More than 9000 kids will have full tummies to help them focus at school each day, thanks to an agreement putting the underused North Harbour Stadium kitchen to work.
Spotless and Auckland Unlimited, which owns the stadium in Albany, have come together to provide the free healthy lunches daily to 26 schools in Henderson, Massey, Ōrākei and Maungakiekie-Tāmaki.
The stadium’s full production-sized kitchen was a big investment but was “hardly” used during the week, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said.
However, the arrangement would see the kitchen used every weekday, producing a stream of revenue for Auckland Council, eliminate some of the burden from ratepayers all while creating employment for 90 people in what Goff described as a win-win arrangement.
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Tēnā koutou. The Sky Bus North Harbour Express, north Aucklanders’ only direct link to the airport, is yet to resume more than a year after the service was suspended due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.
The 55-minute service, which stops outside Albany Westfield and the Smales Farm and Akoranga bus stations along the Northern Busway, cost $25 and $46 for adult one-way and return tickets respectively, with discounted fares for seniors and families.
North Auckland residents have still been able to get to the airport on public transport, via the NX1 to Britomart, train to Papatoetoe Station and the Airport Link bus to the airport.
However, the trip requires two transfers and takes about an hour and 50 minutes from Albany for $7.20 and two hours from the Hibiscus Coast Bus Station for $8.28 – double the time it would take on the Sky Bus service.
Alternatively, north Aucklanders can take the NX1 into the city – $6.12 from the Hibiscus Coast and $4.86 from Albany – and catch the Sky Bus Auckland City Express, taking between an hour and five minutes and an hour and a half.
A Sky Bus spokesman said it is keen to bring the service back, however it would need to see a "significant lift" in patronage for its Auckland City Express. The service resumed in July, however patronage is down 80 per cent compared to pre-Covid.
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Auckland Transport is proposing some safety improvements to the Pupuke Road/Lydia Ave area, including raising the pedestrian crossing. This will help to improve the safety of all road users, particularly people crossing the street, accessing the bus stops and walking to the local shops and to Willow Park School.
Consultation is now open until Friday 27 May.
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The proposed changes include:
* Upgrade the existing zebra crossing outside of the Watercare Reservoir on Pupuke Road with a raised zebra crossing. This will include installing new footpaths to join the edge of the crossing with the footpath and upgrades to the traffic islands to create a safe space for pedestrians to wait in the centre of the crossing.
* Relocate the existing bus stop on the northern side of Pupuke Road (outside of #94), to the northern kerb outside of the Watercare Reservoir.
* Paint bus stop markings to signal the existing bus stop west of Lydia Avenue, on the southern side of Pupuke Road. This includes painting broken yellow line (no stopping at all times) restrictions extending 9 metres on either side of the bus stop, to allow for the bus to safely pull out of the bus stop and back on to the road. This will result in the loss of three parking spaces.
* Construct new footpaths and kerbs at the intersection of Lydia Avenue and Pupuke Road, to create a safer intersection with improved visibility. These footpaths will also be fitted with tactile pavers, and a metal plate outside of the shops will join this new footpath with the existing footpath, while still allowing for stormwater drainage.
* Install tactile pavers, which are yellow guidance paving markers to help visually impaired people to find their way to the crossing and safely cross the road.
* Paint four dedicated parking spaces outside of the local shops at the corner of Lydia Avenue.
* Install new signage and road markings to reflect these changes.