wrapped in cabbage leaves, potatoes, spinach emulsion and finishing with golden syrup steamed pudding and caramelised coxes orange apples.
The next one will be in July this year.

1 day ago

North Shore's first community Covid-19 vaccination clinic opens

Caroline Williams Reporter from North Shore Times

Kia ora koutou. The North Shore's first Covid-19 vaccination clinic is open for business.

Located in the former Warehouse site at the Highbury Shopping Centre, the clinic will have capacity to vaccinate up to 1000 people per day once fully up-to-speed.

The clinic was opened by DHB iwi … View more
Kia ora koutou. The North Shore's first Covid-19 vaccination clinic is open for business.

Located in the former Warehouse site at the Highbury Shopping Centre, the clinic will have capacity to vaccinate up to 1000 people per day once fully up-to-speed.

The clinic was opened by DHB iwi partner Ngāti Whātua on Monday morning.

Waitematā DHB CEO Dr Dale Bramley said the high-profile location would be easily accessible for the public to get their vaccinations.

It is expected the clinic will service a "large and diverse" population, including the a "rapidly growing Asian community" which made up 28 per cent of the district's 650 thousand-strong population.

First in line to receive their vaccinations at the clinic are border workers and their household contacts, MIQ staff and health workers, followed by people with underlying health conditions and older Māori and Pacific people.

1 day ago

Have you seen this amazing garden?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

They had a vision for their property, but they also had three floods in 20 years. That didn't stop them pursuing the garden of their dreams though.

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