More messages from your neighbours
1 day ago

Could you be "The Namer" and find Auckland's new brand?

Todd Niall Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi Neighbours, Officially the short-list has been drawn up for a new name for the merged council agencies ATEED and RFA. But here's the criteria - see if you can do better. What would you call it? Read the story below:

2 days ago

Sooner will start to improve the condition of the old paving stone yard at one side of my property - Qiubo (David) Su

Qiubo (David) from Half Moon Bay

Hi Neighbourly,

I will start another paving task sooner to improve the condition of the very old large area paving stone yard at one side of my property (see the attached 1st photo for this paving stone yard), mainly laying weed mat underneath the paving stones to compress the grass from growing, so to save a lot of time for the very time consuming regular weeding task once in a couple of months; and taking the chance to reinforce the foundation of this paving stone yard, to keep it in the good shape for another couple of decades. At the moment, no plan to replace the very old paving stones with better condition ones, as the paving stone replacement task could be assessed again in another 5 to 10 years. The foundation of the paving stone yard is more difficult to be done well and more important for the quality of the paving stone yard. Relatively speaking replacing the paving stones is the most easy task.

After laying the weed mat underneath the paving stones, expecting there is no need to do the weeding task as before in the first 5+ years.

The photos show the already prepared large area vegetables & fruit trees garden covered with cardboard and the task to plant vegetables & fruit trees there will be started later. The area covered with black plastic sheets is the large paving stones area completed by myself alone at early July 2020 by converting the large area of grass garden.

The task of improving the condition of the old paving stones yard (this is an important task during the outside garden environment upgrade process, and it is good to get it done now before starting the technology tasks, otherwise the technology tasks will be significantly interrupted halfway) should be a lot easier than that of converting the grass garden to a paving stone yard.

Just FYI.

Best regards,
Qiubo (David) Su

1 day ago

Poll: Auckland's super-city: One decade on: Is local government running more efficiently?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

It's been 10 years since Auckland's new super-city was formed, forged from eight legacy councils.

For Aucklanders who have lived through the massive overhaul, do you think local government is running more smoothly?

Auckland Council's first year was far from smooth with the Occupy protest, the Rugby World Cup opening night transport debacle, a battle with central government over funding the inner-city rail loop, and a contest of wills over delegating powers to local boards and council-controlled organisations.

Auckland's inaugural super mayor Len Brown hailed it a success.

"Generally 2011 has been a good first year for the council, " Brown said in 2012.

"We've brought the region together... At the same time we have driven $81 million in efficiencies and reduced the inherited 9.3 per cent rates increase down to 3.9 per cent."

The boundaries of the new super city were unveiled in 2010.

Super city Auckland was divided into 13 wards with 21 local boards.

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Auckland's super-city: One decade on: Is local government running more efficiently?
  • 7% Yes
    7% Complete
  • 93% No
    93% Complete
517 votes