39 days ago

The Story of Surfdale

The Team from Auckland Museum

Did you know that Surfdale in Waiheke Island received its name via a competition? The winner was awarded a section of land near the beach...

At 8 pence a day on top of a small deposit, a Surfdale section was also promoted as a sound investment – so close to downtown Auckland that “values must go up and up and up”.

Well, they weren't wrong there.

Today, Waiheke Island brings to mind sunny vineyards and beachy weekend getaways. The image of Waiheke as an “island paradise” has its origins in 1920s marketing, but the island has long been desirable even as its character has changed over the past centuries.

As we go into the long weekend and begin to venture further afield again, why not have a read of how Waiheke came to be the place it is today, in this blog about its recent history by our Project Curator, Jane Groufsky.

www.aucklandmuseum.com...

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More messages from your neighbours
5 hours ago

Aucklanders warned to brace for tornadoes, thunderstorms and power cuts

Brittany Keogh Reporter from North Shore Times

Hi neighbours, Vector has warned Auckland residents to prepare for tornadoes, thunderstorms and gales that could lead to power cuts during the next 24 to 36 hours. The company says people should charge their devices and power banks, tie down objects that could be swept up in strong winds, such as BBQs or trampolines, and make sure they had a torch and spare batteries handy, as well as alternative fuel for cooking.

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1 day ago

dog poo

Tony from Glenfield

beware of people not taking any dog's dropping.Some people dont bother to take them away.I have been watching for people that they ignored to take them away.Photo will be taken and handed it over to the Auckland council or the police.

3 days ago

Northcote Wharf Upgrade Underway

John Gillon from John Gillon - Kaipatiki Local Board

On Thursday morning I was privileged to attend the whakatau and blessing by Mana Whenua to mark the beginning of the Northcote Wharf renewal project.
Work will now get underway on repairing and upgrading the wharf, with it expected to be completed by the end of the year (weather dependent).
During the construction, material for the new wharf will be stored at Birkenhead Wharf and barged across to Northcote Point.
This brings to a close the very long advocacy from elected members for the Northcote Wharf to be upgraded and reopened.
Thankyou to everyone who has been involved with progressing the project to this point.