178 days ago

cleaning home - stuff for 5$

Fabio from Birkenhead

The bin tags have been bought by mistake the wrong type.
air wick spray is still half full.

pm me if interested

Price: $5

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4 days ago

Covid-19: North Shore Sky Bus service yet to resume post-pandemic

Caroline Williams Reporter from North Shore Times

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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5 days 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 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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